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160 Years of Holy Trinity Church

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by Linda Webster

On September 27, the Holy Trinity Catholic Church building will celebrate its 120th anniversary.  The cornerstone of the current church building was installed on that date in 1896 and the stunning red-brick Romanesque Revival structure has been the centerpiece of a Catholic presence in downtown Shreveport ever since. In addition, the parish will celebrate 160 years since Fr. John Pierre was directed by the Bishop of Natchitoches, Bishop Augustus M. Martin, to establish a church. That first church was a wooden structure at the corner of Milam and McNeil streets. Three years later, in 1859, a new church was built of brick on two lots near the northeast corner of Marshall and Fannin Streets.

Fr. Joseph Gentille, a native of Dongas, France, found this second structure in poor condition when he arrived in 1873 as pastor. The church had structural problems and the furnishings were in need of replacement. In 1879, the bell cracked.

By 1886, it was clear that the church needed to be replaced. Fundraising began and Fr. Gentille met with an architect during a visit home to France in 1887. With his death in October of 1895, Fr. Sebastian Scharl moved forward with construction when he was appointed pastor that same year. Fr. Scharl was limited to $18,000 for construction of the church building by Bishop Anthony Durier.

The completed church was dedicated on Sunday, October 1, 1899, but with minimal interior finishing until 1904 when funds were raised to create a space in keeping with the Romanesque exterior.

“It just looks like a church,” said Joe Littlejohn, a member of the pastoral council and a parishioner for over 20 years. And his observation is echoed by many who come through the doors for Mass or for a tour. The ornate Romanesque altar, carved from Italian Carrara marble, soars toward the encircling stained glass windows and gilded dome of the apse. The matching altar rail and the side altars were moved to the church from the St. Vincent Academy chapel in 1972.

“The Holy Name Society would send someone from the parish to pick us up at school to serve daily Mass,” said life-long parishioner Louis Cordaro, a 1964 graduate of Jesuit (now Loyola College Prep).  “Afterwards we’d go to the rectory for donuts before going back to school.”

“One of the things I’ve most enjoyed over the years is having priests with different nationalities – the way they talked about where they were from and how they spoke,” added Cordaro.

Over the years, renovation and additional decoration enhanced the church without changing the ambiance which is important to those who have spent much of their lives with the parish. The present rectory was constructed next to the church in 1928 with funds raised from bridge parties, musical reviews, plays and magazine sales. With the arrival of Msgr. Plauche in 1944, the church was renovated with a new roof, new pews and doors, a lighting system, more stained glass windows, and paintings of the five priests who died in 1873 during the Yellow Fever epidemic.

Holy Trinity Church circa 1900.

By the 1970s, though, the building was showing its age.  According to a report in the Shreveport Times, the church was in danger of being demolished when Fr. William O’Hanlon arrived as pastor in 1976. The roof above the altar was in poor shape and water was leaking into the sanctuary causing damage. Rotted wood framed the stained glass windows. Determined to save the church, O’Hanlon began a building fund that eventually raised over $1 million.

Renovations began in 1978 and included a ramp for the mobility impaired, “cry” rooms glassed in at the back of the sanctuary and a restroom. The roof was replaced in 1980 and a concrete parking area added to the exterior. The interior was refurbished in 1984, including new carpeting, Plexiglas sheathing for all of the stained glass windows, and new sound system which maintained the original look of the structure. The church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and the renovation was completed in 1986.

Part of that renovation included painting the interior of the church, which meant that all of the ornate stenciling and portraiture needed to be reproduced after repairs to the plaster. Some new portraits were added in keeping with the existing decoration.  And all 216 light bulbs that arch above the altar were replaced since the scaffolding was already in place.

“You can see that some of the bulbs are out again,” pointed out organist and parish historian Madeline Elford whose perch in the choir loft gives her a clear view of the ceiling architecture.  “The last time we had the bulbs replaced, we found a man who used a ladder and members of the fire department helped steady it. Because the dome is curved and the altar in the center, the fire department couldn’t use their equipment to get up there.”

