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In my last blog about the work of Global Partners in Life, I shared about how we have a vision to build a facility for 20 elderly widows living in a rural area of India. On the day I got to meet the ladies in desperate need of assistance, they got to share their stories; and out of the 20, a few of them truly stood out and touched my heart. Would you like to meet one of them and hear her story?

A Sad Situation for My New Friends

This is Khanjagini Singh, and she is over 65 years of age, but we are not sure exactly how old she is. At one point after her husband died, she lived with her son. Unfortunately, must husbands don’t make any financial plans for their wives, so she had nothing when her husband died. In this rural area, there are not many good consistent jobs for the men, so most people are common day laborers when they can find work. Taking care of his mom was an unwanted financial burden for her son and his family. 

When this situation was at the worst it could be, the son punched Khanjagini in the mouth and knocked out one of her teeth. That was the day the son kicked his mom, Khanjagini, out of his house!

As Khanjagini was telling us her stories, her facial expressions changed and she cried almost the entire time she spoke, so I know her son’s actions hurt her soul as well as her mouth. Some of the things we take for granted are a huge struggle for her, as she looks for clean water, food, medical care, and hope.

I will share a photo with you of Khanjagini as she told us about her son beating her and throwing her out of his home.

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These ladies are in truly in need of assistance, and they live day to day not knowing where their next meal will come from or who is going to assist them. That is why it is so critical for Global Partners in Life to come to their aid. 

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During a recent trip to India, I had the honor of meeting 20 widows in a lovely, but very rural, area called Gumma. These ladies were all 60 years of age or older, live in this rural area, do not receive the assistance needed from their families, and have various health issues. Would you like to see them?

On this day, our partner, A Good Shepherd Ministry, had arranged for the ladies to meet us and share their life stories. I heard stories of health concerns, abandonment, and even physical abuse from family members; but the most common theme, I am sorry to say, was hopelessness. 

In the local culture, a widow should live with her oldest son, and he should provide for her. Unfortunately, in this area there are very few opportunities for consistent employment, so most of the men are day laborers to provide what they can for their families. Having another person in their home puts an additional and unwanted burden on the sons of these widows. These ladies can’t live with their daughters, because once the daughters are married, they are considered to have left their family and joined the husband’s family. 

Another interesting cultural issue is how elderly widows are perceived. It is considered bad luck to look on the face of one of these elderly widows, so the widows aren’t even invited to a family birthday party!

On this day, we gave the ladies a big meal, new clothes, and a small amount of pocket money. We also shared with them that A Good Shepherd Ministry and Global Partners in Life have a vision of  building a facility that will house 20 of them with a kitchen where 3 meals a day will be prepared, a dining area, rooms for 4 ladies with a bathroom, meeting rooms, counseling, and hopefully some medical attention.

In the future, you will hear much more about this project! Thanks to the people that contribute to Global Partners in Life so we could provide food, clothing, and encouragement for these poor elderly widows!     

What an Honor

April 30, 2019 — Leave a comment

In 2018 when I tried to visit the area of China where Mrs. Xu, the widow Global Partners in Life has supported the longest, lives, there was a surprise snow storm, so I was unable to visit. I was told my flight to the city may make it in, but there was no way I would make it out, so I decided not to go.

A few weeks ago I returned to China, and I went to visit Mrs. Xu. In the photo above, she is the lady on the right. Unfortunately, she had some bad health news!

What I didn’t know is that Mrs. Xu had been having a thyroid problem, and her physician told her she needed surgery. Mrs. Xu didn’t have the money for the operation, so she had no plan other than her prayers. 

Since I hadn’t seen Mrs. Xu in 2018, when I saw her a few weeks ago I had our financial support from 2018 and 2019! Mrs. Xu was extremely thankful to receive the gift from the generous donors of Global Partners in Life, because now she had enough money for the simple procedure she needed to have done.

When she visited the surgeon, he told her there was one medicine he wanted to try before doing surgery. Mrs. Xu started taking the new drug, and her condition is improving! For now, there is no surgery scheduled for her!

For Mrs. Xu, I want to extend a huge thank you to the people that are so generous to Global Partners in Life and enable us to help a widow in China with a medical need she couldn’t provide for by herself!

Truly, helping someone in need is an amazingly good feeling!

Most of my blogs about the work of Global Partners in Life are centered around orphans and special needs orphans we support. We are not limited to only serving the children, and we also serve another demographic group. Do you know who they are?

Global Partners in Life has been supporting widows in China, and after my first visit to India, we started assisting widows in India as well. Would you like to hear more about them?

