Friday, July 8, 2016

Day Camps, Summer 2016

Things are moving quickly! We offered day camps on June 18, June 22, June 25, July 2, and July 8 ... just in time to prepare for two water days at the park, a family retreat reunion, and then the 2016 Family Retreat. But we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, so here comes photo glimpses.
 ~ Kevin

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dragon Boat Festival

On Wednesday, June 8, we hosted a Dragon Boat Festival day camp for 32 adults with disabilities. The most memorable part involved the participant's clay sculptures. 
In addition to our clay modeling, we were able to watch an inspiring video from Nick Vujicic. Several of the participants were quite moved. Though things can get very challenging, we will not give up.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Children's Day Camp

On June 1, which is Children's Day is China, we hosted a day camp for 23 families affected by physical and intellectual disabilities. It was a lot of fun for the kids.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Picnic for Families

On May 28, thirty one families came together to enjoy a picnic in the park. Most of these families attended the Family Retreat in 2014 or 2015. It was a great time of green grass, blue skies and good friends.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wheelchair Distribution

We partnered with Wheels for the World (Joni & Friends) to distribute 100 wheelchairs at a primary school at the outskirts of a neighboring city. Aided by family members, all of the recipients came to us to receive the chair donated by Joni & Friends.
These two young adults with cerebral palsy were the initial reason we approached leaders in this area to distribute wheelchairs. 
Every year, the Wheels for the World team combines compassion and professional focus to offer the best to each recipient. It is quite an honor to be involved with this team.
Halfway through our distribution week, the school (where we distributed the wheelchairs) invited me to teach the 6th graders about charitable work and the concept of receiving and giving. The students were very, very attentive.
They gave me thank you notes the next day. The notes themselves were written in Chinese, but the students had a fairly good use of English.
During recess time, many students were eager to see us. For the far majority of students, we were the first people they had ever encountered who were not Chinese.
~ Kevin