Sponsors Showing Hope in China!

August 16, 2010 | Posted In Care Centers | Share


The brave team of intrepid explorers known as our First-Ever Sponsor Short-Term Trip Team (or FESSTT for short) has safely arrived in China!  In fact, we have more than arrived, we have already conquered the Great Wall, visited New Hope Foundation, and flown down to Luoyang where we are currently spending our first day at Maria’s Big House of Hope!

But let me back up. First of all, it was only a few days ago that the majority of our team met together in Chicago for the 13 hour flight to Beijing.  We were joined there by our two Aussie members and Mikey, our in-country staff member.  From the very beginning it has been clear to me that God has put this team together for His purpose and glory.

img_0444Our team is nothing short of amazing. We have such a diverse group – different ages, different places in life, even different nationalities!  Yet as one member emphasized, what we share in common far outweighs what is different about us.  Each member has displayed a heart for God and a heart for orphans that both inspires and unifies us as a group, and even the simple willingness to be a part of this team, of Show Hope, and to go around the world to serve puts us all on the same level.

img_0452The “advance team”, as we called ourselves, went all the way along the Great Wall until we could not go any further, and it is that adventurous spirit that permeates our team and is the mark of those who will leave their homes, families, and jobs to visit the orphan in distress and pour out God’s love!  There were even some of those who didn’t believe they would take the toboggan ride down from the Great Wall who mustered up the courage and made it happen!  Bravo! I love the energy of the team, and it is the fact that we are all so different, with different skills, talents, strengths, and perspectives that I know will make this such a rich time for us.

img_0461We made it into Maria’s Big House of Hope last night and today got to tour this beautiful, wonderful home.  I was here last while it was still being built, and it is amazing to see the transformation from a place of concrete and scaffolding to a place filled with love, joy, and hope.  We got to see the operating room where the Geisinger Team performed the surgeries just a few months ago, and we get to see the little kids who received those surgeries running around, healing beautifully!

Well as we start to dig into the work here, you will hear much more from the members of the team, but please pray for us!  Pray that God will have His way with each team member: Sandy, Anjanette, Sarah, Myra, Pam, Jenn, Lesley, Bill, Kelli, Felicity, Meredith, Alex, Deborah, Amanda, Merryn, Jenny, Bridget, Wes, Dana, Kathy, Mikey and myself! It is such a privilege to be here with some of the many sponsors who are making this work at Maria’s Big House of Hope and the Adoption Aid program possible. Have you considered becoming a sponsor?  We’d love to have you on one of our future sponsor trips! More from the FESSTT in China soon!


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  • Rommel

    Hi Pam and Myra! Glad that you guys made it there safe. Praying for you and the whole team. In Him, Rommel

  • Amanda

    Yay! You made it! Thinking of you and praying for you often, Pam and Myra…and the rest of you too! We love you! Have a great time!

  • Bill Williams

    How incredible to see the team express the heart of the Father to these wonderful children. Praying from Wes and Dana, and the entire team! You are the hands and feet of Jesus!
    Bill and Regina

  • Kahri Lynn

    Praying for you all, especially Amanda! So wonderful to see how God is using you all!

  • Kathy

    Special hugs to Kelli and Bill – we are loving on your 4 little ones here at home while you share the love of Jesus with those special little babies. What a great experience. Praying for you and the team as you do the Lord’s work at MBHOH. We love you!!! Mom

  • Sending prayers, love and hugs to Sarah and the rest of the group at MBHOH. What amazing pictures, and what an amazing experience! Love, Elizabeth (James 1:27)

  • Creg Darby

    Hey Alex, Just wanted to let you know how proud Shanon and I are of you! I pray that God uses you mightily while you are in China! Glad you are following your call.
    Creg and Shanon

  • Keith

    Alex, You are my pride and joy. I am so proud of you. Praying for the entire group every day. What you are doing could change someone’s eternity. Meredith, we love you and are so glad you are there.

  • virgil

    your memaw and i are so very proud of you for being a part of this effort. you are an outstanding christian example for someone to follow. we love you very much.

  • Larry

    Alex, Your PaPa and Mammy are so proud of you for your love for the Lord and hurting people around the world. We could not ask for a better grandson.

  • Meredith, your daddy and I are so proud of you and your love for the Lord. You are truly an inspiration to all! We love you and are praying for your safe return. Alex we sre so proud of you. We are all praying for you daily! We love you both!

  • Merryn Thorp

    This was an incredible team and it was such a privilege to serve alongside them at Maria’s Big House. Thanks to ya’ll 😉 for the amazing experience.