October 2017 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We hope this letter finds you all doing well. As temperatures have dropped this month, we find ourselves very grateful once more for the ways in which God has provided for us. As many of you know, we’ve had to switch to a gas boiler this year as coal burning is no longer allowed in our village. We are very pleased that our new gas boiler is installed, running and now paid for. A very special thank you to all who gave to cover the costs, and especially to J & A in Shanghai. It was a team effort, and we do not take these gifts for granted!

After we had finished paying all our bills and salaries during October, we had HK $235 (US $30) in our main account in Hong Kong. Not really very much when we look at what we need each month. As has happened so many times in the past, a new donor in Hong Kong put HK $200,000 (US $25,600) into our account. We continue to be amazed at the way the funds to care for all these precious children always seem to be there just when the need is greatest. Thank you to all of you that have in so many ways blessed the whole team here in China by your support.

We were very pleased to find out this month that our youngest daughter Katie, who graduated high school in June of this year, has been accepted into Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia! She will be working towards a degree in Social Work which will enable her to work with adopted children and their families. This will be a big change for her as she has always lived in China. Flinders University is ranked within the top 500 institutions in the world. We are all so proud of her!

Our son Adam was once again in the news:
“ANA is excited to announce our new culinary ambassador, Adam Liaw!
Enjoy our seasonal inflight menus designed by Adam Liaw….Our new culinary ambassador is chef and author Adam Liaw, host of the AACTA Award-winning television series, Destination Flavour on SBS. Recently appointed by the Japanese government as a Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador, he is also UNICEF Australia’s national ambassador for nutrition and has written 5 best-selling cookbooks. He was the winner of MasterChef Australia in 2010.” 

Congratulations Adam!
With Love and Gratitude,
Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff
God has given us two hands, one to receive with and one to give with. 
Billy Graham
This month:10 new children were admitted into our care
4 children were adopted
22 hospitalizations or surgeries
1 child passed awayPlease visit our Prayer Listthroughout the month for updates on prayer needs for our children

Celebrate Good Times, C’mon!A highlight for our children each month is getting to celebrate birthdays. We have a big birthday party at the end of each month where we all come together to celebrate all the children who have had birthdays that month. We’re always happy for new birthday party supplies and are looking to restock a few items in our birthday bin. If you’re interested in donating to our birthday parties, please contact Becca, who can send you a list of most-needed birthday items.

Mending Kids International Team 

Mending Kids International (MKI) has come this month to help us again with a team led by Dr. Phil Frykman. We are celebrating 7 years of their helping us with children who have complicated gastrointestinal conditions. Out of the children they have helped us with, 16 were adopted in the short time-frame since this team was here last, a year and a half ago! They have partnered with the excellent Henan Provincial People’s Hospital in Zhengzhou this year.

About a dozen children attended the Spina Bifida Clinic and had surgeries in Suzhou this month facilitated by the MedArt experts in Hong Kong. We are thankful for this continued opportunity for essential testing, evaluation, and surgeries.

Baby News and Movements from Beijing’s Hope Healing Home

This month Ace and McKinley were adopted!

We were so sad to have lost Lily-Grace this month, shortly after surgery (please see excerpt below). Mia arrived in Beijing from Maria’s Big House of Hope for further care.Janus and Penelope were a part of the group that went to Suzhou for spina bifida clinic.Sisa was evaluated to see if she is a candidate for liver transplant.

News from our Henan and Nanjing Special Care Centers
We are so pleased that John and Raines were adopted this month!
In Loving Memory of Lily-Grace
At the end of August, one of our babies was given the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong for needed heart surgery through the Adventist Heart Fund. One of our volunteers, Wen, had the chance to be her caretaker during her time in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, sweet Lily-Grace passed away shortly after surgery. We are always glad to rejoice in the happy moments we share with our children, such as birthdays and adoptions; but we are also reminded in times like these that a large part of the work we do is to ensure that our children are loved and cared for regardless of the number of days they spend on this earth. In memory of Lily-Grace, we asked Wen to share a bit about their time together.
Turning two at the Adventist Hospital in Hong Kong, Lily Grace spent 37 days in the ICU, before passing away. Though it wasn’t as happy or carefree as the precious days of childhood should be, she was cared for fiercely. The doctors and nurses checked in on her daily, and everyone who met her was touched by her spirit. As stubborn and long-winded as she was, she was also really curious about everything around her and loved music, from classical to rock to worship songs. She progressed really well in the hospital and we celebrated a number of milestones together – the day we heard her laugh for the first time, the day she gathered sufficient strength to flip over onto her front, the day she touched a book and laughed at it, the day she learned to stick out her tongue (and the list goes on). It was definitely a wonderful blessing for those who were able to spend time with her and while she has moved on to be with God, she will continue to live on in our hearts.
We would also like to extend a sincere note of thanks and gratitude to the Adventist Heart Fund team who, after Lily-Grace’s passing, were so gracious in helping make the proper arrangements for her in Hong Kong.
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Forward this email to a friendTravelers Needed
We are in need of travelers from the US 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  suitcasesoflove@gmail.com
Phone: (615) 403-1242

b) From Melbourne, Australia: Topsy D’Cruz  topsydcruz@gmail.com
Address: 18 Sassafras Dr, Lower Templestowe Victoria  3107, Australia
Phone: (03) 9850 4339     Mobile: (04) 0058 5379

c) From Sydney, Australia: Susan Mukundan  susan_mukundan@hotmail.com
Phone:  (02) 9488 8101    Mobile:   (04) 1491 1309

d) From Perth, Australia: Retha Briers rethab@iinet.net.au
Address: 17 Shalimar Rise, Currambine, 6028, Perth, Australia
Phone: (04) 1533 9291