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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.

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!

With Global Partners in Life turning thirteen years old in April, this will be a special blog to celebrate the birthday. Global Partners in Life has provided for countless medical procedures since we started investing in the special needs orphanage in China in 2006. These medical procedures have sometimes been as small at shots for school or routine check-ups. The next level of medical care has been testing for conditions the children were born with, or to determine if surgery was needed. Finally, we have paid for several surgeries, with cleft pallets being the most common. We have even provided for multiple open heart operations, usually performed to correct a hole in one of the children’s heart.

An interesting reflection would be to show pictures from when I first met the children at the special needs orphanage in 2006, and then show a picture from a recent trip. Hopefully you will enjoy these photographs!

Happy Birthday to Global Partners in Life!

 

Happy Birthday to Global Partners in Life!

As you can tell, this boy likes to chew on straws and play with streamers. It is hard for me to believe how much he has grown! Thankfully, there are many others like him! He has had multiple cleft pallet surgeries, and we have provided the funds for his braces. Once his braces are removed, he will probably need a third operation to close the gap in the roof of his mouth.

Not only have we provided for desperately needed medical procedures, we have also paid for some more practical daily needs. These would include bigger items like a large van; remodeling the bathroom; remodeling the kitchen; and meeting needs for food, cleaning supplies, salaries for the workers, and school fees. As you can tell, Global Partners in Life is having success in impacting the quality of life for these truly needy children.

I must give a huge thank you to the people that serve on the Board of Directors for Global Partners in Life! Additionally, I must thank those who contribute in the work we are doing in China — for without them, we couldn’t provide for the children.

If you would like to join our donors, please visit us at www.globalpartnersinlife.org!

 

 

Today I wanted to share with you about Fei Bi, the youngest child at the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life. Granted, she is only two years old — but she is quite large for her age, and she has an enormous appetite.  Would you like to see a picture of her from my last trip?

Would You Like to Help Me?

Unfortunately, Fei Bi has cerebral palsy, which means she requires much more care than most of the other children at the orphanage, which puts a strain on the staff. As I mentioned, she has a large appetite; but she can’t feed herself, so one of the workers has to feed her. Fei Bi can’t dress herself or take herself to the restroom, so all of these daily events require assistance from someone else that is capable of correctly helping our little friend.

Global Partners in Life is trying to provide the funding for Fei Bi, and all the other children at the special needs orphanage, to have another worker there to administer the attention they need.

Everything has to be done for Fei Bi, because she can’t brush her teeth, bathe herself, wash her clothes, or prepare the meals she enjoys so much.

If you would like to invest in the enhancements of the lives of the children at the special needs orphanage, please visit us at www.globalpartnersinlife.org and make a life-changing contribution. 

When my friend who leads the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life called, there was panic in her voice. She told me that one of the children desperately needed surgery on her heart. This child had blue lips and fingernails the last time I saw her, due to the hole in her heart not allowing the correct amount of oxygen to be in her blood, and she had grown very weak. My friend was frantically trying to raise the funds to pay for the surgery, because in China you have to pay for the entire medical procedure before the surgery actually takes place.

What A Difference A Day Makes

I am so thankful that Global Partners in Life was able to provide for this medical emergency, thanks to one special donor! This was the first major surgery we had provided for financially, and I am so thankful we did! After the surgery, I got to watch this child grow and flourish. She had once backed away from group wrestling matches, but after recovering from the surgery, she would be right in the middle of them.

This is hard to believe, but when this child was only three years old, she could fold the laundry. Also, she could feed the little babies their baby food without spilling a drop! She would get the right amount of food on the spoon and put it into the baby’s mouth, give the baby enough time to eat what they had, use the spoon to wipe up any extra that was on the outside of the baby’s mouth, and then repeat this process until the baby had completed their meal.

I am thrilled to share with you that this child was later adopted by a wonderful foreign family. It is amazing to consider the the difference — that she was once struggling to survive due to their health conditions, and now she is healthy, happy, and living abroad with a loving family!

This is what can happen when we invest in the lives of these truly needy children . . . wouldn’t you like to help make a difference?

