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April 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters, We are happy to write to you this month with an updated format for our email newsletter. We may need to tweak and change a few things in the coming months as we figure out what works and what doesn’t, but we hope that it will continue to be a source of encouragement to you, our faithful friends and supporters, as you get a glimpse into some of our day-to-day happenings here at Hope Foster Home. We are very pleased to announce that after nearly a year, Maria’s Big House of Hope is open once more. Our staff and children in Luoyang were overjoyed this month to get the news that they could move out of the temporary residence they’ve been living in and back into their home. The timing was great as it coincided with the Show Hope Men’s Construction team, so they had plenty of hands eager and willing to help with the move…and lots of painting! Even little Vincent found his hammer and got to work!     We are eagerly anticipating the British Embassy’s Away Day in May, as they’ve already had contractors and workers here preparing for the massive project, which will take place May 16-18. In the span of 3 days they plan to send 300+ of their Embassy workers to work on various projects including a brand new playground, preschool playground, preschool classroom renovation, chicken coup (with chickens), memorial garden, and some miscellaneous gardening around the home. It will be a huge undertaking and we are excited to see the results (be sure to see May’s newsletter for photos). This month, Ms. Gek Noi Tan organized a cooking competition in partnership with New Hope Foundation, to raise funds for the surgeries of one of our little boys called Alexander under the banner of “Cook For Hope”. The event was held at The Green T House here in Beijing. Several teams representing different countries participated and 54,748 RMB was raised for Alexander. Everyone had a wonderful time and the food was wonderful. The food from Taiwan was voted the best, followed by Hong Kong and Malaysia but the true winner was Alexander who was able to receive surgery that has changed his life. We are truly grateful for all those who participated to help change the life of this little boy. Thank you all so very much! Joyce and Robin with Gek and the “Cook for Hope” Team NHF Volunteer Stephanie and nurses Krishtel and Heidi participated on the New Hope cooking team, along with Robin and Joyce. With Love and Gratitude, Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff   A huge thank you to the OASIS Hospital Dental Department for their support this month in helping teach our children and nannies about dental hygiene. Dental nurse John did a great job talking to our children and explaining to the nannies the importance of caring for baby teeth. The kids are doing a great job remembering to daily brush their teeth!    We are very grateful for the support that we received this month from Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF). Led by their KidzCity ministry, they raised a very large sum of money for New Hope and along with many members from their fellowship have committed to sponsoring each one of our children for one year! We had the opportunity to set up a table at one of their Sunday services and enjoyed getting to meet so many people interested in learning more about New Hope. As many of you know, it takes multiple sponsors to cover the cost for one...

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March 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters, This month has been one full of activity for us here at Hope Healing Home. With the warmer weather, we’re seeing an increase in groups and visitors and we are glad that the children are finally getting to spend many of their mornings and afternoons playing outdoors. We concluded the month with a great Easter celebration and were able to enjoy a lovely time together. During the week leading up to Easter, the preschool kids learned how to dye eggs and make baskets. Then on Easter weekend we all enjoyed a great day together with a huge bouncy castle and egg hunt. As usual, the nannies seemed way more excited to find the eggs than the kids were! We were also happy to be joined by the Spanish Fellowship group from Oasis Church here in Beijing who brought face painting and balloons for the children. Needless to say (and as is evidenced by the photos below), the children had a wonderful time! Nurse Krishtel and the kids ready to hunt eggs       Loads of fun had by all! In the midst of celebration, we are often reminded that we still live in a world full of brokenness, loss and suffering. We so often hang in the balance between joy and sorrow, gain and loss, life and death. During this season, when we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and the life that comes through His resurrection, we grieve the loss of every child but are grateful for the Hope that we have in our Risen Lord. We want to share a short note of remembrance, which was sent to our staff, for one of the children whom we lost this month, written by Dr. Steve. “I’m sorry to inform you that Sable passed away overnight last night in the hospital. They let us know this morning. Hebrews 13 tells us that God will never leave us nor forsake us, and He did not leave Sable but loved her much more than we could love her. She was with us almost exactly 6 months, and during that time she was loved and cared for, and people across the globe used their skills to come to her aid.  Thank you all for being a significant part of that help to her.” In Loving Memory of Sable Dr. Lim and his wife Nurse Choo from Australia have again faithfully come to help care for the children. We are very grateful for their continued support and love of these children. This month also brought some changes for one of our Henan facilities. Because our current contract with the Xinyang CWI has come to an end, it has been necessary for us to move all the children from our Xinyang unit into the care of our Zhengzhou and Luoyang Care Centers. As negotiations begin for a new agreement, we will continue to accept children referred to us by the Xinyang CWI. We are thankful that no children under care have been adversely affected by these changes, and we hope to re-open the center in a few months. In the interim period, we hope to make a number of much-needed improvements to our Xinyang Care Center while the children are receiving care in our other units. We’d like to close this month’s newsletter with a note from Rob: “On April 1st 1999, Joyce and I with our then two youngest children moved from our expat apartment, which cost $11,000/month (USD), to a very small Chinese apartment which we actually purchased for $10,000 (USD). Many of you have heard this story, but...

