The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. ~ Anonymous

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic children’s picture book by Eric Carle. Last month, all of our Believe in Me orphanage schools participated in a curriculum unit focused on this much-loved book, and the students seemed to really love and relate to the learning activities! Read more.

Community Starts Here

On Christmas Eve, I was trying my best to get home to my children after visiting my father who had been hospitalized in Florida. At the Tampa airport, I switched off my phone for the first of two flights home.

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When I landed in Texas, I powered up my phone and noticed right away that I had over 100 text messages, which I can tell you has never happened before in such a short time. I also had over 40 missed calls, so it was quite easy for me to think, “Uh oh, Houston…we have a problem.” (Especially since I had just landed there!) I quickly dialed the first number, which belonged to an LWB team member. She told me that our Facebook page had been hacked and that the people responsible were posting things we definitely wouldn’t want kids to see.
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A Grant for Grant

Introducing Grant, LWB’s newest Adoption Assistance Grant recipient!

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Grant is a sweet and curious eleven-year-old boy who has just entered our foster care program in Shantou. This handsome boy may look familiar to some of you as he was in our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shantou for the past six years prior to its closing. We would love to see Grant find his forever family in 2015! Read more.

Ting: LWB’s Featured Student of the Week

Describing herself as an extrovert and a tomboy, Ting is a cheerful 18 year old in our Anhui Secondary and Higher Education program who has overcome many struggles in her life. Ting says that even though she has had her troubles, she tries to always remain optimistic. Laughing and talking with her friends helps her remain positive, and she seems to get along well with just about everyone.

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Felicia and Nancy

Over the years, LWB’s Unity Initiative has helped families remain together in difficult times. Over the holidays, eight rural, impoverished families came to us requesting help funding surgeries for their children. Thanks to our Unity Initiative Fund, we were able to help many of these families immediately. However, two more families remain unfunded who have asked for help so that their daughters —  Felicia and Nancy — can have heart surgeries.

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Felicia’s father is a farmer with many mouths to feed in his family. Read more.

Cohen

Back in August, we were contacted by an orphanage in Anhui province who had taken a premature baby into their care. They told us the baby was very difficult to feed and listless, with a very low body temperature.

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We rushed little Cohen to the provincial children’s hospital for emergency care, where doctors stabilized his temperature in an incubator. Read more.

Snapshots of 2014

On this very last day of 2014, we give thanks for all the lives changed this year because of your support. This week we’ve been reflecting on just how much we have accomplished together and have chosen a few special moments to highlight. Join with us in remembering a very special year of hope and healing, and please know that none of it would have been possible without you.

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Top Ten Photos of 2014: Every Child Counts

As this year comes to a close, we bring you the photos that YOU and our other supporters chose as your two favorites of 2014!

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When our foster care director visited an orphanage in Anhui Province this year, to see if there were more children who could join our program, this little boy grabbed onto her hand and wouldn’t let go. It was like he was saying, “Don’t forget me!” Read more.

Top Ten Photos of 2014: Smiles from Michelle and Shelby

This week we continue counting down the photos you chose as your favorites of 2014!  Photos #4 and #3 feature the smiles of two girls, Michelle and Shelby.

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When orphanages reach out to us for assistance, they often send a photo and information on the child they are calling about. This past summer we were asked to help a new arrival who had been born with albinism. When we opened up baby Michelle’s photo, we couldn’t help but smile. Have you ever seen such a wonderful little grin? Read more.

Top Ten Photos of 2014: Donny and Leo

Donny was born with a condition known as ankyloglossia, where his tongue was tethered to the floor of his mouth. He had surgery earlier this year and then came to stay with us at our Heartbridge Healing Home.

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Upon arrival he was very weak, and he was unable to put any weight on his legs. The nannies worked hard at giving him lots of one-on-one care and attention, and soon Donny was zooming around the home in his walker. This photo was taken when he was grinning ear to ear over this wonderful accomplishment! Read more.

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