Joining Elford each Sunday in the choir loft is cantor Pete Terracina who attended Holy Trinity as a child in the late 1930s.

“Very little has changed,” he said of his return to Holy Trinity in 2006. “It has the same physical look.”

Terracina attended St. Mary’s school run by the Daughters of the Cross right next to Holy Trinity through seventh grade. The school was demolished in 1954. About the same time that Terracina began school across the playground from the church, Msgr. Earl Provenza was baptized at the lovely marble font still in use at Holy Trinity.

“That was Christmas Day, 78 years ago,” Provenza said.  “Then I made my First Communion here and said my first Mass on May 31 in 1964, the day after I was ordained.”

Assigned in 2006 to pastor the parish he considers his spiritual home, he notes that there are many challenges with the urban setting. “We have no parish hall. I turned two of the bedrooms on the second floor of the rectory into classrooms so that we can offer First Communion and RCIA classes on Sunday mornings. We sometimes have 25 people coming to RCIA at 9:00 a.m. before Mass.”

The rectory no longer houses priests. Built in 1928, the small rooms, the cramped stairway, and the many windows provide an architectural glimpse of the past when a parish might have three or four resident priests who sat down formally to meals in the dining room.

“We have a special mission to the poor and needy since we are right downtown. We have a strong St. Vincent de Paul organization that provides 65 grocery baskets and turkeys to families in need at Thanksgiving.  They go two-by-two into homes to help with electric bills, clothing, and even furniture, but also to observe and to pray with the residents.”

Joe Littlejohn explained that there is a real sense of community even without the usual parish buildings.

“We have a church festival every year. We cancel the noon Mass and start around 11:30 on the first floor of the Beaird Tower parking garage.”

Outside of Holy Trinity Church in the 1920's.

Documenting the history of Holy Trinity has been an ongoing project. The pastoral council commissioned the late local historian, Eric Brock, in 2006 to document the backgrounds of all inscribed objects in the church, primarily the 85 stained glass windows. These stunning windows were installed in four phases with the initial installation from 1896-1899 during construction of the present church, to the three very large round windows that were installed in 1952. Fr. Pierre is memorialized in one of the windows installed in 1949, as are four other priests who also died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1873.

Curiously, six small windows below the large round window over the church entrance have been covered up since 1930 by the enclosed pipes of the organ in the choir loft. They can be viewed from the street outside, however.

Holy Trinity is an integral part of both the Diocese of Shreveport and downtown Shreveport. There will be a Mass celebrated in honor of their 160th anniversary on Saturday, October 1, at 4:15 p.m. The Mass will be a perfect opportunity for parishioners and the community to come together, admire the church and celebrate its unique place in local history.

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New Marriage Rite: New Translation Takes Effect in Coming Months

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by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship

Catholic weddings in the United States will soon look somewhat different. Changes are coming, and very soon. A new English translation was approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments in June 2015. This new translation may begin to be used this month.

After the Second Vatican Council in the 1960’s, all of the liturgical rites and sacraments of the Catholic Church were reformed.  The marriage rite was promulgated in Latin in March 1969, and the English translation has been in use since then. Pope St. John Paul II approved a second edition of the marriage rite in 1991. The U.S. bishops submitted a new English translation to the Vatican in 2013, and recognitio was granted June 29, 2015.  Twenty-five years after the Latin typical edition, marriages in the United States are about to be celebrated according to the new rite. The basic structure of the marriage rite remains the same, but there are some changes.

Changes in the Marriage Rite
First of all, the name of the marriage rite changes from the Rite of Marriage to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.  The U.S. bishops thought that ‘matrimony’ has a more sacred connotation than the word ‘marriage.’  This is very important in light of the recent attempts to redefine what marriage means in America.  “Celebrating” is a reminder that a sacrament of the Church is celebrated.

Three rites of marriage are included in the second edition:
1. The Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass
2. The Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass
3. The Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a Catechumen or a Non-Christian

As with the implementation of the new Roman Missal in 2011, the prayers of the new marriage rite will sound different due to a closer direct translation of the original Latin.  The Introduction has been expanded from 18 to 44 paragraphs and includes a fuller theology of marriage, pastoral suggestions and marriage preparation for the couple.  The Penitential Act is omitted and the Gloria is used.  There are more choices of prayers and Scripture readings.  There is a new acclamation by the people following the Consent: “Thanks be to God,” allowing everyone an opportunity to express their joy at the joining of the couple in marriage.

