Thursday, July 24, 2008

Saying goodbye to those who loved him first

William and primary caregiver, Sha Yu.




William Michael has lived for the past 2 years in the Hidden Treasures Foster Home, in a tiny village outside of Fuzhou. Today we had the great pleasure of visiting this place. I can't really describe what I just saw but I will try. Outside of Fuzhou is an area that is so poor there are no addresses - people just exist - in simple old buildings among spots of land no bigger than 100 ft x 100 ft where six people were "farming" vegetables to feed their families. I have seen poor but these were way beyond that. A concrete road about 1-2 ft wider than our car serpentined through this village. Our driver asked directions from locals to find our way to the "oasis". Imagine 2 people with 3 young children of their own relocating from Florida 4 years ago, to Fuzhou with no real destination other than to help the sickest and neediest children. I'm crying as I write this because there is so much emotion there - love and acceptance beyond belief or description. Children with cleft palates, cerebral palsy, heart conditions, it doesn't matter... all are loved and nurtured as Mike and Deena's own. It is simply beautiful. Mike and Deena Van't Hul started as volunteers at the Fuzhou Welfare Institute just helping get food or help the care givers (they weren't even allowed to hold the babies) and have ended up buying an old school which they have rehabbed magnificently into a structure that anyone in the USA would wish was their child's preschool or school. All with no government funding - only donations from individuals like you and I. Mike and Deena go to the Welfare Institutes and take the sickest babies - the ones with no hope who will likely die if they stay where they are - and bring them into their home. They have over 20 of these children and now they have one less because we have been blessed with William Michael.
The Hidden Treasures Foster Home
On their website William Michael is called 'Michael.'

7 kind words:

Steffie B. said...

I'm bawling.....praise the Lord that precious William is now your son....he is going to have a glorious life....thank you Jesus for bringing him home!
Love and hugs....
Steffie

OH MY #6 said...

oh my Gail. what wonderful, amazing people.

you are top of mind for me right now.Take good care.

Lea
xo

ThatGirl said...

I am ready to adopt that little 'Rose,' do you know anything about her?

Thank you for sharing, I'm joining their mailing list.

Denise C said...

OH Gail.....I too am emotional as I read this post....I am going now to see their website....and spend some time looking around it. What a blessing these two precious souls are to these children....who so desperately need them. Our God is a strong tower...over these little ones!!
Love you sweet friend!

redmaryjanes said...

It really does look like an amazing place. Thank the Lord that there are people in this world who are willing to take a giant leap of faith and help the children.

missy said...

How wonderful that William was so loved during his short little life. I am inspired by what this couple have created and dedicated themselves to.

Prince Will is joining a loving forever family!

Kim N Jeff said...

Gail that is so amazing - God works in mysterious ways... I'm soo happy that Will is now with is forever family :)

 
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