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Several years ago we heard about HOST UK, an organisation that places students from abroad who cannot get home for holidays, with families in this country. Until now we have not had spare bedrooms at Christmas but in 2016 we had and so we decided to apply.
What a blessing we received! Two Chinese girls, doing their Masters Degrees came to stay from 24 to 27 December. They were delightful! It was like having young children in the house again as everything, for them, was exciting and new. They came with us to The Christingle Service having never been inside a church before and even joined in the singing. They were very pleased to be given a Christingle each which had pride of place on our dining table and had to be lit for each meal.
On Christmas morning they came with us to Arthur's service at Haddenham and were delighted to be asked to light the candles on the Advent ring. We tried to serve traditional food at each meal and it was all received with excitement and everything had to be photographed and all was thoroughly enjoyed.
In early January we answered an appeal and hosted a Chinese and a Japanese student. They too were delightful and joined in a communion service taken by Arthur at Wingrave and afterwards said they had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We cannot recommend this experience more highly and are hosting two American students in March. If any of you have a spare room or two and would like company we would urge you to get involved. You can commit to just Christmas, or one or more weekends throughout the year. For more details speak to either Arthur or me on Aylesbury 484310, or click here for the Host UK website

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