The U.S. bishops requested two cultural adaptations for optional use in marriage celebrations in English that are commonly used among Spanish-speaking communities:  the blessing and giving of arras (coins) and the blessing and imposition of either the lazo (a wedding cord or lasso) or the veil.  The exchange of arras between the bride and groom symbolizes the good gifts they will share during their married life. The lazo or veil is a symbol of the indissoluble union that the couple has established.

There are three new appendices in the second edition of the marriage rite:
1. Examples of the Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful)
2. The Blessing of an Engaged Couple
3. The Order of Blessing a Married Couple within Mass on the Anniversary of Marriage

Priests and deacons may begin to use the new marriage rite on September 8, 2016, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All marriages must be celebrated using the new rite by December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family.

The new Order of Celebrating Matrimony has more options and cultural adaptations, is more inclusive and pastorally sensitive, and more clearly reflects the theology of Catholic marriage. This new English translation has been anticipated for a very long time. It will be exciting to soon experience the new marriage rite as the Church solemnizes and supports the journey of love and lifelong union on which couples are embarking.

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Seminarian Attends World Youth Day in Poland

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by Raney Johnson

In July, I made a pilgrimage with many other youth from Louisiana to Poland for World Youth Day. Many aspects of the pilgrimage excited me. The trip would be my first trip outside of the U.S. and my first World Youth Day. The World Youth Day events lasted for six days and culminated in the World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis.

The days before the Mass included the opening ceremony for World Youth Day, Catechism lessons with other English speaking countries and speeches by Pope Francis from the balcony of the archbishop’s residence in Krakow. The evening before the World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis, there was vigil in preparation for the Mass. All the pilgrims from around the world walked on foot for many miles to reach the large field that would hold the millions of youth for the World Youth Day Vigil and Mass. Since the walk to the field was far away from the hostels and hotels where many of the pilgrims stayed, a lot of the groups slept outside overnight in the large field. When my group reached the field, we found an area in our assigned section and began building a tent city to spend the night. That day I truly felt like a pilgrim. We walked the many miles carrying food, water, sleeping bags and extra clothes in our backpacks for the 24 hours we would spend at the field.

Pope Francis encouraged us during the World Youth Day Vigil to not be “couch potatoes” and to go out into the world. Every part of World Youth Day, especially our walk to the field, made me feel we were living his message.

He also told us to build bridges with others and not walls. Pope Francis’ words meant a lot to me because during the days before the Vigil. I encountered hundreds of people from other countries and shared many experiences with them. World Youth Day made me understand how truly universal our Catholic Church is. Every continent was represented at World Youth Day and all the different countries carried and waved their flags throughout the week.

On the streets, buses and trains throughout the city, millions of Catholics from around the world shared their Catholic faith and patriotism with each other.  However, at the vigil, we were all gathered in one place after being scattered throughout the week. When the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and Pope Francis led us in adoration, all the flags were lowered and everyone knelt on the ground to adore Jesus Christ together. At that moment we were all one and our only focus was Jesus Christ. When the vigil ended, many groups kept singing throughout the night until the early hours of the morning. The excitement for the Mass with Pope Francis could definitely be seen among all the pilgrims.

The next day we all woke up from our sleeping bags and tents to prepare for Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass finished the World Youth Day events and when Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day would be in Panama in 2019, everyone cheered with excitement. After the Mass the millions of pilgrims exited the field to return to the heart of Krakow and prepare to return to their countries. I am honored that I had the opportunity to represent the Diocese of Shreveport in Poland.

One of the most important lessons I took from World Youth Day in Poland is that there are millions of young people throughout the world who are fervently practicing their Catholic faith and want to go into the world and share their faith. I want to do the same and share all that I experienced in Poland with others.

