"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." This quote seems appropriate tonight as I am preparing to start on my own journey tomorrow morning... a journey not just of miles, 1600 in fact, but also of discovery.
It has become clear to me that our time at New Day has been winding down for awhile. It was always meant as an "interim" stop to recharge and regroup after an incredibly intense three years at Eagles Wings. Although this interim stretched longer than I had expected, it has been a worthwhile time for learning and growing, enjoying and appreciating a wonderful though ever-changing community of volunteers and watching so many little ones heal, thrive and move on to their new families. New Day is an exceptional place with some of the best care for special needs children that I have seen. It has been a privilege to be a part of the work here, but it is also a continual reminder of the many, many children who do not have the kind of care, medical and emotional, that they need. And so, the time has come to use all I have learned to make a difference for other children in another place.
As for what, where and when...at this point I don't have any details. I have been exploring options with several orphan care programs around the country, several of which I will be visiting over the next week. I am excited and a little nervous about where this single step will take us next, but I know that the Lord has ordered every one of those steps, and I will be sure to keep you updated. A very heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us through prayer, encouragement and financially on the journey thus far. You are our partners in every sense of the word as we seek to care for China's orphans wherever this journey takes us. Please continue to pray for guidance and clarity and purpose in every step we take.
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Part documentary, part family chronicle and part personal reflection as I try to sort through the ups and downs, the joys, heartaches and surprises of our life and work as we follow the path that God has set for us here in China!
Lindsay and Marissa as they prepare for semester exams and look for good summer jobs to earn money for college tuition.
Kristen to finish the school year strong and to make friends.
Donna to have wisdom in planning and implementing new programs for the youth and for financial provision to cover our expenses.