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Ukrainian children experience Christmas on Ice

MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some Rankin County families who have opened their hearts and homes to several Ukrainian orphans spent Saturday morning enjoying Christmas on Ice in Madison. 12 of the orphan children gathered at the rink for a day of fun. One host family from the Joyful Journey International Hosting Program is in hopes of one day adopting two of the youngsters visiting.

The Ferguson's family of five is hoping one day to grow by two.

Marci Ferguson said, "Our family is actually in the adoption process with the country of the Ukraine and so we are taking one step at a time, one day at a time. It's a very uncertain road."

The two Ukrainian sisters who hope to one day call Mississippi home spent Saturday morning with the other children from the Ukraine as the Joyful Journey International Hosting Program came together to enjoy the winter wonderland spectacle in Madison.

The non profit organization's International Program Coordinator, April Smith, said while here the children are getting to experience life as they never expected.

April Smith said, "While they are here they get to learn about the American culture and Mississippi culture and different things we do here in America."

Group event's like the one held on this day allow the children from thousands of miles away to see their friends and speak their native language.

"They also have that safety of coming back together to know that everybody is okay and that we're all still here and having fun," said Smith.

As children continued to take their skates to the ice, the Ferguson's clench to their faith that this time next year their family will grow to seven.

"We do feel like this is the road the Lord has asked us to travel. So, we are along for the ride and the adventure," said Ferguson.

If you want to become a host family or learn more about the program click here.

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