We all know the horror stories people tell you when flying to another country for the first time. With those things flooding our minds, we sometimes get a knot in our stomach as we jump on the plane…only our imagination to accompany us for the next however many hours.
We always stand amazed when we have former campers come back to Bring Me Hope as volunteers. They have a first hand experience to truly understand our campers and impact their lives. This year (2014), we have three former campers back with us. Eden, who was adopted and flew back to join our team…Tim, who came back as a translator…and todays feature Mier, one of our camps Chinese helpers.
“First of all, I really want to say thank you to my sponsor whom I even don’t know. Because of you I can go back to Bring Me Hope summer camp. I had a lot great experience in this week, even though it’s only 5 days. Loving and taking care of each other is a new lesson for me this summer.
This summer also reminds me of the camps I joined before, like 2007. Time flies! Can’t believe it has been 7 years. Bring Me Hope summer camp makes a great difference on my life, I’ve learned a lot from all the friends I met in Bring Me Hope summer camp.
However, this time is so different, since I’m 18 years old now. I came to camp as a helper instead of child. One night, Queenah Jie jie and S. Jie jie asked me to help their three boys take shower. At beginning, I was not pleased to do that. Maybe I thought I was still a kid who need help always, but later I realized I’m a helper now. After that, I started to help others. And then I realized I can do more than I thought. I’m so happy I can help people now. Especially, I experienced being a volunteer at camp.
Anyway, this is a special summer for me ! I’m so thankful for all the people who helped me before and who are helping me now. Thanks Bring Me Hope and all the Gege jiejie!”
We want to thank everyone who has financially sponsored our past and present campers. YOU are changing lives and impacting futures!
For The Kids!
Caitlyn & Bring Me Hope Team
Last week’s Night Walk fundraiser was an incredible success! With 166 people walking in 26 locations, there were people supporting orphans in China all over the world! During the walk, we hosted a live stream of two of our locations in China. It was so fun to see the excitement on each of their faces! Some of the kids featured have been coming to camp for five years and are anxious to return!
On behalf of the kids, THANK YOU!
Heartsent Adoptions, Inc. China Waiting Child Fees
-HAI Program fee (part 1) $2,750
-HAI Program fee (part 2) $2750
-Beijing Service Fee $500
-I-800A Approval $2,850
-Visa Processing Fee $380
-Post-Adoption Service Fee (part 1) $1,800
-China Travel Coordination Fee $2,000
-Article 5 Submission $2,000
In-Country Travel Expenses
-Orphanage Donation Fee $5,500
-China Notary Fee $550
-Registration Fee $325
-Application Fee in Province $95
-China Passport Fee for Child $110
-Flight from Province to Guangzhou for 3-4 people $1,000
-Incidental Fees: medical, photos, etc. $100
Heartsent Adoptions, Inc.
140 Brookwood Rd.
Orinda, CA 94563
Night Walk is coming up on May 18, 2012. That’s just a few weeks away! We can’t wait to show our support of these kids during this awesome opportunity. If you haven’t yet heard of Night Walk, keep reading to find out more!
Want to skip the reading and sign up now?? Head over to the Night Walk sign-up page!
This year, our Night Walk and camp theme is “Love Like an Ocean”. For many of the volunteers who have spent time with the orphans in China, for many of the families who have adopted these beautiful children and for many hearts that long to bring these kids love and hope… an ocean separates us. But love, deep like the ocean, binds us to them. We love them through the love He has given us… and He gives us a love that surpasses knowledge (Eph 3:18).
Essentially what Night Walk does is it gives us another opportunity to show this “love like an ocean.” We have the opportunity to tangibly help these children who we love. We have the opportunity to share the kids’ stories with our friends, family, and sometimes complete strangers as we walk. At the beginning of the walk, we even get a chance to be on a call with some of the kids we are directly helping with the Night Walk. What a cool opportunity to be a part of something so huge! Be sure to share about it with your family and friends and let’s have thousands of people across the globe together for one cause!
