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Updates 2015

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Updates 2015

Last winter we said our goodbyes to two of our teenagers, both are adopted by American families. Joseph left Agape just before Christmas to be with his new family in the US, and Candy left right before Chinese New Year. She lives with her new family in China. 

We have updated the "our kids" section, please have a look to see new pictures and meet the new kids in Agape.

Charlotte's Surgery Successful!

Friday, June 14 2013 Posted in Newsletter

Charlotte's  Surgery Successful!
Charlotte had surgery 2 weeks ago to rod her femur and tibia. She is doing very well and her spirits are her usual cheerful self! It will be so exciting to see her with 2 straight legs! Won't be long now! The pictures don't show her leg but they show her brightness and being in the camera "spotlight!"

Announcing our new AGAPE FAMILY ADOPTION FUND (AFAF)

Thursday, April 04 2013 Posted in Newsletter

ANNOUNCING the new Agape Family Adoption Fund (AFAF)

We are excited to announce that wehave created an AGAPE FAMILY ADOPTION FUND for each of the adoptable children living at Agape Family Life House.  The purpose of these funds will be to assist those families who qualify to adopt AFLH children with the cost of adoption.  You may or may not be aware that cost to adopt a Chinese orphan can be well upwards of $ 20K.  For many families who would be inclined to adopt, this amount may discourage them from pursuing the opportunity.  Although there are many resources available from which families may obtain financial assistance in the form of grants and loans, the current economic situation and number of adoptions have stretched the existing sources beyond their abilities to provide enough funding for all who apply.  To help our AFLH children have a better chance of being adopted, we have decided to create an Agape Family Adoption Fund (AFAF) for each adoptable child as an extra resource for those families who will pursue adoption of our children.  By helping our children be adopted, we are taking one more step toward helping them be placed into a loving environment with a FOREVER FAMILY of their own.  Of course, when an AFLH child is adopted and goes to live with their new family, it opens space at AFLH for additional orphans  to come to live in a loving environment where they can receive medical help, education, spiritual enrichment, hope and love in preparation to face their future as they grow up. 

We have updated our website to be able to receive donations to the AFAF for each adoptable child as of today.  We have indicated  which children have an AFAF fund into which you may donate.  These funds are NOT intended to replace the regular monthly support or any other donations you may wish to give toward the regular operation of Agape Family Life House, but, rather, to be another way to help AFLH provide for the future of our kids.  We pray that many of you will see this as an opportunity to make a difference in the future of these precious children and the families which would provide a loving environment in which they can grow up.  Donations may be sent to Agape Family Church, P.O. Box 215, Wood Dale, IL 60191 and marked for the specific child’s AFAH.  For those who wish to donate online, our website, www.agapeflh.org, have included a provision to donate to the AFAF for each specific child for whom we have an AFAF set up. 

On behalf of Agape Family Life House Staff and Children,  THANK YOU  for your past support and thank you in advance for becoming a part of the AFAF program to facilitate the adoptions of our kids.

 

Clay and Jewel Complete Adoption of New Daughter

Monday, December 31 2012 Posted in Newsletter

Clay and Jewel Complete Adoption of New Daughter

Clay and Jewel Floch been working towards adopting since the end of August 2011. Of course there is a very long story in their journey but we will just give you a few highlights.

They truly thought they would be parents again by May 2012 because they got their paperwork completed quickly and it was in China the end of March. Then they found out, their daughter's paperwork wasn't completed. The Chinese authorities weren't sure that Clay and Jewel truly understood the severity of the child's special needs and that she will likely be in a wheelchair all her life.

They assured the authorities that they have known the child for almost 4 years, and were fully aware of her condition. After more steps along the way, Clay and Jewel found out, finally, on August 28th that they would be parents again! Elizabeth is 10 years old and has congenital spinal abnormalities and club feet. She is beautiful, smart and is a leader.

Explaining a bit of their story, will help you to understand the significance of that news. You see, they lost their sons in an accident over 11 years ago, and their lives were changed forever, never to be the same again. The date our boys, Jewel's dad and our nephew died in the accident was August 28th. Our heavenly Father was on the redemption path yet again - redeeming a day that would forever be remembered as the worst day in their lives - changing that day to a day when they became parents again.

On Thanksgiving Day they got to tell Elizabeth they would be her parents sometime in the next 30 days. Just 17 days later they got to "pick her up" at her orphanage. Doing the traveling thing and getting a daughter before Christmas was the best Christmas present they could get after the gift of His Son!! Another coincidence,or "G*d cidence," is that they signed the final papers on the day of their oldest sons 32nd birthday.

We rejoice with Clay and Jewel. They have been very blessed indeed!

Jeff Knipe Family visits Danny in N.Y.

Friday, December 28 2012 Posted in Newsletter

Jeff Knipe Family visits Danny in N.Y.
One of the major supporters of AFLH, Jeff Knipe, and his family were in New York on Dec. 28 and had an opportunity to visit with Danny Mun, who is the Manager of our Bread of Life Bakery. Danny was home to see his family for the Holidays. They were able to get a first hand report about the young lady whom they sponsor, Wen Wen (Grace) who is one of the Bakery workers whom Danny has been training. Danny carried a special greeting card back from Grace to the Knipe Family.

