It will be difficult to explain today in a few words, so I am going to let my pictures do most of the talking.
But I will say a few things.
Obviously it was very emotional, but we all tried very hard to keep it together. I think as a whole we did fairly well.
We had a round table meeting with the director and staff. We exchanged kind words, thanks, and gifts with one another; said our goodbyes; ate lunch and went on our way.
These were the donations we were able to leave:
Then, the children presented us with a framed copy of the craft that we worked on with them the day before.
It was such a sweet surprise!
Here are some of the pictures of the day:
Notice the Bible in the director’s hands!
Saying goodbye is never easy, but of course sometimes you develop relationships with some special ones. That always makes it more difficult.
Some of the children that we met are available for adoption and some of them are not.
This was Shaun’s buddy. Shaun gave him a Wonder Book (chinese children’s tract) and a bracelet of his that he wears often. His friend told him to wait a minute and ran up to his room and got Shaun a bracelet of his and two pictures of him when he was about 5 years old with all of the other children at the orphanage then. He has lived there all his life. A most precious gift we will never forget!
When you can meet these children,
see them face to face,
and play with them;
this is critical information for possible adoptive parents.
Not to mention, all the additional pictures and videos we will be able to add to these children’s files.
Some of them I feel very strongly about. I know God has a family for them, and wow, would they do so well in one and bring such great joy to their family!
Lastly, we also made some special connections with some of the workers as well and were able to give them New Testaments written in English and Chinese characters.
They had asked us why we had come to do this. We had tried to explain that it was because Jesus loves children so we love children.
When we gave them the Bibles we marked Luke 18:16 and James 1:27 for them to read. Hopefully to get them started in reading.
Pray for them to be drawn to read more, for them to really give the Bibles to the staff, and that the Word will come to life in them and spread like fire.
I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity. For those of you that have supported our trip financially and through your prayers, I am so thankful!
Please know that good seed was sown and you take part in that harvest.
Goodnight from China for the last time…at least for now. 😉
Oh!! I almost forgot! Guess who just so happened to be at the orphanage working today??? One of the girls from the documentary “Somewhere in Between!” Great meeting her and hearing her talk about her work in Chinese orphanages.