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Monarch Books The House of Hope: God's Love for the Abandoned Orphans of China

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...to no avail.

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.
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Full of Hope and Inspiration

Date:February 22, 2012
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I am very fortunate to have receved this book, the House of Hope by Elizabeth Gifford. This is a truly inspirational book. It tells of Joyce and Robin Hill, who, at age fifty, changed their lives and made many children's lives happier and healthier by taking in sick children and starting a foster care program in their home.This project lead them to expand their project to a much bigger place where many more children could be cared for.
This book shows how God can use those who will make themselves available, how he will supply their needs, It shows that there is hope. It tells story after story about poor, abandoned, sick children who were cared for through this couple's vision and how many have been placed with adoptive families.
i enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to everyone. (less)
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Review 2 for The House of Hope: God's Love for the Abandoned Orphans of China
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Amazing Love

Date:December 11, 2011
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This story is a very moving one, and I couldn't put it down. Robyn and Joyce Hill lead extraordinary lives, and because of their faith and devotion, thousands of Chinese babies are alive today who would otherwise have perished. What a legacy! I highly recommend this book to anyone with a heart for children, and for service to God.
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A Must-Read for All

Date:November 23, 2011
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This book got me hooked from the name of the book and the picture on the cover to the book's description. The Hope Foster Home is a foster home that Robyn and Joyce Hill started so that they could take care of the abandoned orphans in China. Many of them were medically fragile babies that were abandoned because the child would most likely die without treatment. In fact, some were left to die and they would have had it not been for Robyn and Joyce following the Lord's leading and taking in these children and doing everything within their power to see that the children lived and even went to their forever homes.
Throughout the book, they share stories about different children. They share where they came from, how they came to the Hope Foster Home, what surgeries they needed, how the Lord provided, and in many cases, where they are today. It was a book that I couldn't put down because of many reasons. Adoption and taking care of ophans is very biblical and you can't help but see the love of Christ being played out in the lives of everyone at the House of Hope and the love they have for these children that have been left with no one.
It hasn't all been easy for Robyn and Joyce. They've had to sacrifice and fight for where they are now. They've overcome losses and trials, as well. But one thing they never doubted: God had a purpose for them in China and He was going to use them to carry it out.
This is a book to be enjoyed by everyone. It will make you fall in love with the children at Hope Foster Home and you will hop online to join their foundation and to become active with their mission. I'm sure of it! Oh, and 100% OF THE PROCEEDS OF THIS BOOK GO TO FUND THE WORK AT HOPE FOSTER HOME. HERE IS THE LINK TO THEIR SITE: http://www.hopefosterhome.com/
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I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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Review 4 for The House of Hope: God's Love for the Abandoned Orphans of China
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One Family Can Make A Difference

Date:November 22, 2011
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Everyday we hear the stories of the children left alone, children that nobody cares for because of circumstances that they were born into. Enter into the world of the Hill Family, who one day were living with all the comforts in the world and then were left heartbroken one moment while on a visit with their church. Vowing to not return until they knew how to make a difference in the children’s lives they were completely unaware of the adventure God would be leading them on.
Robyn and Joyce Hill’s lives were turned upside down and were introduced into a world of hurting children in search of a hug and someone to love them. The Hill’s took it upon themselves to help care for the children of China and helping to find them medical care and to nurture and care for each child until they were able to be places on the adoption list and be placed with a forever family.
Gifford has put together an inspirational account of the Hill’s journey and some of the kids they have met along the way who have gone on to find their forever families. The House of Hope will introduce you to an organization that is truly making a difference in the world every single day by caring for children, providing them with the lives they deserve and uniting families together. The Hill’s have had the children of China places upon their hearts and have found away to really make a difference.
The House of Hope will give you a glimpse into what the Hill family is accomplishing and is a great book to read if you are considering international adoption and how all the children out there are simply looking for someone to love them.
I received this book complimentary Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
100% OF THE PROCEEDS OF THIS BOOK GO TO FUND THE WORK AT HOPE FOSTER HOME.
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Thought-provoking story of sacrifice and love

