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September 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters, Autumn is in the air and we are loving the cooler weather and clear skies here in Beijing. Our children are going out to play daily now that the temperatures are not so high and they are having a great time playing on the playground and going for walks with their nannies.   For more Fall 2017 pics, check out our Facebook page Robin, Joyce and Katie were able to take a month away in Singapore and Australia, as they prepare Katie to begin university in Australia in just a few short months. Katie is the last of their children living at home, so soon the Hills will be true “empty nesters” and likely won’t know what to do with the calm and quiet in their home (although if it gets too quiet, all they have to do is walk a few steps to the foster home where noise and commotion abound!) While in Singapore, our friend Gek organized a Cook for Hope event which raised 20,000 (SGD) and as an added bonus, the Hills got to enjoy some really nice food! Cook-4-Hope Singapore This month we welcomed two new volunteers who will be helping us with preschool. Julia, from the US, will be with us for 3 months and Joyce, also from the US will be with us for at least 6 months, possibly longer. We are very grateful for their willingness to come help us and teach our children.   As schools are back in session now, we are also happy to have students back from the International School of Beijing (ISB) each weekend to play with the children, as well as students from Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) who came to visit us during their CAS Project week and helped with some lawn care. As always, our sincere thanks go out to all of you who support us each month in many different ways. We ask for your continued prayers for the work in China. With Love and Gratitude, Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.Steven Grellet This month: 8 new children were admitted into our care 5 children were adopted or reunited with birth family 15 children were hospitalized or had surgery 2 children passed awayPlease visit our Prayer Listthroughout the month for updates on prayer needs for our children A Year of HOPE One of our volunteers has recently put together a beautiful calendar for 2018. Each month is a picture created with our children’s hand prints and foot prints. All proceeds from the sales of these calendars will be donated to New Hope. If you’re interested in purchasing one (or more) of these beautiful calendars, please email Stephanie no later than Oct. 20th NewHopeFundraisers @gmail.com Baby News and Movements from Beijing’s Hope Healing Home Kenzli had checkups in Tianjin this month. Ace, Loraine, Sisa, and Stephen arrived in Beijing from our other Care Centers this month. We are glad for them to join in on our fun here! Addie returned to MBHOH for continuity of care. McKinley had to return to his CWI...

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August 2017 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters, It is hard to believe that summer is quickly coming to a close and that autumn is nearly upon us. The children have had a blast swimming this summer and got to enjoy a few last weeks of swimming before the month’s end.   We were happy to welcome one more volunteer this month. Wen has been a big help already with swimming and preschool and is currently in Hong Kong accompanying one of our babies who is awaiting surgery at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital. We are very grateful for Wen’s willingness to help in this way and for such an awesome group of volunteers this summer! Now that September is upon us, the children will resume their daily preschool classes and as we say goodbye to two of our summer volunteers, we will welcome two new volunteers in the coming weeks who will help us through the fall. As we mentioned in a previous newsletter this summer, Katie McGunnigal, from Show Hope, and Polly Zhai, from the New Hope staff in Luoyang, have teamed up to spend the majority of this past July and August traveling to all five Care Centers and instructing the nannies and staff in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) care-giving methods. The sessions have been fruitful and seem to be well received by the staff, enabling nannies to engage the underlying needs voiced in a child’s behavior. It is a joy to see the nannies using the TBRI principles as they build upon their connection with the children, and to see the children blossom and grow as a result. Please keep the TBRI training and work in your prayers. As the TBRI training was taking place in our Beijing facility, one thing we noticed that was really endearing was that when the nannies were given breaks and provided snacks, as soon as they got their snacks, they would bring handfuls of the snacks back to the children in the nurseries. Of course, the children were ecstatic to get these special snacks and it was so sweet to see that the nannies were so anxious and willing to share the snacks with “their” children.     Our thanks go out to all of you who donate each month to the work here in China. You make a tremendous contribution to each of the children’s lives.  We are still in urgent need of support for running costs; there is currently a shortfall of $100,000 (USD) each month, so if any of you can help towards that, small or large, it would be a great blessing. Thanks to Rui Ray’s appeal, which was posted last month, we have received some donations towards the new heating boiler, but we still need $20,000 (USD) to cover full cost. Again, any help towards that would be greatly appreciated. Please email Robin if you are willing to help in either of these areas. With Love and Gratitude, Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein This month: 11 new children were admitted into our care 4 children were adopted 5 children were hospitalized or had surgery 4 children passed away For a peek into more...

