To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes
This month Rob, Katie and I were invited to attend the Show Hope Annual Fundraising Dinner in Nashville, Tennessee. The dinner was attended by so many people this year that a larger venue in Nashville had to be arranged to accommodate everyone. In addition to the size of the event, the funds raised were greater than what they were expecting. It is wonderful to know that so many people are able and willing to support this work for the fatherless, to heal them, comfort them and help them on their way to loving families.
For me personally, despite my lack of confidence in having to speak at several gatherings and meeting so many people that I could not remember, the biggest blessing was the fact that I was able to hug several children whom I once held in my arms as babies. To see children such as Qiao Qiao (pictured below) was so humbling; to be still alive after my brain injury and to see so many children now in families who love them so much was such an exceptional experience. These adoptive parents are heroes who have opened their homes and their hearts to these once abandoned and unloved children.

This month also marked mine and Rob's 20th anniversary since first coming to China in 1994 with Rob's job. At that time we could never have imagined what God had in store for us! Thank you to so many who have supported us and stood by us.

We ended the month with a few Thanksgiving festivities including some fun turkey projects in preschool and a huge Thanksgiving feast with our staff, including two turkeys and all the traditional Thanksgiving sides. We truly have so much to be thankful for!

Quote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot

Director/ Founder
News of Hospitalizations and Surgeries

Eleanor was sent to Suzhou for urgent neurosurgery and returned doing well. Danielle needed to be admitted to the local hospital.  DR Long, Jade, Jazzy, and Ursula went to Shanghai with Ai You Foundation for cleft lip repair and returned doing well.  Tracer also went to Shanghai for surgery with Ai You Foundation.  Garrick went to the local hospital and returned doing well.  Hubert needed to go back to Shanghai for further evaluation and has been able to return to us.  Jeshua, Layne, and Mavis needed inpatient treatment and have returned doing much better.  John-Lucas was admitted then needed urgent surgery.  Lakyn also needed inpatient treatment but sadly passed away.  Lorenz went to Hong Kong for heart surgery.  Monty was admitted to MBHOH then was sent urgently to Shandong province for surgery.  He returned doing well.  Shannen was sent for inpatient treatment at Henan Provincial Hospital in Zhengzhou and returned much improved.  Tahiya was sent for possible heart surgery by her local orphanage.  Wendy was sent to USA for surgery with MKI.  Willard needed inpatient treatment then sadly passed away in the hospital.  Ysmael had gastrointestinal surgery.  ZM Bo in Beijing needed to be admitted to the hospital.
News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption

Jane and Tammy’s families were able to visit MBHOH.  Angel, Eve, Maria-Claire, and Stephen were adopted.  We found out Marina was adopted in 2013 and are very pleased she is with her new family.  We also found out Rianna was adopted earlier this year!

News from Hope Healing Home in Beijing

Gisela returned from Hong Kong.  Huntley went back to our Zhengzhou Special Care Unit.  Bryant returned to MBHOH.
News from the four Special Care Centers in Henan Province

These centers provide humane and loving medical and hospice care for infants and young children with a range of congenital defects who many times are unlikely to survive under normal circumstances.  Those who survive are great blessings.
1. Jiaozuo Show Hope Special Care Center

Sienna and Victor were admitted.  Sienna later passed away peacefully.  Janesh and Madison needed to return to the orphanage. 
2. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, a Show Hope Special Care Center

Alvin, Carson, Diedre, Kiera, Scott, and West were admitted.  Meileigh returned from the hospital doing better.  Suri returned from heart surgery doing well.  Judy-Alexis returned from surgery in Suzhou.  Mariana returned from the hospital doing better than she was before.  Jude, Mary-Ann, and Resse sadly passed away.
3. Xinyang Show Hope Special Care Center

Caddie was admitted.  Faith needed an urgent trip to MBHOH.  She recovered from her illness then returned to the Xinyang Special Care Center.  Finn sadly passed away.  John needed to return to the orphanage.
4. Zhengzhou Show Hope Special Care Center

Sean and Slade returned from cleft surgery in Jiaozuo.  Harrison and Madeline returned from cleft surgery in Shanghai.  Leia, McKinnley, Paris, and Thunder returned from Suzhou.  Tasha returned from evaluation in Shanghai.  Cheyne was transferred back from MBHOH.  Shalom passed away.  Cailan, Flint, Scout, and Snyder needed to return to their orphanage.
Thanks and Needs

This month we'd like to thank, once more, our faithful volunteer Sylvia Huxtable who came all the way from the UK to care for two of our babies in Hong Kong. She has been in Hong Kong for over two months and we are so grateful for the love and care she has provided our precious little ones.

We would also like to thank Mending Kids International (MKI) and Dr. Phil Frykman for all they've done to help another one of our children, HX Wei. At the beginning of the month, she was flown to the US and in the coming months will be receiving a much-needed surgery which she was unable to have done here in China. Pictured here is HX Wei on her first airplane ride which coincidentally fell on her 4th birthday!

A really big thank you to The International School of Beijing (ISB) whose Year 8 band raised an amazing RMB 50,000 at a one night concert. We'd also like to thank the British Club who raised funds for us at their annual Christmas Bazaar. We are so thankful to all of you who regularly support us each month.
We are still in need of funding for renovations of our new center in Nan Yang. Progress is going well and we hope to be taking in our first babies in the New Year. To complete the next stage of the center we need US $80,000.  
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Travelers Needed
We are in need of travelers from the US, UK and Australia to Beijing to help bring in much needed supplies for our children. None of these supplies are “restricted items” and do not have to be declared at customs. The items will be mailed to you within country. New Hope Foundation staff will be at the airport to pick up the supplies in Beijing. If you able to help or know of other travelers who are willing to help please contact the following:

a) From the US: Rebecca Dorris, Tennessee, Phone: 615-371-5221

b) From the UK:  Jennifer Drake, Surrey

c) From Melbourne, Australia: Topsy D’Cruz  
Address: 18 Sassafras Dr, Lower Templestowe Victoria  3107, Australia
Phone: 03 98504339     Mobile: 0400 585 379

d) From Sydney, Australia: Susan Mukundan 
Phone:  02 94888101    Mobile:   0414 911 309