Open Doors and Hearts: An Opportunity to Love an Orphan


Dear Friends and Family,

Our family is walking an exciting path of obedience. We have been deeply challenged in our faith and would love to live this out practically by sharing our home with a child who hasn’t had a consistent one. The door has opened for us to welcome a 12-year-old girl from the Ukraine for the summer months. Her name is Alina and she currently lives in an orphanage in Ukraine. New Horizons for Children, a non-profit international hosting program for orphaned children, has accepted us as hosting parents for Alina. She will be staying with us for five weeks, from the end of June through early August.  This will be both an exciting and faith building experience for us as we learn to communicate with and welcome a stranger into our home.

Many of the orphans that are hosted through New Horizons are adopted because of this opportunity.  Alina, however, is not adoptable at this time because her parent’s rights have not been terminated.  She has been in the orphanage for some time though and her director thinks she is one the best kids there.  This is a great opportunity for us to expose her to a loving family environment, to the love of Christ, and to help her see that her life is valued and important. If at any point Alina became adoptable, this would be something that we would earnestly and prayerfully consider.

While our current family consists of just the four of us, we are also well aware that our family extends well beyond ourselves. The influences, encouragements, events, and celebrations – in short, the love that has formed us has come from all of you. And because of that, we consider you family and want to share the experience of this summer, as not just ours, but in a very real way as yours and ours. With all this in mind, we are asking for you to join with us in a few different ways that we deem important and vital.

Prayer Partners

We desperately need prayer partners.  We already have some committed folks on board but if this is something that you could commit to please let us know and we will share specific requests as they present themselves.  This is our most imperative need.

Financial Partners

Secondly, we need financial partners. The cost of bringing Alina here to the United States is $3000. We feel very strongly about loving the fatherless and are willing to go to great lengths to bring her here.  We are committing our finances to do all we can to help Alina.  However, we’ll need the greater community to come alongside us in order for it all to happen. Some of the expenses include: international and domestic travel, dental and eye appointments, clothing and luggage for her return to Ukraine.

If you would like to join us in sharing Christ’s love with this precious girl please consider the following:

As a prayer partner, we will send you updates on how to pray for Alina and our family.  Please leave me a comment below with some contact info and I’ll make sure we stay in touch.

For monetary donation you can go through the New Horizon’s website at  On the home page there is a yellow “donate” button where you can donate through Paypal.  When confirming the donation, be sure to click on the special instructions box and designate the donation to Emery Family. If you prefer to give by check, then please indicate our family name in the memo line and send to:  New Horizons for Children, Inc. 3950 Cobb Pkwy. Suite 708 Acworth, GA 30101. Donations made through New Horizons are tax deductible.

If you are interested in giving to us directly, again, leave me a comment below and I’ll give you the proper info.  Donations of cash or checks made out to us are NOT tax deductible. These monies will be used to provide for her appointments and other necessities.

We hope this experience has a lasting impact on Alina and that she comes away from this knowing that she is loved by our family and by her Savior.

Blessings on the journey,

Scott, Mel, Lily and Ava


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