We continue our life’s journey, on the path toward deeper understanding of our purpose, and the work set before us. Adopting Lily in 2006 redefined many aspects of our family. Selling everything and moving our family of six to China was one such significant change. Through our time in China, we have gained a closeness and greater appreciation for each other. Yet, there are often bitter sweet thoughts as we recognize the blessings of our four children, while our Chinese friends are limited to one. The Church in China is growing, while the distractions of career building, materialism, busyness, all common to Western Christians, are becoming commonplace. Many children have been left behind by society, not enjoying the fruits of the economic miracle of today’s modernized Chinese economy. Too many of these children, often with special needs, find themselves in state run orphanages.
Orphanages in China come in as many varieties as faces on the street. Some are shiny modern facilities with the latest equipment, while others operate in extreme poverty. One thing that they all have in common is the struggle to provide the children with their most important need, unmerited love. Serving the orphan community has stretched our emotions beyond reason; from experiencing indescribable joy at the adoption of an orphaned friend to grieving deeply at the death of a young child. These are life changing experiences the memories of which will never fade.
These experiences have led us to spend the next season of service with VisionTrust.