While in Changsha, we had a visit from my life long friend! Melodie was my first best friend growing up. I think we date back to toddler years. She has one of the biggest hearts I know, speaks Chinese and cares for orphans here in China. And we were lucky enough to have her here with us for a few days!!
So grateful God afforded us the opportunity to be able to catch up and hear what is going on in her amazingly crazy world! And so blessed that she can communicate with my child. She explained to Anli, “This is your new mommy and daddy and you are going to live with them.” Anli replied with her hands on her hips, “I know!” Can’t get anything past this one!
Thank you, Melodie, for the sacrifice you made this week– traveling to see us, being away from your THIRTY-TWO kiddos (that’s right, I said 32!), assuring Anli we are good people and she can trust us (though we know this will take months/years for her to believe), showing us where the good Chinese food is, taking us to get cough medicine, and all the insight you have on the Chinese culture, Anli’s first years, and orphan care. Your knowledge and friendship through this tough time is immeasurable. Thank you for asking daily, “How’s it going? How can I help? or How can I pray?” Lord knows the questions or responses from asking might sound absurd but that’s life right now. Thank you for your advise and support! We truly hope to visit again one day when we can be of more help to you!
Here are a few photos from dinner last night. Mel and her guy took us to have traditional Chinese hot pot. Oh, so yummy! We enjoy the food here and loved learning more about their traditions and culture!!
If you, readers, would like to hear more about what Melodie does on a daily basis visit, www.journeyofajoyfullife.org. If nothing else, lift her and the children in her care up in prayer. This is an amazing woman doing humble work for His glory!
“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” –Psalms 10:14