(I apologize in advance if you’ve already received this from me. Please enjoy the pictures.)
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since we moved to China. We are winding down our time here and heading back to the States in June.
I’ve been so fortunate to hike through bamboo forests,
along scenic rivers, up Karst peaks, through chestnut tree orchards, in the Rainbow Mountains and past remote villages.
I’ve been to the Great Wall more times than I can count, from the beginning of the Ming-era Great Wall in Gansu province
to Laolongtou the “Old Dragon’s Head” where the wall finishes by dipping down into the sea.
Not everything turned out the way we had hoped, however. When I came to Beijing, one of my biggest wishes was to spend time with a group of kids from New Day Foster Home.
We have supported their work with Chinese orphans for years, sponsoring children, visiting and donating supplies. We’ve had the privilege of choosing names for Thomas and Lydia when they arrived at the orphanage, and have been praying that each one would find a forever family. Many of you have helped along the way.
Shortly before we arrived in Beijing, the government ordered all the kids to return to their home orphanages and foreign visitors are no longer allowed. Fortunately, New Day has been able to continue to support some of these kids with ongoing medical care, trained nannies, and therapy inside the Chinese government run orphanages.
Knowing that I will be leaving soon, I want to give something back by helping these kids.
So, here’s where you come in. On March 21, I’m headed to Shandong province to hike up Mt. Tai, revered as China’s most sacred peak. I’ll be following in the footsteps of Confucius, 72 emperors, Chairman Mao and millions of Taoists who have scaled this peak as a spiritual journey.
I’m asking you to sponsor me by donating to New Day Foster Home. The daylong hike involves 7,000 steep, stone stairs twisting and turning to the top with 1,500 meters of elevation gain over 10 kilometers. It’s grueling, but I’ll be thinking of the kids with their leg braces, walkers and wheelchairs when I get tired.
I’d love to raise a dollar for each step. Seven thousand dollars would provide hours of therapy, medical procedures and field trips for the kids in the orphanage. Think of it this way: how much would you be willing to donate to NOT have to climb 7,000 steps? Here’s a link for donation:
OR visit their website to learn more: www.newdayfosterhome.com
Please make the notation “Mt. Tai” on your donation so I can keep track of my goal.
You can also follow me on Facebook or Instagram @ Harringtonsinorlando for updates on my trip.
Thank you for your love and support. I’m so thankful to have you on this China adventure. I’m looking forward to coming home, but part of my heart will stay behind, in the mountains, with the kids and with friends I’ve made from all over the world.