The House of Hope: God's Love for the Abandoned Orphans of China  -     By: Elisabeth Gifford
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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0857210599
ISBN-13: 9780857210593
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Publisher's Description

One couple's powerful ministry to some of China's most vulnerable children

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.

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.

"I strongly support Robin and Joyce Hill's New Hope Foundation which is saving so many orphan lives in China. Read this amazing story of God's grace and accept the challenge to make a difference "
--Steven Curtis Chapman

"I had the privilege of going to China and witnessing the work that God is doing through Robin and Joyce Hill. They are wonderful servants of God who lovingly care for the 'least of these.' I hope that many will read this book and consider their example."
--Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love

Endorsements

"I strongly support Robin and Joyce Hill's New Hope Foundation which is saving so many orphan lives in China. Read this amazing story of God's grace and accept the challenge to make a difference!" -Steven Curtis Chapman

"I had the privilege of going to China and witnessing the work that God is doing through Robin and Joyce Hill. They are wonderful servants of God who lovingly care for the 'least of these.' I hope that many will read this book and consider their example." -Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love

This is a wonderful book. It tells how God works through us to save the weakest of the weak, bringing people together from across the world to build families in amazing and miraculous ways. It can only encourage all who love to read about God’s grace, His faithfulness and His love for all people. - John Mumford, National Director, Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland

Virgin Atlantic is extremely privileged to be associated with the Hope Healing Home and the inspirational, humbling work of Joyce and Robin Hill and their amazing team. All of us are proud of our relationship with the New Hope Foundation and are in awe of the dignity, kindness and love which those special people who work at the Home share with the special children in their care. - Jonathan Harding, General Manager International, Virgin Atlantic

I have been fortunate enough to see the Hope Healing Home grow from an idea nearly two decades ago to the extraordinarily joyous and tangible message of love it is today. My sense of pride at the generosity and servitude of my family in bringing dignity and hope to the lives of these children cannot be expressed in words. - Adam Liaw, Masterchef Australia 2010

It has been my privilege to watch as God has raised up Joyce and Robin to give life-saving care to many young orphans from across China. I know of nothing more central to our message of love or of greater importance to God, than to care for these that cannot care for themselves. You will discover how one couple fully sold out to God has made it possible for so many to live. A modern-day miracle of God using His people to change the world! - Jon Davis, Lead Pastor, Beijing International Christian Fellowship

Liz Gifford’s compelling account of how a family gave up their comfortable, expatriate life in China to take sick and abandoned orphans into their home is both moving and challenging. In telling how hundreds of China’s most neglected children have been rescued from oblivion, the author remains lucid and unsentimental, letting the stories speak clearly for themselves. The House of Hope is what every reader longs for: a great story well told. - Rhidian Brook, broadcaster and author

One of the greatest blessings of my work in China has been meeting Joyce and Robin Hill and getting to see through them what it means to be God’s hands and feet in the world. They have shown me so clearly that until a child draws their last breath, we must do everything in our power to help them know love. Each and every day, through their tireless efforts, a true story of hope is being written for children who would otherwise be forgotten. - Amy Eldridge, Executive Director, Love Without Boundaries Foundation

The reality of God’s love explains how Rob and Joyce can so love the sick orphans of China! They have given their lives to care for each new arrival, as their very own, that each one may have life and be loved. New Hope Foundation is the “aroma of Christ”. - Sally Allred Lockett, Founder and Director, Portion for Orphans

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Elisabeth Gifford is a journalist and teacher who has written for the London Times and the Independent newspaper.

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  1. Riverside, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Full of Hope and Inspiration
    February 22, 2012
    Breesmom
    Riverside, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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)
  2. Northern Illinois
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Love
    December 11, 2011
    AlenaBelleque
    Northern Illinois
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must-Read for All
    November 23, 2011
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    One Family Can Make A Difference
    November 22, 2011
    Organic Shoes
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought-provoking story of sacrifice and love
    November 22, 2011
    Christy Lockstein
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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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