The work in China continues to go well. We have six orphanages, three foster care areas and the work with the legal church in Beijing. Surgeries are completed in both China and the U.S for poor children.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
All is Well
Ron returned from China safely.It was a long trip going because the airline
apparently bypassed North Korea and went out of their way to stay out of the
air space that might be dangerous.He
said the trip took three hours more than usual.He had a couple of days before his guest arrived to tour two of the care
centers.They went to Wesley’s House in
Pingguo and John Connor Brown in Tiendeng.Apparently no pictures were taken of them at John Connor Brown but I’ll
add a couple of them at Wesley’s House.
The children presented each of them with a bouquet of flowers. They took the bouquets to John Connor Brown and gave them to the cooks there.
Steve, from Family Christian Bookstore, was impressed with the care
centers.A lot of their proceeds go to
help orphans and widows.We welcome the
involvement to assist us with the work in China.
It was a very quick trip for Steve but I think he truly enjoyed meeting Ron and seeing the children and understanding how they live. Lankui is presenting them with red hearts that they put on their clothing, a symbol of love. Lankui was the little girl that had surgery on her jaw a couple of years ago in Nashville, TN.
Ron also met with Julia, a long-time sponsor in Hong Kong and
their meeting went well.She plans to
get more and more involved in our work in the future.We are very happy to see her love for the
children and her desire to help.We’ll
have more information about this later.
Upon return to the U.S., the elders at Lewisville began asking
for additional information about our work because they want to be more involved
and possibly find a person to assist Ron that can eventually succeed Ron and
continue the work.This is good news
because we have tried to find such a person for several years.We hope their search and involvement will be
Ron came back to a lot of work waiting for him.He’s kept going every day even though jet lag
gets him in the afternoon.It’s
impossible to escape it.Sleeping
throughout the night is difficult and the body wants to revert back to China’s
I came down with an allergy about the time he returned so we
have both been dragging around like “sick chickens.”We are both better today so maybe the tired
feeling is behind us.
We relocated to the Lake Park in Lewisville for the next two
We will be leaving in about two
weeks to begin our travels to report to more congregations.Ron has begun to schedule appointments so the
direction of our travel depends on what appointments are set. This is a good park. It's convenient to church and we always have nice people in this park. We also have good bathhouses and I enjoy getting a long, hot shower where I don't have to worry about how much water I'm using. We are right over the air pattern for the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport so we have to just pretend we don't hear all the planes coming in to land.
Ronald has surely enjoyed his two weeks with Gigi. We haven’t heard from him
much but the beautiful pictures he sent said it all.When Gigi’s VISA to China ended in January,
she returned to the Philippines until he could finish up the construction of
the charity hospital and supervise the rebuilding of the kitchen at Wesley’s
House.He had to leave China by the 15th
of this month to renew his VISA so he went to meet Gigi at a resort on one of the islands in the Philippines where they
celebrated her birthday.They have been
to several islands and will soon return to China.Gigi renewed her VISA for another month to go
back with him.She has been successful
in extending it for an additional two months after she gets there.They really deserved this time
together.They have been separated a lot
during the l-l/2 years they have been married.
The work in China has been very hard and demanding on Ronald due to the
construction of the hospital beginning in July, 2012.Construction during the winter months is not
easy anywhere but probably much worse in this remote area of China.The hospital looks truly great and we look
forward to the time when all the equipment is installed and medical teams can
begin going to examine and care for the poor children.Ronald’s part is done there, but the hospital
work is just beginning. I do not have the latest pictures of the completed hospital but I'll post them on a future blog. The hospital is about a 12-15 bed hospital/clinic. The administrator will visit the residents in the area and establish a record of the poor children that would not be able to receive medical care without our help. They will be given medical cards so they can be treated at the new hospital. Our first team of medical workers hopes to go in the summer, 2013 to begin the work.
Plans are underway to reorganize the children at the North
Canton Christian Care Center.The
buildings are falling apart, roofs are leaking and the facility is not worth
spending money to repair.Mr. Zhu, the
director, has tried to locate another facility we could use but has not been
successful.In September, we propose to
provide the cost of living and tuition for all middle school and high school
students to live at their schools.Our
worker will pay their costs and keep in touch with the children at their
schools.Other arrangements are being
made for the elementary children.The
government says they are building an orphanage and can care for them but if
they have not even started construction, there’s no possibility they can do it
any time soon.We will just have to see
how this plays out and how well we can handle the situation so the children are
still cared for and able to attend school.As plans are established for the care of these children, I will report
again in regard to it.
There is always a lot going on, changes being made and the
work growing in many directions.We are
so blessed to have the many opportunities opened for us in China.Our progress has been unbelievable, not
because we are so great, but because HE has blessed the work and made possible
the open doors of opportunity for us to do HIS work.We would never have imagined that it was
possible to do this work fifteen years ago.We feel humbled by the fact that we have been merely the servants
involved in this work.We are unworthy
to claim our own success because without HIM, it would not have been possible.
Anyone going to see the children at the care center would
understand our great desire to help them.Sam McLean, an American Airline pilot, wrote an article for one of our
newsletters in regard to his trip to visit a girl at Neil Taylor Christian Care
Center in Rongshui. These are pictures of Sam with Mei Xue, who is now 15 years old and has a full life ahead of her with a completely successful heart surgery.
She was on Sam's flight
when she returned to China following successful heart surgery in Memphis,
Tennessee in May, 2012. Sam
is now one of her sponsors and keeps in touch with her.He is there now for his second visit to the
care center. They took a boat down the river in Guilin and visited many beautiful places, as you can see in these pictures.
Sam says knowing her and
getting to see the children has changed his life.He knows and understands the drive we have to
help the children.There is hardly
anything in life more important than helping others and innocent children make
it so worthwhile.
A team of 20 workers from Buford, Georgia will be going to these same two care centers that Ron just visited. They will be leaving toward the end of May to work two weeks there. I think 10 will go to each location. They will teach and play with the children and do whatever work needs to be done. It will, no doubt, change their lives too.
We have a precious little three-year old girl receiving burn
surgeries in Cincinnati, OH.She has
many other problems that will need to be corrected.My heart broke today as I read an email from
her host mother, describing what she must go through in the next year.Another little girl about three or four is
returning to the U.S. for more surgery.A year ago, a tumor about the size of an egg was removed from her
eye.The doctors knew they did not get
it all.They were concerned about
damaging her eye but now they may not have a choice to save her life.The tumor is growing again.
Please remember our precious children, workers, flight
attendants, doctors and host families in your prayers.We have a large team of people helping
us.It is not our work, it is everyone’s
work that is involved.So many people
are sacrificing their precious time to help the poor children and without them,
it would be impossible for our work to move forward.
Thank you for your prayers and interest in our work.If you are on Facebook, Leigh Ann posts many
pictures of the children we support; mostly those having surgeries.Our name is listed as Chinese Agape
Foundation on Facebook.If you want to
contact me about anything, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.