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July 2017 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters, July was a bittersweet month for us here at New Hope. We had some happy highs, along with some sad lows. We are grateful for the large number of adoptions we saw throughout our Beijing and Henan units, but it was also very sad to see some of the babies we have cared for leave us here in Beijing this month to return to their orphanages. Many of the children had been with us since infancy and had all received treatment; our hope is that going back to their orphanage will encourage the Children’s Welfare Institutes (CWI) to put them up for adoption soon. As we mentioned last month, we are still in need of regular financial support to continue to the work here in China. The centers that we run in Beijing and Henan serve as a model, which have been the catalyst for change in many CWI’s raising the standards in their facilities. We really want to continue to display an excellent standard of care in all of our centers. We can do this with your support as we have in the past. In last month’s letter we talked about the training program, TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention), that our partners from Show Hope are helping us implement. This program has been modified to suit local culture and the needs we have to equip our staff with the tools to care for our babies and toddlers. During the month of July we started the next round of TBRI training for nannies in our Zhengzhou Special Care Center. We were thrilled when we were approached by the Zhengzhou CWI to train 100 of the their foster parents at the same time as our staff. This is a very encouraging start and we look forward to seeing the effectiveness of the program throughout our centers and beyond! We were very pleased to have a visit this month from Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, and their two daughters, Shaoey and Stevey Joy. They were able to spend a few days here in Beijing as well as in Luoyang at Maria’s Big House of Hope. One of the joys of summer here at Hope Foster Home is getting to take our children swimming. If you’ve ever visited our home during the summer months you know this is a highlight for many of our children. We hope you’ll enjoy some photos of our splashing summer fun. If you’d like to see more of our favorite swimming photos from July, check out this album on our Facebook page.   With Love and Gratitude, Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff We still have not funded the new gas boiler for the Beijing home. We are still around US $30,000 short of the amount needed in spite of the really cute appeal by one of our former New Hope children from Beijing which many of you might remember as James/”Rui-Rui” … If you’re having trouble viewing the picture, please check it out on our Facebook page I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them....

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June 2017 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters, We would like to thank you all for the tremendous support that you have given us this year. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a position financially that we cannot sustain the current number of babies that we care for. It has been decided that we will, over the next 2-3 months, reduce the number of babies cared for in our units by around 50 babies. Currently we care for 285 babies; this change will reduce the number to 235 which will put us in a much better financial position for the future. We know that on the surface this may look like bad news but it comes along with a change in direction for New Hope Foundation. We have always known that we cannot solve all the issues facing babies in the care of the government Children’s Welfare Institutes (CWI); what we have endeavored to do is create working models of Special Care Centers within government institutions. This has been very successful and has gained a lot of respect within the government system. We have decided to focus our attention on developing a training system within our existing units. This is being done with the help of Show Hope, our US partners, based on a program called TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) which has been developed in the USA to help families of adopted children. This program is focused on the special emotional needs of children from “hard places” and how as caregivers we can help meet those needs. We believe that if we can customize the program to suit the local culture and caregivers then it will be a very valuable addition to the model units we are already running in China. Our dream is that just as we have seen a tremendous improvement in the conditions within the government-run CWI’s, with a lot of money being spent on the facilities they have around China, we hope to create within our units a model of emotional care that will be seen by the CWI’s that we now work with as a really positive step forward. As we have already been asked by one CWI to train their staff, we are working towards having a training package to offer them. This we hope will be well accepted and potentially could have a tremendous impact all over China. Once again we thank you all for you continued support as we work towards improving the standards of care for babies abandoned here in China. We are very glad to have welcomed three volunteers this month. Nadia from the US is here for the first time. We are thankful for her willingness to travel to Hong Kong with Lily-Kate (pictured below) for surgery.  We are also very happy to have Stephanie from the US and Emma from the UK both back this summer. We are grateful for a great team of volunteers this summer! Lastly, we were joined this month by another great group from Joshua Expeditions. This time a high school group from Norfolk Christian Academy in Norfolk, Virginia. The group came stocked with supplies for the foster home as well as willing hands to work and play. One of the highlights for our children and staff were daily Kindermusik classes led by their music teacher. The...

