August 22, 2009
The day we met...
It was the summer of 2000 when I led a group of 30 volunteers for 2 weeks to the Luoyang Orphanage in the Henan Province in China. We spent most days holding babies, playing with the older children, painting, and cleaning. One day we took 30 of the kids from the orphanage to the zoo and out to lunch. Our bus pulled up to the orphanage and the kids were waiting for us outside with their nannies. Each of us got off the bus, took a child and got back on the bus. Jiacheng was the first child I saw when I got off the bus. He seemed scared yet curious. It was the sadness in his eyes that pierced my heart. As soon as I showed him how to use my digital camera and he started taking pictures of his friends, I got that first smile that lit up his sweet face. This little boy captured my heart in a day.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27
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