Catherine Kim, team member Giving Back Life
May 30th, 2014
So much excitement to share! We've had a chance to visit several
like-minded centers serving vulnerable children. The kids LOVE the
cards and several wanted to write thank-you notes back.
We took a 12-hour overnight train to get to the west side of China.
It's amazing all the work that is already being done here. What a privilege to
witness the beauty of our Father's tapestry, and to think we might be a
small part of His plan!
We spent two more days with like-minded folks here before heading over
to several days of meetings with gov't officials.
Your remembrance to
Father is coveted!
June 2nd, 2014
What a (blessed) whirlwind! We spent 3 days with like-minded folks in
the Yunnan province after a 12-hr train ride. It was a refreshing and
encouraging time where we learned about programs they already have to
serve people in the area.
We got to visit with locals as well as
foreigners. We got to pass out cards and gifts to VERY appreciative
children. We enjoyed the local culinary flavors as we tried some REALLY weird foods, and got to see what the needs
still are in the area.
After a 13-hr train ride back to the GuangXi province then a 4-hr car
ride we embarked on the last leg of our journey where we will meet
with Govt officials to see if we might discern an area of need where
its suitable to set up our first campus.
The next two days were filled with intensive meetings with local government officials. If ever we needed
intercession, it was during these meetings! We prayed for clear communications, to guide us through language
barriers, for good relationships, for open hearts, and for clear
guidance from Father...as well as travel mercy.
The waters are murky when it comes to official discussions. We thank each of you who prayed
for wisdom on our part.
Thank you all!!
June 6th, 2014
It's been an amazing, fruitful, tiring, educational, and exciting
trip! I'm at the HK airport awaiting my flight back to LA. In the past
12 days I've been from LA to Hong Kong (14 hr flight), Hong Kong to
Nanning (12 hr drive), Nanning to Kunming (12 hr train), Kunming back
to Nanning (12 hr train). My journey took me through 3 rural mountainous regions near
Nanning (9 hr nauseating car ride!) to beautiful rural villages.
We departed from the villages back to Hong Kong
(16 hr car ride), now Hong Kong back to LA (14 hr flight). Whew!
We've met multiple like-minded organizations doing great work in rural
China and gov't officials.
We've explored partnership opportunities,
built relationships with like-minded/locals/gov't officials/other team
members, seen devastating poverty as well as heart-warming generosity.
We've eaten VERY weird things (think: cow vomit noodles), seen
beautiful scenery, and learned about Father's work in China, in
people, and in our own hearts.
The Packaged Love Project and Children's Day Cards and gifts were SO
well-received and appreciated!
Thank you thank you THANK YOU to all who remembered us and supported
us. It's such and exciting adventure we get to be part of and I'm so
glad you are part of our team!!
Expect a newsletter from
GivingBackLife soon to update you on our new developments and
June 10th, 2014
The kids LOVED their gifts and cards!! We put all the lovingly
prepared packages into drawstring bags before they were presented to
the children by the orphanage staff.
Here are a few pictures of the
children receiving their packages, gifts, and cards.
The children had such sweet, thankful spirits that they wanted to immediately write
thank-you notes to these unknown friends in America! We've included
some pictures of these thank-you cards as well.
THANK YOU for helping put a smile on a child's face, so many miles
away! A small pebble of kindness can cause ever-expanding ripples of
joy. Thank you for partnering with us to bring hope! We look forward
to partnering again for future projects!
Catherine Kim, M.D.
Chair of the Board