Pro-Life Ministry’s Local Roots: Flo Alexander and PRI

by Susan Flanagan

Ladd and Flo Alexander with 11 of their 12 children. The Alexander's were some of the founders of pro-life ministry in Shreveport.

Bishop Duca’s pro-life banquets and the establishment of Mary’s House have brought renewed hope to many in the Diocese of Shreveport. Hundreds have gathered each year for these annual dinners and have been challenged and inspired to increase their efforts to promote respect for life. But you may not know that Catholics have been working for life in the Diocese of Shreveport for many years. Mary’s House is not the first Catholic effort locally to help women with pregnancies.

Flo Alexander, a tireless advocate for life, and her late husband Ladd were the “go-to” pro-life couple in the 1970’s.  When the Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion were handed down in 1973, Flo and Ladd sprang into action. Ladd, an insurance executive, set up an office in the Beck Building in downtown Shreveport, personally paid for a secretary there, and started working intensively on lobbying and legislative efforts to outlaw abortion. He worked with Bob Winn and the Archdiocese of New Orleans to establish the Louisiana Right to Life Federation. He was also on the Board of the National Right to Life.

Whenever rumors would surface regarding attempts to establish an abortion clinic in Shreveport, Ladd met with the local landowners to dissuade them from allowing their buildings to be used for such a purpose.

Flo was already a living witness for the beauty of life as the mother of 12 children. One weekend she was in Dallas, taking eight of her children to a swim meet.  Upon her return, she learned about a newly stationed couple at Barksdale AFB, Dr. Phillip and Jeanette Dreisbach, who had spoken against abortion at St. John’s during the weekend Masses. The Alexanders and the Dreisbachs soon became fast friends in the pro-life cause and their collaboration resulted in “Pregnancy Referral Information” (PRI).  The purpose of the service was two-fold:  to help women with problem pregnancies and to educate everyone about the evolving medical issues in this field. Flo attracted many dedicated volunteers who provided a variety of services, including answering the phone, professional counseling and even opening their homes to the young mothers.

Schumpert Hospital administered free pregnancy tests for PRI and also provided a meeting room. Sr. Paula Vandergaer, niece of the late Msgr. John Vandergaer, came to Shreveport from California and was a tremendous resource through her work at Alternatives to Abortion. PRI took calls from all over the area, often going to meet young mothers at various locations around the Ark-La-Tex. It was quite an operation and undertaking for a woman already busy with her own growing family, although Flo is quick to name friends and volunteers who made it all possible. She especially credits Marilyn Mabry Lincoln, who set up the phone service and the roster of volunteers; and the late Dolores Gaiennie who prepared the monthly newsletter. The late Fr. Joseph Browning, S.J. gave valued encouragement as well as financial help.

During the nine plus years of PRI’s existence, hundreds of women were helped and many babies saved from abortion.  Flo still grieves, however, over the ones who could not be reached, those who were sometimes coerced into an abortion despite PRI’s best efforts.  She still remembers a talk given by Fr. Murray Clayton at the first Right to Life meeting in Shreveport. He said that there is a special Hebrew word for the killing of a child, different from any other kind of killing. The loss of that innocent life and the impact it would have had on the world is in a category all its own. But she takes consolation in the many who were saved and helped because of PRI. She and countless others are now encouraged by the renewed efforts in the Diocese of Shreveport with the establishment of Mary’s House.

Need Help with Pregnancy?

Mary’s House
906 Margaret Place
Shreveport, LA 71101
maryshouseofla.org
318-220-8009

Ark-La-Tex Crisis Pregnancy Center
921 Shreveport Barksdale Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71105
altcpc.com
318-861-4600 or
1-800-712-4357

Heart of Hope Maternity
10420 Heart of Hope Way
Keithville, LA 71047
heartofhopeministry.com
318-925-4663

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
for post-abortion healing
877-HOPE 4 ME
(877-467-3463)

National Hotline for Abortion Recovery
866-482-LIFE  (866-482-5433)

 

Catholic Charities of North Louisiana Hires New Director

Meg Goorley has been hired as the new Executive Director for Catholic Charities of North Louisiana.  A parishioner at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, Goorley has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit organizations throughout Northwest Louisiana, most recently with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.

