Many children in China have my heart. I'm not sure that I'll ever get it back. One sweet little boy has many medical problems, but when I walked in the room, he nothing but smiled and giggled. My moments in his room were full of joy and of worship and of love; those sweet, pure moments are times I will never forget!
I realize that a lot of you guys may not know what Show Hope is or is really about. It's a "movement to care for orphans." Their main ministry right now is two-folded. They give grants to families who are adopting internationally. They also work to care for special needs orphans in China. There are four centers in areas of China who take on children who would have just been left to die.
For whatever their conditions were, often the children were left in a small room to die. Orphanages didn't know what to do with children with Down's Syndrome, cerebral palsy, cleft lip/palate, bad malnutrition, brain syndromes, spine abifida, etc. The founders of this organization asked if they could have a room to start caring for these children, and it has now grown to these special care centers.
I did not know what to expect, but I could not have had a better experience there. I worked with an incredible group of people on my team who encouraged me the entire time. I'm actually going to be blogging about my experiences there over the next few weeks, so if you're interested, check back!
I did blog once for Show Hope while I was over there, so if you're interested, CLICK HERE.