Portion for Orphans Newsletter
November 22, 2005
Psalm 68:5 “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His
holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who
are bound into prosperity…”
We are literally watching as incredible needs are being met here through China
Care. It reminds me that God works through those who are willing, in order
to meet the needs of those who call on Him. Those abandoned are taken in. Those
mangled are receiving the medical care that they need in order to live somewhat
normal lives, many being placed with American families shortly thereafter.
This is definitely not a sad place... but a place that takes very sad circumstances
and turns them around completely. :) Here we see orphans being cared for, we
are taking part in it. We are learning from it.
It is not like this in the majority of the world and it is not like this in
most of China. The main cause of the enormous population of orphans in China
is the “ONE CHILD POLICY” that began in 1979 in order to decrease their ever
growing population. It has not been successful and has been the cause of “…1000s
of abortions, forced sterilizations, and the ancient custom of female infanticide
continues to this day.”
Families go to great lengths to ensure that their child is
male, females or males with any imperfection are commonly abandoned. Second
and third children go totally unreported and uneducated. God help them, and
their mothers, if they have any medical needs. It is rare that a mother would
such a child. We are wondering if abortion attempts may also lead to an increased
number of children being born with medical problems. One little girl was just
taken to the States who had parts of 5 different noses, she is unbelievably
beautiful today thanks to China Care.
At orientation we learned that "80%
of children who are in state-run Chinese orphanages will die by the time they
are 3 years old." That means that
8 out of every 10 children will not survive. That is exactly why we are here,
to learn how we can show love towards these children and how we can help provide
better care for them, as the Bible tells us to do. President Bush is here right
now. His first public appearance was at church this morning. He is pressing
for social, political and religious freedom for the Chinese. We can all pray,
as that happens, that it will be granted and that as Christianity spreads,
that many will rise up to provide care and love for children in orphanages
China Care is the organization that we are working with now. It is like a
well in the middle of the desert. It was founded by Matt Dalio when he was
old. He is now a senior at Harvard and President of China Care which now
includes over 150 in-country staff, a stateside board of directors, 5 U.S.
all of the numerous little ones that have been touched in some way. “Students
at 25 schools in the U.S. have even started China Care clubs that have sent
over volunteers to work in the orphanages, started adoptive playgroups, found
families for children who would have been left unadopted, raised the funds
to give children surgeries, and more. Everyone who has gotten involved in
this cause has found it to be extremely enjoyable, rewarding, and in the end
found themselves more changed than they ever could have imagined. If you
are interested in starting a club and a making a real difference, please contact
Leslie Dow, Club Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She will mail you a handbook and club kit which contains everything you need
to get a club up and running.”
:-) ATTN CVBC YOUTH!! :-) Much can be accomplished through one willing vessel,
so dream big about your world.
Even the children whom we have found to be in the worst circumstances, have
the most beautiful smiles and eyes you could ever imagine. They are little
angels in bodies not quite as 'picture perfect' as others, but with spirits
and character that allow you to see right past it all. For the past week,
we’ve spent time visiting the children, playing with them inside, reading
taking them to the playgrounds, rocking them to sleep, learning about
each of their circumstances and needs, visiting with the staff, asking
of questions and working a bit in the warehouse, organizing all of the
here range in age from a few months old to 9 years old. Most of them
do not stay here long term, but are brought from other orphanages for surgery
recovery, then either sent back to their orphanages or to adoptive families.
No matter the size of the portion that each of you have set aside, we want
you to know how great an impact it will have. When a few people give a
small portion, it can make a huge difference in the life of child who is really
in need. Some options that we are considering for your donations include
expenses for cleft lip, and/or cleft pallet, ($350-$500 per surgery) or
reconstruct the feet and bones of a child that otherwise would never have
been able to walk and for these reasons they would all have a very small
of ever being adopted. There is one little girl who needs heart surgery
in the next couple of months, all the money seems to be coming together, but
if not then part of your money will go towards that. Another little
deaf and one surgery could change that. While we are here, we have the
opportunity to decide in what way your donations will be used. Please help
us to pray
Your most commonly asked question is “How is the food there?” I love it! We
have lots of rice and noodles, and… spicy chicken with peanuts is my favorite
(I know it’s a risk but it’s so good). Josh is in an apartment with one Chinese
guy, and I am in an apartment with 4 other girl volunteers and our coordinator.
We have a great time in there. Josh and I are both fine. Please pray that we
could stay focused, that we could be used like tools and that we continue to
grow in Christ.
Thanks for keeping up with our trip and for showing compassion towards these
For more info on what we do…www.portionfororphans.org
Sally with a little girl named Dade, who was born with
a cleft lip and pallet
that was open from her lip to her eye.
Sally with a little boy named Gui Shu, who was born with Spina Bifada which
kept his legs from growing normally.
Josh cleaning up and preparing a new apartment that will be an ICU room for
babies requiring more attention.