Portion for Orphans Newsletter
December 4, 2005
"What you do in this life echoes for all eternity." -- Gladiator
"For God regards more with how much affection and love a person performs a
work than how much he does." -- Thomas A. Kempis
Dear Portion for Orphans Friends,
It is such a pleasure to sit and write to you all each week about this ministry
to orphans that you are taking part in with us in whatever way you've chosen.
I wish that each one of you could be here, seeing and learning about the
children, and watching the portion that you have set aside accomplish great
things. We have already donated $1000 towards the medical expenses of the
children at China Care and I have decided to give a bit more. 100% goes directly
to the medical expenses of China Care children who have been brought from
other orphanages for medical attention. All other China Care expenses are
taken care of by private donations and fundraising so that our contribution
goes directly to the children themselves. Thanks for working with us as we
visit orphans and strive to improve the care that they receive.
We have now been working with China Care for 3 weeks. We spent the first two
weeks with the children in Beijing, and this past Monday I took a 10 hour night
train, with two other girls who are working here, to Taiyuan, China. That is
a smaller city southwest of Beijing where we visited the children at the first
China Care orphanage. There are 27 children there and 8 others who have been
set in China Care foster programs. All of the children at China Care orphanages
have some sort of special medical need, mainly cleft lip, pallet or face, heart
problems, club feet, spina bifida, and one, 2 year old Xiao Hong, who is suffering
severely from water on his brain. That little boy really made us stop and think
about our lives, about suffering and about how blessed we are to be healthy.
He received surgery but his condition has only gotten worse. We spent time
holding many babies, learning about their disabilities, their needs, the care
they are currently receiving, and in what ways we can be of help. One thing
I see here that I've not yet seen anywhere is that each child has a photo posted
with their name and birthday on it, and each one has their own baby album,
we spent some time decorating those. I look forward to sharing that idea with
While we were in Taiyuan, a small baby named Li Jie was brought to China Care
from a state orphanage. They estimated her age to be between 5 and 8 months,
her weight was 4 lbs. due to malnutrition in the orphanage. She died at the
hospital before we even returned.
We will spend the coming week with the children in Beijing, the infants, the
toddlers and those who are in the foster care programs. I'll be helping the
foster care teacher this week, teaching English lessons and sharing some new
ideas with her. We are planning to take a few of the children to a nearby indoor
swimming pool (heated of course since we just received this year's first snow),
and we invited the music group from the African Church service that we attended
this morning to come and play some music one afternoon for all the kids...
so this week should be interesting and full of smiles. :-)
Thanks again for joining us as we reach out to orphans around the world and
strive to learn more about what we, together, can do to improve their care.
Please help us to increase awareness and to work together to help them, a few
at a time. If you have any ideas or are interested in helping in any way, we'd
love to hear about it. If you would like to hear more about our trip when it's
over, please let us know and we'll do what we can to come and share about what
we're learning. As for now, check out our website www.portionfororphans.org for more info about what we're doing and why. If you have any questions about
any aspect of our trip, feel free to ask. It's great to hear from those who
are supportive of what we're doing.
We thank you and our Heavenly Father for hearing your prayer requests on our
behalf. May He be glorified in all that we do as He is our strength and our
portion. He is more than faithful in every way and we are dependent on Him
- Praises ~ For safety, For visa extensions without problems, For a church
to attend, For all that China Care is accomplishing, For opportunities and
all around us. :-)
- Requests ~ For babies like Li Jie, For greater awareness, compassion and
care for orphans around the world, and For greater freedom of religion in
The kids in China Care's Foster program doing an afternoon activity
with pipe cleaners and beads that we brought from the states.
Tian Qiang working on a bracelet to go with his neclace.
Little Paul who is precious but unable to hear.
Tian Shuong working on making her heart stand up.
One of the baby albums.
Gui Lu and Sally spending time together, they said that we look alike.
Gui Lu making progress towards his first step. :)