Date:November 22, 2011
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The House of Hope by Elisabeth Gifford is a moving story of one couple's decision to make a difference for the Lord. Robin and Joyce Hill were finishing their time living in Beijing, China and getting ready to move for his job when Joyce was struck with the conviction from God that they were to open a home for orphans who were too sick to be adopted and get them the care they need. A visit to an orphanage four years earlier had struck the couple's heart, but they were unsure how to help at first, but when Joyce came up with the idea for The House of Hope, Robin was quickly on board. They began by taking in one little girl into their dining room, and grew over ten years to care for over 1000 children, offering many of them the opportunity to find a "forever family" by getting them the operations they need to not just survive, but to really live. This is the story of the Hill's quest to save as many children as they can by treating each child as if he/she were their own. Gifford does a terrific job of portraying the loving and compassionate nature of the Hills by telling the story of individual children who would have died without their care. The stories are joyful, poignant, and thought provoking as readers will be compelled to consider how God could be calling them to act. Robin and Joyce Hill are my heroes, showing these children the face of God through incredible acts of sacrifice and love.
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selfless love for orphans in medical need

Date:November 21, 2011
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We know from Scripture that God loves orphans. The Hills have cared for over 1,300 of them.
In the fall of 1998, Rob's four year posting in China with Sandvik, a Swedish engineering company, was coming to an end. The Hills were planning to move from China. Rob was in senior management and there was a good retirement in his future.
The Hills heard God tell them to remain in China and take in the sick, disabled and abandoned children. Rob resigned from the company and he and Joyce decided to stay in China permanently.
They moved to a small village outside Beijing in the spring of 1999. They started caring for orphans with one cot in their dining room. They expanded. They went through the process of being able to adopt children. They expanded, started over again, saw God solve problems, expanded again, met with other organizations also helping children, met Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman and received their support, then expanded again.
They work alongside several Children's Welfare Institutes in China. They have a fostor home in Beijing, and have recently built a 150-bed unit. The Hills work alongside other people and organizations that have the same vision.
Joyce tells of her own troubled childhood, her becoming a doctor, her marriage and three children, her practice in Australia, her divorce, meeting Rob, blending their family of six, then moving to Beijing in 1990.
Gifford shares many heartwarming stories of orphans coming to the attention of the Hills, their care for them and arranging for their subsequent adoption.
The Hills are continually grateful for the support of many, the acts of kindness that help change the lives of many children, one child at a time.
I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications for the purpose of this review.
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Review 7 for The House of Hope: God's Love for the Abandoned Orphans of China
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The House of Hope

Date:November 21, 2011
Robin and Joyce Hill and their family had a vision for taking care of sick orphans in China. Taking children into their home (in beds in the dining room) eventually turned into opening Hope Foster Home. Many of the children they took in were medically fragile and either needed someone to take care of them in the final days of their lives or until they were well enough to be adopted. To date, they have cared for over 1000 orphans.
What a great story about real people who overcame numerous obstacles to find their way to the ministry God had for them. The book begins by telling about the families that Robin and Joyce grew up in. Knowing their challenges makes you appreciate the way they have given their lives over to God even more!
I especially enjoyed the stories of the children they have cared for. Reading Katherine's story and how loved this dying little orphan-girl was was especially touching. Having worked in an orphanage myself and cared for a baby who died made this story all the more real to me.
More than just a moving story, though, this book will challenge you to examine your life and ask God what He is asking YOU to do. The Hills have an amazing testimony of faith and obedience. I can't wait to share The House of Hope with others!
An additional bonus of purchasing a copy of the book is that 100% of the proceeds goes to help fund the work at Hope Foster Home. Visit their website for more information.
I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity and Monarch Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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