Transformation of Xiaolong

Transformation of Xiaolong

The name “Xiaolong” usually pertains to a person with high agility. Unfortunately, this is not the case for our Xiaolong who has been living at the Xining Children’s Home for 13 years where he is anything but agile. Xiaolong has cerebral palsy. His condition induces a contracture in the lower limb muscles and joints causing both legs to bend inwards. Thus making standing up and walking difficult. This may be one of the reasons why he was abandoned by his parents when he was 4 years old, which led to his admittance to the Xining Children’s Home.

Over the years, Xiaolong has become strong and independent. Despite the inability to move around normally, we were able to figure out with him a way to independently do his daily routine which includes dressing up, taking a shower and eating. This has greatly boosted his self-esteem making him even more confident. However, there are times that his insecurity resurfaces whenever he sees kids running around and play freely in front of him. These are the very moments that he is reminded of the limitations of his condition.

In his second year at the children’s home, he went through a tendolysis surgical procedure to improve his level of mobility with a subsequent extensive rehabilitation and training. The efforts paid off as he is now able to walk with the aid of a walker and can even move around in the children’s home by holding the rails. According to him, “Perhaps my parents didn’t have the means to take care of me, which is why they had to let me go. But I am thankful for all the things the kind-hearted people and staff at the children’s home have done for me.

Xiaolong has kept a keen interest in literature and arts and dreams to be an orator someday. He hopes that through his story, other people with a similar experience would take on life challenges positively. He also hopes to raise awareness among the general public about people with disabilities, seniors and other people in need.

Xiaolong did not let his physical limitations stop him from reaching his full potential and like the care that has been given to him we are fully committed to providing the best care and services to orphaned and kids with disabilities to help them realize their talent and become happier and stronger individuals.

Your help in partnering with Christian Action has given this young man a better life and your continued support will enable us to serve others like Xiaolong now and in the future.

Thank You.

The Wonderful World of Maddie

The Wonderful World of Maddie

Mrs. Siew Mei Cheung-Ang holding Maddie with her forever family - the Silva’s

Christian Action has always dreamt, hoped and prayed that the disabled and abandoned children of Qinghai would have a place they can finally call home. This hope has been the driving force that led us to care for over 1,400 children for over 20 years. Our ministry has blessed us as much as we have been a blessing to the children in our care.

Liang Ying now known as Maddie was born with Albinism, a condition that also impairs her eye-sight.  She came to Xining Children’s Home and was given all the love and care that Christian Action gives to each and every child as they wait for a forever family.  Many children are left behind but this story is about a special child who found her forever family. Shannon and John Silva adopted Maddie when she was 2 and it didn't take her long to adjust to her new environment in the US. Shannon believes that Maddie's smooth adjustment had everything to do with how Christian Action helped her understand and accept her adoptive parents. Shannon said, "Christian Action provided complete information about Maddie as well as baby photos of her. This was invaluable to us."

Maddie is always cheerful, so most people wouldn't realize that she was once an orphan living in Xining Children's Home, which is co-managed by Christian Action and the Xining government.  Christian Action believes that each child should be treated as if he or she were their very own. 

Maddie has now been living in the United States for ten years. Apart from overcoming obstacles to her sight, she has to take extreme precautions about exposure to the sun: a hat, glasses, and sunscreen are a must! As she grew up, Maddie began noticing differences between her and other kids, and at times, this discouraged her. But she has learned to stand strong and tells people when their comments are rude or hurtful. Shannon proudly says that Maddie is her own best defender.

Shannon shared this with us about Maddie and her desire to go to ballet school:

I wanted to let you know that Madison has started ballet. She is at the Yu Xin ballet school. Yu Xin began his study of ballet at the age of 9 in Beijing. He has toured the world. He is an amazing teacher and Madison is the 1st visually impaired child he has worked with. He agreed to take her into his class because he feels like she has some natural talent and promise. Yu Xin and his wife (like everyone who meets Madison) believe she is very smart!!

I wanted to share this because it is an example of how nothing will stop her even though she is considered a special needs child. I was thinking back to when we met you in China and the story you told me about the little boy with albinism at the orphanage who didn’t make it. I wanted to say THANK YOU to you for all that you have done not only for Madison, but all children in Xining. Without you, who knows what would have happened to Madison but, because of you and your staff’s dedication she was very well cared for and now she will have the opportunities to fulfill her destiny of becoming an amazing, smart woman who can do whatever she chooses because her disability will not define her!

The prayer and support of partners like you have made it possible for Christian Action to love and care for so many otherwise helpless little children; showing each one they are precious and can overcome the obstacles before them. Maddie is doing extremely well now - she is a straight A student and loved by parents who are fully present to her every day!

Your gift will go a long way in helping CA continue to give the children we serve a chance to fulfill their dreams!

Maddie (Liang Ying) and Mrs. Siew Mei Cheung-Ang, Christian Action Executive Director

Maddie (Liang Ying) and Mrs. Siew Mei Cheung-Ang, Christian Action Executive Director

Fei Fei - The One Who Had to Stay Behind

Fei Fei - The One Who Had to Stay Behind

The baby is now a man, and this is the story of how he learned to overcome his disability through the care and love of Christian Action (CA) and many caregivers along the way.

All of us at CA are truly grateful to see how Fei Fei has grown and changed over time. We continue to serve disabled youth who have been left behind and need nurturing love and opportunities to develop their potential and talent, while adding purpose to their lives.

22 years ago, Fei Fei gently cried upon entering this world. Unfortunately, his crying was short-lived, and he was no longer able to speak. Soon, he was diagnosed with autism.

Fei Fei was barely two years old when he was brought to Xining Children’s Home. Because he had difficulties communicating with others, he usually spent time either enjoying the view outside his window, or quietly hiding in a corner. When he turned 18, he was sent to the Social Welfare Institute for Adults.

To facilitate a smooth transition Fei Fei was placed in the Christian Action Bridge Program, so that he could live in a community of young people and receive training to work in a sheltered workshop.

He was given simple tasks such as categorizing and packaging, but it wasn’t easy for him.  He would occasionally lose focus and leave his workplace without permission. Sometimes he would ignore the workshop manager’s instructions which led to complaints. 

One time, Fei Fei panicked when there was a guest tour in the workshop, because he was unfamiliar with the situation. He calmed down after being comforted by his care givers. After they explained the situation and there was further discussion, Fei Fei understood the importance of following instructions and completing his task. In the end, Fei Fei improved so much that he would even help his co-workers with delivering the finished products to the warehouse for storage.

Though Fei Fei is still unable to speak, he is able to understand people’s words and expressions by means of occupational therapy training. Along with gaining working skills, he also learned to follow and comply with the rules of the factory. These helped him adapt better to life at the Social Welfare Institute.

CA is there for each person who isn’t adopted which is usually because of disabilities. We’re in it for the long run; from infancy through adulthood. Christian Action tries in every way to make each child’s life as full as it can be; seeking to do whatever it takes to help them find their place in the community and in society.

It was with the help of our praying and supporting partners that we were able to help Fei Fei and many more of his friends. The number of these special ones is increasing, so we are thankful for your care and sacrificial support to help another Fei Fei today! 

Thank You.