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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes
Dear Friends and Supporters,

The weather is definitely warming up and the children are enjoying more time outside. We are deeply grateful to all those who have responded to our recent financial difficulties and we thank you all for encouraging us to carry on and for making so many attempts to raise funds so that we will continue to help more babies. I was dismayed and utterly saddened when I returned from Malaysia to find a half empty Home in Beijing where 34 nannies had to be let go and 22 babies had to be relocated. However, this was not a surprise to God and we have lessons to learn from this as we continue to serve the children. I have refused to remove the baby-location charts from the wall in my office as my hope is that one day, all our beds will be full. We are using this opportunity to re-paint the empty bedrooms and the west playroom in anticipation that one day, all these rooms will be filled with babies again.

Despite the difficulty of the past month, we press on and continue to provide the best care possible for the babies that are in our care. Earlier this month we were able to have a small Easter egg hunt and party with the help of a small group from BICF who provided candy and hid the eggs for the kids. Although the kids had a great time, it seemed that the nannies had the best time of all as they sprinted around searching for eggs with the kids in arms!
 
   

This month we also welcomed the newest member of our New Hope family, Walker Franklin Martin. Dr. Steve Martin and his wife Laura, along with their children, are such an integral part of the work we do here and we are so grateful for this new addition to their family. We are also grateful for the medical coverage provided by Dr. Chin Lim and his wife Choo, as well as Dr. Ed Fannon and his team of residents while Dr. Steve was away.
 
Walker Franklin Martin

One of our volunteers, Stephanie Irizarry, has organized a T-shirt fundraiser to help raise funds for us. If you're interested in purchasing one, you can Order Here
 
  Teespring shirts
  
Quote: "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12

 
Joyce
Dr. M J Hill MBBS. FRACGP. AM.
Director/ Founder
News of Hospitalizations and Surgeries

Baron, Clint, and Manning went to Suzhou for neurosurgery.  Barton and Joshue had surgery in a Luoyang hospital.  Celeste went for evaluation of her heart in Shanghai sponsored by AiYou Foundation and returned doing well.  Christian needed to be hospitalized.  Deidre’s condition worsened and she needed to be hospitalized.  Unfortunately she did not make it and we lost her.  Hananiah was admitted in Zhengzhou and needed urgent surgery and care; sadly even though we did everything we could, he passed away.  Kevin returned from heart surgery but needed to be readmitted to the hospital due to complications.  Mallory, Xiomar, and Zale were able to go to Kaifeng for cleft surgeries with a Love Without Boundaries team and returned doing well.  Steven was sent to the local hospital for further care.  Thomas went to Hong Kong for surgery with MedArt last month, and he returned to us doing very well.  Kale, Lorenz-Lincoln, and Michael had the privilege of going to Hong Kong for surgery this month with MedArt.  Troylan was admitted in Zhengzhou then needed to go to the local hospital for urgent surgery.
 
News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption

Danielle, Emee-Samantha, Gralson, Henry, Keilah, Lianne, Myeisha, Ruby-Joyelle, Simeon-Jenson, Tahiya, and Wyatt were all adopted!  Storm was adopted to a local Chinese family.  We are pleased to learn that Kristen and Yael had already been adopted.
 
 

News from Hope Healing Home in Beijing

Nura returned from heart surgery doing well.

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

Dalton returned from the hospital doing very well.
 
2. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, a Show Hope Special Care Center

Adele, Alexander, Alfonso, Asher, Ashley, Audrey, Luigi, Mario, Mitchell, Sallie, and Trevor were admitted.  Stella-Yasmine and Emee-Samantha returned from surgery doing well.  Zach came back to MBHOH after surgery in Suzhou.  We were sad to see Eli-Dirk, Matthew, and Reaser needing to return to their orphanages.  We are sad to say that Gloria passed away.
 
3. Xinyang Show Hope Special Care Center

Archer, Ashby, and Avery were admitted.  Ashby then needed to be transferred to MBHOH for further care.  Beniah, Jolee, and Yaniza sadly needed to go back to their orphanage.

4. Zhengzhou Show Hope Special Care Center

Blessing, Saphira, and Seraphina were admitted.  Cari, Leia, and Siam returned from surgery in Suzhou.  We were sad to see Hillary need to return to her orphanage.  Freedom sadly passed away.
Thanks and Needs

Our sincere thanks go out to our friends all over the world for responding to the financial needs we have had over the past months, especially to many in the USA and Hong Kong.

The British Embassy here in Beijing has made us the primary recipients of any fundraising events they host this year.

We'd also like to thank Roundabout Beijing and Friends of Dulwich who have made very substantial donations this month.

The group ANZA has paid for heart surgery for one of our babies, for which we are very grateful.

Last but certainly not least, we do not want to forget all of the individuals who have responded to our needs in a very encouraging way.

We do still have an outstanding debt of US$130,000 to an organization in Hong Kong that helped us through the difficult time at the beginning of this year.

Our needs this month are US$50,000 to cover normal running costs. As Joyce mentioned, we have repainted the empty areas which cost US$2,500. We would like to work on the rest of the home over the next few weeks while we have space. This project will cost another US$5,000.

If you would like to help with any of these needs, please let us know.
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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 are 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: 615-403-1242  
suitcasesoflove@gmail.com

b) From the UK:  Jennifer Drake, Surrey  china.drake@gmail.com

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

d) From Sydney, Australia: Susan Mukundan  susan_mukundan@hotmail.com 
Phone:  02 94888101    Mobile:   0414 911 309