Archives For Global Partners in Life

In an era when most children have an extremely long Christmas wish list filled with expensive electronics, it was extremely humbling to hear the leader of the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life say that all she wanted for the children’s Christmas was shoes — warm shoes. It was equally exciting to provide for this need!

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Thanks so much to the donors of Global Partners in Life, who provided the funds for the warm shoes, as well as many other gifts for the children. It was a powerful moment for me to see a child that struggles to walk get excited about trying on their new shoes and walking in them!

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It was amazing that some of the children even wrote and drew thank you notes, which you can see below. In my many years of going to the special needs orphanage and providing gifts, this may have been the first time the children created thank you notes!

A Special Request for Christmas

This request for warm shoes refreshed my memory on how much we have to be thankful for and how much we take for granted. I have often said that these children are my teachers, because they show me how to be happy and content in all situations. They have been abandoned by their parents, have physical disorders, and yet the smallest things make them very happy and content. I truly need to be more like them!

Thanks so much to the people that support my young teachers and the work of Global Partners in Life!

For many years, I have been afraid that some of the old furniture at the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life had lead-based paint on some of the furnishings. When I would ask about it, I was told they did not — but I still had my suspicions. Take a look below at some of the cribs, and tell me if you would you agree?

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I am very thankful to report that, through the very generous contributions of our supporters, Global Partners in Life has been able to provide new furniture for these needy children. The leader of the special needs orphanage likes the new furniture very much, and she says it is very high quality furniture made in Shanghai. Have a look for yourself and see if you think this is an improvement!

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The wood was strong and sturdy, and these cribs have storage right under the mattress. Believe me, storage at an orphanage is a great thing to have!

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These new high chairs are also constructed of strong wood, and they were designed to serve more than one purpose. With various options for folding the high chairs, they can also become a table or a bench. Options are always wonderful!

We at Global Partners in Life are very thankful for your donations which enable us to provide for the special needs orphans and meet their many needs.

Please consider contributing to our work in China at www.globalpartnersinlife.org!

A Girl Named Hope

October 31, 2017 — Leave a comment

Hope is a wonderful word for many reasons, and it is also a fantastic name. My time today will be spent telling about a young lady named Hope. She was legally adopted by the lady who runs the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life. Would you like to know some of her story?

Hope received a scholarship to go to a high school in America, where her English improved tremendously. I visited with her while she was in the States, and she told me she missed the children at the Home of Joy special needs orphanage. It was touching to me that a high-schooler in a foreign country would think about younger children back at her home.

After Hope graduated from high school, she returned to China, where the plan was for to find another scholarship so she would be able to attend college. Unfortunately, after much searching, there wasn’t a scholarship available for Hope. She was living at the Home of Joy helping with the children, when Grace, the lady who leads the special needs orphanage, asked her if she would be willing to become an employee, since they needed another worker to help with the children. Hope asked for 3 days to consider the offer, and I am sure she realized she would be a great candidate since she already knew the children and how to provide for them.

After one day, Hope told Grace she was ready to make a full time commitment to providing care for the children! Grace was happy — she didn’t have to train a new employee, and Hope could help the children with their school work.

One of the first things I saw when I walked into the Home of Joy during my last trip was Hope teaching some of the children vocabulary words! I was thrilled to see this, and I knew it was very beneficial for the children. Also, I was thankful to see the financial contributions Global Partners in Life receives from our fantastic donors was being put to such good use, as Hope was caring for and educating the children. In the photograph below, you will see in picture several aspects of what Global Partners in Life does for the special needs orphans we support. We provide for their care, the workers that meet the children’s needs, and the children’s education!

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Learn more about the orphans and orphanage at GlobalPartnersinLife.org!

Caution: Wet Paint!

September 29, 2017 — Leave a comment

Having recently returned from a trip to China, there is so much good news to report! At the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life we were able to see the impact of a special contribution we received. The support we received enabled us to wire money to the orphanage for having the interior walls painted. The lady that leads the orphanage was so excited that she had a painter lined up right away!

