I am honored to have Nicole guest post on my blog today to share about a special way to care for orphans! If you feel so called, please consider becoming a camp sponsor to give one of the precious Chinese orphans the opportunity to go to camp! Let then know that someone cares and loves them, and that they ARE important!
I knew that traveling to China to be part of the Bring Me Hope summer camps would change my life, but I had no idea how deeply and permanently it would wreck my heart.
It was only five days that I spent with those three orphans, but I still remember it like yesterday. We ate our meals together, sang the silly camps songs, hiked the Great Wall and pasted and glued our hearts out at craft time. As they opened up and shared their stories, I felt myself coming undone from the inside out. How do you not when a gorgeous, twelve-year-old girl tells you that she was orphaned after her parents died in a murder/suicide?!
Shock. Then heartbreak. Then the tears.
Fast forward six years. My trips to China have continued, my new dream in life is to get to 30 years old so I can bring our own son or daughter home. From that first week at camp, I saw what a difference five days at a summer camp could make in the lives of chinese orphans, as well as their foreign camp buddies; I never wanted to stop being a part of this mission. Bring Me Hope is dedicated to improving the lives and futures of Chinese orphans. It begins at summer camp and continues with year-round programs to meet the ongoing needs of orphans in China.