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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes
Dear Friends and Supporters,
      
We wish you all a blessed Chinese New Year. May this year bring you much peace and joy.  We enjoyed the fireworks and have had some snow this month which the children have loved. While it is still very cold, the snow has made everything beautiful. I have learnt to see beauty in every season. I just need to look around me and see all the beauty of God’s creation no matter what the circumstances.
 

 

Children continue to go back and forth to the MedArt team in Hong Kong who work so hard to help us provide much needed surgeries for the children. Currently, Drs. John Ngan and Mark Chan in Hong Kong are monitoring and advising on seriously ill baby Kale, who has been sent to their colleagues in Suzhou, Dr. Zhou and his nephrology team. Kale is very ill and has complex medical issues. We are so grateful to have all these medical professionals who so willingly give of their time and expertise to help save our babies’ lives. Please pray for Kale’s survival. At one point Dr. John was operating on one of our babies while trying to help Kale at the same time, from afar. These doctors are such a huge blessing to us.
 

Kale

Children continue to be adopted. One very special child, James (known by most as "Rui Rui"), for whom we have prayed for so long to have a family, is finally going to a wonderful forever family in March. It’s these things that bring me much joy in the midst of the sadness and suffering that is all around us. The quote at the end of my letter is from an email we received from his mother.
 
James ("Rui Rui")
 
This month, we say a sad “goodbye” to Stephanie Hwang and her mother Shirley who have been such a tremendous help to us. Stephanie has been with us for the past 6 months and has helped us with preschool, taking babies to Hong Kong, videos, and many other jobs in between. Shirley was kind enough to spend a month with one of our children in Hong Kong. We sincerely hope that they will come back again at some time in the future.

On a personal note, I will be going to Malaysia for a month to be with our daughter Amber as she prepares for her final Medical School exams. I will also get to see our son Adam and his family who will be flying in from Australia. Adam will take us for a short vacation to an island off the coast of Malaysia. Rob is jealous that he will be left here in the cold, but such is life.   
 
Quote: “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter."
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Joyce
Dr. M J Hill MBBS. FRACGP. AM.
Director/ Founder
News of Hospitalizations and Surgeries

Abigail and Kaden went to Hong Kong for surgeries with MedArt.  Deidre returned from the hospital but quickly needed inpatient treatment again.  She then returned to us once again and has been stable so far.  Gaines went for surgery in Shandong Province and returned doing well.  Garrick needed inpatient treatment and returned much better than he was before he went in.  Graham was admitted and sent for surgery in Shandong Province.  John-Lucas was admitted to the local hospital but sadly passed away.  Kale was admitted then was sent to Suzhou for urgent surgery (as stated above in Joyce's text).  Kenzli was hospitalized in Tianjin then returned doing better.  She had been improving but developed a respiratory infection that required yet another hospitalization.  McKinley went to the local hospital for further care then returned doing better.
 
News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption

Laurel, Steve-Kalel, and Xyra were adopted.  We were also happy to learn that Julian and Lakeisha, who were under care several years ago, have been adopted.
 
  

News from Hope Healing Home in Beijing

Paul returned from eye surgery doing well.  Emee-Samantha returned from Hong Kong doing very well after her surgery. 
 
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

Zahara was admitted.
 
2. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, a Show Hope Special Care Center

Badge, Brennan, Rebecca-Isabella, Shayla, and Sophia-Rose were admitted.  Rebecca-Dianne was also admitted this month then sadly passed away.  Christian-Grey and Mariana both returned from the hospital doing well.  Joseph, Layne, and Nora returned from heart surgeries doing well.  Sonja needed to return to her orphanage.
 
3. Xinyang Show Hope Special Care Center

Easley had successful heart surgery and went to MBHOH for recovery.
 
4. Zhengzhou Show Hope Special Care Center

Camry, Ember, Kayne, and Titan were admitted.  Jalene was admitted but sadly passed away.  Eara returned from Suzhou improved after her surgery.  Cannan, Donell, and Jethro returned from their surgeries doing well.  We are sad to say that Merrill passed away.
Thanks and Needs

Once again we would like to thank you all for your ongoing support. The loan of US$130,000 we had from a HK organization has helped see us through this month, but we really do still need the US$200,000 we were short of at the end of last year. Please prayerfully consider our needs as we go into this New Year.

We are also in need of drainable colostomy bags as we currently have a lot babies that need these. If you would like to help with these, the details are on our website needs list (see http://www.hopefosterhome.com/get-involved/our-needs/ under the medical section).

We could still use small groups or individuals to come help with our kids' scrapbooks. These scrapbooks are given to families when children are adopted and are such a gift to the children as they grow older. If you live in Beijing, enjoy scrapbooking and can commit to coming on a weekly or monthly basis to help with this project, please email Rebecca Shook. All supplies are provided.
If this newsletter has been forwarded to you and you would like to receive you own monthly copy, please email us at   info@hopefosterhome.com 
 
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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   rsdorris@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