Saturday, November 2, 2013

Why I won't stop asking you to help

Every year I revisit the organizations that I'm involved with.

What do I need to quit?

What is making me too busy?

Is this truly important?

And over the years, I've stopped volunteering in some areas, not because the organization was bad, but because it was not something about which I was PASSIONATE.

But HKI stays.

Because I 100% truly stand behind what we are about:

Helping those who can't help themselves.

Speaking out for those who can't advocate for themselves.

Helping these kids one calendar, one pair of socks, or one painting at a time.

Because with every dollar we raise, we can provide these orphanages with the tools they need to care for these kids better.

But how do you know what they're buying?  

What about misuse of money?

This is how we work:

Orphanages contact Xia Zhong directly about needs they have and exactly how much it would cost.  Because she visits the orphanages regularly, she knows their needs as well.  If she agrees with their need, she then asks me if HKI would like to pay for that.  She then wires that amount to the orphanage. The director then buys the items and takes pictures of not only the items, but the receipts as well and emails them to Xia, who then emails them to me.

We have 3 boys from 3 different orphanages in Henan.

Matthew received excellent care in an LOCC and was a thriving, happy boy when I first met him over a year ago.

Ben and Noah were not so fortunate.  Ben was one of the first ones to have their files ready back in the summer of 2008,

and because of his Hep B status, he suffered severe neglect, the effects of which I can still see in him today.  Noah also suffered from neglect.

I know some of you have also experienced what happens when your littles ones weren't cared for due to lack of care.

The more we can come along side the orphanages and help provide chairs, toys, medical equipment, diapers for Hep B babies, formula, mosquito nets, paint, education, hopefully the less this will occur.

Sympathy is never enough.

We need to be active:

Sponsor a child

Buy a calendar

Buy some socks

Buy a piece of art

Talk to your church-- this is National Adoption Month-- Orphan Sunday is coming up- ask for a special collection to be taken for HKI, have the Children's Ministry collect offering for HKI

Have a garage sale for HKI

Talk to others about adoption-- SPECIAL NEEDS ADOPTION

Let's meet the need that is out there.  If you're waiting for a referral, are you meeting the need that is there or are you waiting for your desire to be met?  Remember adoption is not about us, but about them.

I'd like to challenge you all to not just celebrate the fun holidays of your child's birth country, but to  give back.  Look back.

Was your child sponsored?

Give back.

  Was your child in an LOCC?

Give Back.

Nothing will ever change in Henan orphanages unless we DO something.

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