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The 2019 Cleft Medical Exchange: Meet Our Team!

This year’s Cleft Medical Exchange in Lanzhou, Gansu, China is a blending of previous and new team members. We are so thankful to have both those who are returning and those who are joining us for the first time as they each bring their unique skills, experiences, and passion for helping children to this exchange. Some of you might remember that Dr. Lisa Buckmiller adopted a little girl named Gong Lu from China whom LWB helped bring to the US for medical care in 2006. (The remarkable story of Gong Lu is told in the LWB book, The Heart of an Orphan.)

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The Heart of An Orphan: An Anniversary Gift

This week marks the beginning of LWB’s 15th year of working to change the lives of orphaned and impoverished children. In appreciation for everyone who supports us and makes our work possible, we are making the Kindle version of “The Heart of An Orphan” available for free until September 2.

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The Heart of an Orphan

Have you ever wondered about the story behind Love Without Boundaries?  Our new book, The Heart of an Orphan, tells the story of how one tiny baby in China born with heart disease inspired a movement which became Love Without Boundaries.

In this book, founder and CEO Amy Eldridge offers her personal insight into the many complex issues surrounding orphan care, abandonment, international aid, and adoption and shares many personal stories about her years of working with orphaned and impoverished families in China. Read more.

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Falling In Love with Emily

Emily with Li Ying

Last month 49 children received cleft lip or palate surgeries during LWB’s Cleft Medical Exchange in Kaifeng. One of those precious children was a very special little girl named Emily. Eighteen months ago Emily was born, missing both legs and one arm. When Amy Eldridge, LWB’s executive director, and Sheri Russon, LWB’s administration director, visited China in March, they met sweet Emily at her orphanage in Guangdong Province. They knew that this little one would need a little extra help finding her forever family and set the wheels in motion for her to be able to receive surgery during the cleft trip. Read more.

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There’s No Place Like Home for Peter

If you read our blog regularly, you probably remember Amy Eldridge’s recent post, “On My Own,” which gave us all insight into the hearts of older orphans who have no families of their own. Sadly, there are too many children who either never become eligible for adoption or who “age out” when they turn 14. Too many children in China never have a true chance to find a permanent home.

With all of this in mind, we want to introduce you to Peter, a 13-year-old boy from Taiyuan in Shaanxi Province. He is not in a Love Without Boundaries Program; however we want to feature him to increase his chances to find a family. Peter’s file has just been released and he is now eligible for adoption! However, he turns 14 in May 2011, so he only has a few short months to find his family before his birthday. We hope to make these months count by spreading the word that he is waiting and available for adoption right now. LWB is accepting donations to make an adoption assistance grant available for Peter’s adoption.
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Happy Birthday, LWB!

We must never underestimate the importance of one moment, one word, one deed in the life of another human being. – Erwin McManus

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