Volunteer in China this summer with Bring Me Hope! Bring Me Hope camps give you the opportunity to provide orphans with love, hope, a sense of self-worth, and long-term advocacy. You could be the only person to ever show a child love. What an opportunity!
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“So what exactly does a week at camp look like?” We’re glad you asked! Here’s a week-in-the-life of a Bring Me Hope summer camp volunteer.
I grew up in the orphanage for ten years. For the past ten years of my life at the orphanage I was never been able to go near someone, because of my badly wounded, infected, and bloody foot, and a pair of infected awful smelly ears. Whenever people came near me I would always go as far away as possible so that they could not smell my ears or see my nasty foot. Every day I had to be hundred feet away from people so they would not be disgusted by my ears. I did not like to embarrass anybody or let them talk about how bad my ears smell or my foot looked, so I had my own little corner that I could hide from so no one could found me or talked bad about me. That was how my life was at the orphanage I did not like to be ashamed or embarrassed by people because of what I had.
Bring Me Hope I (2006)
In August of 2006, a few of my friends and I went to a camp called Bring Me Hope. I was very scared, felt ashamed, and guilty to myself because of my foot and ears. I tried to hide my foot and cover my ears so they would not notice anything. At the camp the children were matched with a Chinese translator and an American volunteer (we call that a family group), My American buddy was Kirsten Chase and another child named (Jing Hua) from a different orphanage I did not remember my translator. Throughout the camp I did not talk to the strangers (foreigners) or even go near them. I did my best to run away from the people that I did not know. I was scared that they would be like my caregivers and friends talked baddy about my foot and ears, not long after they found out my foot and ears. They did not yelled at me or told me to go away but they gave me whole bunch of medicines for my foot and ears and my buddy Kristen hugged me because she knew I fill little scared and shy. For ten years of my life at the orphanage I never had any medicines and hugs before, my foot bleeds every day and no one cares, and no one ever came close to me within three feet and gave me hugs. For three whole days I was keeping my distance away from all the people I did not know. I was very stubborn and cold hearted to my family group and the rest of the people I did not talk anybody or interact with my family group I would was ran to my friends and play with them. As the Friday came that means the camp was almost over, so that very night for talent show all the American buddies gathered together and learned a Chinese song called” Grateful Heart”( 感恩的心) . All the children sat on the floor with the translators and listen to our American buddies sing the song, and at the end of the song the American buddies gave their buddies (children) hugs. That very night I stated to open up my mind and gave my buddies hugs and talked to them and smile at them. That very next morning it was very raining day and it was time for us to leave. Everybody cried and hugged their buddies tightly, and for the first time and ever I cried and teared and so I quickly ran to my buddy Kristen and hugged her tightly. My heart was truly touched by my family group, for the first time and ever I never felt so loved cared by people before, I just would not let go of my buddy. At the very last minute I let go with non-stop tears dripping down from my eyes. At the bus all the children cried or felt sad all the way home.
Bring Me Hope II (2010)
In July of 2010 my whole family went back to Bring Hope. My parents were the volunteers and my two sisters and I were just kids did not have the responsibly of doing anything or teaching anything to the children. My parents both had a child and an interpreter and the two families together we made a big family group. My sisters and I were just playing with the other children our age.
Bring Me Hope III (2014)
In The past summer of July my friend (Jessie) and I went to Bring Me Hope camp by ourselves. I was very happy and excited to be able to go back again as a volunteer. On Monday I had the two youngest children of the whole camp. They were two years old and three years old, and both of my boys were very active, energetic, and naughty. My interceptors and I just could not stop them from running, I guess they are in just in those ages. Every day, I would chase them from one place to another and play with them from early morning till night. Throughout the week of camp I learned to be patient, interact with them, and love them of all. I had the responsibility to be like a volunteer, and show love, kindness, and patient to the children who never had the experience before. When all the children left on Friday morning it was always a sad day for everybody to leave their little family group once you have build up a good relationship with the children it is always sad to leave each other. In the weekend I slap with the interpreters that night. In my dorm there were six Chinese interpreters and one of them was my. All the children left so I went back to my normal self which is the crazy, naughty, restless, nonstop talking, loud, and burst out laughing every time people talk. I was the only volunteer in that room so most the translators came to my bed and as me about how I know about BMH? How many times I have volunteering and so on. I started to open my album book that I bought with me and shared my life time stories with them, after that they asked me what does Bring Me Hope mean and what is the main purpose to be in BMH. I shared every details that I know to them. By two thirty o’clock mid-night I started to share my faith with them, and half some of them got tired so they hoped into their bed and get ready for bed. The rest of them were still listening to me and I showed them the most important passages from the Bible and they started to ask me all kinds of questions like “how to do you know the Bible is true? Where is God? How do you know if Jesus is going to coming back again?” Thank goodness I got all those passages highlighted and bookmarked. I carefully telling them the truth from Bible to them, and they started understand what I mean. When it was time for me to ask them about their life background and some of them are staring to believe and some are still not sure but in the deciding point line. When were all time talking about the Biblical massages they were getting to be tired because it was about three forty-five o’clock, but I was not tired at all I was still very energetic and active. While they were getting to bed I still stalking burst out with words and laughs. Finally I realized I was talking to the air they all went to bed so not long after I went to bed. We all woke up at nine o’clock and went out for a walk. I had an awesome time! I truly did!