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February 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in News | Comments Off on February 2016 Newsletter

Monkey Business at Hope! Dear Friends and Supporters, Happy Year of the Monkey! We’ve had a month full of fireworks, red lanterns and dumplings all around us. Thankfully this year’s fireworks were tamer than the last several years have been and didn’t seem to disturb the sleep of too many of our children. Now that Spring Festival has come to an end, we truly do wait with anticipation for the arrival of springtime. Some of the nannies have bundled the kids up and braved the cold, but we’re all anxious have all the children able to go out and play in warmer weather once more.    Gemma, Annie and Victoria wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year! This month, Robin and I are proud to announce the arrival of our 8th grandchild, Anna, daughter of our son Adam and his wife Asami. As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, this month has come with a few changes in staffing for us as we’ve restructured our child to nanny ratio from 2-1 to 3-1 and slightly lowered our bed count in Beijing from 54 to 45. This is just one of the steps we are taking in order to lower our running costs to prevent reaching a point as we did last year where we had to greatly downsize the number of beds and let many of our nannies go. We are hoping these changes now will help to offer continued stability to our work and the high level of care we are able to offer our children. Many times we are asked by individuals, “What do you need?”, and most of the time, we direct people to the needs list on our website. This month however, we would like to let you know of a very specific need we have for three children currently under care in our Henan units. Some of you may remember a few months back that we mentioned some really neat and accessible wheelchairs we’ve found for our children who are unable to walk. Several of our children are currently using the ZipZac chairs and have found a new sense of freedom and mobility they’ve never known (children such as Isaac and Justice, pictured at the top header of the newsletter). All of the chairs we have are currently being used and we’re finding ourselves in need of 3 more of these chairs. If you feel led to help purchase one or more of these ZipZac chairs for our children, please contact Robin and he will send you more information. This month we welcome new volunteer Ananya from Singapore. Ananya visited us several years ago as a student during her school’s “Project Week” and now she has returned to help us as a long-term volunteer. Quote: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller Joyce Dr. M.J. Hill MBBS. FRACGP. AM. Director/ Founder   News of Hospitalizations and Surgeries Jacob had ear surgery at the famous Beijing Friendship Hospital to treat his hearing loss. This was organized and paid for by the local Baking for Orphans group. We are very grateful. Alesander needed to be hospitalized, and returned to us doing better. Alexander worsened this month after returning to us from heart surgery. He needed to be quickly sent to the local hospital for further care then later returned to us doing better. Cailyn also needed to be hospitalized. Gaines and Kenzli returned from the hospital, but they both needed to go again for inpatient treatment this month. They have returned again doing well. Xayanna returned to us through Beijing from Hong Kong, was transferred to Zhengzhou, then went...

