With the gift-giving season upon us again, we thought this was a great time to remind you about our online shop.
All the items we have either been handmade or donated especially to
help us raise funds for Orphans in Asia. So by purchasing from us you have the joy of giving a beautiful gift, and of helping to improve the life of an Orphaned child.
Christmas Tree Decorations are available in Red or Green. Handmade by a group of ladies especially to remind us of the children at Christmas. Click here.
Chinese Wire Decorations have been handmade in a village in China where some of the children live. Each decoration represents the Chinese character for a word that has special meaning - Blessing, Hope, Faith Love, Grace and Family. These can be purchased individually or as a set. Click here.
Candles have been handmade by ladies especially to
help fundraise for the children. The choice of fragrances includes French Champagne, Green Tea, Woodlands, Fruit Fantasy and Kiwi Summer. Candles are available in 80ml re-useage jars; tealights or wax melts. Click here.
Peppermint Foot Soak again; handmade to raise funds for the children. This foot soak is bliss for your feet with the refreshing aroma of peppermint. Available in re-sealable 100gm packs or 80ml jars. Click here.
Pre-loved Items are the perfect gift for a friend that loves to shop
vintage and second-hand. You can find these on our Trade-me account. Click here.
Enrich Gifts. A great gift for a friend who insists on 'no gifts'; you get to bless an orphan on their behalf. Click here.
In just a few short weeks, we will be heading up for another visit. It's been two years since our last trip, and there has been a lot of changes during that time.
Some of the children have been adopted and new children have come into the Home. The beds are never empty for long. Also a few of our dear friends have left the country and moved on to new ventures.
And there is a whole new Foster Home to visit. Last time we visited, the Home was set up and ready but empty of children. We were taken on a tour of the new facilities, and sat in the lounge with the Directors discussing their plans for this new Home. Then together we prayed into their vision, for the children and for the key staff that were still required.
A few months after we arrived back in Auckland, the staff were found and the first of the children arrived. It will be exciting to see this new Home full of love, laughter and children waiting for their forever families to find them.
So it will again be a trip full of newness ... meeting new children, and making new friends with the staff and volunteers. And no doubt there will be other new things to discover once we arrive.
We are excited!
We are looking for good quality, pre-loved items to sell at Garage Sales or Online. Email email@example.com if you have unwanted goods you'd like to donate to us.
One of the most enjoyable experiences of being in Beijing is the food - Paul and I particularly like to wander through hutongs (alleyways) and find tiny eating places with tasty, enjoyable foods.
Back in Auckland, we've found a restaurant that reminds us of the delicious local food we have eaten in Beijing, and we'd love to share this dining experience with you. The Chef at this restaurant learnt his trade at the prestigious Quanjude restaurant in Beijing - a famous Peking Duck restaurant.
Included in the price are a buffet of delicious Chinese dishes, and endless chai (tea). Soft drinks will be available for purchase, and you are welcome to BYO wine or beer.
And as usual, funds raised will be donated to help an orphan with medical needs. Bookings close on 12 August, and you can book here.
Below is a story from one of our supporters, Rebecca:
I have always felt a connection to the nation of China. I was raised in a multi ethnic family, being second youngest of 10 children - 8 of whom were adopted. Among us were several part Chinese children including myself.
One of my biological parents was born in China and fled to NZ in their young adult years. Of course I didn’t know the story till years later so in the meantime I was curious about my Chinese heritage and eyed up every Asian wondering if they were relatives of mine.
Anything to do with China and I was instantly drawn, I just felt a connection. I also learned about the one child policy and was filled with sorrow. Had I been born in China itself and a few years later, being female things could have been very different for me. I understood that there were many “orphans” in China who were discarded for being the wrong gender or something wrong with them in the eyes of their parents. For some it came down to a financial decision. They simply could not afford the care of special needs children or they did not want the stigma. A healthy male child was the desired offspring!
