Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dear Friends

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your love, support, and prayers for the children of Luoyang Orphanage.  It has been amazing to see the outpouring of compassion to these kids from friends from all over the world.  What a blessing your involvement has been to all of us.

We are deeply saddened to inform you that due to a variety of considerations, we will be unable to proceed with The China Home Foundation.  Working with these kids for the past several years has been an enormous joy and privilege, and I trust that the love they have been shown by so many of you will continue to resonate with them throughout their lives.  We ask that you continue to pray for these kids specifically and collectively - that the seeds that have been planted will continue to be nurtured and grow.

For those who have provided financial support to China Home Foundation, the majority of the funds contributed to us have remained unused.  We wish to retain these funds until early fall to determine if they can be used to benefit these particular kids in any way.  At that time, we will release any remaining funds to one or more of several organizations that we have worked with which are doing similar work to benefit orphans in China.  We will release specific details as that time approaches.  Please contact us if you have any concerns about this.

Thank you again for your support for this work, and we trust that the seeds that have been planted in the past few years will grow into something beautiful.

With our sincere gratitude,

Your friends at China Home Foundation

Monday, May 25, 2009

Blogger Blocked

We apologize for the recent lack of updates. China has recently blocked Blogger making it a bit difficult to post.

Thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts in the recent weeks. The situation continues to change here in Luoyang and we are still not fully aware of the extent of the changes. Though we cannot say much, we are happy to say that things are looking better than initially expected and continue to see God working through all this.

Thank you again for your prayers and support!

CHF Team

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Prayer and Guidance

This past week while we were in Xian there were some changes made at the orphanage that will drastically change the lives of many of the kids we have been working with.We cant say much about the situation right now, but are asking all of our friends who pray to lift up these children, to ask God to keep his loving hand over them in this time.

Thank you all for your prayers, thoughts, and support.

CHF Team

Friday, May 8, 2009

May Holiday

God is pretty amazing.

A few weeks ago our friends Amanda, Lisa, and Zaynab were visiting Luoyang. Amanda runs a foster home for children with special needs in Xian called Starfish. During their trip to Luoyang, she received a phone call from the government orphanage saying that they had 8 babies they would like her to take in. She desperately wanted to but didnt have the funds to make it happen. But, like always...God is amazing. Zaynab made a few phone calls and within a day they had the necessary funds to take on the 8 babies at Starfish.

Amanda immediately began planning and decided to rent another apartment to accomodate the babies. That's where we come in....

The apartment needed some fixing up and we had a few days to spare. So, Michael, Me, Chrissy, Julee, and our two great friends Tim and Melissa Bueckers and their awesome little boy Seth decided to go to Xian and help out.

We had an amazing week painting, singing, talking, eating (alot), and playing with the kids. With the help of Amanda and Tracy, a volunteer at Starfish, the apartment came together wonderfully.

As icing on the cake, Amanda graciously invited us to help pick up the babies at the orphanage. Words cannot explain the feeling of picking up a child and knowing that its life with be forever changed.

It was an amazing week, full of "love, life, and laugher" as Amanda would say. Thank you to everyone involved!

Monday, April 27, 2009

April 09

Hey everyone, 

From fingernail painting to easter egg hunts, here a look at the fun events that have taken place during the month of April!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

God is Good

The past several months have been full ups and downs here in Luoyang. Where one bridge is miraculously built another is quickly burned. It seems that we are constantly walking on thin ice and have to take our steps skillfully and carefully.

I was having a conversation the other day with a good friend in Beijing about this. He has been doing this type of work for a long time and has weathered much bigger storms than us. He listened to me rant a bit and then simply said, "What happens is in God's hands, and God is good."

How true and beautiful is that?

It’s so humbling and freeing to know that all of this is in God's hands. Whether a door opens or closes it is up to God. When a storm rages in our hearts and we find ourselves feeling lost or confused we can find confidence in the knowledge that this is all in God's hands, and God is good.