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January 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in News | Comments Off on January 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters, Greetings from frigid Beijing! As we begin preparing for the Chinese New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival, we are experiencing an exceptionally cold winter here and are so grateful for a warm and cozy place in which to continue offering care and love to the precious children in our home. Although the children are anxious to get outside once more, we are finding ways to allow them to exert some energy indoors. We were recently able to purchase some really neat large indoor toys for the kids to use during the cold winter months. This month, we were saddened to hear the news of Leeya White’s passing. You may remember we posted a note and photo from her family on our newsletter a few months ago. Although her life was short, Leeya was able to experience the love of an amazing family and for that we are so grateful. Please join us in praying for the White family as they grieve and process their loss. This month we welcomed new nurse Aubrey from Pennsylvania, USA. Aubrey plans to be with us for the next year and will be helping us here in Beijing and also in our Henan Special Care Units. We also look forward to welcoming new nurses in the coming months and are grateful for the help that they will be to our current medical staff and children. We also would like to introduce three new long-term volunteers that arrived this month. Annie from South Korea will be with us for 3 months; Jade from the US will be with us for a month; and Sarah, also from the US, will be helping us for 2 months. We are really appreciative of the help and fresh resources that our volunteers bring to our children and staff.    Quote: “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 Dr. M J Hill MBBS. FRACGP. AM. Director/ Founder   News of Hospitalizations and Surgeries Ashby was quickly transported to Hong Kong for further care with MedArt. Please pray with us that he could find a family soon. Alesander, Alesandria, and Gail were admitted then were sent to local hospitals for further care. Christy needed to be hospitalized but sadly did not make it. Gaines and Kenzli were sent to Tianjin for inpatient follow up. Jacob twice had further evaluation before his upcoming ear surgeries. Kaden needed to be hospitalized after rapidly getting very ill. Monty and Zion needed inpatient treatment at local hospitals. Santinowas admitted then was rushed by Dr. Zhai to the hospital for possible surgery. Sadly, he did not make it. Stacy went to Hong Kong for heart surgery with the Adventist Hospital Heart Foundation. Xayanna was able to Hong Kong for surgery with MedArt.   News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption Benjamin, Eara, Enoch, Houston, Mariana, Prairie, Rebecca-Isabella, Russ, Trenton, and Zale were all adopted this month! We also found out that Baldwin was previously adopted!              News from Hope Healing Home in Beijing Other than the surgeries and hospitalizations above, no major events occurred for the children in Beijing this month.   News from the five Special Care Centers in Henan Province These centers provide humane and loving medical and hospice care for infants and young children with a range of congenital conditions who many times are unlikely to survive under normal circumstances. Those who survive are great blessings. 1. Jiaozuo Show Hope Special Care Center No major events occurred for the children in Jiaozuo this month. 2. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, a Show Hope Special Care Center (currently in temporary residence) Alexander returned from surgery doing well. Delanie and Israel sadly passed away. 3. Nanyang Show Hope Special Care Center Martin...

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December 2015 Newsletter

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in News | Comments Off on December 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters, We’d like to begin by wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2015 is over already. 2015 has been a year full of many challenges in our ministry, but also a year full of continued evidence of God’s faithfulness and provision. It was early in 2015 that we had to make the very difficult decision to downsize at our Beijing center and let many of our nannies go. We are so thankful that as we begin a new year, we’ve been able to return to full capacity and hire most of the nannies back. This is just one of the many evidences of God’s provision over us this year. We’ve been privileged to be able to offer care to 168 new children in 2015 and have seen 99 children adopted into loving homes. We’ve also been able, with the help of numerous caring doctors and hospitals, to provide surgeries and necessary hospitalizations 215 times this year. And let us not forget the children whom we’ve had the privilege to care for, if only for a brief time, who have left us and gone to our Father in heaven. Although their bodies here on earth may have been fragile and weak, we believe and rejoice that they now reside with Him with perfect heavenly bodies, no longer bound by sickness. I am really happy to announce that Robin has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queens New Year’s Honours list for the work that we do in China. This award will be presented at Buckingham Palace sometime during 2016. In December we welcomed a group from MedArt led by Dr. John Ngan who performed a Christmas concert for our children. The children had a wonderful time and enjoyed getting to play along with their own musical instruments. We are very grateful for the MedArt team and the many ways in which they help us provide care for our babies. During the month of January I will be in Malaysia to be with my daughter Amber. She and her husband Marcio have just welcomed their first child, Joshua, who was born the morning of January 2nd, just a few days after I arrived. Joshua weighed 3.2 kg. at birth and both mom and baby are doing well. As we enter 2016 we look forward with anticipation to see what things God has in store for this ministry. We are hopeful and thankful for your continued support and know that we could not do what we do without the help of so many. Quote: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you are.” – Joshua 1:19 Joyce Dr. M J Hill MBBS. FRACGP. AM. Director/ Founder   News of Hospitalizations and Surgeries Alexander, Shayla, and Titan were fortunate to be able to go to Hangzhou for surgery. Dusty was admitted then sent quickly to surgery in Shandong Province. Henley needed to be hospitalized but sadly did not make it and passed away in the hospital. Leaf went to Hong Kong for a hearing assessment and fitting of a special type of hearing aid. McKinnley was hospitalized. He unfortunately continued to worsen and passed away. Nieson needed inpatient treatment and returned doing much better. Seraphina was hospitalized in Shanghai and returned without surgery.   News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption Andrew-Gad, Bryant, Clay, Hanani, Jade, Liam, Marcus, Slade, Stella-Yasmine, Tara were adopted this month. We heard that Sophie Joy was recently adopted. What an amazing joy it is to see these children go to families!             ...

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