To our cherished and steadfast supporters, I write this with a heavy heart.
As you all know, An Orphan’s Wish has experienced numerous changes over the last six months. We have done our best to navigate these rough waters with our mission of caring for and improving the lives of orphans in China at the forefront.
After the closing of the foster home in Guilin, it was our heart’s desire to continue to care for orphans. We prayerfully considered several possibilities and were ecstatic when, after much prayer and numerous discussions, we partnered with Lifeline in their efforts to establish a foster home in China.
As we pressed forward, though, it became evident that this pairing would not be one in which both partners could function optimally. As an all-volunteer organization, we were well aware of AOW’s limitations in time, energy, and resources. And we knew that finding a perfect fit was essential for AOW to be fruitful. Unfortunately, we were not able to find a suitable option for AOW to continue, even with an amazing ministry such as Lifeline.
After exhausting our options to continue, we have made the decision to close An Orphan’s Wish at the end of 2013.
But as heavy hearted as I am, as we all are, I am even more grateful. Thankful. Joyful.
Because what God began in LeeAnn Mill’s heart as a tiny charity – working to help fund the efforts of a brave couple in China – became profoundly successful. With the help of committed volunteers and faithful supporters, we were able to blossom into all God intended us to be.
We were able to bring 131 sickly and neglected children into care and witness as they were transformed by nutrition, medicine and loving care. We were able to provide treatment for children with clubfoot and watch these little ones, once unable to walk, take their first steps on beautiful, straight feet. And we were able to have a front row seat as many of our children had their heart’s desire realized – joining a forever family of their very own.
Now that is something to celebrate.
On behalf of all of the volunteers at AOW, I want to thank LeeAnn Mill, our founder, for her vision and leadership. Thank you, LeeAnn, for allowing us the opportunity to work alongside you on behalf of the orphan. Not only were the hearts and lives of many children forever impacted by AOW, we have been changed, too.
And on behalf of everyone at AOWI want to thank you, faithful supporter. Without you, that tiny charity would have never had the chance to blossom. We would not have had been blessed to witness the transforming power of love in the lives of some very special orphans in China. And we would not have had the opportunity to be changed by that love ourselves.