As you read this, our latest mercy team will be heading home after two weeks serving in China. We praise God that last month saw twenty-seven volunteers from Australia, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK involved in mercy teams. It was a busy but fruitful month for the China-based co-workers who helped lead the teams.

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 9.45.58 AMRecent months have seen changing regulations in China impacting our mercy work. Sadly we had no choice but to return several young children from our foster homes to a state-run orphanage after a new director there decided to end all fostering arrangements. But thankfully our good relationship with another orphanage means that there is continued demand for places in our homes. The number of children we care for is currently only limited by a lack of caregivers and we are praying for the right local people to come forward for this role. Another need is for a local manager to oversee the foster homes.

Our foster homes have recently been visited by volunteers who were able to provide additional training for the staff in speech therapy, first aid, and rehabilitation. And the parents of children who attend our centre for the disabled were particularly encouraged by some overseas visitors who were themselves parents of disabled children.

We give thanks to the Lord for His continued blessing on the various aspects of our mercy work.

Give thanks for all those who joined our mercy teams during October and for the positive impact they had in orphanages, schools and foster homes.

Give thanks too for the volunteers who have offered their specialised skills to help train our staff.

Pray for the children who have sadly had to return to the state-run orphanage. Pray for the Lord’s Hand to be on their lives.

Pray that suitable local people will come forward to serve as caregivers in our foster homes, so that we can increase the number of children in our care.

Pray too for the right person to act as manager to oversee our foster homes.

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