Nov 152011

Ordinary people are called to serve and extraordinary God. We see it time and time again throughout the Bible. We hear of the missionaries of long ago who traveled to faraway places with the expectation of dying on the field and knowing that communication with loved ones would be very difficult if not next to impossible.

Today, a lot of people think they can’t be used of God. I know plenty of people who refuse to hear what God wants them to do with their lives because it doesn’t fit into their preconceived notions of what God wants for us (I think it is safe to say that we all fall into that trap at various times in our lives, myself included).

The House of Hope is the story of a couple who chose to follow God, no matter what it cost them personally.

Robin and Joyce Hill were living quite the life as expatriates in China. They had everything they could need or want and were set to leave China as Robin’s term was up for the office he was in. However, when it was close to time to go, they couldn’t let themselves leave. God orchestrated several encounters through their church to plant the seed of helping orphans who have no other hope of living a life of any sort. So, instead of leaving China, they got a small apartment and twelve years ago took in their first foster child with special medical needs and Hope Foster Home was born.

And God moved. Time and time again He provided the Hills with new places to live, larger facilities, people to work with them, networking opportunities in the global medical community (Joyce is an M.D.) and finances to take in more and more children.

Robin and Joyce were obedient. That is all God asks of us. It doesn’t matter to Him who you are or what you think you can and cannot do. He just simply expects obedience and will equip you for the task at hand.

The House of Hope is the story of obedience. Elisabeth Gifford tells the Hill’s story with such respect and love for what they do. It feels like you are there in China with these precious children. The book made me want to take them all in and love on them. My heart broke for these children and what they have been through, yet I rejoiced in love and care they are receiving from the Hills and their staff and the many volunteers who come and help and those who donate medical treatment, money and other resources.

The Hills have loved “the least of these” selflessly for the last eleven years. Because of them, these children have the hope of a future. Many have been adopted into their forever families and others have been loved on into the arms of Jesus. These children are being given a hope and a future because the Hills obeyed.

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.

I want to encourage everyone to read this book. Even if you aren’t interested in China or orphans, it is a good study on a life of obedience. Which is a life we should all be striving for.  Also, November is Adoption Awareness Month. Please, take a moment to at the very least pray for these precious children and consider what else you can do for them.

100% of the proceeds received through the sale of this book go to help fund the work at Hope Foster Home. How awesome is that? You can visit Hope Foster Home’s website to learn more about the work being done.

About the Giveaway!

The publisher is sponsoring a $50 “GET / GIVE” GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for themselves AND $50 will be given in the winner’s name to Hope Foster Home.

To enter all you have to do is send a tweet (using #HFH) about The House of Hope or share about it on Facebook!
If you tweet we’ll capture your entry when you use #HFH. If you share it on Facebook or your blog, just email us and let us know ( Easy.
Not sure what to tweet/post? Here’s an idea:
TWEET THIS:  Couple gives all to rescue babies in China! 100% proceeds go to #HopeFosterHome RT 4 $50 to @amazon & $50 to #HFH

(must use hashtage #HFH to be entered)
FACEBOOK THIS: The House of Hope: One couple abandons a comfortable life to rescue abandoned children. Robin and Joyce Hill have helped over 1300 Chinese orphans with severe medical problems. Purchase a copy for everyone you know – the book is a gift that gives a gift. 100% proceeds to help support the work at Hope Foster Home! Learn more here: Share this for a chance to get a $50 GC and $50 in your name to Hope Foster Home! Click For Details.
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I was given a copy of The House of Hope by Elisabeth Gifford as a part of Litfuse Publicity Group. All opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received..

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