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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Active July

July was a very active month ... tiring but wonderful. We hope the following photos give a good glimpse.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lean on Me

This video sums up our most recent day camp, where we taught the motions to "Lean on Me," and the spirit of our work here in general. What a beautiful community we are part of here in China!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Visiting Friends

It is not always possible to take photos during home visits, but the photos we have give great memories!
This is Steven, who often joins me to visit families. This photo was taken when seeing our friend Clyde. Because of Clyde's current bed-bound situation, we do not have a photo, but we captured a funny moment while the family pet, a black bird, flew around to greet us. (The bird is on Steven's shoulder). 
We met this 40-year-old man (on the right) while distributing wheelchairs last month. (See photo below.) Martin (on the far left) also translates for me.
We also met this gentlemen last month. During warmer months, he and his family live outside town on top of a low mountain. When they learned I enjoy the Chinese countryside, they were quick to welcome us.
Because of recent rains (and a particularly tricky stone wall), it was not possible to drive the last half mile. So we hiked.
 
The girl to the right of me (to my left), really wants to study in America because of the strength of the Deaf community. She is a great ballet dancer. This family attended last year's family retreat.

June 24 Day Camp

Although we had a few logistical challenges on June 24, the day camp was wonderful. 27 families affected by autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities enjoyed various games and community. These families have become very great friends with us and with each other.
To the left is Emmanuel, who has recently started volunteering with us.
This final photo is actually from June 3, but it shows Helen, the one in the white shirt. Helen serves as emcee and translator for most of our Saturday activities.