Below are some of the pictures from Maria's Big House of Hope. 1: The whole gang... 2: Theo and a nanny... 3: Tanner, Me and Emily... 4: Emily and a cleft palate baby... 5: The Hall's plus Mary Beth in the entrance... 6: Mikey, who works for Show Hope, and one of his little friends waiting for palate surgery.
I had hoped that this trip would work out, but wasn't quite sure when our friends, Mark and Melanie Hall, would get the final word to travel to China for their little girl! Well, the call came and I went for it. David Trask (Steven's road manager and Show Hope Relations guy) and I traveled here to China on what was supposed to be Thursday, but ended up after delays, here on Friday. The Hall family arrived about an hour behind us, and it has been go, go, go, ever since. We slept, got up, and flew to Maria's Big House of Hope today! They have been such great support and always wanted to visit when they came for their daughter. We had a blast! We spent a few hours wondering the halls and playing with the children. Maria's Big house has babies/toddlers in every room now. We are so excited that next month a surgical team will come to operate on many cleft lip and palate children. It is always so much fun to watch others taste and SEE that the Lord is good and at work at MBHOH. Of course I had to take the opportunity to take one picture (or 2) of the Hall's in their Show Hope wear! Look for them on the show hope blog as well! I'm so grateful to them for their encouragement of us! Enjoy the pictures, tomorrow we fly to Nanjing to get ready for the arrival of their little girl. As for the surprise...Emily and Tanner are here from Ireland on a 6 week placement from the bible college. All the students go serve somewhere and MBHOH is where Em and Tan landed. They will begin a pre-school program at MBHOH, or at least start to get it organized and ready! pray for them as they have many decisions to wade through about next year! You should have seen their faces when they saw me! Priceless. It was a grand surprise... and quite frankly, I'm shocked I pulled it off. I didn't tell many people as I was afraid it would spread to our friend the internet, then it would have been ruined! So, mum was the word for a bit, but now...We are here and I'll check back in a day or two.