Xiao Guang (Sam)

Xiao Guang came to Bethel when he was fifteen. We believe he suffered abuse and neglect as a child, and at first he was unable to do anything by himself. He had the language and living skills of a three year old, and often only repeated words. He shook when sitting or standing, and he couldn’t walk, hold objects, feed himself or communicate with others.

Since coming to Bethel Xiao Guang has made immense improvements. He can walk with his cane, feed himself (though he can’t use chopsticks because he has a condition with his joints) and he talks all the time. Xiao Guang has even learned a lot of English and can communicate well with English speaking visitors. He has an excellent memory and often remembers obscure facts about people he has only met once, or only heard about. He has also recently began some vocational training, and sells candy to visitors and staff who come to Bethel. He loves talking to new people! Some of his favorite activities are singing in Mandarin and go for walks outside. If you walk by him humming a song he has not heard, he will make you sing it for him, and can usually join in after hearing it only once. One thing he would like to do is to go to America someday.We are really proud of the progress he has made!