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May 2017 Newsletter

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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes    May 2017 View this email in your browser Dear Friends & Supporters, We are so pleased to share that our daughter Katie, the very first New Hope baby back in 2000, graduated this month from Dulwich College Beijing. Joyce and I were very proud to see her in her cap and gown. She has been a wonderful daughter and we will miss her very much later in the year when she heads off to college in Australia. Her life has been a sweet example of the seed we planted many, many years ago now growing into a beautiful flower. In addition to Katie’s graduation, May was also a special month as we had a visit from one of our former babies. William came to us when he was 13 months old from a CWI in Henan. He had cerebral palsy and his chances for adoption were not very good. But God had some very special plans for him. It is a long story but a special family, the Owen family, did adopt William and took him back to the USA. He is now a 13-year-old amazing young teenager full of life and fun. It was for me (Robin) a testimony as to what God can do through a loving and special family. They have nurtured and loved William and released so much potential in him. I am really looking forward to hearing about his achievements in the future. Another picture of God’s reaping that began as a seed of obedience.  Joyce with the Owen Family (William pictured in the center) We were very grateful this month for new volunteer Inge from South Africa. She was with us doing the whole month of May and was a wonderful help with our preschool classes. Summer months will bring several new volunteers and we are thankful for the way in which they enrich our children’s lives.  Inge with Justice We’ve also been really happy to have Laura and her daughter Lily, expats in Beijing, who have been coming once a week to read to some of our children. The children light up with excitement each week as Laura and Lily walk in with arms full of books! Our thanks go to the many supporters that faithfully support us every month; we really do not want you to feel that we take you for granted. It is a real blessing to have so many of you committed to this work. We are still looking for a sponsor to help cover the US $45,000 that we need for our new gas fired boiler, which is presently being installed. We know this not as cute as sponsoring a baby but will be really important in a few months when winter comes again. With Love and Gratitude, Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff We’re officially on Facebook! Thanks to the help from former volunteer Chloe Lee we now have an official public Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, you can find us, like us and check for updates @NewHopeBeijing. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6: 9 This month: 7 new children were admitted into our care 13 children were adopted...

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April 2017 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters, We had a wonderful month here at New Hope. In addition to the blue skies and warm weather, a highlight for our children was the Easter holiday. The preschool children spent the weeks prior learning about spring, bunnies and eggs. The children were able to dye eggs and did a practice mini-egg hunt. During Easter weekend we kept with our usual tradition of renting a bouncy house (this time we got to keep it for 3 days!), Easter egg hunt and Easter party. The bouncy house was a huge hit with most of the children and even many of the nannies. It was almost more fun seeing the smiles on the nannies’ faces than the children themselves; these ladies work so hard to care for our children and it was great to be able to watch them be silly and giddy with the children as they bounced and played together.     A big thanks goes out to Coyote Creek Elementary Girl Scout Troop 32885 Money they raised for New Hope helped cover the costs of our Easter bouncy house this year! MORE THANKS! Another huge thanks goes out to our dear friend Gek who once again, with her Love for Orphans team, organized the Cook-4-Hope fundraiser which raised 100,000 RMB for a child’s heart surgery! This year’s event featured 10 cooking teams from different countries and lots of delicious food. Joyce & Robin with Gek and the Love for Orphans Team Many thanks to all of our supporters who continue to help us in so many ways. With Love and Gratitude, Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff “Hope begins in the dark; the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.” Anne Lamott This month: 10 new children were admitted into our care 6 children were adopted 8 children were hospitalized or had surgery 2 children passed away We want to also extend our sincere thanks to Love Without Boundaries. They recently raised $11,500 (USD) for heart surgery! CTFCF has committed to help with the running costs of the Henan Special Care Center in Zhengzhou over the next 3 years. This is a real blessing and our thanks go to all concerned! OUR NEEDS We are still in need of funding for Charlotte who is in Tianjin First Central Hospital awaiting a suitable match for a liver transplant. Expected cost of the transplant is $40,000 (USD). If you would like to help sponsor her, any help towards her medical costs would be greatly appreciated. We have started work installing our new boiler, but again we are still in need of a sponsor to help cover the costs. The expected cost is $45,000 (USD). Baby News and Movements from Beijing’s Hope Healing Home This month we welcomed Lemuel and Mya from Luoyang. We were sad that Amos needed to leave Beijing to go to another one of our units. Robb went to Hangzhou for heart surgery. Kenzli had another inpatient evaluation for liver transplant follow up. We are very excited to have Archie back from Nanyang. Kale returned from Hong Kong for visa processing. We recently learned that Gisela-Annalise, who was previously in our...

