• 24Nov

    Let’s see… my journey to China all started with the hope of helping orphans. A lot of my work that I’ve been doing over the past year and 8 months has been about helping children in need and THUS helping to encourage people not to give up their kids for adoption. We’ve been focusing on giving parents with children in difficult situations HOPE, so that they know that dropping their kid off at the orphanage isn’t the ONLY option left. So it seemed like while my first motive was to come help orphans, instead I was doing most of my work for kids WITH parents! That is until Saturday!

    I was able to go with the team down to the Wenshan orphanage! What an amazing experience! I first arrived and was led by my heart, I think, straight to the nursery area. There were a good 20 babies in that area ranging from less than a month old (with clef lips) to maybe 2 years. A lot of them were healthy girls and boys. One was basically calling out to me so I went to play with him for a bit. I was trying to stay out of the caretakers’ way as they were changing diapers and clothes, so then I went over to the younger babies. There was one who was just overfilled with joy just to have you rub his little belly. I held another for a bit. Then I saw that the older babies that were all changed were sitting sadly on a bench (some slowly slipping lower and lower into a slouch), so I went over to go hold them. I asked one if he wanted to be held and he immediately put up his arms! SO CUTE. Kids with parents that age don’t really want anyone other than mom to hold them, so sometimes it’s hard to find an opportunity to hold kids. But here, I’m pretty sure your arms will get tired before any of the kids would want you to put them down. The tough part is physically being able to put the kids down. They’ve learned pretty quick some easy ways to make it tough for you to put them down! The first kid I picked up quickly caught on to the fact that I was going to put him down, so he began to tighten his grip on my sweater, then he stiffened his legs so I couldn’t put him in a sitting position! It was pretty funny trying to get him to bend his legs! Finally I did that thing where you can tap right behind the knees to get them to bend and VOILA sitting position. Of course, then the saddest face you’d ever see appeared with the tears and sobs to follow. It breaks your heart, but is hilarious at the same time!

    The “real” reason that we were there was to do some therapy for the kids that need it. There were quite a few kids there needing different types of therapy, so the team just helps those that they can. Their problems range from Cerebral Palsy to mental problems (causing the physical problems) to a girl who has ultra hyper-extended knees causing her knees to almost seem backwards. These kids really need daily rehab, but for now all we can do is make it out there on Saturdays.

    Here is YuanYuan. She’s got a great smile and is a really hard worker. Kids like her make you wish you could just take them out of the orphanage and into your home so that she can get better faster! She has CP and because she hasn’t had therapy she can’t walk. It must be tough to be in an orphanage where you’re constantly surrounded by kids playing and running, but all you can do is sit there and watch. It’s extra tough because there’s no one there to play with her most of the time. With the other kids running around and the workers busy with the babies, it doesn’t leave many options for her. Still she seems to have a pretty positive attitude (at least while we’re there!).

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    Please pray for these kids. The orphanage at times is a very dark place (in spiritual terms). We’ve seen some pretty tough things between the way the kids treat each other (especially the way they treat the disabled kids) and we’ve seen tougher things between the way the workers treat the disabled kids. I am sure that the workers are pretty overloaded with work and so it becomes very easy to lose your patience with some of the kids, but just continue to pray that they can find compassion and patience!

    I can hardly wait to go back again!

    Lup

    Posted by LupLup @ 11:56 pm

5 Responses

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  • Net2 Says:

    So exciting to read your post! Happy Thanksgiving, Lup2! When are you coming back to the US?

  • LupLup Says:

    the beginning of December-ish. Still undecided… waiting to see if my friend can come with me or not!

  • brenda gray Says:

    yes I will pray for these orphans. I am amazed at what you do.

  • Mark Says:

    Hello,
    We live and work in China. Helping orphans. Just wondering, was this childrens home in Wenshan, Yunnan China?
    Anyway that you could get us in contact with the orphanages address? Who do you know that could point us in the right direction?

    Please email me at 9856@ctses.net

    Thanks,
    Mark

  • Pips Says:

    I’m in my journey of discovering the burden for kids. I’ve never had any interest in kids until I came YN. I just found myself loves playing ball with my friends’ kids and babysitting them, and making paper crafts with Xiao Xue. And I miss the kids in Qiong’s family a lot. After reading through your journal, the idea popped up is that “I want to volunteer at the orphanage!” Just want to write it down so I won’t forget about it. And will start prying for that. Will be really appreciate if you could cover that in your pryer.