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Hope and a Future

There was much rejoicing two years ago when Shannon and John Silva came to take their adopted daughter Madison (Liang Ying) from Xining Children's Home back to their home in the USA. We celebrated together before their departure, something I try to do with all our adopted children. Whenever children from our homes go to be with their forever families, I wonder to myself what their future will look like, and how they will face the obstacles life has a habit of presenting. Shannon's latest update answers some of those questions...


I wanted to let you know that Madison has started ballet. She is at the Yu Xin ballet school. Yu Xin began his study of ballet at the age of 9 in Beijing. He has toured the world. He is an amazing teacher and Madison is the 1st visually impaired child he has worked with. He agreed to take her into his class because he feels like she has some natural talent and promise. Yu Xin and his wife (like everyone who meets Madison) believe she is very smart!!
I wanted to share this because it is an example of how nothing will stop her even though she is considered a special needs child. I was thinking back to when we met you in China and the story you told me about the little boy with albinism at the orphanage who didn’t make it. I wanted to say THANK YOU to you for all that you have done not only for Madison, but all children in Xining. Without you, who knows what would have happened to Madison but, because of you and your staff’s dedication she was very well cared for and now she will have the opportunities to fulfil her destiny of becoming an amazing, smart woman who can do whatever she chooses because her disability will not define her!
Like Shannon, I sometimes wonder about the little boy with albinism who did not make it. He lived at the Xining Social Welfare Centre, and died before he could be placed under our care at Xining Children’s Home. My best efforts to discover the reasons why he died have all proved fruitless. We will never know what his future would have been like. But I praise God that Madison is home with her new family! 
Now we need to ensure that the orphans still in our care continue to get the best treatment we can give them, so they too have hope for the future.  We need you to partner with us to make this happen. Just click on the Donate button to start giving a child hope for the future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” 
(Jeremiah 29:11)



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