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March 2017 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters, March has been a busy month here at New Hope! We’ve welcomed new children, new volunteers and several guests and visitors all throughout the month. All the while, our children have been keeping busy making great use of our playground now that spring time is here. We are very grateful this month for a large donation from our friend Carina Lau from Hong Kong. This donation was very timely as it came the same week as we were asked to take in 6 children from another home in Beijing which temporarily had to close. These admissions brought our bed number in Beijing from 48 back up to 54. Despite this very generous donation, we do have some other pressing needs that have come as a bit of a surprise this month. The first is for medical support for Charlotte, a little 3-year-old girl admitted to MBHOH in Luoyang in February of this year, then transferred to our Beijing home. Charlotte has a liver condition which will mean that she needs a liver transplant as soon as a suitable match is found. At the moment she is in Tianjin Hospital awaiting that transplant. Please keep Charlotte in your prayers, that she would remain well as she waits. The cost for the transplant and follow up treatment will be in the region of US $40,000. We really would appreciate any support you can give towards these costs.  Charlotte with her Ayi The second need we have is for a new heating unit for our Shunyi home. The government has recently banned the use of coal in Beijing to control pollution in the area. This means we have to replace our existing coal boiler with a new gas-fired one. We have obtained quotations for the new boiler and we need US $45,000 to cover the cost. Again any help towards this would be really appreciated. With Love and Gratitude, Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff “Above all else, know this: Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones. For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive.” Meister Eckhart The annual Cook-for-Hope Charity Sale is underway! Please check out their website for more info: www.meipian.cn/fbrb7ue This month: 12 new children were admitted into our care 5 children were adopted 29 children were hospitalized or had surgery 2 children passed away A Few More Thanks to Give… As we mentioned above, March was full of visits and groups here at New Hope. Much to the children’s excitement, Dr. Mark Chan from MedArt visited us this month. Many of the children knew him from Hong Kong where they had surgery and where he was their pediatrician. Dr. Chan has assisted our work for a very long time, and we are so thankful for him. Dr. Chan with the Hills, Dr. Steve and many of the children he has helped through MedArt We are also very happy to have welcomed 3 volunteers this month. Ananya, from Singapore, who was here last spring has returned for a month during her spring break from University. We’ve also welcomed Mike, from the USA, who will be with us for a little over a month. Lastly Kelsi, also from...

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February 2017 Newsletter

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    To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes    February 2017 Dear Friends and Supporters, After a busy few months of holidays, February has been a pretty quiet and uneventful month here at Hope Foster Home. We had an unexpected snow but are now enjoying the slowly rising temps and increasingly longer days. The children, although still bundled up from head to toe, are getting to spend more time outside playing on the playground and going for walks with their nannies in the village. Winters here in Beijing can be very dreary, so it always brings us a renewed sense of joy and hope to see signs of spring appearing. Our preschoolers enjoyed getting to celebrate Valentine’s this month and learned about hearts and the colors pink and purple. On Valentine’s Day they made special hearts for their nannies and presented the hearts to them after class. Many of them also learned how to say “I love you” and it was so sweet to see the looks on the nannies’ faces when they were approached with a hand-made heart and sweet “I love you” from their little ones! Elizabeth-Stephanie and Ray share Valentines with their Nannies Thank you all for your continued support and partnership; it is what makes opportunities like these possible for our children! With Love and Gratitude, Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff “To love another person is to see the face of God”Victor Hugo This month: 9 new children were admitted into our care 6 children were adopted 8 children were hospitalized or had surgery 3 children passed away Baby News and Movements from Beijing’s Hope Healing Home Braden went to Hong Kong for extensive testing with MedArt.  We are thankful he had that opportunity and for our volunteer Annie who did a great job taking care of him.  Maegan needed to be hospitalized, but she improved and is now doing better.  Kenzli went for her usual testing in Tianjin. Kale and Art are still in Hong Kong and we are very grateful for the loving care they are receiving from the MedArt staff and from our volunteer caretakers and nurses. Please pray for their healing and recovery. News from our Henan Special Care Centers Chaulteax, Hannah, Mitchell, Shannen, Tanya, and Yuma were adopted this month! Please visit our Prayer List throughout the month for updates on prayer needs for our children If this newsletter has been forwarded to you and you would like to receive your own monthly copy, please email us at robinathope@outlook.com Forward this email to a friendTravelers Needed We are in need of travelers from the US, UK and Australia to Beijing to help bring in much needed supplies for our children. None of these supplies are “restricted items” and do not have to be declared at customs. The items will be mailed to you within country. New Hope Foundation staff will be at the airport to pick up the supplies in Beijing. If you are able to help or know of other travelers who are willing to help please contact the following:a) From the US: Rebecca Dorris, Tennessee, Phone: 615-403-1242  suitcasesoflove@gmail.com b) From the UK:  Jennifer Drake, Surrey  china.drake@gmail.com c) From Melbourne, Australia: Topsy D’Cruz  topsydcruz@gmail.com Address: 18 Sassafras Dr, Lower Templestowe Victoria  3107, Australia Phone: 03 98504339    ...

