Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Off to China

Everyone's bags are packed and our team has begun heading to China. We will all meet up in Beijing at 6 p.m. on Friday night. It will be wonderful to finally put faces with names and to meet the people who have so generously given of their time, talents, and finances to fly all the way to China to help change the lives of children.

Some of our team is already in Luoyang, putting the final touches on the OR room and double checking the patient lists. We learned today that the weather has cooled down a bit, now to a comfortable 88 degrees.

The babies who are coming from other provinces are also on their way. The Guangxi babies boarded their soft sleeper train this morning, and the Jiangxi babies leave this afternoon. The photo from today was taken of the Guangxi babies and their caregivers before they got on the train. I hope you will look at those beautiful faces and wish for safe travels for them. I know they will get tender loving care when they arrive in Henan.

Our next post will be from Beijing. Please pray that all of our luggage makes it to Beijing on time! We have medical instruments and supplies galore that ALL needs to get there when we do. Cross those fingers, toes, and even those eyes please! :-)

Thanks again for all of the support in making "no nos" and hospital gowns and blankets for the children, and for sending toys and stuffed animals and sponsorship funds so that EVERY child who meets the medical criteria can have surgery. People even sent gameboys for the older kids to play before it is their turn, and they have sent the kindest notes wishing us well and sending lots of love and good wishes to all of the children who we will soon meet.

More from Beijing!