Answered Prayer: A New Season!

Answered Prayer: A New Season!

Since our humble beginnings in Qinghai in 1997, we have served over 1,300 children through our rehabilitation center and our homes. We went to Qinghai with some of our staff to take some photographs and record videos of the services we have provided to underprivileged, abandoned, and disabled children in the province for 20 years.

Whatever we had given to serve our Lord, on that trip we received!

On that trip a major prayer point was also answered! The Qinghai Provincial Government, the leaders of the Qinghai CPPCC, the Public Security Department, the Civil Affairs Department, and heads of other departments, gave us what we have always longed for - we were given foreign NGO status in China! Our new status was announced the next day on the Public Security Department website.

Our new challenge is to introduce a community center to every village. That plan is already underway. The centers will serve over 28,000 children. We are also in the process of working with the government to build, equip, and co-manage a Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Training Center. Our existing homes and programs will only continue to grow, reaching more children with love and hope each year.

Gratefully, we thanked all who have placed their trust in us over many years, and for making our dream a reality. Christian Action is now the very first registered foreign NGO in Qinghai. There are 242 in all of China at that point. We are incredibly blessed to maintain our full name: Christian Action (China Hong Kong).

CA will be even more enabled to fulfill the 10-year partnership agreement with the Qinghai government. Pray we will have the financial support as we care for 36,000 at-risk children and provide training to 5,000 child welfare workers in Qinghai Province.

I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and support along the way. May this new achievement mark a season of even greater fruitfulness of our ministry in Qinghai.

Celebrating 20 Years in Qinghai!

Celebrating 20 Years in Qinghai!

It's hard to believe that for 20 years Christian Action has been caring for handicapped children and demonstrating God's love in such a remote place on the Tibetan Plateau! That significant milestone demanded a celebration, so we had a special luncheon with ministry workers, pastors, and faithful partners of Christian Action.

The event was a time to reflect on the significance of these years, to celebrate all the ways in which God has moved in Qinghai, and to dream of an even greater future for the children who still need our love and care.

The afternoon brought many beautiful moments. Some of our supporters told the gathering how their trip to Qinghai allowed them to see the hand of God in the expanse of the work from its humble beginnings.

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Mrs. Siew Mei Cheung

Executive Director of Christian Action

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Abigail and Bingjie...

...share their stories with the group assembled for Christian Action's 20 year celebration

Longtime friends, adoptees, donors, supporters, and Christian Action staff all met to celebrate 20 years of bringing love and life to the children of Qinghai.

Longtime friends, adoptees, donors, supporters, and Christian Action staff all met to celebrate 20 years of bringing love and life to the children of Qinghai.

One of the special times was when Bingjie and Abigail, both of whom were adopted, returned to Qinghai to be part of our Back to Serve Program. There were tears as each of them remembered the difficulties of their past and spoke of the hope and the happy future that CA gave them during their time in the Children's Home. They were powerful testimonies.

We closed with a strong call to help CA continue this great service by supporting our work in the years ahead. We are thankful for supporters who have agreed to move into an unknown future, trusting in God's plan for these little children and for the Qinghai community.

I pray you will consider partnering with us.  Seeds of faith have been sown and I am filled with trust that God will grow them by His mighty hand in the coming 20 years!

Mrs. Siew Mei Cheung, Executive Director

Christian Action

Back to Serve — October Update

Back to Serve — October Update

Since 2001, over 200 children have been internationally adopted from the Xining Children’s Home (XNCH) which Christian Action co-manages with the Chinese government in Qinghai Province. Many of the children who were adopted overseas are now adults. We continue to keep in touch with these adoptive families and have heard that many adoptees still miss their friends at XNCH – the first home they ever knew. In response to this, Christian Action began working to arrange a reunion of these friends with their loved ones in Qinghai.

About fifteen months ago, Christian Action Executive Director, Mrs. Cheung-Ang Siew Mei, was in touch with those who were adopted from Xining Children’s Home through the years.

Siew Mei’s request of those she contacted was that they would prayerfully consider coming back to Xining to become re-acquainted with their culture of origin, re-establish contact with the people living at XNCH and serve the children of the group homes nurtured by CA staff. This request aligned perfectly with some who were longing for re-connection with the Xining Children’s Home, as well as the Xining Social Welfare Institute (XNSWI) “Bridging Program” where those who are eighteen and over now reside.

Our first two “Returnees” are Abigail Wrynn Hu Yang Anderson and Liu Bingjie Turner (both are now 27), who were adopted by U.S. families in 2003 and returned this year to serve six months (from June through November) in Xining. Abigail and Bingjie came to Hong Kong in May to spend one month at Christian Action Headquarters for an introduction and orientation time.

Since June, Bingjie and Abigail have been doing great things in Qinghai: Helping to develop short-term programs, leading activities for children and youth, assisting with the training of local child welfare workers who serve at the five children’s homes Christian Action co-manages throughout Qinghai Province, helping short-term volunteer teams gain traction in their areas of service and providing tours for “Vision Trip” guests seeking to know how they can best support CA’s calling to rescue and serve the Kids of Qinghai.

After fourteen years in the U.S. Bingjie and Abigail both speak English and Mandarin so fluently that they are able to simultaneously translate from Mandarin to English and vice versa. Their amazing language skills have been an immense help in all the areas they have been asked to serve.

Along the way, Abigail and Bingjie have also had the great joy of spending time with many of their friends who lived in the Xining Children’s Home before they were adopted. The times they have spent interacting with their long-time friends and children’s home family members have been precious, resulting in mutual encouragement and affirmation.

All of us at Christian Action are so grateful for their sacrificial hearts of love for the children, youth and staff they have been serving. Bingjie and Abigail have enriched the lives of so many in such a short time!

Meanwhile, CA is looking to place four returnees in Qinghai in 2018. Like Bingjie and Abigail, they will receive an introduction to Christian Action and training in Hong Kong for one month, followed by service with CA in Qinghai for six months.

The budget for this program is $50,000; $12,500 per person. This includes international, regional and local travel, accommodations, food, orientation, training, debriefing and administrative costs.

The “Back to Serve” program is a vital and vibrant one because those who are returning to serve, like Abigail and Bingjie, will have a background, experience, knowledge and love which is unique to them. They will bring a depth of understanding and a great passion for the well-being of the children and youth CA is helping to rescue, nurture and empower. In addition, on the receiving end of things, they will be warmly welcomed and loved as brothers and sisters.

The “Back to Serve” Program is also extremely valuable to the participants, as it will help to bring greater context and insight to their life journey. In the future, Abigail and Bingjie will share their reflections with us about their time in Qinghai.

We would be very grateful for your support and partnership in this important program!