I did start sponsoring children through aid agencies but somehow a Chinese child never came up, and it was always at the back of my mind that there is where my heart truly lay. I was fortunate to have a wonderful upbringing in NZ, there must be something I can do to help the lives of little ones in China.
When I met Paul and Julie and heard about their stories visiting Orphans in China though James Orphan Care International, it really struck a chord with me and I wanted to be a part of the kiwi team helping children in China.
My monthly sponsorship isn’t great but I know it all helps and that it gets to the right place. My donations will benefit and improve the quality of life for orphans in Asia. Many of them have medical needs that would otherwise go uncared for. I am kept up to date with emails and by following the Facebook page.
I feel blessed to be able to help in this small way, with something that is close to my heart. Rebecca
We love to hear from our sponsors, so if you have a special story related to James OCI you'd like to share with us, email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The weekend before Mother's Day, we hosted a fundraiser High Tea at a local cafe. It was a fun morning, drinking tea in delicate tea cups and eating delicious goodies, while enjoying the setting of an old, historic house. Below are some photos from the event.
Thanks to everyone who attended this fun morning, and on the day we raised $421 towards surgery needs for a young child in Asia.
Yes; our February Challenge started with Cheese!
Also with a family, and a night out for dinner. Like most families with young children, Steve & Gillian occasionally eat takeaways, or go out for dinner as a family. At times, the children choose what the family will eat that night.
On one of their regular 'no-cook' nights, one of the children was given the option of what and where to eat. It was going to be a fun night for all the family; no cooking for mum or dad and a yummy meal - especially for the one who chose the venue. However there was a problem ... to hear their story & to find out more about how our February Challenge started, click on their photo.
Meet Kim, a supporter who has decided to take on her own Challenge for February by participating in the Stadium Stomp later this month.
What is Stadium Stomp?
It's a unique event held towards the end of February, where people participate in a stair climbing course at Eden Stadium ... climbing up, down and around the stairs with thousands of others. In total Kim will stomp her way through 5,000 stairs!
Kim has asked her family, friends and everyone she know to sponsor her with the goal of raising $500 for Orphans. If you'd like to sponsor her as well, click here and write 'Stomp' in the comments section.
Good luck Kim!
To find out more about Stadium Stomp click here.
We really wanted to participate in this February Challenge. The challenge for us was: what can we do or give up? It's for the children so we know it's a great cause, but what can we go without for one month to make a difference?
After much pondering we realized that with some changes to our eating habits, a decent amount could be saved. So this month we will sacrifice chocolate (Julie), wine (Paul), cheese and crackers (both) and takeaways. That's a total dollar value of around $100 that we spend on these non-necessary items (except for the chocolate of course ... very necessary!) each month.
And at the end of the month, I'm sure our waistlines will thank us for this break!
Do you feel challenged? Is it worth sacrificing a few non-essentials to help improve the life of an Orphan? We believe it is, and hopefully you will too. And we need your help, as our goal is to raise $2000 by the end of February.
We received and email from a friend yesterday, who mentioned that it's officially cold in northern China now. As I type; the temperature at 7am is 0 degrees in Beijing this morning.
This means days are getting colder and shorter. The state-controlled heating has not been activated yet, and won't be done so until later this month. People are wearing extra clothes, drinking lots of hot tea or water, and snuggling under piles of blankets in the evenings.
The colder weather also means more smog ... days where people don't just wear heavy padded jackets, but also face masks as they walk the streets.
As winter arrives fully, there will be days when schools are closed, and people won't feel safe to venture out due to the bad air quality.
And the snow will arrive soon too. The countryside will be blanketed in white and travelling around the city will be difficult.
The children will not be able to play outside, and will be confined to the playroom - especially those who have health issues.
So the knitwear we've posted over the past few weeks is arriving just in time. Pray that the children stay warm and healthy!
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Paul & Julie Averes are passionate about helping Orphans. They travel yearly to visit orphans and to assist and encourage those who care for orphans.