Bring Me Hope V (2015)
This year in July, I am going back to Bring Me hope by myself and serve for the Lord again for those who are in hunger and thirst for the Lord Jesus Christ. I just can’t wait at all. The great news for this year is that we are staring a Bring Me Hope camp in Philippine. David Bolt the starter of the BMH is going to go there. I am so happy and excited that Bring Me Hope is getting bigger as the time goes on. In Bring Me Hope we not only showing the children love, faith, patient care, kindness, and etc… We are also reaching out the translators who are lost in the darkness, there are so many people are in need of a Savior Jesus Christ. In Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. In Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” In the past I was a non-talker, not very active, very cold hearted, and did not like to go near anybody at all. Once I got accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the age of fifteen I totally got changed into a different person. If I can do this than I believe you can do this too. There are so many people need our help to lead them to Christ, BMH is one of the organization you can joining. Christians stand up and start your mission! Don’t waste your time! The life God gave you is way too precious to waste there are way too many people needs your help, and God needs your hands and feet to get moving!
This is the Potter family. In recent months, they’ve been in the process of trying to adopt JJ, a Chinese orphan incorrectly diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. JJ got to go to Bring Me Hope camp in 2014 and met Jeff Knipe who has been advocating for JJ since late summer of last year. Read Jeff’s amazing story about how JJ is now in the process of being adopted:
Our family has been involved with helping the kids from our daughter’s orphanage in China for the past 10 years.
We held mini camps at his orphange in 2012 and 2013. JJ was one of our favorites and attended BMH camp in 2014,
When I found out that the orphanage had diagnosed him with Down Syndrome and potential congenital retardation, I knew it was incorrect and there must be some way to get his medical file corrected. We were able to get him out of the orphanage and into Agape Family Life House in Langfang in late 2014, but they still did not have the resources to get his file checked and corrected.
So, in January 2015, I flew to China with the hopes of correcting his medical file and finding out exactly what was going on with An Jie Ran. I met Earl Tai from the Baobei Foundation in Shanghai and his team proceeded to do many tests on JJ at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. We were able to medically prove he did not have Down Syndrome or any type of mental retardation. Rather, we believe he has a genetic bone disorder which has stunned his growth and caused some other physical issues.
When I returned from China with his corrected file, I now had to find a Christian family who was willing to adopt him. In about 2 weeks after my return, God led us to the Potter family in North Carolina who heard about JJ’s story and, after praying about it for a few days, called me back and said “JJ is our son and we believe God wants us to adopt him as soon as possible.”
They are a wonderful family and have raised $11,000 from family and friends for the adoption so far. But I knew they would need much more money to complete the adoption.
A Mother’s Love had raised about $10,000 for any potential medical costs JJ may have and the remaining was to be used for his adoption. The Baobei Foundation had donated ALL of the medical tests, so all of the $10,000 AML raised could be used for the adoption fund. But we still needed about $15,000 more.
A few days later, we received the entire $15,000 from a generous donor who heard about JJ’s story.
The Potters have been moving quickly through the adoption process, and recently completed their Home Study. This pastWednesday, I drove 10 hours up to their home in NC and surprised them with the $25,000 adoption grant!! It was the culmination of lots of incredible blessings and it proved again that God is in the “adoption business!”
The Potters expect to adopt JJ sometime in 2015 and will be travelling with their entire family.
Some very cool points to note:
1) The Potters are naming him Jieran Jacob Potter (JJ). They had no idea that his incredible BMH volunteer at camp last summer was named Jacob.
2) 3 days before I left for China to try and help An Jie Ran (Jan 12th), I did not have ANY confirmed plans or appointments to help him and I almost did not make the trip.
3) In just 90 days, we went from not knowing if we could even help JJ’s situation, to correcting his medical files, to finding him a forever family, and then raising all of the money needed for his adoption. Amazing….
How awesome is that?! We hope this story causes you to admire God all the more for his orchestration and that he inspires you to go to extreme measures to help those whom God has called us to love. I’m sure we’ll hear more about JJ and his new family in the next few months, so stay tuned to read more.