New Baby comes to AFLH

Saturday, December 22 2012 Posted in Newsletter

New Baby comes to AFLH
AFLH has a new baby! Wei She Yu, English name Angela, came to us on 12/12/12, from Shanxi province. She is 2 months old and very alert, following you with her eyes. She arrived with a cast on her little arm due to her OI condition but is doing very well. She is sure hungry when feeding time comes! Has her nap times and wake times a bit mixed up but we are working on that. What a sweet sight to come in the room and see 5 little bodies huddled around her crib watching her, all wanting to touch her (of course that is being monitored VERY closely!) and tell you she is crying and calling for the Ayi to come take care of her! Some of the newness has worn off, so the other children aren't always hovering around her crib, but they are enjoying her in spite of her tears. She is beautiful and we are still observing her to see how fragile she is, being very cautious with her. Now that she is under our care, we hope some individuals will begin to sponsor her. As she has OI, we will need $ 250 per month for her care. Please consider contributing toward that amount on a monthly basis.

Chinese Midwest Thanksgiving Conference

Saturday, November 24 2012 Posted in Newsletter

Display of Artwork and Vision Poster at Chinese Thanksgiving Conference
Pastor Rick represented AFLH at the Annual Chinese Thanksgiving Conference in Oakbrook, IL. This is the 15th year that AFLH has had a display at the conference. The display featured the new sign showing the vision of AFLH as well as offered for sale some paintings done by one of the Guan sisters. The main intention of the event is to generate support for the work of AFLH.

Charlotte's Free Again!

Tuesday, November 20 2012 Posted in Newsletter

Charlotte's Free Again!
November 20th was the day to cut off Charlotte's cast. You can see from the first picture this was a welcome occurance, she was ready to get that thing off! Olivia and Addison are in the doorway watching and making sure Clay baba is very careful. You can see how straight her leg is now! How exciting to see this once broken, curved leg straight! She was a bit subdued after the cast came off as she didn't realize how much support it gave her leg. We told her to remember the song that talks about how little ones belong to Him and that they are weak and He is strong. Explaining that right now her leg is weak but soon will be strong. You will have to imagine the motions of the song as pantomine is big way we communicate! Letting our arms go limp for weak and then showing our muscles for strong. She got it!

BMW Visit

Sunday, November 11 2012 Posted in Newsletter

BMW Visit
On Sunday November 11th we were invited to bring the kids to the local BMW Dealership for a party. . BMW supplied the vehicles to get us there and back, so the kids got to ride in some pretty cool cars! On arrival, Clay gave an introduction to Agape Family Life House. Then the children saw a clown, an angel, a hillbilly sang songs, they drew pictures and ate cookies. The children had fun looking at the display cars and seeing all the pictures and models of old BMW's. It was a fun time for everyone and people at BMW got to taste chocolate chip cookies from Bread of Life Bakery. Afterwards they sent us home with some supplies and a nice donation.

Charlotte Broke Her Leg

Monday, November 05 2012 Posted in Newsletter

Charlotte Broke Her Leg

Charlotte broke her leg on October 23rd and subsequently had surgery on the 24th. She is doing well now but was in quite a bit of pain initially. She came home after 6 days and is continuing to do well. This picture is of her playing with the cast dust after getting the cast cut down for a bit of "wiggle" room. Please be sending Knee Mail for complete healing of her newly rodded tibia and femur. She was actually "excited" for surgery as it means her leg will now be straight!

Stacy is leaving AFLH

Sunday, November 04 2012 Posted in Newsletter

Stacy is leaving AFLH

After living at AFLH for almost a year, Stacy will be leaving to work in a job in Beijing.  She has gained valuable experience working in the Bread of Life Bakery while at AFLH.  Although we will miss her presence with us, she will not be far away and we expect she will visit us often.  We are always sad when our "kids" leave, but we are proud that they have matured to the place of self sufficiency while at AFLH.  We bless her and wish her all the best.  Thanks to all who have been a part of her support group while she has been with us.

We mistakenly posted previously that Cindy was leaving, but, that is not the case.  Sorry for the mis information.

Many Hands Make Light Work

Saturday, October 20 2012 Posted in Newsletter

Many Hands Make Light Work

Some guests helped with painting on the house and a couple of the bakery girls, too. Cindy and JoHannah joined us for part of a wall!  We got more than half the Bakery painted on October 20th!  We are always grateful for the extra help!

Hawaii Team Visit

Monday, September 24 2012 Posted in Newsletter

A Team from Hawaii made a return visit to AFLH.  These folks are always a great blessing.  The men assisted with some construction work like laying a brick sidewalk and building a brick wall while the ladies did crafts and taught the children inside.  Thank You Hawaii Team for being a great blessing! 

More OI Foundation News

Monday, September 10 2012 Posted in Newsletter

The weekend at the conference was great; the Wyse’s made many new friends, and lots of new connections.

Pictured (Left) is a great young man from Arizona. Seeing what someone with a difficult situation like Chris could do with his life, and how he could use his life as a perfect example was a real inspiration to Keith.