When asked about her immediate goals for CCNLA, Goorley wants to increase donor support for programs, especially immigration integration services, and work with the newly-opened Monroe office to establish the same services currently provided in Shreveport by recruiting donors, community partners and volunteers.

Catholic Charities Strengthens Families with Healthy Eating on a Budget Initiative

CCNLA’s Gilda Rada-Garcia teaches families how to shop healthy on a budget during a grocery store tour.

Every day Catholic Charities of North Louisiana (CCNLA) meets with clients to not only provide assistance to meet their needs, but to also give them the knowledge to manage their resources in ways that benefit their families. Understanding the importance of strengthening families in our community, CCNLA has created the Healthy Eating on a Budget Initiative.

The Healthy Eating on a Budget Initiative (HEBI) teaches clients how to improve the health of their families through nutritional education, hands-on cooking classes, on-site grocery tours and access to a community garden. CCNLA is certified as a Gold Level Community Partner with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family services, enabling our agency to enroll eligible individuals into five state benefit programs.  The HEBI was created in response to working with food stamp-eligible clients and realizing that although intended as a supplement, the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) was providing the main source of food dollars for their families. Gilda Rada-Garcia, CCNLA’s benefits enrollment specialist, works with CCNLA clients to teach them that healthy foods can be less expensive, more enjoyable and easy to prepare. The Healthy Eating on a Budget Initiative includes the following programs:

• Healthy Eating Class – This class is presented twice a month on second and fourth Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Clients learn about nutrition in a class setting, learn how to cook healthy through a cooking demonstration by a volunteer professional chef, and then eat the food that was prepared.  Each participant receives a packet that includes nutrition and health information, the week’s recipes and the list of ingredients with local prices.

• Cooking Matters Course – The Cooking Matters course is a six week course sponsored by the Walmart Foundation that teaches families how to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, take grocery store tours to learn healthy shopping and cook delicious, affordable meals. The course is taught throughout the year both in English and Spanish. Course participants receive a workbook with weekly recipes as well as ingredients from each class to prepare that week’s recipes. In addition, clients receive a gift card to purchase food during the grocery store tour.
• Community Garden – Our community garden produces vegetables that are used by our volunteer chef in our cooking demonstrations. Clients are also encouraged to participate in the volunteer-run garden and develop their own plot.

The Healthy Eating on a Budget Initiative is funded by grants from the Walmart Foundation, Catholic Charities USA, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, CHRISTUS Health and United Healthcare. To sign up for Healthy Eating or Cooking Matters classes, call 318-865-0200, ext. 103.

Mercy is a Way of Life in Homer

by Linda Webster

In a small church like St. Margaret in Homer, mercy is a way of life. While everyone looks out for one another, a few parishioners stand out for their consistent and unsung contributions to those in need. Marjorie “Margie” Michael was one of those stand-outs.

“My mother was an angel come to earth,” said Joe Ellis Michael, her eldest son.  “My father was a true Southern gentleman and she was his bride for life.”

Margie put herself through nursing school at Centenary in spite of growing up as one of 10 children in Colquitt where there was little money. She became the school nurse for the Homer public schools system to have more time for her children, then continued working in health care with the Claiborne Parish Health unit and Claiborne Home Health when the children were grown. These were more than just jobs. “My family started the home health service and donated it to the hospital,” explained Michael.

But it was the small things she did that endeared her to the community.  For example, she could be found volunteering at the ecumenical thrift store on West Main every week.

“She used to sit at this very card table and sort clothes on Thursdays,” said Doris Lowe, a member of the First Baptist Church which sponsors the ministry, pointing to a small, light blue table flanked by metal folding chairs with puffy white cushions on the seats.

The table is in the back of the old Emerson Motor Company garage, surrounded by piles of boxes and tables of goods being prepared for re-sale on the other side of the curtain where the sales floor is located. A couple of dozen volunteers from several local churches support the store which is open to the public two days a week to provide clothing, household goods, school uniforms, furniture and other items at low prices. Each year, funds from sales are divided up among the churches for charitable needs, but the shop also provides direct assistance to families who are in danger of losing power or water service.

