“Family to Family”: Children's dreams come true!
This story is not about Santa Claus, who makes children’s dreams come true ... It is about REAL DEEDS THAT GOD DOES THROUGH THE “FAMILY TO FAMILY” PROGRAM!
This year our family did not plan to go somewhere on vacation, and moreover to go abroad, but ... the children dreamed about this. There are 8 children in our family of Anna and Maksim Harbuziuk: 6 sons, (from 6 to 14 years old) and 2 daughters (5 and 3 years old). So, one of the sons, Veniamin, had a home task at school (4th grade) to write an essay on the topic: “What continent of the Earth would you like to visit?". He came back home and we started thinking about it together and I asked him what he dreams about, what place he would like to visit. I heard the answer: “I really want to visit the USA”. I used Google to help him to find some information and the state Colorado was on the first page and we wrote about it.
Later, organizers of the “Family to Family” program called us and suggested to fill some questionnaires for our children. We told our children and asked if they want to, if they not you afraid. Then we heard “WE WANT”. We sent the questionnaires, but I doubted that our children would go somewhere. I thought that this was for someone, but not for us? However, we continued to pray and still BELIEVE!!!!!!!
After a week or two, they called us and told that our eldest sons were invited to the camp in Norway. I remember this feeling of unexpectedness, joy overwhelmed me, and the most beautiful thing was to see the joy of children when I told them this news. After some time, they called us and told that host families in the USA invited the other three sons and it was the state COLORADO! Coincidence? I do not think so. GOD FULFILLS CHILD DREAMS!
The eldest sons went to Norway to the camp and came back home, they brought so many positive emotions to our family, so many stories about GOOD Norwegians! They met many friends and brought gifts for the rest of our children! Thanks to NORWAY for the warm welcome, so many wonderful days and the love shown to each child especially!
Having met children from Norway, we started packing baggage for our three sons to the USA, and Ruvim (6 years old) did not participate in the program this year, but does not give up hope, because we explained to him that God controls everything and that He has prepared something special for him in the future. Therefore, he packed his bags for his brothers together with us! Of course, we, as parents, were very worried about this trip. May God give patience to all the employees of this program who answered all our questions, helped to collect all the documents, showed care, kindness and warmth!
We also thank all the people who were on the flight with our children. How much good we have seen from YOU! When the children safely came to the USA, they met our CARING FAMILIES!
SAKHARCHUK VICTOR AND TATIANA hosted Bogdan. This family has 8 children and no matter what, they gave 100% of their attention, care, and generosity. We love you!
PRISIAZHNIUK PETR AND ELENA hosted Veniamin. This family has 10 children! And they took enough care, attention and love for our child. He even looks like them. They became friends together!
MAKARYAN ARTUR AND YULIA hosted Matvii. The family has 4 children and took two more children from Ukraine: Matvii and Artem from Kramatorsk, also giving them attention, care and love!
Best wishes to all the families! So many interesting and unforgettable things you showed to our children! We still hear stories about water parks, MacDonalds, slides, fishing, zoos! They brought from you so many gifts! Sweets, clothes, shoes, I can not list all of them.
We live in the Luhansk region, in the war zone zone. We could not give our children all these things. May God fulfill all your needs and reward you! Thank you for your friendship! For the fact that you are with us in joy and sorrow. We are glad that we have met you.
I would like to thank Iryna Babak and her team! I wish you patience, wisdom, not to give up, if it is difficult. Know that many families LOVE YOU AND PRAY FOR YOUR WORK! GOD DOES GREAT WORK THROUGH YOU! LOVE YOU! THANKS ONCE AGAIN!