To my knowledge these walls haven`t been painted since it was initially built! With as many as 33 children living there at one time, you can imagine how many smudges and hand prints were on the walls. Also, before the walls were painted, if you touched one with your hand, you would have a chalky residue on your hand — but now the walls don`t leave any residue when you touch them.

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Here are some during and after photos. The day I was there it was raining and no lights were turned on, but I could tell as soon as I walked in that the walls were brighter. Since we have remodeled the bathroom and the kitchen, those walls having a fresh coat of paint on them made the rest of the house look that much worse, but at least now they are clean and bright!

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I feel so fortunate to know people that give generously to the work Global Partners in Life is doing in China, and I feel so thankful that together we can provide a better life for the children in so many ways. Yes, we provide for the children’s medical needs, food, care, education, and even a cleaner home to live in!

Want to help provide paint and other needed supplies? Visit Global Partners in Life to learn more!

Everyone knows you have to maintain your home to retain the value and beauty… not to mention functionality. The same can also be said for your car. To enable your car to serve you at its highest level, you must do maintenance on it from time to time. As Global Partners in Life supports the children at the special needs orphanage in China, can you think of some things we need to maintain?  Yes, maintenance is required for the home and van, but things most of us don’t consider require maintenance also. Do you see anything in this photograph that may need repair?

Even Crutches Need Repairs

Not only did Global Partners in Life help this young lady in the pink get her crutches, but we also help her maintain them. This is a special type of crutch that has a cuff that goes around her forearm, which enables her to have more stability when she walks. She has used these crutches so much that the rubber tip which touches the floor had ripped and was torn. When you have spina bifada with a tethered spine syndrome, you don’t want the exposed metal end of the crutch you depend on to hit a tile floor and slip, causing you to fall!

Through the help of an American who has volunteered at this special needs orphanage, we were able to get replacement parts from the manufacturer. Also, I purchased a different type of tip in case the other parts didn’t work. I am happy to report that the crutches are now fully operational, and this young lady is able to use her crutches again without worrying about having them slip out from under her.

Thanks to all of you that donate to help us meet the needs of these truly dependent children! To learn more about the ways we serve children at the special needs orphanage in China, please visit our website at GlobalPartnersinLife.org.

Since the weather is so warm here, I thought I would share with you a story about how Global Partners in Life has tried to protect orphans from the cold. The story starts when I was teaching at a university in China. I learned of a fire in an illegal fireworks factory in a rural area about an hour from the university. Unfortunately, many people were trapped inside the burning building, and several children became orphans that day.

The village was in such a rural area that there was no orphanage to receive the children that had tragically just become orphans. To give credit to the people of China, local villagers welcomed the children into their homes, as did distant family members. A group of foreign teachers from the university decided we must assist the children, so we pooled our financial resources, and we kept the 20 orphans in school that year.

A Change in Seasons and Life

Since that fatal fire, Global Partners in Life was formed — but we never forgot our young friends. In fact, through your generous contributions, we continued to pay for the school fees, school supplies, coats, hats, gloves, and even gave some financial support to the families providing a home for the orphans. As you can see in the photograph above, they did receive new winter clothes!

Over the years and through your donations to Global Partners in Life, we met many of the educational and humanitarian needs of these children. Learning about these children’s situation was one of the many factors that changed my life from being self-focused into one that feels great joy and happiness in helping my new young friends.

Thank you so much for investing in the work of Global Partners in Life as we try to meet the needs of those than can’t provide for themselves.

Please visit our website at www.globalpartnersinlife.org to learn more!  

 

 

It Had to Happen

June 30, 2017 — Leave a comment

What happens when you give children toys that can use their imaginations to create their own objects with which to play? Of course, they make guns! Would you like to see the scene from a trip to China earlier this year, when Global Partners in Life provided some Lego-type toys for the children at the special needs orphanage we support?

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As you can see, the younger child has his gun, and he is trying to sneak up on the older child with his multi-colored gun! Not only are the toys entertaining to the boys, but the two girls in the background seem to be getting a laugh from the stealthy little boy!