 

 

Someone contacted me via social media a couple of months ago, out of the blue, as the saying goes. I didn’t know this person, but she said that she had once lived in the city where the special needs orphanage is that Global Partners in Life supports, and she had even volunteered at the orphanage. We had communicated a few times when she told me she was returning to China to adopt. Before her adoption, she planned to visit the special needs orphanage, and she asked if there was any particular need she could help with while she was there. Her timing was perfect!

During my previous trip, I had been made aware of one of the girls having a problem with her crutches. She has the type of crutches with the cuff that goes around the forearm for additional support. The crutches are adjustable for when the child grows taller. Unfortunately, the pen that holds the handle in place was broken. There was a spring behind a metal ball that would push through a hole to lock the handle in place. The metal ball was missing, so there was a sharp end of the spring exposed, which stuck our little friend many times.

I told my new friend that I had asked a man there to fix the crutch, but he was unsuccessful. I had also looked at multiple locations in my hometown, and I couldn’t find a replacement! The wonderful news is that the lady going for a visit at the special needs orphanage not only found a youth’s set of crutches, but she also purchased and delivered a larger set of similar crutches, so our little friend will have good crutches to use as she grows and matures!

True Help Requires All Of Us

I am so thankful for my new friend! After being told by the director of the special needs orphanage to reach out to me, she actually did. Then she was willing to ask how she could help, and she carried through with the request!

This story reveals that we all can help — we just need to take the first step!

If you would like to support the work of Global Partners in Life, please visit our website.

By the way, this story has an even happier ending. My new friend and her family now have a child from China in their family! I am so thankful for people who have a heart for others!

The Smile

October 20, 2016 — Leave a comment

We have an expression which says a person has a smile that will light up a room. Well, I want to tell you about a person where this saying is absolutely true! My little friend can not only light up a room, but she can fill your heart with joy when she smiles at you — see for yourself below.

Always with a smile, despite having spina bifida!

This photograph was taken in 2009, when Global Partners in Life had been supporting her special needs orphanage in China for three or four years. She is very playful, and she loves to go outside.

Unfortunately, she isn’t allowed to walk around much, because she has spina bifida with a tethered spine syndrome. She can’t walk very well at all, and it isn’t a good idea to spend much time on her feet, because she has a wound that won’t heal. She doesn’t have any feeling from her waist down, so it doesn’t hurt her; but battling an infection is a constant in her life.

spina bifida foot wound of a special needs orphan

I have watched her wound have the dressing changed many times. Sometimes the wound is much larger than it appears in this picture. We spend at least $1,000 a year for the medicines that fight infections and some that attempt to close the wound. The doctors tell us that if the infection gets into her bone, then she will need to have her foot amputated.

Even though my friend has battled this condition for many years, she never seems to let this get her down or slow her down. I am sure there is a lesson in this for me, and I should remember her when I am throwing a pity party for myself!

Please support Global Partners in Life so we can continue to provide the medical attention needed by this little girl and several others!

 

Your Impact

October 13, 2016 — Leave a comment

Today I wanted to share with you a huge success story that was made possible by the people that invest in the work Global Partners in Life is doing in China. My friend that I will tell you about is named Xiang Zi.

Your Impact: Meet Xiang Zi

As you can tell from the photograph above, Xiang Zi is a playful guy, and he has a smile that is as big as his zeal for life. I don’t have permission to show his face, but I am sure there was a big smile behind the bag over his head. Xiang Zi is full of life and energy, and he was very helpful with the other children. He was also very intelligent, which was made clear to us by how he could take any new game, puzzle, or model ship requiring assembly and know what to do with  all of them.

Unfortunately, Xiang Zi has spinal bifada with a tethered spinal syndrome. I am not a doctor, but I am told that means he not only had the sack of fluid on his spine, but his spine was also damaged and signals couldn’t travel up and down his spine correctly. He was pretty much paralyzed from the waist down, and it was very impressive to watch how he could move and keep a very positive attitude.

Through contributions made to Global Partners in Life, we were about to pay for a medical procedure which assured us that he would no longer have to worry about the fluid building up on his spine. He was still unable to walk, but we knew his condition wouldn’t get any worse.

The great ending to this story is that once his biological parents knew that the procedure had been successfully completed, they came to the special needs orphanage and reclaimed him, so Xiang Zi is now living with his family! This reunion would not have taken place if people like you had not contributed to the work Global Partners in Life is doing in China!

There are many more children like Xiang Zi; would you like to help us meet their needs?