Hope Journey Update: Meet “Allie-Jo”
October 20, 2016

As the last Hope Journey team wraps up their week in China we continue to receive updates about children who have been waiting for their forever family for quite some time. Our team has seen first-hand the diligence and desire these precious ones have to become part of a family. For them, hope means family. And even as they near the point of aging out of the chance to be adopted, they cling to that hope.

Will you help us shout "Allie-Jo's" story from the rooftops today? Your voice carries her story
farther than our voice alone.
Together we can fight for "Allie-Jo." 

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Team member Ashley had this to share about "Allie-Jo" :

There is a 13.5 year old little girl who has lived in an orphanage in China her whole life.  At age 14, her chance to have a family will be gone. This sweet, gentle girl is so brave and courageous.  Although she has cerebral palsy, she is determined not to let it get in her way. She is very independent and can move herself into and out of her wheelchair, and her nannies tell us that she gets herself into and out of her bed. She can dress and feed herself and is completely mobile in her wheelchair.
On the night we assessed her during the Hope Journey Camp, one activity with buttons was especially difficult for her, but she would not give up. She kept trying until she finally got them all buttoned. At this point, her nanny said she was sweating. One of our Chinese staff members asked her, “why did you work so hard and not give up?”
This precious girl replied, “Because I know this is my last chance to have a family .” Our hearts shattered into a thousand pieces.
This brave, precious girl has a warrior heart and deserves a family of her own.
We will shout her story from the rooftops and shake heaven with our prayers for her. God delights to set the lonely in families and
we are trusting Him to do this for sweet Allie- Jo.
 
“I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” Ps 139:14
 
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Please help us by sharing Allie-Jo's story. We have team members ready and willing to share about him when they return. If you are interested in learning more about Allie-Jo, or our China waiting child program, email china@awaa.org or fill out a free pre-application on our website.

Important Note: We strongly encourage those interested in this child to inquire with our staff if desiring to review a file. We are currently collecting a large amount of updated information, photos, and video from our teams who are on the ground in China. In order to provide the most accurate representation possible for this child’s condition, abilities, development, and other important information, it is our desire to have all updates obtained and reviewed by our staff before a family be given a child’s file to review. This will aid both a family and any social workers or medical professionals who will review the file. Please email our China team at china@awaa.org to inquire or for more information on your next steps.

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