Experiences like this shape who we are
When people come to China with us, and they serve in the orphanages, foster homes or villages they face new experiences. These often bring new perspectives on the needs and real situations for orphans and children living in poverty & abandonment.
“I looked into those small eyes, transfixed on the wall beyond my face, just staring. I read in them the helplessness and hopelessness.” As I walked into the poor and needy village, I looked into the eyes of the farmer.
Although I could not speak his dialect, I longed for him to know that there are those who care for him, his people and his plight. I read in his eyes the burden of living and the same hopelessness. It was as if he was reaching out to me saying, “Can you help us?”
Later I heard that for some, the situation is so needy that in the wintertime their wives travel to the nearest town and sell themselves into prostitution. Even as I write this, my heart breaks for them. This should not be so! One is a child inside an orphanage and the other an adult in a needy village. Yet what they do share is the same look of helplessness and hopelessness. One as a result of abandonment, the other from the burden of living every day in the poverty cycle
Yet another volunteer shared this experience…
We thank God that we came and to be able to save a child from near death. she was just skin and bones. The carer told us that the doctors had given up on her. She couldn’t eat properly and she’s left lying on her cot in a foetal position and sucking her fingers all the time. The thought of her just brings tears to my eyes. But praise God, our leader was informed and he arranged for the child to be taken to the hospice and before we left the child recovered and she could swallow her food. She was cleaned and smiling.