I have been amazed at all the emails and encouraging words that have come in since I created this new blog! I am very excited for how God will use this ministry to bless many adoptive families in the months to come-- I have already connected with some great people and believe it or not, just about have a full schedule for March!
I had several emails asking questions about how I will receive families, so here are a few notes below in response to many of the questions I've had...
~What is the cost? Staying at the hospitality house is free. This is a ministry and a way to help families that are already taking on a huge financial burden by traveling to Ukraine and it is a privilege to be able to offer this assistance.
~How can I reserve dates? I will only be able confirm that the apartment will be available when a family sends me their actual SDA appointment. Families can email me when they think they hope to be coming, but I won't be able to guarantee a place to stay until a family has received their SDA appointment date and emails me those details. Staying at the apartment on the way out of the country will also be difficult to pre-arrange as the date of out-bound travel is never certain. Families wanting to stay on the way out will also just have to email a couple days in advance to see if there is availability.
~What else do we need to do? I am asking that families email me a copy of their SDA referral letter, just to confirm the authenticity of the appointment and that I know the family is really coming to adopt children! :) I want to be hospitable.....but only for adoptive families at this point! :)
~How long can we stay? Typically most families arrive 1-2 days prior to their SDA appointment and then travel the day after their SDA appointment-- so I am anticipating most families needing housing for 3-4 nights. This can be extended as needed, and if there is availability.
Hope this helps! Now....back to that laundry!