Mission trip a life changer

 Commentary by CJ Click
Times-News correspondent

Have you ever had an experience that you knew would remain in your memory forever?

That happened to me when I recently returned from a mission trip to China. Since China is a communist country, what can be done to spread the gospel is limited. However, you can still do charity work and pray that people see Jesus through you, without you having to talk about it.

A friend of mine invited me on the trip that she was taking through Westside Fellowship Church in Elon, and after some prayer I believed that God was pointing me in that direction. We left for Beijing for 10 days.

We worked at an Harmony Agape orphanage in Langfang, China, for a few days. A lot of the children that end up at that orphanage have medical issues or physical deformities such as cleft palate. One day, we took the kids to the park and on the other, we did some yard work and cleaned the inside of the house.

Getting to know the children in that orphanage was a blessing. But it was an even greater blessing to learn that many of the kids there are being adopted by American families. It is wonderful that most of the children at Harmony Agape will be able to grow up in a land that they can not only worship freely, but have independent thought and ideas.

Orphanages in China are always busy as a result of their government’s One Child Policy. This policy taxes couples who have more than one child and strips the family of certain benefits. For families who can’t afford a second child, the baby is either aborted or abandoned.

The kids were asleep when we left the orphanage for the last time, which was probably better for both parties. It still broke the hearts of the members of our group to leave the kids.

Later, in Tianjin, we held a charity sale for teenagers with mental disabilities. We raised a little more than $1,000 U.S. dollars, which converts to 7,000 Yuan. We did all this while making friends with some students from Nankai University in Tianjin who helped, as well.

While doing charity work, we also toured around visiting sites like the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall, of course.

The people, both the ones traveling with me and the ones I met along the way, are really what made this an experience I will never forget. The day after I returned, I was ready to go back.

Maybe God will make that happen. As for now, all I can hope is that someone benefited from the work we did there and that those children at Harmony Agape will someday come to know what a friend we have in Jesus.

 CJ Click is a senior at River Mill Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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