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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes
Dear Friends and Supporters,
     
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Beijing, a bit earlier than we expected! We’ve had several inches of snow already and the cold seems like it’s here to stay. Although the kids aren’t getting to go outside as much anymore, many of them did get to enjoy some time playing in the snow. It was neat for us to watch the looks on some of their faces when they felt the snow on their hands for the first time and realized that they could walk through it and throw it up in the air (or at each other!). It is such a gift to be able to be a part of so many “firsts” with our children.
 
 
While it was snowing in Beijing, Rob and I were in Malaysia to see our daughter Amber graduate from medical school. The ceremony was held at the very same hall that my graduation ceremony was held. We are so proud of her as she has always wanted to be a doctor.
 
 
We were grateful to be joined once more this month by Shirley and Stephanie Hwang who have come to be caretakers once more for two babies receiving medical treatment in Hong Kong. We were also glad to have a group of friends and supporters from the MedArt China Orphan Outreach to visit our babies in Luoyang.
 
 
A few of our preschool children had a chance to go on a field trip at the end of the month to the Milk & Honey Learning Center in Shunyi. The kids were able to enjoy some child-led play center activities and music time with other children and after the class enjoyed lunch at McDonald's. For most, if not all of them, this was their first trip to McDonald’s. Needless to say, the French fries were a big hit! We look forward to taking another group of kids next month.
 
 
As has become a new tradition for us, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our foreign staff members. Rob and Mikey fried a turkey as they did last year, in addition to many delicious dishes from all of our guests. This year we were happy to be joined by Dr. Martin and his family and had over 20 guests in our home for a very lovely dinner. We have so much to be thankful for; we’ve seen a large number of adoptions this year, many of children whom were so sick that we thought might never have a chance at being adopted; many children have been able to have needed surgeries; we’ve been the recipients of many kind and generous donations… the list could go on and on. We’ve had many ups and many downs this year but have seen God’s faithful provision through it all. We are thankful for each of you who continuously invest prayer, time, energy and resources into the continuation of this work.
 
Quote: “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”     - Steven Grellet

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

Asher, AvaJo, Badge, Edyth, Kamen, Luigi, Nelson, Russ, Seraphina, Tracer, and Yuma went to Suzhou for cleft surgery with the doctors from Suzhou Children’s Hospital and from MedArt in Hong Kong.  Abree, Baron, Barton, Jeshua, Joely Hope, Justice, Kale, Marcus, Victoria, and Vincent also were able to go to Suzhou to receive help from the MedArt partnership in Suzhou.  Separately, Beatrix, Caprice, Eara, Nieson, and Tobias went to Suzhou for neurosurgical evaluation.  Camry and Lucius were hospitalized, and Garrick needed one last hospitalization before going to be adopted.  Houston went to Shanghai for cleft surgery with the AiYou Foundation.  Jedi was admitted in Nanyang then needed urgent inpatient treatment.  Johanna needed inpatient care in Zhengzhou.  Liam was able to have cleft surgery in Beijing.  Lily-Grace was sent for heart surgery.  Manning needed local inpatient treatment then was sent to Suzhou for further neurosurgical care.
 
 
News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption

Alessandro, Anna-April, Clayton, Garrick, Isabel-Maya, Issachar, Jillian, Saige, Trenor, Wendy, and Ynez were all adopted this month!
 
 

News from Hope Healing Home in Beijing

HT Cui and ZR Xin were admitted.  Leaf was transferred from Luoyang for further care.
 
News from the five 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 conditions who many times are unlikely to survive under normal circumstances.  Those who survive are great blessings.
 
1. Jiaozuo Show Hope Special Care Center

No major events occurred for the children in Jiaozuo this month.
 
2. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, a Show Hope Special Care Center (currently in temporary residence)

Anna-Marie and Mark were admitted.  Alfonso and Ryker returned from Hong Kong.  Monty returned from the local hospital.  We were sad to say goodbye to Cruz, Easton, Howard, and Ryder who all passed away.
 
3.  Nanyang Show Hope Special Care Center

Alaina, Louella, and Pearl were admitted.  Nieson returned from hospitalization doing well.
 
4. Xinyang Show Hope Special Care Center

Sadly, both Clara and Eliah passed away.
 
5. Zhengzhou Show Hope Special Care Center

Lacie and Xenon were admitted.  Aethan, Cailyn, Lark, and Zahara returned from different hospitals.  Cannan and Flossie needed to go back to their orphanage.
Thanks and Needs

Once again we have been able to meet all of our costs for this month in Beijing thanks to all of you who faithfully support us each month. We would like to say a special thank you to A.M. San Jose and P&K E family for their very generous donations.
 
We’d also like to extend a big thank you to a group of ladies in Beijing who are “Baking for Orphans” and raising funds to contribute towards our work. 
 
One of our volunteers, Stephanie Irizarry, has once again organized a t-shirt fundraiser for us. This time the proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go towards the cost of heating our Beijing center this winter. T-shirts and hoodies will be available until Dec. 9th and can be found here:
 
http://www.teespring.com/new-hope-shirts
 
     
 
Portion for Orphans has also made a generous donation towards coal for this winter. Their donation, along with what Stephanie expects to raise through the t-shirt fundraiser, should cover the costs of heating this year.
 
We do as always need funds to cover the running costs in Beijing each coming month. Thank you all again for your ongoing support.
 
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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