Since 1997, Christian Action has helped to rescue, nurture and provide hope and purpose to almost 1,500 orphaned, at risk, and disabled children and youth in Qinghai Province/Northwest China. Of these, 30 have been locally adopted in Xining City and 201 have been adopted internationally.
Christian Action Executive Director, Mrs. Siew Mei Cheung, has long felt that it could be beneficial for Xining Children's Home "Alumni" to return to Qinghai to learn more about their country and culture of origin, while expressing thanks to those who previously cared for them; along with raising awareness for the needs of abandoned and orphaned children in China.
We are excited to report that this May, Abigail Wrynn Hu Yang Anderson and Liu Bingjie Turner will be arriving in China to spend seven months serving alongside the Christian Action Team, getting reacquainted with their culture, while encouraging the children and youth in the children's homes, as well as the local social workers serving the kids.
Abigail was 14 in 2003 when she was adopted from Christian Action’s Xining Children’s Home in Qinghai. Now 28, she lives in Virginia where she has completed her training as a General Office and Administrative Assistant. Abigail desires to bring more awareness to a broader audience—especially within the adoption community—about the children that got left-behind in the children’s home. On the subject of returning of Qinghai, she says, “[The other orphans] need love and care as well and hopefully we can show other adoptees that they too can go back and lend a hand.”
Bingjie was also adopted from Christian Action’s Xining Children’s Home in 2003, when she was 12 years old. Now 26, she lives in Washington State and has trained in Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and Sociology. She is currently a preschool Lead Teacher. She told us of her passion to give back in a previous CAA blog, “I am happy that the children (in Xining Children’s Home) are getting the care they need. I know the money I donated wasn’t much, but at least they’ll know I never forgot them and I never forgot who I am. I am hoping to do more for the children when I achieve my dream. I want to help them to be strong and hopeful; living their lives to the fullest.”
Both Bingjie and Abigail lived together at Xining Children’s Home and have first-hand knowledge of orphan needs and care. They both were adopted and have since fostered a desire to return and lend a hand to the children who were not adopted. Christian Action’s new program, Returnees Serving Qinghai Children, provides an opportunity for Bingjie and Abigail to come full circle and to observe, learn and assist those at the children’s home. They will also help by developing short-term programs, leading activities for children and youth, and assisting with the training of local child welfare workers who serve at the children’s homes which Christian Action co-manages. The project will include one month in Hong Kong where Abigail and Bingjie will receive an in-depth introduction to Christian Action’s ministry and services, before spending the following six months serving in Qinghai. Hopefully, many more of our alum will see the fruit of this program and wish to come full circle as well!