This was a good day for the children at the orphanage and also for Global Partners in Life. Not only did the children receive some new toys to play with, but they also had a fun day full of laughs and smiles, and those laughs and smiles are what made it a good day for Global Partners in Life. We also provided financially for many of the children’s needs during this trip, and the joy we saw on the children’s faces was a great reward!

If you would like to help meet the needs of these playful children, please visit globalpartnersinlife.org and click on the donate button.

One of the things Global Partners in Life tries to do for the children at the special needs orphanage we support in China is to provide a wonderful environment in which they can live, grow, and flourish. I have an example of this captured in the photograph below. Can you guess what they are doing?

A Dance Off for the Ages

These two little boys are both almost four years old, and they are dancing! The boy in the red shirt has had two cleft pallet surgeries, and the boy in the beige shirt is blind. Actually, the blind boy doesn’t really act as if he is blind, based on how freely he walks around the apartment and takes care of himself.

If you look in the background of the picture, you can see that the girl in the pink shirt is laughing at the boys as they dance. I am very comfortable in saying that these two young boys provide hours and hours of entertainment for her.

I am so thankful to see these two guys dance and enjoying themselves as they are doing in the photo above.

If you would like to help us provide for them, please visit www.globalpartnersinlife.org and click on “Donate Now.”

I am very proud of the young man pictured below. He overcame tremendous challenges early in his life, and now he is soaring. The leader of the Chinese special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life said that he was abandoned by his biological parents, and he had a horrible burn on his face. When the leader of the orphanage received him, they had to remove burned skin from over his eye so he could open it. He has also had skin grafts done, but still has scarring.

When he became old enough for school, the school system refused to enroll him as a student for two reasons. The school felt with the scars on his face, he would be a distraction to the other students in the class. Also, they felt it would be cruel to allow him to enroll, because all of the other students would pick on him and it would cause him psychological and emotional harm. I am thankful to report that the lady that leads the orphanage went to battle for him, and after sending many letters and having several meetings with education officials, our little friend was allowed to enroll!

One of the things Global Partners in Life does for this young scholar is to pay for his school fees, lunches, school uniforms, and school supplies. I would say we are seeing a great return on our investment!

It has taken many years, but he has overcome his rough beginning! Last year he had the best math grades in his class, and this year he has the best overall grades! And to think that he was not going to be allowed to enroll in school!

I am so proud of him for doing so well with his school work, and also for overcoming other obstacles. The day the photo was taken, there were about twenty people in the room! Yes, we were making noise and playing with the other children, yet he not only chose to do his school work, but was also focused enough to tune out all of the distractions going on around him. One of the things Global Partners in Life does for this young scholar is to pay for his school fees, lunches, school uniforms, and school supplies. I would say we are seeing a great return on our investment!

If you want to help him to continue his success, please visit us at www.globalpartnersinlife.org and invest in his future!

 

 

During the last trip to China, I was able to enjoy multiple visits with the children at the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. There is one boy there that is so full of life and energy that he is hard to keep an eye on. Would you like to see a picture of him?

A Post-Surgery Look: It Is All Better!

Global Partners in Life has provided the funding for two cleft pallet surgeries for him, and he was showing me how he has healed! After recovering from his second operation, he has started speaking! His condition was severe, so he doesn’t enunciate his words very well, but at least now he is trying — before the surgery, he didn’t speak much at all.

To correct his lip, muscle from the area surrounding the two gaps in his lip had to be pulled into place, but there wasn’t enough muscle to cover all of the area needed. The lack of muscle prevented the doctors from forming his lip completely as they wanted. When he eats certain foods, the food may spill out of his mouth.

He will require at least one more surgery. After the lip has been closed and the gum has been closed, then an additional operation is required to close the gap in the roof of the mouth. My little friend has a large gap to close in the roof of his mouth, and the doctors hope everything they need to do can be accomplished in one operation.

If you would like to help this friend of mine have his next surgery, please go to www.globalpartnersinlife.org and donate!