What did you do for your 10th birthday? Bowling with friends? Cake with friends and family? For her 10th birthday, Faith decided to do something a little different. She decided to donate her birthday to the children at Maria’s Big House of Hope in China. Continue reading as Faith’s mom, Christen, describes her daughter’s generous heart for orphans and how even a 10-year-old can make a difference for the world’s waiting children.
It was a treat for me to help Faith plan her 10th birthday party. Late one evening, after we had confirmed plans for her party, Faith became quite teary; she wanted her baby sister to join in on the fun. Faith’s sister, Caroline Reese, went to be with the Lord in 2011 due to complications from Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome. Navigating grief alongside my brave daughter has given our family a deepened bond and a clear glimpse into the vast love of Christ. So it was no surprise to me when Faith mentioned she wanted to do something a little different this year; she wanted to use her birthday party to give hope to orphans in distress.
In an effort to assist her, I began researching organizations that provide love and life-giving care to orphans; Show Hope was on the top of our list. When we discovered that Show Hope serves children with special needs, we felt the Lord affirming our decision to support this ministry. We smiled when we learned that the Special Care Centers are located in China, which is the native home of the panda; the panda is Faith’s favorite animal! For our family, this exemplified God’s perfect plan.
On the day of Faith’s birthday party, dozens of family and friends arrived with gifts for the children at Maria’s Big House of Hope in China. Faith opened the gifts one by one, cherishing each bottle of baby lotion and pastel-colored bib before they were re-packed and shipped to Show Hope. We are overjoyed and so thankful for this opportunity to serve the Lord. We will be praying that He continues to provide for the needs of Show Hope and all the children they serve.
Do you have a birthday coming up? Become a advocacy events and donate your special day. Your generosity can help restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress. What could be more special than that?