Saturday, October 22, 2011

China: Team Chenzhou 2012

Do you remember summer 2010 when I went to China?
Do you remember when I fell in love with a country?
Do you remember when little children stole my heart?
Do you remember when God made it clear to me what my calling was?
Well..I do.

Remember these faces?

These faces and these people are the reason why I am going back.

I am currently reading the book Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. For those you who are not familiar with her story, here is a little bit about her:
Her senior year of high school, she went to Uganda for 3 weeks with her mom. She fell in love with the country, and after she graduated high school, she moved to Uganda for 1 year to teach kindergarten. She has now been living there for a few years, and has adopted 14 little girls at the age of 22. God has done amazing things through her. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, and I am only on chapter 3 :)

In Katie's book, Beth Clark writes in the foreword: "People who want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I've noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren't determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they're satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world."

This sums why we do what we do--why we go visit orphans. To some, it might seem pointless, and that we aren't exactly doing anything but playing with kids, but we are showing them the love of Jesus Christ. In Luke 12:48, it says, "from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

I know for myself, I have been extremely blessed. A lot of the time, I think "poor me". I think that I have it so hard that I had to pick up everything and move to a place I had never been before. A place where I knew no one. I feel sorry for myself, that some people have more money than us, a nicer house, or a nicer car. BUT after my last trip to China, I realized how blessed we have it. Yeah, we have blue counter tops, but we are blessed to even have counter tops to call ours. We have it good. 

Katie also says in her book, "I'm not here to eliminate poverty, to eradicate disease, to put a stop to people abandoning babies. I'm just here to love." That, my friends, is why we go. To love. 

God has called me to amazing things--to change China. Not by myself of course, but with God all things are possible. 

I am excited for what God has planned for these 2 weeks in July. I am excited to see what He will do in our lives, as well as those nannies and children's lives. 

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