The vast majority of almost 6,000,000 people live in utter poverty in Qinghai. They live without adequate services and have little access to basic needs. How others can advocate on our behalf as we serve these unfortunate people was the focus of our recent vision sharing dinner.
Siva, a former refugee in Hong Kong who was cared for by Christian Action's Centre For Refugees (CFR) was resettled in 2014. In May 2016, our CFR staff member Jeffrey Andrews met up with Siva in the U.S. I want to share his visit in Jeffrey's own words.
Young people today face completely different challenges to those of my teenage years. I never had to be concerned about global warming - it was almost a foreign idea.
Today I not only know about it, I can actively do something about it!
For the last 17 years my annual tours to Qinghai have been busy and exhausting. The mid-September tour this year included meetings, a philanthropic forum and several ceremonies. Despite the tight schedule, I was glad to catch up with one of our supporters, Clara, younger sister of our Board Member, Dr. Yue. Tender-hearted Clara has personally adopted two children. She has been supporting our Education Grant Programme for many years, and we have been truly blessed to have someone like her catch our vision. Following are extracts of an insightful letter she wrote about her recent experience at the Xining Children's Home:
Since 1993 Christian Action has served the unemployed by training and equipping them with new or better skills. We offer more than 150 courses, including a Foundation Certificate in Local Cafe Kitchen Assistant Training. That was ironic because our own canteen had to close down in 2015, leaving hundreds of employees and training students without that valuable service.