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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.”

One of the many ways Global Partners in Life serves the children at the special needs orphanage we support in China is to provide for their daily needs. Yes, we also provide for their medical needs, educational needs, and the workers that take care of them; but one of the things I enjoy doing for them is just a simple trip to the grocery store. Would you like to know what is purchased for them?

Almost always I purchase school and office supplies, and I always provide diapers . . . lots of diapers. Sometimes I will purchase rice, and I frequently purchase cleaning supplies. Something the children also enjoy is when I bring them toys, puzzles, games, and outdoor equipment, and I always purchase some of those items.

One of the things I enjoy purchasing for the children is beef, which is very expensive in China; so they rarely eat it, but they like it very much. On my last trip, I met a very friendly lady in the meat section of the grocery store, and she was willing to let me photograph her. She was wearing an interesting hat, not one of the normal white hair nets most people wear.

A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

This nice lady was working very close to a display of pig snouts, but she didn’t try to get me to buy any of them. Don’t worry — I didn’t buy any for the children!

A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

So, as you can see, one of the many ways Global Partners in Life helps provide for the children is by a simple trip to the local grocery store!

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. 

Thanks to the contributions received from the very generous donors to Global Partners in Life, we were able to provide many gifts for the children at the special needs orphanage we support. Right after our Christmas, the children prepared to celebrate their lunar new year called Chun Jie, I was able to provide them with toys to play with while they are out of school.  Would you like to see them?

Who Wants to Volunteer to Clean Up?

Some of the toys could fly, some could bounce, and some others were stackable. It is always interesting and fun to see how the children will play with their new toys. Unfortunately, it snowed that day, so some of the toys — like a badminton set — couldn’t be used immediately.

Who Wants to Volunteer to Clean Up?

Some toys even come with their own containers, so that helps with keeping all of the pieces together. This also helps with the cleaning process. Speaking of the cleaning process, I got a cute surprise when it was time to clean up the toys, as you can see in the photograph below.

Who Wants to Volunteer to Clean Up?

One of the younger boys lined up all of the balls and loaded them in his wheelbarrow to do his part in participating with the cleanup. He was actually the one who made the most noise and biggest mess with the toys, so it was amazing to see him using other toys to help clean up. He was a smart little guy, and he had a good day… thanks to our wonderful donors!

To learn more about the orphans we support, visit GlobalPartnersinLife.org!

Have you ever had a great distraction? Maybe you are watching a ball game and a friend comes over with cookies, now that would be a great distraction… as long as they ring the doorbell during a commercial!

This charming little guy is having one of those moments, and it is so funny to watch him approach it. A friend of mine was at the special needs orphanage to take some of the children who were physically able to ice skate to the local rink in a mall. The children were lining up to get their shoes and coats, when I came in with bags of gifts I had purchased for the children. Although this fellow is young, he knows I come with gifts, toys, and food. He really isn’t interested with the cleaning supplies, toiletries, and diapers.

Have you ever had a moment of great distraction?

As you can see, his body is lined up to go to the door and get his shoes, but his eyes are focused on the large bags of goodies I had for them. He was all ready to go ice skating, but his mind was saying, hey, let’s check out what Beau has for us this time!

The ice skating was only delayed a little bit while the items I brought were tucked away in a place where all of the little hands couldn’t get to them. Do you wonder if he was thinking about what was in the bags back home while he was ice skating?

Thanks so much for your donations which enabled me to be able to make the purchases for the children!

I am so thankful for the people that have a heart for the young children living at the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life, and who work so hard to meet their needs.

As you can imagine, it takes a special person to deal with the challenges of having so many children living in the same apartment, not to mention their special needs. I would get very frustrated quickly if I worked there — but not my friends. I have learned that they have a little secret which not only helps them, but inspires them as well. Would you like to know what their secret is?

It Takes Less Than A Generation

Actually, their secret isn’t a what, but a who.

In the photograph above, the boy on the left needed a lot of help just a few years ago with daily issues, but now he is the one helping his younger brother and sisters who are living with him at the special needs orphanage. The boy on the right is blind, and he needed help while we were doing an activity. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the children are very patient with each other when they are helping.

Granted, kids will be kids — and sometimes when they are playing they can get irritated with one another — but how encouraging it must be for the workers to see a child that they once helped helping a younger orphan living with them!

As you can see, this orphanage, the children, and the adults working there have a sweet spirit about them. That is why it is so easy and rewarding for those of us who chose to get involved to assist our younger friends.

Would you care to join us?  Visit http://globalpartnersinlife.org/ to learn how you can help!

There are many types of love we can experience during our lives, and I think some of the most sincere love comes from grandmothers. Today I want to share with you about a grandmotherly lady at the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life.

This lady is small in stature, but a giant in the lives of the children at the orphanage. I have seen her feed the children when they were hungry, and comfort them when they were not feeling well. She meets the needs of the children, both physically and emotionally.

Have You Experienced Grandmotherly Love?

There are a couple of things that are unique about this grandmotherly older lady. When you first see her, you will notice that her hair is wavy, not straight. What you can’t see is that she suffers from a back condition herself. Her husband wants her to stop working at the orphanage, because he believes her picking up children all day has damaged her back, but she says she can’t stop working at the orphanage because she loves the children. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her feelings.

You may wonder why I am writing about this elderly lady today. The reason is that I want people to know when they support Global Partners in Life, we pay the salary for this dear lady who helps the children, even when she is in pain herself.

Believe me, she is not getting rich working at the special needs orphanage — but she is enriching the lives for some of the most needy people I have ever had to honor to know and love!

Have you ever experienced the wonder of grandmotherly love?

 

Perspective Means so Much

December 15, 2016 — 2 Comments

As you can see for yourself, there is nothing spectacular about the building in the photograph below. It has no ornate features or any fascinating architectural designs. There aren’t any bright colors or awnings to catch your eye.

The truth is, there are several more buildings just like this one within this apartment complex — so why is this building so special to me?

Perspective Means So Much

The building in the picture above is the home of some of the most precious people I have ever had the honor of knowing  You see, this is the building that houses the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life! This building protects my young friends from the brutal and extremely harsh winters of northeast China, and provides them with heat, water, and a place to call home.

Having a place to call home is incredibly important to a child that has been abandoned by their biological parents!

These children don’t have much to call their own. The few possessions they have are shared with the other children at the special needs orphanage. The ones that can go to school do have some school books to call their own, but they actually share them with the children at the special needs orphanage who can’t go to school. So this unimpressive building means everything to my young friends!

When I can’t sleep, the people I think about live in this building. When I cry, the people I cry about live in this building. So this ordinary and non-descriptive building is extremely important to me . . . and to my little friends who live there and call it home!

Learn more about this orphanage, and some of the children who live there, at GlobalPartnersinLife.org.