For more info and to sign up, CLICK HERE! Sign up by Friday, May 4, 2012 and get an awesome official Night Walk t-shirt to sport for the Walk!
One hour. $30. The opportunity to change lives forever. Bring Me Hope Night Walk 2012.
Jacob, Rob’s orphan buddy from camp, touched Rob’s life in an extraordinary way. When Rob returned home from camp, he did everything in his power to help find Jacob a forever family.
We are so thankful for Rob and allowing the father to work through him… because now, Jacob will soon be Ian Straight as his family makes the trek to China in early May to bring him home.
The whole story about Ian’s adoption is pretty amazing! Check out Ian’s forever family’s blog at http://myshelbybaby.blogspot.com/2011/10/ians-story-finale.html for the whole story (and more to come as they bring him home!).
Ian has a forever family!
It’s been six weeks since the last Bring Me Hope camp ended in China. As we all settle back into our normal routines, it can be easy to forget the little ones we’ve left behind. That’s why it’s so inspiring to hear about volunteers who have decided to intentionally advocate for their children after camp.
Rob Malloy, a student from Ireland, was a volunteer at the Xi’an camp this year. Since coming home in August, he has made it his goal to find a family for his buddy, Lei Xiao Feng (Jacob). With the help of BMH staffer, Kristen Chase, he put together an article (featured here ), YouTube video, and an email asking if anyone would be willing to adopt Jacob. The response has been incredible! We are confident Jacob will soon have a forever family.
Volunteers and BMH friends, would you take a moment to ask The Father what you can do to help the kids? It may be writing them a letter, supporting their orphanage, finding an adoptive family, praying for them… We trust He will show you the way if you ask. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for the children! He does amazing work through His people!
Xiao Hu and YaYa
We had another opportunity to have two of the orphans from the De Xing School spend a day with our family. As brother and sister, Xiao Hu (Little Tiger), and his sister YaYa entered our home with wide eyes, we were amazed at what unfolded before us. After showing them around the house and giving YaYa a bath (Xiao Hu would have nothing to do with a bath), we let them sort of gravitate towards whatever they wanted to do. It’s hard to know exactly what will hold their interest ahead of time. We have a tendency to think that they might not have a natural sense of “play” because they don’t have toys and play in general isn’t encouraged in their culture. But we were pleasantly surprised as we watched and played with them. Xiao Hu went immediately to the trucks, blocks, and cars to play with the boy stuff; while YaYa sought out Natalie’s little dollies. Xiao Hu played rough, loud, and hard, while YaYa gently and lovingly dressed, “fed”, and coddled the babies,making sure each had a blanket and pillow, as though she was really their mommy. It’s amazing how these two little ones with no real direction, guidance or nurturing, already have an innate sense of what their roles are. We were so pleased to see that in the midst of an obvious lack of parental affection, YaYa especially has a God-given capacity to show love and affection to others. Her bright little eyes sparkled as she played with those babies, while her brother “conquered” our house with a vibrance that only God could have put inside of him. Our hope is that as we model appropriate love, affection, and play, they will grow into loving, caring mommies and daddies themselves!
This Christmas we would like to provide the orphans at the school with new shoes. While spending time with them, we’ve noticed that every single one of them is wearing shoes that are old, broken, and worn down to the last string. Our plan is to take them to a nearby shoe store where we have already bargained a discounted price and buy them each a brand new pair. The cost is about $7.50 per pair, and there are about 16 kids to buy for. If you’d like to pitch in on the “32 Feet” project, you can send your gifts to the address below and mark your checks “32 Feet”.
To support our work financially, you can give with a check, Visa, Mastercard, or via Bill Pay. Please make checks payable to
Bring Me Hope and send them to:
Bring Me Hope
P.O. Box 164
Big Lake, MN 55309
This is a quote from a former volunteer about the last day of camp.
“Saying goodbye to the girls that day was the hardest day of my life…and I’ve buried two husbands.”
One week of camp can change lives. Not yours alone, but each child and translator that comes. Come be a part of the change that is going on each summer in China. When we give of ourselves it will never be in vain.