I recently returned from another trip to China in which I got to visit the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. As soon as I entered the orphanage, I saw a young face I didn’t recognize, so I inquired about him. Would you like to see him?
He had only been there for a few days when I arrived, and he has an incomplete story. Apparently a local pastor got involved in trying to help him, so the pastor brought him to Grace. We are not completely sure about his past, but his parents seem to have many issues facing them, and it wasn’t a good environment for the little boy. To my knowledge, our new friend isn’t registered, so he doesn’t have a “Hokou,” which is like our Social Security Card. From what I was told, nobody is completely sure about his name, which is very sad when you think about it!
Unlike the other children, he has no health problems that we are aware of, and he enjoys playing . . . especially with balloons! He was slightly on the shy side, but I can certainly understand that with his background, not to mention there was some foreigner in his new home that day.
The leader of the special needs orphanage said she didn’t think she would keep him for very long. I don’t know if that has to do with something the pastor told her, previous experience, or her gut feeling — but for now, through the donations we receive, we are providing for our new little friend . . . whatever his name is!