“There was always chatter and laughing back here when Margie was working,” said Lowe. “She always insisted that a portion of our income go to support St. Jude Hospital and, of course, St. Margaret received a portion as a participating church.”

Prior to her death in September 2015, she spent some time as a patient in the Claiborne Memorial Medical Center and Claiborne Rehabilitation where another St. Margaret parishioner, Elmer Poss, visited her faithfully every week.

Poss and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Homer in 1949 to work at the Claiborne Electric Co-op where he eventually became the CEO before retiring in 1988.  His job put him in a unique position to help others. “He would be cringing if he knew we were talking about him right now,” said John Poss, Elmer’s son and the eldest of four siblings. “He never thought of himself, but always thought of others.”

John described a call that his father received one day at the office. “A homeowner called to say that his electric service was going to be cut off. Dad told the homeowner to come in and see him. Meanwhile, he called the crew who were ready to shut down power and asked them to wait until he’d talked to the home owner. It turned out the guy was having a hard time financially so dad gave him the name of someone who was hiring. Then, he paid the homeowner’s bill in cash before calling the crew to tell them that ‘the bill is paid.’  He never said that he’d paid the bill only that ‘the bill is paid.’”

It was his visiting that so many remembered at his wake in February. He not only visited the hospital and nursing home faithfully each week, he also went out to the sick no matter where they might be. That included loading up his vehicle with food to drive out into the country to make home visits.
“He drove and visited until the day he died at the age of 95,” said John.  “After he died, the people in the hospital asked after him. Three-quarters of the residents of the nursing home gathered around me when I visited on the day of his funeral. Everyone said how much they would miss him.”

Hosting Orphans Grants Family Grace

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by Katie Aranda

I saw a meme on Project 143’s page that said, “If you wait until your house is clean, your life is not busy, and you’ve got it all together, you’ll never do anything.” This rang true in our lives when we decided to host two orphans for the summer.

We brought two children of God from the Ukraine into our chaotic, loud, busy home and showed them real family life with all the joys, challenges and mess.  They didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak their language, but we understood hugs and smiles. We also understood frowns and looks of frustration.

So what did we do?  We loved them.  We involved them in all aspects of our messy life from making meals to trips to the pool to adhering to a bedtime.  We drove them 14 hours in our crowded minivan to a Catholic family camp and watched in amazement as they learned to fit into their groups, mastered the skill of riding a ripstick and performed solos in a talent show. They both learned to swim this summer.

Our host daughter was also a stage manager for a Missoula play.  I’m still not sure how, considering she didn’t know it was “The Princess and the Pea” until day three when we got her a translated script.

Our host son, D., loved everything outdoors from riding bikes to catching lizards.  With an additional “alpha” male in our home, we had growing pains and wrestling matches in our living room. But in the end, my son cried as D. left to go home to the Ukraine.

Everyone thought we were doing such a good thing by hosting, but I really think hosting benefits the host family more than the children who are hosted. When I needed more patience, God gave me opportunities for patience through hosting.  When our family needed to show more gratitude, God gave us the gift of hosting.  When we needed to open our eyes to God’s love, he led people into our lives because of hosting.  With all the “bad” in the world, hosting has shown us so much good, so much of God’s love.  People in the community have gone out of their way to love and support these two children from donating clothes to spending time with them to trying to help with their future.  God’s love and acceptance are real.  His mercy is real. I’ve seen it in these kids and everyone who has interacted with them.  My family has seen it and we have been forever changed because of one summer.

As I said before, we didn’t have it all together when they came and we still don’t.  We struggle just like other families. What I do know is that these kids see a future for themselves after being hosted. Our host daughter now talks about becoming a chef and going to a university.  They saw that families can struggle and have challenges and still work through them with love.  They witnessed people who love them just because of who they are.  I’m writing this to let you know that anyone can host (even with a messy life) and change a life forever…just don’t be surprised if it’s your own.
For more information on orphan hosting, visit Project 143′s website, http://www.projectonefortythree.org/