In November 1997, just after Christian Action started serving in Qinghai, a beautiful baby girl was found on a road in Xining City. Her name was Zhao Wenzhen. She was taken to the Xining Children's Home where she received surgery for a hip problem and all the love and care she needed to grow into a happy, intelligent, strong-willed toddler. Then in 2001, when she was four years old she made history by becoming the first child to be adopted from the Xining Children's Home. Her new parents Jeff and Crystal Kershaw came all the way from Cleveland, Ohio to pick up Zhao Wenzhen who now went by the name Meizi. In her new family Meizi also had a brother Spensor, and a sister Bailey to grow up with.
Fueled by the love and care of the Kershaw family Meizi has grown into a free spirited, vibrant character who loves to write stories and songs. She is a skilled pianist, a bright mathematician and loves sports. Wherever she goes her colorful personality always shines through. The whole Kershaw family has been blessed with Meizi in their family!
This year, Meizi, now a beautiful young woman of 16, and her whole family traveled back to the Xining Children's Home for a visit. Meizi was reunited with those who were a part of her young years; those who cared for her, along with some other children who were there when she was a toddler. One boy called BinBin who had received many surgeries through the years took a turn on the dance floor with Meizi.
Meizi is truly a blessed story--Christian Action was there at her time of need and was able to provide her with love and care. There are still hundreds more disabled and abandoned children who need that kind of love and care and with your support they will get it. Please consider sponsoring a child to help children just like Meizi.
WAIT THERE’S MORE!
Upon arriving back home Meizi wrote the following about her visit to the Xining Children’s Home.
"I never would have guessed how much of an impact it would have left on me. I thought that it would be a cool experience, but China was much more than a fun vacation. It was life-changing excursion. Beijing was the first place our family visited. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the famous cites such as the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. I specifically appreciated learning more about my culture and history. On the fourth day of our journey in China, we flew to my home province, Xining.
From the moment the airplane landed, I had this feeling that something was right. This sentiment continued throughout my stay as I began to fall in love with the culture and lifestyle. It was so different from America, yet so familiar. The odd thing was, that I began to remember smells and emotions that I had before my adoption. Especially at the orphanage. That was probably my favorite place our family went to. I was just so amazed at what God had done with the place and through the people working with it. Also, my heart went out to the kids there, and every minute that I helped serve, flew by so quickly. I never wanted to stop seeing the joy on their faces. I didn’t want to say goodbye. And I don’t have to... completely.
By the end of the trip, I made up my mind that this would not be the last time I came to China. I decided that if it’s God’s plan, I would like to come back to my country and orphanage again. Visiting China this spring break is a choice I will never regret. I had great memories, and look forward to making more in the future."