Hotel Hearts

I honestly don’t know where to begin. Maybe I should explain the title of this post. Years ago our family went to Charlottesville to watch my cousin play baseball for the University of Maryland against my alma mater, the University of Virginia. While we were there, an elderly man approached me and said, “I can tell you have a hotel heart.” I was confused. What in the world did that mean? I wasn’t sure it was a compliment. The gentleman went on to explain that hotel hearts always have room for more people to love and bring in to their lives. I’ve thought about that phrase throughout the years because that’s the kind of heart I want to have.

This is a “hotel heart” family if ever I’ve met one. Their home is full of life, love, and people…two parents, two adult children, two teenage daughters, two teenage sons (both adopted from Ukraine), one nine-year-old son, one nine-year-old orphan who speaks no English, one three-year-old granddaughter and one-nine-month old puppy! Whew!

Several years ago the Warners hosted two Ukranian orphans during the Christmas holidays. They fell in love and decided to pursue adopting them. After months of paperwork and two trips to Ukraine, they were able to adopt one of the two boys who they hosted and adopted a second boy they met while in Ukraine visiting the orphanage.  Since bringing their sons home, the whole family has begun to learn Russian and has learned first hand what James 1:27 means by, “caring for orphans and widows in their distress….”

This summer the Warners decided to host another boy, and, no surprise, they fell in love again. Though they are unsure whether or not they’ll be able to adopt the particular boy they hosted, they are pursing adoption once again.

If you’re interested in helping this dear family raise funds to bring this little guy out of Ukraine and into their loving home, here’s how you can help.

Tax deductible donations can be made to “Crosswalk Community Church” and mailed to:
Ukrainian Resource Center
c/o Laura Passanita

112 Ewell Place
Williamsburg, VA  23188

Please do not write anything in the memo line but include a note stating that the funds are to go to help the Warner Family adoption.

OR, the Warners are looking for ten people to volunteer to be “Fundraising Coordinators”.  Each coordinator is tasked with raising $3000.  They already have three volunteers in three different states.  If they can find seven more, then the adoption could be entirely funded!

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