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A Visit to Rural Guizhou

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This summer I spent most of July visiting our programs in China, and I spent one week of it in the southwestern province of Guizhou. This province is still one of China’s poorest economically, but I feel one of the richest when it comes to natural beauty and diversity of culture. Read more.

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Miss Megan Awaits A Family

Megan from our Guiyang foster care program is jumping for joy at the news of her Adoption Assistance grant!

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Shayla: A Ray of Sunshine!

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Sweet Shayla is described as adorable, happy, lovely and loving in reports stretching back to 2012. That was when she first came into LWB care diagnosed with a cranial meningocele. Read more.

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Robin’s Generous Spirit

Four-year-old Robin may have Apert Syndrome, but she does not let it define her or hold her back in any way. A shy, gentle girl, Robin came into our foster care program eighteen months ago and has enjoyed the love and attention of two wonderful foster care families: one in Qiandongnan and one in Guiyang, where she currently lives.

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A clever girl, Robin has been meeting her developmental milestones. Read more.

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A Family’s Letter of Thanks

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We recently received this moving letter of thanks from the family of Dalang, the baby we featured in our blog earlier this summer, “A Father’s Plea for Help”.
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Guiyang Foster Care

When I first got actively involved with charity work in China, I kept hearing about a wonderful foster care program in Guiyang, Guizhou which was supposedly one of the largest foster care programs in that country.   Over the years, we were contacted by many foster families there who hoped LWB could  provide medical care, such as heart surgeries, to the children they were caring for.   We were always happy to help.  As those children were adopted, I would often hear from their new parents about how loved their children were in foster care.

This past April, we finally met in person with the heads of this program, a married Chinese couple who have been fostering children since 1999.
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Shayla: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

One-year-old Shayla is new to LWB’s Foster Care Program but is known to many as a previous resident of LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home. Shayla was born with cranial meningocele, and she spent time recovering from her surgery with the loving nannies at Heartbridge. Recently graduating, she is now in LWB’s Guiyang Foster Care Program… and we can’t wait to watch her grow and flourish! Read more.

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Hopes and Plans for Our China Trip

When I was a little girl, I remember seeing the passport of my friend’s father, and as I turned each page and saw the entry and exit stamps from different countries, I thought inside how wonderful it would be to someday have a little blue book of my own. I didn’t get that first passport until I was 35, when I adopted my first child from China, but I still remember the excitement I felt when the immigration officer firmly put his red stamp in it. I still feel that same excitement every time I land in China – and by the time you read this, I will probably be standing in the immigration line yet again.

Each time I make a trip to check on the children in our programs, I of course reflect back on previous journeys. I always have the same prayer leading up to departure:  that any child who truly needs our help will somehow cross my path. Read more.

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Journey to Guizhou – Day One (Guiyang)

Over the next week, we want to share more information about our recent trip to Guizhou, China, as it is a region that hasn’t received as much international assistance in their orphanages as other provinces. While the blog posts might be longer than normal on some days, we hope you will enjoy reading about this very special region of southwest China. Guizhou is one of China’s poorest provinces, but definitely one of its most beautiful. It has one of the highest populations of ethnic minorities, including the Miao, Dong, Yi, and Bai people.
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