In Desperate Need of Assistance | BeauSides.com

When we entered the slums, I was introduced to a widow who had lost her husband to tuberculosis. She has 5 daughters, and the youngest girl is a deaf-mute. It is believed surgery would restore the little girl’s hearing, and that would help her to become verbal, but the mom can’t afford the surgery. Nineteen days before we arrived, the winds and rain from the monsoon season literally ripped their home in half. In the photo above, you can see the debris field left from their home being destroyed.

In Desperate Need of Assistance | BeauSides.com

Not too long after I returned home from the trip, India was hit with a devastating cyclone named Titli. As you can see in the photo above, there was widespread flooding and damaged homes of widows living in the slums.

In Desperate Need of Assistance | BeauSides.com

Through the contributions from the wonderful supporters of Global Partners in Life, we were able to provide care packages and desperately needed supplies for the widows that lost their homes and possessions from the cyclone!

After I learned more about the widow’s situations, I told my friend in India it was on my heart to provide a permanent structure above the flood zone for the widows. My friend told me that was also on his heart, so we are making plans to provide a facility for the widows in India. I look forward to telling you more about this project as it develops!

Thanks so much to the friends of Global Partners in Life that enable us to provide hope to the hopeless!

A New Orphanage in India

February 28, 2019 — Leave a comment

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I recently had my first visit to India. The day before I left, the friend I was meeting there notified me that there was a newborn baby at the orphanage they were taking me to see. This baby had been delivered behind some bushes in a local public park, and then just left there. I was asked to bring some necessary items for the baby, which I quickly went out to purchase. Would you like to see her?

A New Orphanage in India | BeauSides.com

When this photo was taken, she was about 2 weeks old! The orphanage she is in was recently opened, and they are already doing amazing things! They are fully staffed, and are already running out of room. They can only have 10 children there at one time, and they have been successful in seeing many of the children under their care adopted by loving families! Would you like to see more from this new orphanage?

A New Orphanage in India | BeauSides.com

This new orphanage is very clean and organized, and the staff seems to truly love the children. I am thankful and honored to say that Global Partners in Life is now financially supporting this orphanage!

A New Orphanage in India | BeauSides.com

In the photo above, you can see some of the children that have had life-saving care provided for them at this orphanage! I was quite impressed with the leaders, caregivers, and the facility. Thanks to the people that give generously to Global Partners in Life, these children had a place where they can receive the care, food, love, and nurturing they need 24 hours a day!

 

A Heartwarming Moment

January 30, 2019 — Leave a comment

There is a young boy named Xiao Wei at the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. He is about five years old, and he is blind . . . but I don’t think he knows it. He constantly amazes me by how well he can walk and function inside the orphanage. He loves to dance and wrestle with his friends, and he has a very soft and sweet voice. Would you like to meet him? In the photograph below he is actually dancing!

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When I was there in December, I asked him in Chinese if he knew my name. With his innocent voice, he clearly said Beau. I gave him a hug and congratulated him and I was patting his shoulder when he took my hand. He had never done that before with me, but I could tell he wanted to lead me. We walked around the orphanage, and he led the entire way!

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My apologies for the poor quality of the picture above, but I was walking, holding Xiao Wei’s hand, and trying to take the picture with my left hand. Yes, I am right handed. Hopefully you can tell this is Xiao Wei leading me around his home, and I couldn’t have been happier!

The main reason I was at the special needs orphanage that day was to provide financial support for the children and the staff. Through the contributions of our generous donors, Global Partners in Life keeps the children who can go to school in school. We pay for their school fees, lunches, books, supplies, and uniforms. Also, we pay for the children’s food, utilities, toiletries, and the salaries of their caregivers. On this day I also provided Christmas gifts for the children! It was a fantastic day for all of us!

The donors of Global Partners in Life truly came through for the special needs orphans in China! Through their generous contributions, together we were able to provide for the children and staff in many ways! Would you like to see some of them?

Spreading Christmas Cheer | BeauSides.com

In the photograph above, you can see some of the toys, diapers, and clothes purchased for the children. The main request for gifts this year was for new warm clothes, since the children’s old clothes were worn and thin.

Spreading Christmas Cheer | BeauSides.com

As you can see, blue jeans, coats, and jackets were purchased for the children during my trip in December. It was eleven degrees below zero Fahrenheit when I was in the city, so warm clothes are critical!

Spreading Christmas Cheer | BeauSides.com

Out of all of the toys that were given to the children that day, I think the yo-yos were the biggest hit. These yo-yos were special, because they had some type of a plastic device you could insert into the center and then wrap the string around it. With the plastic device in place, the children could have the yo-yo spin in hesitation mode for a very long period of time, which enabled them to do some pretty cool tricks!

When I entered the orphanage, the leader and children came to greet me. Many of them were speaking and the leader started laughing. She told me that one of the children asked if I had brought them anything to eat, since I always bring them some chocolate from America. Obviously, I quickly passed out the miniature chocolate candy bars!

