Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"The House of Hope" by Elisabeth Gifford

"The House of Hope," what a wonderful name. It brings to mind a place where help is available and lives can be changed. That is exactly the ministry Robin and Joyce Hill were called to open. God gave them a love for the orphaned, medically challenged children in China. Through prayer and trust, the Hills watched God supply not just the children who needed them, but the building, caregivers, money, supplies, and countless surgeries. The home opened in 2000, and the work has helped more than 1,000 children. Not only were the children given much needed surgery for medical conditions like spina bifida, cleft palate, and "extrophy," but they were given love and the chance at what the Hills call, a "Forever Family." This book is the story of their journey, trials, victories, and faith. This book is the story of the children, some who wouldn't live, but all who were loved and given hope.

I was totally pulled into the Hill's story and began praying for the children and ministry they discuss. The stories are powerful and show God's love and care for the smallest among us. Parts of the story made me smile and some brought tears to my eyes, but sll brought the burden to pray for this ministry. I recommend this book to everyone, and encourage you to visit the website below. I was given my review copy by the Litfuse Publicity Group, and thank them for the opportunity.
About The House of Hope: One couple’s powerful ministry to some of China’s most vulnerable children
Robin and Joyce Hill lived in a gated community in Beijing. Their family’s life was marked by luxury and the security of Robin's job as an engineer. Then one day, as members of their church, they had a chance to tour a state-run orphanage. Haunted by the needs of the children they saw there, for the next four years they tried to help the institute in meaningful ways.

In 1998 the Hills planned to leave China, but instead felt a sudden call from God on their lives. They left their gated community--reserved for only non-Chinese residents--moved their family into a small apartment miles outside of Beijing and immediately began to take in foster children.

They took in any child, but especially those that needed extra care—terminally ill children that couldn't receive care elsewhere, and those that needed complicated and expensive surgeries that the Hills soon began to coordinate and sometimes pay for out of their own savings.

What began as Hope Foster Home is now New Hope Foundation. As they continue their work, the Hills enjoy support from major corporations and high-profile philanthropists as well as the trust of the Chinese authorities. The Hills' story is an inspiring example of God's care and provision for those whom society does not value. Learn more about Hope Foster Homes here:

"I strongly support Robin and Joyce Hill's New Hope Foundation which is saving so many orphan lives in China. Read this amazing story of God's grace and accept the challenge to make a difference!"
--Steven Curtis Chapman

"I had the privilege of going to China and witnessing the work that God is doing through Robin and Joyce Hill. They are wonderful servants of God who lovingly care for the 'least of these.' I hope that many will read this book and consider their example."
--Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love
About Elisabeth Gifford: Elisabeth Gifford is a journalist who has written for the London Times and the Independent Newspapers. She lives in Kingston, England, and teaches children with dyslexia.

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