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January 2017 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters, As we write this newsletter, we are in the midst of Chinese New Year celebrations here in China. As most of you likely know, celebrating Chinese New Year in China is the equivalent of celebrating Christmas in most Western countries. This year we welcome the Year of the Rooster. We are very grateful for yet another year to continue the work God is allowing us to do here. As you can see from the photos in the sidebar, our preschoolers have been getting in on the fun and learning a lot about this special Chinese holiday. We really want to thank all of you that regularly donate to the work we do here in China. You enable us to make an amazing difference in the lives of the little ones that God entrusts us with. You may have heard that there are new laws in China that affect all non-government organizations (NGO’s) working here. We are really excited to tell you that New Hope Foundation was among the first NGO’s to be officially registered under the new laws 2 weeks ago. Praise God! He seems to want us to be here for some time to come. God has provided for this work amazingly over the last 18 years and as we go into the New Year we look forward to the plans that He has for us. Financial support for the Henan care centers and also our Beijing center is still needed for us to continue looking after the babies in our care; we ask you to respond from your hearts as to how this may apply to you. This month, we’ve welcomed two volunteers who will be with us for two months. Annie was with us this same time last year during her winter break from Dartmouth College. We are very glad to have her back. We are also very pleased to have her classmate Jessica also here helping us. In addition to helping with our preschool classes, Jessica has already accompanied two children, Art and Leaf, to Hong Kong this month.  Jessica & Annie Earlier this month our Medical Director, Dr. Steve, sent a very touching message of hope to our staff. As we reflect on the past year and welcome a new one, we wanted to also share this wonderful message of hope with you: Years ago we lost a little girl soon after her heart surgery. Her name was Metta, and she was such a beautiful girl.  She had Down syndrome and a heart problem. We had another girl named Nathalie with Down syndrome from the same orphanage and with the same kind of condition affecting her heart. Nathalie had survived her heart surgery, so we had expected Metta to do well at the same hospital. That hospital was and still is one of the best in the country for that type of defect. But when Metta died, we were suddenly and profoundly reminded of the tenuous hold we have on life and the complexity of these children’s medical needs. Nathalie stayed with us longer and longer as we hoped for her to go for adoption. Families wanted her, but for some reason she stayed with us. Then separately another little girl named Jessica-Hope came with three significant medical complications that in the...

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December 2016 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters, We hope you and your families all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. We want to also take this time to wish you a very Happy New Year! This month was busy and bustling around our home as we welcomed many groups and visitors who brought gifts and donations to the children for Christmas. Among the groups that visited, we were happy to welcome once more a small group from Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF). Led by Ka yan, this group comes each year at the beginning of December to decorate our home for the holidays.     We were also very happy to host a small group of students from the International School of Beijing (ISB) who came and put on a short Christmas concert for our children. A new volunteer from Australia, Alicia, joined our New Hope family during the month of December. Alicia will be with us until early January and has been a wonderful help with our preschool classes. This Christmas was really special for us as we were able to spend time with a few of our family members. Our son Adam came with his wife Asami and their two children, Christopher and baby Anna. Our daughter Ruth was also with us, as well as our daughter-in-law Karen (wife of our son Aron) and their two daughters, Maya and Georgia. We also celebrated Maya’s 11th birthday on Christmas day. We would like to announce that our son Adam’s television show, Destination Flavour, was awarded Australia’s Best Lifestyle Television Program at the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) this year. Adam, a lawyer, won the Australian MasterChef competition in 2010 and he was also appointed the “Japanese Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine” in July earlier this year. He is also an Ambassador for UNICEF. Rob and I are very proud of his achievements as well as the achievements of all our children in their chosen professions. Happy New Year! Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you….Yes it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” Mother Teresa This month: 10 new children were admitted into our care 6 children were adopted 14 children were hospitalized or had surgery 3 children passed away In 2016: 120 new children were admitted into our care 70 children were adopted 221 children were hospitalized or had surgery 35 children passed away 435 total number of children cared for this year Baby News and Movements from Beijing’s Hope Healing Home We are very pleased that Annie and Steven were adopted this month!    News from our Henan Special Care Centers Blessing, Kayne, Rose and Ziggy were all adopted this month!      Please visit our Prayer List throughout the month for updates on prayer needs for our children Travelers Needed We are in need of travelers from the US, UK and Australia to Beijing to help bring in much needed supplies for our children. None of these supplies are “restricted items” and do not have to be declared at customs. The items will be mailed to you within country. New Hope Foundation staff will be at the airport to pick up the supplies in Beijing. If you are able to help or...

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