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!