Wednesday, October 28, 2015
China Trip 2015
In just 3 days, I'm off to Beijing. I'm very excited about this trip! The adoption agency that we used (both times) has a good relationship with Chinese officials, and has been asked to take part in a pilot program. It's a sort of "reverse hosting" scenario. If you're not familiar with orphan hosting, that's where a bunch of kids come to the US for a few weeks and are hosted by American families who advocate for them to find adoptive families. This trip brings Americans to China to meet with a group of orphans and spend the week interacting with them so we can come home and advocate for them to find adoptive families. Same basic idea, right?
This is the little boy I've been paired with for the week:
Isn't he a cutie pie? His advocacy name is Aury, and he lives in Beijing. His file is Special Focus, meaning you don't have to have a dossier logged in with China to be matched with him. As you can see from the pictures, his special need is that his hands are a little different. I'll be watching closely to see how he's adapted to his special need, and I'll be writing about what he can and cannot do on his own once I get to know him a bit. As the mom of 2 girls with "different" hands, I'm anticipating he'll be a pretty capable guy! He's less than a year older than my Hannah, so I imagine we'll have lots of fun together.
The other children in our group range in age from 2-10, and I'll be sharing a little about them, as well.
If you want to follow along, I'll be sharing pictures from the trip on Instagram, too.
Please pray for the health and safety of the group as we travel, humble and willing hearts to serve the kids we're meeting, and that our stories and pictures will reach hearts softened by God to be open to adopting these precious kids who need families. It would be a huge blessing to me if you would share the posts I write about these kids, so they can be seen by as many people as possible and have the best chance of reaching their mamas & papas.
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