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/