Here’s that great video our Bring Me Hope team showed at TD on Friday (thanks Megan!). I’ve been singing this song all day today (ok, maybe not singing, since I don’t speak Chinese, but definitely humming!). Study the faces of the orphaned children and consider what their lives may be like. Look at their joy, pride, … and dignity, and then please say a word of prayer for the millions of orphaned children they represent. Then begin praying what future part you will have in His story in the lives of some of this world’s orphaned.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Thank you, TD, for such an amazing surprise last week! Wow, we were blown away and totally taken aback by your kindness, generosity, creativity, depth of thought, and … sneakiness! We had no idea! It was a real blessing and real ministry for us. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We feel humbled and loved.
Now let’s get those girls over here and let’s love ’em as a TD family! See you at TD!
Wow, summer has swept by! Come join us for our final summer TD meeting! In addition to worshiping our God in song and having fun with each other, we have more:
Praise God! Most of our Bring Me Hope team is back from the Big Country after serving orphaned children at the Bring Me Hope summer camp! Come hear their stories, see their pics and videos, and catch their passion as they share with us what God is doing for orphaned children through BMH in the Big Country … and what He may be leading some of you to do in the future.
Aileen and Ashley have also returned from Taiwan after living at an orphanage for most of the summer. They too will be sharing what God did in their lives and what He’s doing for orphaned children in Taiwan.
Last, but not least, Friday is our last time to hang out with Clara at TD before she defects … errr … moves on to serve at BASIC :), so make sure you come and sit next to her this week!
After quite an amazing first week of summer camp for orphaned children in the Big Country with special needs, three of our TD’ers have returned to us – Josh, Melody T., and Elissa – impacted and changed. They also got to visit one of Show Hope’s care centers (one of the ones we raised money for with V4V!). Here are a couple of pics from the care center:
Megan, Calvin, and Brianna still remain there, serving a second week; this time with more “typical” (no or less special needs) orphaned children. It’s still been pretty challenging (as you can hear from the vlog), but also very rewarding:
“Things have still been really good. The kids are having a really good time. Honestly, I’ve been encouraged by the kids this week. I didn’t have to take a caretaker’s role this week, but instead one of a friend. We’ve done so many things together: Basketball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, joking, a skit, cards, Chinese chess. They’re honestly like younger brothers. I’ve gotten to talk about faith with them a little and am hoping to encourage them in their walks with Him. They are probably believers along with most people in their orphanage. They actually did a prayer night two days ago and some shared testimonies. Anyways, apart from that, I’ve just been humbled more …”– Calvin
Please keep them in your prayers as they finish off their weeks and return soon!
Here are a couple of vlogs from our team in the Big Country, serving orphaned children with special needs with God’s love and care at a summer camp with Bring Me Hope. It’s been quite the challenge for our team as they have been stretched in every way. Our Father has provided, however, and they are doing well.
Here are a couple of updates:
“Things have been really busy, but time with the children has been really good. Some of us have been brought to the end of our patience and love, and it’s been good recognizing our need for ___. I’m sure it’s been illuminating for many of us. [One on our team] said that he actually appreciates what his parents do so much more because of this and we felt that it’s helped us appreciate the story so much more. Sometimes we strive and work endlessly to love these kids only to be pushed away, spit at, or yelled at. At that moment, it really lights up ___’s perspective as we continue to follow the kids although we are filled with sorrow. Man I really do thank ___ for how His unending love. Overall though, we recognize how we know so little about these kids and we’ve had to take in faith that as we change their diapers, dance with them, or swim with them, they recognize our love for them. They’re super cute and this week basically all of them have some form of disability.
With translators, I think we’ve all been building relationships with them as we’ve had to rely on each other to care for the kids.
We’re all safe. We’re all healthy, but we’re all super tired. Prayer for strength, patience, and ___’s love would all be appreciated. Please pray that we also find time to meet because we’ve been so caught up with our kids.”
“… I had a great time dancing with one of my kids. He really loves sticking to the legs of people. We rolled all over the floor because he cannot walk at the moment due to cerebral palsy. He’s been such a great example of tenacity. Apparently, last year, he used to be on a wheel chair but now he’s using a walker. He has the biggest smile and the best laugh of all the kids. He always jokes that he’s dying because of laughter. He loves being held and moved around and is very thoughtful at times. He loves to run super fast on his walker and he fills the room with a distinct loud screech. Sometimes he screams with joy. I’ll say more about him later.
My other kid is a lot harder to work with. He whines a lot and loves taking others things. He often says bad things to others and really disrespects authority. Most of all, he REALLY desires sugar and balls. At first, I was really frustrated and really felt like crying when he told me to go away at one point. However, as I talked with translator, we realized that a lot of the behavior could just be a result of his upbringing. He’s quite weak and I wouldn’t be surprised if other kids stole his items often. Not to mention, he can be super thoughtful and caring at times. I was convicted by my lack of patience, love, and care.”
Please lift our team up to our Father in prayer as they break new ground towards fulfilling James 1:27:
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”