Count of Chicks for Children

God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Xiaoyun made our local newspaper!!!

Xiaoyun was featured as today's 'Wednesday's Woman' in our local newspaper. Please click on link below to read article and watch a short video. Thanks again for all the wonderful donations!!!!



http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/xiaoyun-willoughby-working-feed-hungry-chicks-children

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

From Xiaoyun

Thank you for the chickens! I am happy that the kids have food to eat. You all have a good heart! Thank you so much!!! Love, Xiaoyun

Monday, March 19, 2012

Chicks for Children - Gospel for Asia

Chicks for Children - Gospel for Asia


Please help Xiaoyun provide ONE MILLION CHICKENS for girls and boys living in the slums of India! Click on above link to donate and to see how close we are to reaching her goal! Thank you!!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

10 More chickens!!!

It is incredible to watch this number climb and to know that peoples lives are being changed by the kindness of strangers they may never meet this side of Heaven!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Update on Chicks for Children

Xiaoyun has updates on her chickens: she's gotten donations for 18 pairs of chickens! That's 13 families who will now have a source of food and eventually a little extra income!!!! Yes, I realize her goal is 1 million chickens, but this is a great start, and for those families who will receive these chickens, it may mean that they won't have to watch their children go to bed hungry another day.
Xiaoyun also had an interview with a newspaper reporter in our town, who heard about her desire to help the children of India. We're praying this will bring more attention to those who need help.
Thank you Deb, Maureen, Lynn and Eric, Zeb and Dana, and Zak, Mandy and Zeza, and Emily for your donations!!!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Xiaoyun's 1,000,000 Chicks for Children

The day before Xiaoyun went into the hospital for her surgeries, we had to go up to the hospital for x-rays, etc. Since it takes an hour to get there, and Xiaoyun and I went up alone, we had a lot of time to talk. The subject got around to what Xiaoyun wanted to do when she grew up. She told me she wanted to own her own translation business, and eventually make enough money to go back and visit China, send money to the kids in the orphanages, and buy chickens for the children in India. The reason why she wanted to do the first two things is probably obvious, but the last desire came about because a friend had been explaining to her how many children live in the slums in India. These children belong to the lower 'caste' of people, and unless the cycle is broken, they will never get out of the slums in which they live. They are considered 'untouchable.' They and their family (if they have one) live in conditions we cannot begin to imagine. There is an organization - Gospel for Asia- that is trying to break that cycle, and help these children through a program called Bridge of Hope. One aspect of this program provides livestock for the families living in the slums, so they have not only food, but also an income from selling any excess that is produced.
After Xiaoyun talked about it that day, it wasn't mentioned again until shortly before we came home from our month-long hospital stay. While she was in the hospital, everytime one of the hospital staff came into the room they would always ask the same thing - "Is there anything you want?" Xiaoyun would always answer, "A million dollars." We finally asked her what she'd do with a million dollars and she promptly replied "I'd buy a million chickens."
Xiaoyun wants to raise enough money to send one MILLION CHICKENS to India for the children who are starving, and struggling to survive in a world that tells them they are less than nothing. Initially, when she told me she wanted to provide a million chickens, I was doubtful of even coming close to that goal. After thinking about it a while, however, I realized that was just my lack of faith. If God can orchestrate a little girl being adopted days before she was no longer eligible to be adopted, and then allow her to have a life saving surgery less than nine months later, then what is a million chickens?
It can be done and we are asking for your help. We'd love for you to consider donating $11 to Gospel for Asia. Eleven dollars will provide one hen and one rooster to a family. According to their website, one pair of chickens will produce up to 40 dozen eggs a year. Gospel for Asia  (GFA) is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and 100% of what is donated goes to buying the chickens - none goes for administration cost, etc. Below is the link to their website so you can check it out for yourself, and if you feel so led, to make a donation. If you do purchase a rooster and hen, would you please let us know? We'd love to keep a count of those chickens! Thank you!!!!

direct link to donate: http://www.gfa.org/donation/browse/items/from-the-stable/chickens/

link to Gospel For Asia's website: http://www.gfa.org/

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

LiLi's Birthday

Today we celebrate Enya (LiLi's) 8th birthday - her first birthday with a family. We had family over on Sunday for a party for her and she loved it (so did everyone else)! She is such a joy to be around. Her enthusiasm and love of life is contagious and you can't help but smile when you're around her. Not once did she have to be reminded to say thank you, and her hugs were freely given to all who were here. She got excited about everything she got - especially the cards (since Elli has been home longer and has had two birthdays home already, she has quite a few more cards than LiLi and LiLi knows it!). She is truly a special blessing to us all. She is loyal, funny, playful, energetic, compassionate, and spreads joy to all who are around her.
I looked back at our referral paperwork today, and thought how difficult it must have been for her biological mother to lay her down and walk away. Since Enya had a bilateral cleft lip/ palate and ptosis of right eye, I think her mother felt she had no choice but to hope that she'd get the care she needed, if she was left in a public place. So many people in China do not have medical insurance, and are left without many options. Many cleft babies die because they are unable to eat. I'm so thankful that Enya was given the life saving surgery she needed while at the orphanage, and that she was loved by her Ayi (nanny)- the same Ayi that held her in her arms when just a newborn and slowly fed her a bottle and then food (though I know it took much more time than other babies because of the cleft) and then handed into my arms on our Gotcha day. I'm so glad I was able to meet her and hug her and thank her.
I do want to say a note of encouragement to those who are contemplating or who are in the process of adoption - LiLi's referral picture was old - made when she was two years old (she was 6 at time of referral), and her face was swollen still from her cleft repair surgery. Photos can be misleading, and many people may miss a treasure if they only go by one photo.

Happy birthday sweet LiLi - you are truly a SPECIAL GIFT FROM GOD!!!!!