"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you..." John 14:18
J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was an English missionary to China and founder of China Inland Mission, which at his death included 205 mission stations with 849 missionaries, and 125,000 Chinese Christians.
After a Buddhist man’s conversion, he asked Taylor how long the gospel had been known in England. When told it had been known for hundreds of years, the man was shocked. “What! For hundreds of years you have had these glad tidings and only now have come to preach it to us?
Oh, why did you not come sooner?”
In 1998 I met a couple who were busy making plans to become “teachers” in China. They jokingly extended an invitation for me to come and do my performance when they received their position at the University. It was over a year before they made to China but three years later, what was once a humorous plan between new friends became a reality. Since our first trip in 2001, we have returned on ten occasions, visiting over 15,000 University students as well as orphans in the cities of Taian, Jinan and Beijing.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8
THERE ARE OVER 15 MILLION ORPHANS in China. Many are disabled although some are healthy young girls, but all abandoned a sad outcome of China's one child per family law. Their plight is something few Americans can fathom.
Every year tens of thousands of children are thrust into overcrowded, underfunded orphanages. They are abandoned because parents can't afford to care for them. They are forgotten because there are simply not enough resources to provide adoption, or foster care even the basic necessities to such a large number of orphans. And for children born with disabilities, the outlook is far grimmer.
Even conditions corrected with routine medical procedures in America can render a child unadoptable and destined for an unthinkable existence in an institutional setting.
Through favor with local officials and the dedicated diligent work of University students helping to process foreigners into government institutions Sunshine After Rain Ministries has been visiting children and providing a variety of humanitarian needs to three orphanages since 2001.
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish." 2 Peter 3:9
In 2003 we partnered with Joni and Friends Ministry to deliver over 100 wheelchairs to individuals in Shanghai and Hangzhou.
The SARS threat had put the delivery on hold for almost six months, creating logistical issues and more government involvement than originally anticipated.
Undaunted, our team of eight, shared joy and smiles, and for many the gift of the first Bible they have ever owned.