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Easter 复活节

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Our Big Family 2017 picture! Our family has 37 children, 14 staff members, 2 dogs and Michelle and I.

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Michelle and I want to give a BIG THANKS to these wonderful people in this picture, they are not only our staff but are our family!

DSC_0403Here are the children according to their rooms. We start in our house with our three sons, Jaxin杰克, Eli以利亚 and Tyler雅各 (from left to right).

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Room 5 is our older Primary school boys.
Front row from left to right:Wang Ayi, Noah张晨亮, Sammy邢恩典, Song Ayi.
Back row from left to right:Frank朱雪峰, Aaron孙芳旭, Gene王子昂 and Lester孙李.

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Room 6 is our middle school boys.
From left to right:Mark张广辉, Graham王留旭, Matthew (our maintenance guy), Eddy郭鑫 and Gabe王呈龙.

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Room 7 is our Kindergarten aged boys. We have Brendan郭俊祥 and Robby李明洋(right) with their housemother Grace. We just opened this room this year. We have had an increase of families bringing us younger children asking for help. We have 4 children to go and see their situations, all of them under the age of 6 years old. The nice thing about this is that we can start them in our kindergarten. A lot of times when we bring in older children, when they start school here in the city, they are very far behind everyone else. The schools in the villages are about a year behind the city school. So if we bring in a child who is 2nd grade level in the village, she will fit right in at 1st grade but would be totally lost in 2nd grade.

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Room 8 is our younger primary school boys.
Front and center is Davey冯金福. 2nd row from left to right: Patch冯金福, Jake王国宝 and Joey王宝贵.
Back row left to right: Danny杨新放, Chen Ayi, Chris张广振, Liu Ayi.

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Room 17 is our Primary school girls.
Front row, left to right:Tammy李明洁, Crystal宋澳珍, Dana胡杨舍, Kelly李佳羲, Catina冯秀云.
Back row left to right:Feng Ayi, Becca孙双芳, Anna王燕, and Li Ayi.

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Room 18 is our Middle School girls.
Front row left to right:Debbie郭倩, Liu Ayi, Emma王子艺, Zoey孟雨晴, Hollie张广会.
Back Row left to right:Abby冯静怡, Sarah叶梦佳, Ellie冯智慧 and Wendy孟文迪.


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Before we celebrate Christmas and Easter, we like to explain why we celebrate those holidays. We usually put on a skit or drama to help the kids and staff see what we are talking about. This year we saw a skit from The Skit Guys about Baggage. It was how we carry all this baggage of past hurt, pain and junk around with us and we need to bring them all to the foot of the cross.

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Here is all 37 of our oldest to youngest:
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Hollie张广会-17 years old. Jaxin杰克-15 years old.

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Wendy孟文迪-15 years old. Gabe王呈龙-15 years old.

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Sarah叶梦佳-15 years old. Abby冯静怡-15 years old.

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Mark张广辉-15 years old. Debbie郭倩-15 years old.

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Eddy郭鑫-15 years old. Ellie冯智慧-14 years old.

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Graham王留旭-14 years old. Emma王子艺-14 years old.

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Eli以利亚-14 years old. Zoey孟雨晴-13 years old.

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Lester孙李-13 years old. Anna王燕-13 years old.

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Becca孙双芳-12 years old. Aaron孙芳旭- 12 years old.

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Frank朱雪峰-12 years old. Noah张晨亮-12 years old.

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Gene王子昂-12 years old. Tyler雅各- 12 years old.

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Dana胡杨舍-12 years old. Crystal宋澳珍-11 years old.

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Tammy李明洁-11 years old. Sammy邢恩典-11 years old.

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Thomas陈新元-11 years old. Chris张广振-11 years old.

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Danny杨新放-11 years old. Catina冯秀云-10 years old.

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Jake王国宝 10 years old. Joey王宝贵-10 years old.

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Kelly李佳羲-9 years old. Patch刘银行-9 years old.

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Davey冯金福-7 years old. Robby李明洋-5years old. Brendan郭俊祥-5 years old.


Below are some more pictures of our Easter celebration:


Lift Us Up为我们祈祷

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The town of Pingyu wants to become a city. There are several steps that they have to do for this to happen. One of those steps is beautifying our city. One of the beautification steps is redoing the river walkway (pictured above) and enlarging the current lake that sits right behind our home. The bad news about this, is that they will be relocating the families around the lake and tearing down their homes. This was not the Christmas cheer we wanted to hear or ever expected to hear. We have had several meetings with the civil affairs and mayor, who are looking for land for us to buy. Below are some drawings from our kids. When our son Eli heard the news, he drew the bottom picture with all the kids. Anna drew the other picture a few years ago when we finished the construction of our new girls wing to our building. Please keep us and all the other families being relocated in your thoughts. The government has guaranteed us that we will be able to buy 1.66 acres but with the New Year holiday just ending they can’t say exactly where for sure. They did say that they will have everything settled and all the permits and fees ready for us to start building this coming July 1st. They also said that we will have the normal 70 year contract that everyone else has when buying land in China. Please lift us up with this, we need to raise 2 million USD to buy and build.
平舆县进行县城规划。规划的完成需要几步工作;其一城市美化工程。整修沿河两岸的人行道(如上所示)和我们居住房屋后面的小湖。坏的消息是,湖周围的住户需要搬迁。这不是圣诞节时我们想听到的消息。我们面见了政府领导好几次,寻找新的场地。下面是孩子们的作品。当我们的儿子以利亚听说了这个消息后,下面的画是他和孩子们一起画的。王燕几年前画的,是在我们女孩的寝室刚建完时的。请求为我们不住的祈祷。政府承诺会给我们找到9亩左右的土地,在刚刚结束的春节假期细节问题还没有具体确定下来。他们承诺尽量在7月1号前把所有的建筑许可手续完成。还承诺说用地期限合同是70年之久,像其他的中国人一样。请求帮助我们,我需要筹集资金2百万美元用于买地和建房。
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