JJ’s Adoption Story

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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.

Blessings!

Night Walk 2015!

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Join people around the world to raise support for orphans in need!

On Friday, May 15th, people around the world will participate in the 2015 Night Walk to raise awareness for orphans in need and raise money to help them go to Bring Me Hope camp this summer. To sign up for the Night Walk, click here. For more information about the Night Walk, click here. The deadline for ordering T-shirts is May 1st, so sign up soon! Scroll down to see a map of all the cities hosting a Night Walk this year.

Tighten up your laces and let’s walk our cities for orphans around the world!

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Join a walk in a city near you or create a walk of your own!

Give Back

This is the time of year where Bring Me Hope is on their toes as we start pushing towards getting everything ready for camp. It’s not just the details, crafts and games we are planning but the kids that we will be bringing and who we will choose.

To get into our head and about the kids we work with means seeing our year long goal. We can say it starts at camp, our volunteers arrive ready to take on the new challenges and fun as orphans are bussed in for the week. This is a time where kids get to be kids and possibly forget for a fleeting moment that they are hoping for a family. There are firsts for them through the week and by the time they leave, we hope that they have felt LOVED in ways they have never seen.missions, china, orphan care, kids, summer camp, bring me hope

Camp is just the beginning for our kiddos, going home is one of the most crucial steps…it’s where we the staff and volunteer spend hours putting together information about our campers and getting them seen. We blast them on social media, tell their story to the world and search for families. Having first hand experience, photos and videos can attract the attention of many adoptive parents because they feel like they know the child before they lock in on their file.missions, china, orphan care, kids, summer camp, bring me hope

So, while a month is spent at camp, 11 months are spent advocating. This brings us to today. We want to change lives, we want to get our campers on the front page of many peoples minds…we want families. BUT to make this possible, we have to have people like you and me send orphans to our camp. It can be a $20 donation or $500. Without YOU, less kids come which could potentially mean a child’s story won’t get told.missions, china, orphan care, kids, summer camp, bring me hope

This month, we are coming alongside Cory, founder of Give Yak and making your donations more fun. Give Yak was founded with a passion to serve the Chinese community by designing Asian-inspired shirts that give back. For March, Cory had the idea to partner with us to launch Give Yak while giving all the proceeds to Bring Me Hope campers. The catch is, you get a gift if you donate this month…depending on the size of the donation will put you in different brackets from shirts to hand made Asian crafts and beautiful boxes.missions, china, orphan care, kids, summer camp, bring me hope

So if you want to help us send a kids to camp, go to Give Yak and give back (http://www.giveyak.org/support-chinese-orphans)

For The Kids,

Caitlyn