Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thanks for the Year..........

                                                ..and the difference we have made together!
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Here's to 2012
where great things lie ahead!
The Hope4China Team

Happy New Year

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Birthday at KFC, Nanning

I think Matthew would have loved us to just stay in the park and have lunch...
but the girls were having none of it!
They were going to KFC!!!!!
Cos that's what we do!
Every year!

So the crazy task began again, dividing the girls into groups each with an older leader,
making sure everyone had change for the taxi?,
then trying to find a taxi for everyone......

Once all that was done, Matthew headed off on his bike,
carrying all the stuff :-)

We managed to find a wee taxi.....

                                                                   and off we went.....
                                                  Ellen and her team in the car in front
First arrivals at KFC had to find us all seats...then settle down to chat and wait for everyone

                                               Note the Hopes & Dreams cards with the girls!
                                                Chatting with Guangxi Girl's staff -
               these wonderful ladies do a great job of keeping in touch with the girls thro QQ
                                       and just making sure everything is OK for them all.
                                                            Presents from Sponsors.....
                                  Don't think Xiaomi could have been more delighted with her Teddy?
                                                      One of my favourite photos of the day!

                                                         Looking forward to her KFC!!!!!!

                                                            Love the Teddies at the table

                                              So many magical moments, sharing with the girls........
Matthew's Staff enjoying a wee rest! 
They both work so hard to keep everything right with our girls :-)
( I have lovely photos of this wee one enjoying her corn here just days after adoption..
hard to think it is the same wee girl ;-)

Just chillin together

                                      these girls got themselves quite "attached" to this little one :-)
                                                Special friendships between the girls
                                                              My 2 very special "Rui" Girls
The oldest one now graduated from university in Guangdong...she is an inspiration to the younger girls
...and will go on to great things with her life, making a difference to many!!!!!!

                                                        Time to get the Birthday cake ready......

                                 ..and for our Birthday celebrations for the 7th year in a row

 How precious to look back over the years and see where our girls have come from.....
and where they are going to!
A wonderful testament to love and faithful commitments all around the world.
The ripple effect of these relationships just cannot be measured...
and I know they will continue to ripple around the world.

to all of our Girls
from their friends and sponsors

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Such a Special day... Nanning Friends and Teddy Bears 2010

On that hot day back in October 2010!!!!!!, we gathered at the flats close to People's Park...
      to meet our old friends, 
The Nanning Girls

They are of course not all from Nanning, but they are the girls who have travelled here to meet us each year since 2005 from their rural homes and now from universities and colleges even outside of Guangxi.
It is such an honour that they still come to meet us, even those who are now working!
                                                              ( a wee hurl from M)
The next generation from the Huang sisters who have been part of our team for years......

                                                         Some other "kids" for the kids to play with :-)

                                      And then Matthew's great idea to get to our "spot" in the park....

        But a scary thought to try and get all these girls, children babies, and things safely to the other side!
                                 I certainly did NOT have it covered in the Risk Assessment:-)

But we made it!
Of Course!!!!!!!

And time to settle down to The Teddy Bear's Picnic!
                      So special, to move on a stage with girls we met when they were just children........
                                                   Our children playing with their children.....l.
The highlight ( and relief) for me is always to be able to finally share with the girls,
 those precious gifts from their sponsors....
There was so much excitement as we passes them out
                               ...this year the precious Teddy Bears packed and labelled soooo carefully
Over one year later,
 it is still hard for me to find the words to express the joy that these teddies brought to our girls... 
Relationships which had been built slowly over the years...just seemed to come together in these moments when the girls hugged their teddies close.
                                          Remember our little starfish...look at the joy on her face!
                                                              Look at these precious faces.......
                                              Our girls choosing outfits for their new Teddy Bears :-)

                                                    and sharing with their own children!!!!

We have since received sooo many letters from the girls, telling us the names of their teddies, and sharing how much they have meant to them,
especially when they are finding things tough!

We even have a Teddy for our own dear Helen ;-)
who does so much for our New Hope Children.

Letters and communications from sponsors and Buckhaven students who had learned all about rural
al China and the girls' lives before writing these letters.
It has been fantastic to have replies from so many of the girls to the students here in Scotland.

Then we had two of the artists from Ten Blazing Suns share the stage 
and pass out copies of the book to each girl

What a wonderful achievement...thanks to so many wonderful artists who share their talents, and of course Pauliina who put it all together for us
                                                      Wu Ming was delighted beyond words
                                                               and feels she is now famous!!!!!
                                 It was wonderful also to share in her new artwork she has done for us,

Fan has been one of our very special girls,
 originally from Yizhou where she had a wonderful band of faithful friends to help her in every way, 
now studying in Nanning.
She shared with us last year, her dreams of becoming a writer. 
This year we were honoured to bring her special gifts of a beautiful pen from her sponsor
 to encourage her in her writing

        Ellen shared her Special Hopes and Dreams with our girls...

It was touching to see how much Ellen's words meant to the girls, 
knowing the heartbreak of many of their stories.....
..and we hope and pray that these words can offer some help and support when things are difficult for them.
               A wee quiet mo for Matthew to sit and read and reflect before the next craziness began.......

                                                   ....the screechy balloons the girls LOVE!
                                                    Hard work puffin up these balloons.......

                                                             but we managed it........
                                                                    ...and off they went!

Wow...I am exhausted just reflecting on that beautiful day at the park...and we haven't even got to KFC yet?
We were all so hot and tired at this point, that we did suggest just having an easy lunch in the park together..but when we gave the girls the choice, there was no contest...
It was worth the extra hassle to get us all to KFC in Nanning for our annual KFC party...a tradition begun in 2005 and continued EVERY year since!
Next Blog ;-)