It was great seeing my young friends again! I am very thankful for the many gifts from our donors which enabled the children to have a great Christmas! We were also able to provide for the children’s food, utilities, toiletries, cleaning supplies, medical needs, and for the caregivers that serve the children daily.

This is what we can do when we come together for an important cause!

Let me introduce you to one of my young friends from the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life in China. His name is Xiao Wei, and he is about 4 years old. Would you like to see him?

There is Hope for His Future - BeauSides.com

Perhaps you can tell from the photo above that he likes to play, and he has a jovial disposition, but his story is a sad one. Xiao Wei was born with a twin sister, and they were premature. Unfortunately, when the twins were put in the oxygen chamber, the protection needed for their prolonged exposure to oxygen was put over his sister’s eyes, but not his. This exposure of his eyes to all of the oxygen has caused his blindness. He does, however, sense light.

There is Hope for His Future - BeauSides.com

Xiao Wei has become much more vocal in the past year compared to his previous year or two at the orphanage. He likes to wrestle with the other boys, and he is without a doubt the best dancer there! When I visit, he recognizes my voice and will say, “Mom, is Beau here?” — which absolutely makes my day!

Global Partners in Life has been given his medical records and they have been given to an eye surgeon in America to review. Unfortunately, his medical needs were not addressed immediately, so for now, there is nothing that can be done. But I am happy to report that there is potentially a surgical procedure that can be performed when he is around 20 years old which could restore his vision! I would be thrilled if this actually can take place! It would be an honor to help this young fellow reach his potential and enjoy life to the fullest.

Thanks so much to the people that contribute to the work Global Partners in Life is doing! Your donations have helped many children like Xiao Wei to have the life-changing medical procedures they need and to have the highest quality of life as possible! 

At the special needs orphanage in China supported by the generous donors of Global Partners in Life, there is a very impressive little girl about 4 years old named Fei Bi. She has cerebral palsy, but has recently made many wonderful improvements! During my recent visit, I took some photos, so would you like to see her?

Would You Call This A Miracle? - BeauSides.com

What is impressive about Fei Bi is how well she is responding to physical therapy! Prior to her therapy, Fei Bi had to be strapped into her wheelchair, and about the only noise she made was when she screamed or when she would grind her teeth. Global Partners in Life is funding her therapy 5 days a week, and she receives many stretching exercises as well as acupuncture. The results from her treatments have been amazing!

Would You Call This A Miracle? - BeauSides.com

The first sign of improvement was Fei Bi being able to hold her head up without any assistance. That was followed by her being able to roll over all by herself! As you can see in the photo below, Fei Bi, from what I am told by those that are with her daily, is trying to become verbal. No longer does she scream like she is under some type of attack, but she is much more calm when she makes noises with her mouth!

Would You Call This A Miracle? - BeauSides.com

Now that Fei Bi is receiving treatments 5 days a week, I haven’t heard her grinding her teeth. Believe me, when she would grind her teeth, you could hear her from the next room!

Thanks to your generous donations, the quality of life is improving for Fei Bi, and those that provide care for her. I am sure for the other children it is more pleasant for them to be around her as well, so this is a win–win–win situation, all made possible because of your donations.

For those of you that choose to support Global Partners in Life, you can see how your gifts are having a huge impact on our little friends at the special needs orphanage! I can never thank you enough for that!

Having recently returned from a visit with our friends at the special needs orphanage, I wanted to give you some ideas about what your donations do that you don’t see. It is easy to see a caregiver at the orphanage, or an improved condition when a child has a medical procedure. And it is easy to see the children dressed up in their school uniforms, and to see them growing from the food we purchase for them, but there is more to see than immediately meets the eye. Would you like to see what I am referencing?

The Unseen Impact of Your Contributions - BeauSides.com

The Unseen Impact of Your Contributions - BeauSides.com

Through the generosity of our donors, on this last trip I was able to provide some simple gifts for the children! Yes, Play-dough seems to be popular with children of all ages. As you can tell from the photos above, when you are one of the youngest children, you get to model the custom earrings and hats.

It was quite pleasing to see that some of the older children were enjoying playing with the Play-dough, even if they were a little mischievous with it! In the photo below, one of the older boys made a perfectly formed dumpling. Unfortunately, my photo doesn’t reveal all of the details!

The Unseen Impact of Your Contributions - BeauSides.com

As you can see from these photos, your contributions do much more than provide medical treatments, food, and utilities for the children. On this day, very close to when the new school year was starting, it gave the younger and older children smiles on their faces — and to me, that is priceless!

I can’t thank our donors enough for the joy they spread to my young friends in China, even on a day when they were just hanging out waiting for the start of a new school year.