A Blessed Reunion

A Blessed Reunion

Story from Siew Mei Cheung-Ang, Director of Christian Action

One of the things I love most about my work is the opportunity to connect with the children we have helped place into forever families and see them all grown up. Their happy faces and the love from their families remind me how amazing and faithful God is to us.

In January, I had a short but meaningful reunion with the Overkamp family, who adopted their youngest daughter, Jiani, from our Xining Children's Home in 2002. She now lives in Holland with Gerard and Maurine, and an older sister who was also adopted from China. The Overkamp family loves visiting China. Recently, they came through Hong Kong and decided to visit Christian Action.

When Jiani and her family arrived, they were greeted by the former CA staff who helped look after Jiani in China. There was an instant connection between Jiani and our social worker, who had prepared her for adoption 16 years ago.

We had a wonderful evening together, eating delicious Cantonese food. Jiani shared her plans of pursuing a degree in biology at university later this year. I could clearly see the great amount of love the family members have for each other. It was wonderful to see God's work in Jiani's life. She has become a beautiful and confident woman.

At the end of that evening, the Overkamp family gave us the gift of a scrap book with beautiful photos of Jiani. I gave Jiani a necklace with a jade chicken so that she could always remember her roots in China. None of us could hold back our tears as we said our goodbyes.

The Overkamps, and other families like theirs, truly affirm the power of Christian Action's ministry in China. I know without a doubt that more people will change through the act of adopting a child who needs love and care. Evidently, the blessing is on both sides and I know that one day, all of our kids will have a forever family for all eternity!

Please consider partnering with Christian Action to support and care for the hundreds of children and “at risk” youth (many that are disabled) living on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai, China.

Story of Kangkang

Story of Kangkang

Kangkang was born last year, but due to aspiration of amniotic fluid, he experienced respiratory distress a few days after his birth and required emergency intervention twice.  Sadly, Kangkang's mother abandoned him, and he was admitted to our Haxi Children's Home.

Since then, Christian Action has sought medical advice on Kangkang's condition from overseas pediatricians. We sourced an appropriate ventilator for him and supplied infant formula from Hong Kong. Throughout these efforts, there were lots of prayers that Kangkang would have a chance to grow up healthy and in a safe, loving home.

Kangkang is now seven months old, and we are thankful that his condition has been stabilized.  The head of nursing who has taken care of Kangkang shared that he has been eating and sleeping well! This journey to health has not been without challenge. Kangkang had suffered a moderate brain injury due to lack of oxygen, but we remain committed to his care and will continue seeking the best medical care for him.

I know that Kangkang's story will help you see just how much your support is needed not just for Kangkang but for all the abandoned, disabled orphan children and youth living in Qinghai that Christian Action takes care of as if they were their very own.

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Building Confidence!

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“Hello every one! I’m the DJ today…” Zhou Ma, a child from Huangnan Children’s Home, confidently spoke into the microphone.

In order to build up language ability and confidence in the children, Christian Action-Huangnan Children’s Home organized the “Our Little DJ” training program. There were 8 children trained with primary education levels, 4 in Han Chinese and 4 in Tibetan language to be a DJ. Zhou Ma was one of the trainees.

Before the official broadcast, CA’s social worker guided the children to do research and taught them about tone and rhythm for broadcasting. Zhou Ma and 7 other children were shy and struggled to express their feelings at the beginning. Some were nervous and did not want to follow the social workers’ instructions. Even so, the social workers encouraged them, and with patience, gained their trust. Meanwhile, the children learned a lot from the training, such as social etiquette, cultural traditions, transport and leisure, and more. The children were able to perform what they learned during the broadcast.

Zhou Ma lacked confidence at the start, and she told her social worker, “I’m very nervous!” before her first broadcast. Since the program, she speaks fluently into the microphone!

There has been a positive change in these 8 children as a result of Our Little DJ.  After the program they now have confidence, they are proactive. They actively participate in activities, integrate more easily in groups, and even communicate with children staying in other dormitories!

Christian Action is happy to see the growth of the children at Huangnan Children’s Home and plan to use this program for the youth with the hope that even more children will be transformed.

Your support helps these children become the best they can be!