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Training Day at Maria’s Big House of Hope!

I woke up this morning and found the French press, the coffee grounds and the kettle at the second floor kitchen and thought – pfhew, I found it – this is just what the Doctor ordered. Then I chuckled to myself because I realized, it really is what the Doctor(s) ordered J! Well, they didn’t really “order” it since coffee is the universal medicine for jet lag and to start the day right, but they were right behind me waiting for the water to boil.

Another key ingredient to starting the day right, at least for me anyway, is to dig into God’s word and listen to what He might have to say. Once I had a hot cup of coffee in my hand, I turned to Ephesians and leafed through to what I underlined a while ago, which is Ephesians 5:2 and says “Live a life filled with Love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.” You can’t really love yourself and others at the same time, at least authentically speaking. One must take a back seat to the other (actually, loving self shouldn’t even be in the car!), especially if we are to take this exhortation seriously and “Live a life filled with Love for others…”

I was thinking of my new heroes and thought about how they are here in China over 6,000 miles from their homes and families because of their selflessness and longing to make a difference for others, namely these kids in our midst. It is a blessing to see a group like this committed to living out this mission. Today is a busy day for the team and great progress is being made. Over 400 lbs of supplies are being organized, filling empty shelves and being carefully laid out as if they were in their own operating room at their home facility. I had the pleasure of witnessing, Katherine Brady, a Pediatric Physical Therapist teach the head nurses here at MBHOH the techniques needed to care for some of the orphans here with special needs, like Cerebral Palsy. Meet Carissa, a vibrant five year old who seems to enjoy being the subject of today’s teaching lesson for the nurses.

Carissa grabs the reward...a piece of chocolate!

Carissa grabs the reward...a piece of chocolate!

Carissa holds herself up with some help
Carissa holds herself up with some help
Nurses listen to Katherine for instructions.

Nurses listen to Katherine for instructions.

Show Hope's very own David Trask with Geisinger resident Sarah Cates

Show Hope's very own David Trask with Geisinger Resident Sarah Cates

Dr. Erica McElroy sifting through medical supplies

Dr. Erica McElroy sifting through medical supplies

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