Earlier this month, a very special little girl was adopted who had been helped by LWB. Many of you had prayed for Miao’s health over the years, and so we wanted to share her initial story with you – which now has the happy ending (new beginning) of adoption! ****
I first met Miao in April, 2006 when my Dad and I were given permission to visit my daughter’s orphanage in China. The orphanage had been closed to any Westerners visiting and past offers of assistance had been politely refused. When we visited, we were in the baby room holding and playing with babies in cribs when our guide was pulled over to look at this little toddler. Her color was very blue, and she was quiet, very quiet. The next thing I knew, he was looking at medical files (I could tell because he was reviewing an EKG strip) and whipping out a second cell phone. He was speaking in English, which should caused me to think that something was up, but I was busy making sure my daughter’s visit was a good experience so I didn’t focus much on his call. On our way to lunch, our guide told me that they “would let us take her”. What? Oh, he forgot to mention that he worked with Love Without Boundaries, and the orphanage was certain the little girl would not survive without help, so they were going to allow LWB to arrange heart surgery for her. He had been on the phone in the orphanage, very late at night with someone from the Medical Team in the US, gaining approval to arrange for her life-saving heart surgery. Wow! Well, that was the moment I then became involved with LWB.
Miao went from blue to an adorable pink shortly after the critical surgery. Unfortunately, during my next visit (this time as an LWB volunteer), we found her to be yellow. Yes, yellow. Apparently she had a blocked bile duct so, arrangements were quickly made for another medical procedure. Miao went from yellow to pink very quickly this time at the hospital. This was the trip where we also convinced the orphanage administration to try foster care through LWB – and so that was another great moment.
I missed Miao on my last visit to China this summer. We were running out to a field trip with 25 students from her orphanage school, and then working on the sponsor crafts in the late afternoon. I made plans to meet with her the next day, but then I learned she was ill. Gravely ill – and it had come on so suddenly that the orphanage wasn’t sure she would survive. LWB’s medical team whisked her off to the hospital, and then she was sent to Heartbridge to remain until her family could adopt her. While in the care of LWB, the photos showed she gained weight and, once again, had a much healthier color to her. Miao really thrived at Heartbridge, and I celebrated when I learned that her family was finally traveling to China to adopt her.
Miao at Heartbridge
I am overjoyed for this beautiful little girl, but also for the many volunteers and staff who found their way to LWB to make it possible to help these children so in need. You know, I still think about the fact that I insisted on one thing on our trip in 2006 and honestly, only one thing. It was our guide. I had learned about him from a fellow adoptive parent who used this man’s services for a film project he was doing. I wanted someone I could really trust in-province so I asked our tour agency to arrange him as our guide. Initially they resisted saying they used to use his services but didn’t any longer. Then they said the dates would not work. Then he could not meet us at the airport on the day we had planned. So, we paid extra, changed the dates, and caught a shuttle to the hotel, but we had Zhang Ming on our trip. I had heard of LWB but had no idea he was with them and that he could do what needed to be done so quickly for the kids. I feel God had a plan for Miao and used us as his instruments to deliver the plan. The door was opened through our trip. If it hadn’t been us, it would have been someone- but I am blessed to think that He did use us just a bit. And thanks to everyone who believed in LWB’s work by donating and volunteering, MANY children have been helped in this large orphanage through medical, education, foster care, healing homes, nutrition, and orphanage assistance. So much still to be done but it all started with Miao. And that is a definite WOW!
~ Sandy Hartman, LWB Education Volunteer