Monthly Archives: January 2012

On the Road to Belonging!

Here is an update on David (volunteer Micah Crowe’s buddy from camp in Xi’an this summer!)… the awesome sequel to the post, “Ready to Belong”.  We are excited to lift Jim and Kari Schott up as they seek to bring David home to be a part of their forever family!  The following is a guest post by Jim and Kari about their “China adventure” to bring David home!


“Smooooch!” The chapstick worked well for the principal as he bent down to kiss a way too cute pig at the school carnival. A highlight of the school carnival, there was also good food, lots of kids, and fun games. In the midst of all the candy and treats, one game was thoughtfully giving toothbrushes to the winners. Our little man came home with two new toothbrushes feeling very proud of himself.

As he handed them to me to put away, he said, “Mom, I want you to save this for my brother.” He has three older sisters. We have been praying about a brother to adopt. We began the adoption road almost three years ago. There is no doubt why He gave this little man the nickname “Hope-bug.”

Not that cross your fingers kind of hope. A wish. A dream. Known certainty is the kind of hope we can have. Lots of things we don’t know, but we can focus on what we do know. He is love. He sent His Son to adopt us into His family. He is with us! If we will put our hope in Him, we know we will be with Him always. Why? Because of who He Is. We put ourselves in the very Hands of Hope.

Two weeks after the school carnival, while checking out Facebook, I saw a post by Micah Crowe on the Bring Me Hope website. Micah wrote about a sweet, smiling little boy who needed a family. I could email Kelly to learn more about him. I did. We talked on the phone.

My husband and I talked to Living Hope Adoption Agency. We liked the “hope” connection. We sent our application in with much prayer and hope. We were so excited to learn that we had been matched and could begin our China adventure!

How did I read the post on Bring Me Hope’s Facebook page? My friend, who has four children adopted from China and whom several of our children are in the same grade at the same school and we go to the same church, took her oldest daughter to China last summer to volunteer at a Bring Me Hope Camp.

We walked to help raise money two years in a row with this beautiful family and were blessed to be a small part of their love and time given in China last summer through Bring Me Hope.

Since our being matched, we have met many special people who love our son. Pictures and videos have been given to us and many people have been lifting him up.

Bring Me Hope has been a connection for many of these people and especially for the precious children the summer camp is meant for.

Who knew that a little smiling boy, often pictured right in the middle of a group of children, would attend summer camp for Chinese orphans, have his story shared by this organization by someone who loves him and asked for him to have a family, read by us just because we had supported friends who volunteered at this camp? He knew.

We hope to complete one more major piece soon to complete our home study and then have all the paperwork put together and mailed to China.

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Thank you for your prayers for us as we continue our China adventure to bring our son home.




Micah Crowe (the volunteer who worked with David in Xi’an) adds that she highly encourages everyone to advocate for all these amazing children who still need forever families.  Please continue to lift up every Bring Me Hope “Star of the Week” and spread the word about these kids!  Praise Him that David’s forever family found him so quickly- now let’s help other forever families find their kids!


Star of the Week: Peter

Name:  Peter – Age: 10 or 11 years – Favorite Things: Playing soccer, swimming, singing songs, reading, and writing – Status:  Needs a forever family!  (Read the full post for more information and photos/videos of Peter!)


“Peter is a 10 (or 11) year old boy with a heart looking for genuine love. Peter will quietly perform acts that show his desire for attention. He will give his last piece of candy, hold your hand all day, draw pictures of him being the prince and you the princess, and ensure that you are protected. He doesn’t smile quickly or give hugs readily, but you can see in all the small actions that he is waiting for love.

“Peter can play soccer, swim, sing songs, read, write, and feed himself.”

Watch Peter’s Video Here!

(From Hoping for Home– be sure to check out the other beautiful kids who need forever families on HOH!)

Star of the Week: Jin Qiu

Name:  Jin Qiu –  Age:  12 years – Favorite Things:  Music, karaoke, playing on the playground, riding on cars and bikes – Status:  Needs a forever family!  (Read the full post for more information and photos of Jin Qiu!)


Jin Qiu is a 12 year-old orphan.  He is is very artistic and likes to imitate TV actors and paint pictures.  He enjoys music and singing karaoke and performing for an audience whenever he has the opportunity.

Jin Qiu is also a helper.  He helps to fold diapers for all the babies in the orphanage every afternoon.  He mops the floor and cleans tables when asked.


One of Jin Qiu’s favorite places to play is on the playground!  Here he enjoys running around, sliding, and swinging.  He also likes to jump rope and ride bikes and cars.

Most of all, Li Jin Qiu is very loving and sensitive to the moods and expressions of people around him.  When one of the other children in the orphanage falls, he is quickly by their side and helping them up.


Jin Qiu has Down Syndrome but has not had any heart or thyroid issues.  Because of this condition and his age, Jin Qiu needs to find a forever family before he is 14 years old.  Jin Qiu would be a wonderful addition to any family.  His engaging smile and sweet disposition would warm up any home and heart!


Please contact Joy Dexter at for more information about Jin Qiu.