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.
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.
On March 14, we invited two Sunshine Homes (day training centers for young adults with intellectual disabilities) to have a picnic in the park.
The volunteers read through "You Are Special" by Max Lucado with the young adults.
For lunch, we prepared American sandwiches of peanut butter and jelly and ham and tomato. The only twist was that our sandwich makers often joined all of those ingredients together as part of one sandwich.
Our friends from Canada joined us.
This is Esther, one of our most faithful volunteers. Her physical disability does not stop her from blessing others.
One of the Sunshine Homes thanked us by performing a dance for us.
A few days earlier, we attended a musical performance presented by a different group of friends affected by intellectual disabilities.
I (Kevin) was privileged to visit the Zhang family in their new rent home. It was a great week to build community with young adults affected by intellectual disabilities.
While I (Kevin) was leading the parent group during this day camp, the volunteers helped
the children make Mother’s Day cards. In addition, each child received a carnation. So after we all gave the mothers applause, the children gave
their mothers their Mother’s Day card and a red carnation. For most people
there, including the volunteers and representatives of the business who were
allowing us to use the venue for free, this was a very meaningful experience.
The businessmen said, “We’ve never seen anything like this before.” But most
importantly, the mothers were deeply touched. Likely, most of these mothers had
previously never received any kind of Mother’s Day gift from their children. It was a privilege to be a part.