On a recent trip, long-time supporters of the Peace House — Holt’s medical foster home in China — got the chance to visit this vital program for orphaned and abandoned children with special needs.
If it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then seeing something in person must be worth a million! This became a reality for us in July when we had the chance to visit the Peace House in Beijing, China. Over the past three and a half years, we have been vested in this initiative, primarily through prayers and financial support. So when Holt invited us to travel to northeastern China to visit multiple Holt initiatives in the area — including Peace House — we enthusiastically accepted.
The mission of Peace House is to take in orphaned and abandoned children from across China who have various health conditions that can be surgically addressed, such as cleft lip and palate, club feet or heart issues, and nurture that child through three steps. First, the staff at Peace House works to ensure the child is healthy enough to go into surgery. Second, Holt facilitates the corrective procedure at a quality Beijing-area hospital. Finally, following the procedure, they nurse the child to good health. Once this is completed, the child returns to the orphanage or foster home where they came from. In most cases, these children will ultimately be placed in a loving home in China or the U.S.
A number of things impressed us during our visit. We were impressed that the care being provided by the staff is phenomenal. It also reinforced our belief that the children absolutely deserve a place in life where they can thrive and fulfill the plan that God intends for them. And while there are multitudes of children in China who need medical help, it was extremely fulfilling to help the 8-10 children who were at the home during our visit. We felt some natural anxiety as we entered the Beijing apartment that houses these children and their caregivers. Would this be what we expected it to be? Within minutes, it became abundantly clear that this was more than we could have imagined. We immediately “hit the floor” to hold and interact with these beautiful youngsters. After we passed the children’s scrutiny, they warmed to us and permitted us to hold, cuddle and play with them. At various times throughout our visit, our minds could not help but think, ‘Could we bring one of these precious kids home?’ : ) Continue reading “An Experience Worth a Million Words”