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An Update from the Dye Family

An Update from the Dye Family

As you know, I recently returned from a fruitful trip to the US and was blessed to have not one, but two reunions with some of our children from Xining. The time spent with them and their loving families was precious, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next reunion.

One of the families we saw in Washington DC were the Dyes and their beautiful daughter Smiley Kylie.

Kylie came to the meeting with her siblings, and we had a wonderful time catching up and sharing stories of how God is at work in our lives.

After reading our first blog on Kylie, Stacy (Kylie’s mom) shared this beautiful story about their perspective throughout the adoption process. I knew how encouraging it would be for you to read it too. We serve such a generous God, and He really is directing our steps!

We were led to our sweet Kylie when her sister Emmie kept pretending she had a sister from China named Kylie and would ask when we were going to get her. Everywhere we went she would imagine 'Kylie' was with us. 'Come on Kylie,' she would say. I just blew it off as an imaginary friend until one day...

It was an advocating post made by our friend Amy that began it all! Facebook is where I first saw her little face alongside the name KYLEE and the words 'Could You Be My Mother?' Those words and that face were the ONLY things on my screen one early morning, and I literally spat my coffee across the table.

It was within no time at all that I had her file in my hands. It was a superfast search that led me to Ladybugs n Love Kelly. Kelly was so awesome! She went straight to work and within hours provided us with lots of info, videos, and updates on our girl! She got all of the info via an in-China contact: Angela and Siew Mei Cheung-Ang, Christian Action Executive Director!

It was a complete and total God thing. It was Orphan Sunday in China, and Siew Mei had placed Kylie's name on the list of children to pray for that day that she would soon have a family. How about that? There I was...asking about her within hours of that prayer. Siew Mei generally spent a lot of her time in Hong Kong but just so happened to be visiting the very place where Kylie was living that day.

Coincidence? I don't think so. It was all part of God's perfect plan, and things fell right into place that weekend. We now call the little sweetheart in the photo Kylie Sue-Mae Dye!

We couldn't possibly love her more! She is our little Smiley Kylie!

It is so encouraging to see the way that God arranged the meeting of this sweet girl with the perfect family for her. Again, I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the Dye family, and I cannot be more excited about Kylie's bright future.

Siew Mei Cheung-Ang
Executive Director
Christian Action

Reunion in DC

Reunion in DC

I have dreamed of reuniting with some of our children and their forever families, and on my recent trip to the US, we were able to make it happen in not one, but two cities! The two reunions were in DC and Los Angeles, and it was everything I could have asked for and more.

Our DC reunion was on the afternoon of 23 June. Marlon and I met with three of our Xining children along with their families.

DC Reunion Siew Mei with Catherine.jpg

The first and youngest guest, baby Catherine, is 22 months old and was adopted late last year. Her father, William, and two brothers Tev and DJ, along with William's nephew and niece coordinated the site and the dinner!

She was very excited to play with all that was around her.

Siew Mei with Leah and her Forever Family.jpg

Leah, who is already over 10 years old, was adopted by Aron and Jenn in 2010. We had the privilege, as a family, of seeing Leah off in Xining when Marlon and Danial accompanied me to Qinghai that year! Leah's parents came along with her two siblings Kyra and Ryann.

Siew Mei and Kylie with her forever family.jpg

Then we had Sue-Mae, knick-named Ms. Smiley Kylie, our six-year-old joyful girl, along with her parents, Stacy and Jack, as well as her three siblings, who were all adopted from China.

DC Reunion Siew Mei with three adoptees.jpg

We spent the afternoon eating delicious food, catching up on life, and sharing what God has been doing in China through Christian Action since 1997. It was encouraging to be in a room full of people who understand the importance of the work we do in the Children's Homes, and especially to be among people who have played such an instrumental role in showing God's love to these precious girls.

I wanted each of the girls to remember this moment, even though some were young, so I gave each one a necklace which included a jade chicken. I chose this because the shape of the chicken is similar to the shape of China on a map. I wanted each child to have a special reminder of their culture and roots as they grow up and pursue their dreams.

I know without a doubt, that each of the people at our reunion was deeply impacted by the special love of adoption. I pray that each family will be willing to share this message of faith and hope with others, and that one day every orphaned or abandoned child will have a forever family.

I look forward to sharing news about the LA reunion. Until then, pray for God's blessing for each of these lovely families.

Siew Mei Cheung-Ang
Executive Director
Christian Action

Ji Shan Has A Family!

Ji Shan Has A Family!

Before he was even a month old, Ji Shan had a rare genetic disorder known as Ellis Van Creveld Syndrome, which causes many complications, including congenital heart disease and musculoskeletal disorders.

In 2015, one of our dear supporters, Mark MacAlpine raised money to support Ji Shan. We had launched our foster care program, so for ten years Ji lived in the loving care of Mr. and Mrs. Peng, his foster parents. This was a sweet time for Ji. His foster mother even carried him up the stairs to their flat to help ease his pain.

Over the years, Ji had several surgeries. Christian Action arranged treatment for him in Shanghai in 2004, and again in 2011. In February 2013, thanks to SK Yee Medical Foundation, Ji had corrective surgery on both of his legs.

And now there's a happy ending! In 2016, the Whirley family from Texas began the process to take him home. He was finally adopted in March 2018. Ji now has a new name – it is Jason. His mother, Liz, wrote:

Jason is officially ours!
Today we did some shopping for J, went to the Qinghai museum, and saw the local pet marketplace. We then went to the orphanage to meet J's foster family. His foster mom is the sweetest lady ever. She clearly adores him after nearly 13 years of caring for him, and was very sad to see him go, but happy that he is now adopted and will have many more opportunities in the U.S. She has fostered 3 other children besides J that I am aware of.

Jason (Ji Shan) with his forever family!

We are so thankful every time a child is matched with a forever family. For Jason, this truly is perfect timing, because he was twelve years old, just two years shy of aging out of the adoption pool in China. 

If you would like to help support the hundreds of abandoned, disabled and “at risk” children living on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai China like Ji Shan please visit our donate page.  Anything you can give great or small is used to help each child to become the best he or she can be!