I learned today of a South African woman whose dream of living in China and helping orphans has become a reality. This woman is named Amanda de Lange and she started the Starfish Foster Home in Xian, China a few years ago. Her foster home helps care for children from a government orphanage who have special needs and require surgery or other special care. She shares on her blog how the home came to be named for starfish:
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a figure in the distance. As he got closer he realized the figure was that of a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.””Son,” the man said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference.” After listening politely the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf. Then smiling at the man he said, “I made a difference for that one.” – Shared by Amanda on her blog
I am so inspired to hear about this home, and the impact Amanda is having in the lives of these little children. I pray for God’s blessing for her and her work, and for all of the children in her care. She provides a list of items she needs on her website, and you can even visit and volunteer at the home if you are able. Recently she posted on her blog the need for donations to pay for surgeries for some of the children. Wow – it really is incredible to see how God is using our adoption journey to learn about people like Amanda.