Issue 2 - 2017
BECAUSE OF YOU, WEI WEI IS MOBILE!
Lying on his back, Wei Wei listens to children playing outside, but pain in his hip inflicted by his skeletal malformations keeps him from comfortably taking in the fun.
Finding a way to seat Wei Wei that works with the way his body can bend and in a way that doesn’t trigger pain has been a real challenge. But because of your generosity we were able to gather together a team of his carers, therapists and staff to find a solution to Wei Wei’s seating needs.
DONG LAI IS BECOMING MORE INDEPENDENT!
Blindness keeps Dong Lai from seeing his surroundings but it doesn’t keep him from seeing a future for himself. And because of your generosity, he has opportunities to gain life skills that could give him a profession and help him grow toward independence!
A FAMILY TOGETHER: XIAO YUE'S STORY
Xiao Yue is 14 and has cerebral palsy. She can’t walk. She can speak very little. She needs help with most of her daily life. When she was born her mother made a choice to keep her, despite all the odds stacked up against her.
WALK THE WALL 2017 IS RAISING FUNDS AND AWARENESS!
Thank you for sharing the needs of abandoned and disabled children in China with your community by Walking the Wall this year!
When we gather to walk, raise funds and awareness for precious children in need we’re able to give them the best chance at a full life.
Issue 1 - 2017
BECAUSE OF YOU, ZHOU CHAO IS GROWING INTO A CAPABLE, HELPFUL YOUNG MAN!
Your generosity provides the stepping stones the children and young people in our care need to grow and experience the fullness of life!
Like 25 year-old Zhou Chao who came to us from the Changsha Welfare Centre when he was seven years-old. Because of your compassion and generosity, you have made it possible for Zhou Chao to grow, learn and get the therapy he needed to gain greater independence.
VOLUNTEERING IN ACTION
When you go on a short term China Team visit, you not only impact the precious lives you encounter but they find their way into your heart and take residence there.
When Helen Gates first encountered ICC and the children on a China Team trip, she was extremely nervous and very unsure what, if anything she could contribute. But a little boy named Yuan captured her heart and she’d remember him for years to come.
FAMILY LIFE, FAMILY LOVE: PING'S STORY
Because of you, Ping was able to blossom in a family-style environment
Imagine a young girl, scared and withdrawn from years of unknowable trauma, abandoned to the Chinese welfare centre. Her name is Ping and her eyes are sallow and her hair so thin. Silent, her voice is locked inside. And without love and care and treatment she will wither and not be long for this world.
2017 MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF WALK THE WALL!
You accomplished so much for abandoned and disabled children in China in 2016. Thank you! We’re inviting you to do it again and see how much more we can accomplish together in 2017!
Walk the Wall is an opportunity for you, your friends, your colleagues and your church to walk together to raise funds that will transform lives.
Issue 2 - 2016
Because of you, Yang Zheng has the care she needs to teach us what a courageous and resilient young girl can accomplish!
Yang Zheng lost her family when she was very young. In a government welfare centre, she shared a bed with several other children, competed for attention, food and scarce resources. Every day she fought to be understood, to have her needs met, and to live.
She was alone amidst the crowd of other children and her life was void of the parental care that she so needed.
When you sponsor a child in ICC’s care, it’s like grafting a new member into your own family, extending love and compassion as you would to your own child.
When their daughter, Maymi, was born in 2013 Laura and Phil Askew knew that they wanted her, and any children they had later, to sponsor a child as they grew up.
Introducing Long Term Volunteer Ellen Morales.
Long term volunteer, Ellen Morales who lives in Changsha, tells us she has no music ability, and never had much interest in learning how to play an instrument. That is, until she kept bumping into opportunities for the children to learn and play music.
Issue 1 - 2016
Because of your generosity, older children living in community group homes can take steps toward greater independence!
We don’t always know how people will respond when we take children with disabilities as visible as ours into the community. But on this day we were overwhelmed by the response.
Issue 2 - 2015
In early May 2015, people from China and all over the world gathered together to celebrate the official opening of the Hengyang Children's Centre, a new facility that enables ICC to provide family-style care to more than 140 children and young people.
Read about this special day and find out how lives are being changed.
Issue 1 - 2015
Madeline Fok is teaching 13-year-old Xin Xin—who does not speak—how to express himself by using the computer to communicate what is in his heart.
Read how one volunteer's love and belief in Xin Xin is transforming his life from frustration and anger to dreams fulfilled:
Laptop open, Yang Yong Sheng plunks down beside a young woman with a withdrawn face, trying to engage her in the video game she is playing.
Learn how children in Hengyang are becoming givers of love by helping new children in our care who come out of challenging circumstances:
A row of children in little car seats lined the room, Tim Tunks remembers.
“I went over, said, ‘Ni hao’ and started waving the flies off their faces,” Tim recalls. “But I got nothing—they didn’t move or even acknowledge me.”
Tim Tunks' trips to China with Mueller College made him want to change lives with ICC:
They can laugh about it now. And they do—often and heartily. It must have been quite the adventure, these two young men from International China Concern’s Changsha Project independently making the hour-long train journey to Hengyang.
Read how two of the young adults in Canaan Homes traveled as volunteers —themselves—to Hengyang:
Issue 2 - 2014
Hengyang: Disaster & Recovery
During a torrential June rain, a section of a hill in the Chinese city of Hengyang broke away and rushed downward.
When the landslide was over, buildings were damaged and underground streams had destabilised the ground.
Unfortunately, these buildings contained the homes of 80 young boys and girls living in ICC’s Hengyang Project.
Access to a Garden Means Fullness of Life
When is an elevator more than just an elevator?
When it is an instrument of God's love by providing access to the outside world for the new Hengyang building.
Read how the new centre improves opportunities for full lives in Hengyang.
Our first steps, our first words, the first day of school, our first love: journeys are made up of milestones.
They are the events and places that Allow us to chart the route we travel — both in life and geographically.
For ICC, milestones are most often events.
Anemaat Family: A Job Well Done
After 14 years of service in Changsha, International China Concern volunteers Justin and Lisa Anemaat returned to Brisbane, Australia in July of this year.
Lisa recalls how she immediately fell in love with the work and the children when she first went to Changsha in March 1999 as part of a China Team.
Sponsor Profile: Ratana Home & Floral
Ratana Home and Floral, a Vancouver, Canada-based company that manufactures and sells premium indoor and outdoor furniture throughout North America, has supported ICC since 2013. Ratana feels it is important to be involved in charitable and volunteer work, contributing and giving back to communities — especially those where they operate.
Issue 1 - 2014
Our Sponsorship Department will soon be launching a new type of sponsorship specifically for Sanmenxia, where the number of young children and infants being adopted is somewhat higher than in our other project locations. This sponsorship will allow you to sponsor the entire room of children rather than just an individual child. It operates the same way as a regular child sponsorship, the monthly support amounts are identical and you still receive three updates each year. Only the updates will contain information about all the children in the room rather than focusing on a specific child.
Issue 2 - 2013
Issue 1 - 2013
This is the first of a two-part interview with David Gotts, Founder and Executive Director of International China Concern. In this interview, Dave shares his reflections on the 20 year history of ICC. In the second part, Dave will share his vision for the future of the organization and where we will find our next major milestones.