I like to call myself “Hannahjiejie.” Jiejie means “older sister” in Chinese. After my second sister was adopted from China in 2003 I suddenly knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Gladys Alyward and Amy Carmichael became my heroes and I dreamed of one day traveling to China to work with orphans. My friends thought that it sounded funny. I remember someone asking, “so, you’ll be the spinster surrounded by hundreds of children?” Well, I’m only 21 so the spinster part has yet to be given a chance, but I’ve never objected to being surrounded by hundreds of children.
It was around the time (Summer 2007) that I started pestering my parents to one day “move to China” that they were being led themselves to pursue the vision of a family ministry. Somewhere. It honestly came as a shock to me when I learned that they were considering moving to China to work as a family. It was a dream come true that I never thought would.
Being the deep-thinking, slow-moving bunch of people that we are we didn’t get to China until October 2009. It’s been the most amazing experience of my life. I’m learning things about myself and other people that I never thought I would. I get to work full-time (I wish!) in the department of cuddles and hugs (…and spit up and tears). I’ve experienced more sadness and joy than ever before and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for me!
I wanted to live in China and work with orphans when I grew up. I guess that I must be grown up now?
In July 2013 our whole family took a leap of faith and an overnight train ride to our new home Up North. Here we will be “creating the conditions” to hopefully open a new branch of our foster home sometime next year. It’s an adventure, and we welcome you to follow along!