MONTH OF BIRTH: Nov. 2012
When Abraham was only one year old, his parents went to a big city to work. One day, his mother, who had a mental illness unfortunately got lost and never came back home. Abraham’s father had to take him back to their rural village. Next year, another tragedy happened: his father suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and left sequelae. He lost his ability to work and had a third-degree physical disability. Now they live on government disability welfare. Their house collapsed and now lives in a small house built by the government.
Abraham is eight years old and is in second grade. He has to live in a school far away from home. The boarding fee almost costs all of their welfare. Their lives are extremely difficult.
Abraham is still very optimistic and cheerful. He actively participates in various activities in school; he especially loves to help teachers and classmates. Although his grades are moderate, he studies very hard and has the grit to live. He wants to be a teacher when he grows up, therefore, he can help more people.
MONTH OF BIRTH: Jun. 1999
Adam lived a happy life until tragedy befell his family. His father was struck by a car while riding his bike and was killed. His devastated mother took him to stay with his uncle and promised to return for him. After a period of time, however, his uncle took him back to his home to see if there was any news from his mother. All they found was a note from his mother explaining that she was unable to handle the pressure and encouraging him to study hard. Adam found himself an orphan. His uncle already had a daughter and times were difficult even before Adam became a part of the household. They typically ate one meal a day and did not know where the next would be coming from.
Adam came home to Living Hope and his life became joyful once again. He was deeply moved by the love and the good teaching he received here. He has learned that love is selfless and that by working together problems can be solved.
Adam is very thankful for the time he was able to visit the United States with our China Angels Tour and remains thankful for the support of his “uncles” and “aunts” from overseas.
Adam is a good student and a wonderful young man. Now Adam is a freshman in college! He studied very hard. We are very proud of him!
MONTH OF BIRTH: Mar. 2013
When Amy was four years old, her parents were killed in a car accident, leaving young Amy and her sister alone. Her sister also suffers from epilepsy. The sisters had to live with their 73-year-old grandmother, but she was weak and sick, has heart disease and diabetes, and was unable to raise Amy. They all rely on Amy’s orphan pension every month.
Now, Amy is eight years old and in second grade. The school is far away from home, and she has to pay for commuting and meals at school. Life is extremely difficult for them. Amy is still lively and optimistic, studies hard at school, with excellent grades. Teachers and classmates all like her. She loves painting very much and dreams of becoming a painter in the future.
MONTH OF BIRTH: Dec. 1999
Ashley’s father was killed in a coal mining accident in 2004 and a short time later, her mother ran away and abandoned her. Ashley and her younger brother, Thomas, had nowhere to go and no one to take care of them. The two children were taken to live with their grandparents. Their grandmother was very sick with diabetes and their grandfather was also in poor health, but they did their best to care for the children by trying to work in the fields to earn money. The family struggled to survive.
Ashley and her brother came to Living Hope in late 2009. Ashley shared with us that their mother never loved them or showed any affection toward either one of them. Because of this, Ashley had to learn to be independent of a very early age and take care of Thomas.
Since coming to Living Hope, Ashley has flourished. She studies hard and makes good grades. Ashley is very friendly and outgoing. She likes music, singing, dancing, and drawing. Her difficult start in life has not taken her joy. She loves to laugh and is always willing to help others.
Now，Ashley is a freshman in college and became a precious jewel of a young woman! We are very proud of her!
MONTH OF BIRTH: Mar. 2002
Bobby’s father died in July of 2004. His mother ran away a year later, leaving Bobby with his grandparents. His grandfather then passed away and his grandmother was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
We brought Bobby into our home in March of 2011.
Bobby enjoys playing basketball and chess and he really likes to read. He is currently studying in a vocational school in Beijing。 Once he has time, he will go back home to take care of his grandma. We look forward to seeing what he will be able to achieve in the future!
MONTH OF BIRTH: Jul. 1999
Caleb’s father died when he was 7 years old and during this time his mother abandoned him. Caleb and his two older siblings were sent to live with their fraternal grandparents who were old and sick and they struggled to care for the three children.
In November of 2009, Caleb came to Living Hope. He loves to play sports, enjoys learning English, and believes in working hard to achieve one’s goals.
He is now in college, majoring in nursing. We believe he will have a bright future ahead of him.
MONTH OF BIRTH: May 2001
Chad’s mother left home when he was about six years old and she never returned. Shortly after that his father had a mental breakdown and could no longer care for himself or Chad. Chad’s grandmother took him in and later remarried.
In April of 2010, Chad moved into the Training Center. His favorite subjects are English, Math, and basketball! Chad has a good heart and gets along well with all his brothers and sisters.
Now he is in college and majoring in early childhood education. We believe that he will become a good teacher in the future.
MONTH OF BIRTH: Oct. 2005
Daniel was recovered by police from a human trafficking ring in January 2006, at which time he was an infant. He was placed in government care while police investigated his case and he was later assigned the birth date October 8, 2005. Daniel suffers from no physical disabilities. In August 2013, Daniel moved into Living Hope Children’s Home and was placed in the care of Mr. and Mrs. Zhao.
Mr. and Mrs. Zhao also care for two younger children in their family unit and Daniel is often a big help for them, playing with his younger siblings and helping his house parents as they ask him to. He is very focused on cleanliness and hygiene and will clean his room every day. He also cleans the bathroom whenever he feels it is dirty. This is one habit we are all thankful for!
Daniel’s favorite hobbies are sports, dancing, and singing. He likes to play basketball whenever he can. His repertoire of praise choruses is also large and he enjoys performing songs in front of large groups of guests! Along with a few other children, Daniel is studying to play the house, a traditional Chinese woodwind instrument, and he hopes to learn many other instruments to further his passion for music.
Daniel is not yet sure what he hopes to do in his future. We do know that he has a seemingly boundless amount of energy! For now, we hope he will first focus on being the best student he can be.
Ｎow Daniel is a high school student and he will certainly have many doors open to him in the future.
MONTH OF BIRTH: Mar. 2008
Elizabeth’s mother left home when she was 4 and her father died in an accident in 2014. She then moved in with her impoverished uncle.
She is adored by everyone in the Living Hope family, though sometimes the older girls get frustrated trying to teach her Math! She likes to play and makes friends easily. Her favorite activities are painting, drawing, and dancing.
Overall, Elizabeth is a very independent and capable child. She is now a middle school student. We are excited to watch her blossom and grow!
MONTH OF BIRTH: Apr. 2006
At one time, our Emma lived with her mother, father, and baby brother in a very poor village in Guangling county in Shanxi province of China. Her family suffered a tragedy when a huge storm destroyed their home. This left Emma’s mother emotionally scarred and she began to act completely irrationally. She had to be medicated and kept under constant care. Eventually, Emma’s father could no longer handle the tremendous family pressure and decided to commit suicide by drinking poison. By the time doctors arrived, it was too late.
From that point on, Emma’s grandmother took both of the children in and became the main supporter of the family. She would go to the fields to work all day in order to be given food for Emma and Tyler. Grandmother had no child care so she had to lock the children in the mud house alone all day until she returned. Emma, just a baby herself at 3 years old, had to care for her little brother. This went on for some time until we were told of their suffering. We brought Emma home to Living Hope in April of 2010. Then in September of 2012, we were able to bring Tyler home as well.
The grandmother is so very thankful for the love and care for her precious grandchildren. She now has hope for their future. Emma is able to visit her grandmother when school is on holiday. Our Emma is pure love, a beautiful girl both inside and out! She is now in high school, and she sure will have a beautiful future.
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