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Visiting Orphans: Gividen Family

Visiting Orphans is a Christian nonprofit that organizes teams of volunteers to minister to orphans in many countries all over the world. To find out more details visit the website: The Gividen family has adopted a boy and a girl from China and America World. They have been leading Visiting Orphans trips to China and have shared their story here:

With two bio-kids in tow, my wife Elizabeth and I answered God’s call and adopted Linsey from the Hunan province in December 2004.  A year and a half later we were blessed with Lucas from Hainan, China.  With four kids our family seems complete, but who knows!

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God’s desire for the Gividen family to help orphans find their forever families has led us to the Social Welfare Institute (orphanage) in Chaoyang, China.  Neither Luke nor Linsey is from this particular institution, but that’s ok.  As a family, God has directed us to this wonderful, but needy place in the Liaoning province.  I say “wonderfulâ€, because of the love the nannies and director have for the children, “needy†for an endless number of reasons that goes far beyond economics.

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We return each summer not to adopt more Gividens, but to love and serve in any way we can.  We have been blessed to work with three amazing teams of Americans who also felt called to this heaven-touched place.

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The fourth team will be going to China June 22-July 3, 2010.  I will be the leader and there are some veterans of previous trips who will also attend.  Unquestionably one of the greatest joys of this ministry is the chance to meet new like-minded orphan lovers!  Join us!  Estimated cost is $3200.  When the LORD calls, He provides.

In addition to the trip to Chaoyang, Visiting Orphans is sponsoring trips to China on these 2010 dates :


Heng Feng: June 4th to the 14th

Chaoyang: June 22 – July 3

Chen Zhou: July 7 – July 17th

Chen Zhou: Sept. 8 – Sept. 18


Families interested in learning more about these trips or future trips can visit the Visiting Orphans website.


Mark Gividen


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