Happy International Blind Persons Day!

Today is "White Cane Safety Day", known in China as "International Blind Persons Day", and we are celebrating the achievements of those who are blind and visually impaired by launching a public awareness campaign called "Look With Your Heart". Bethel China and Jennifer Liao Productions have released a music video and campaign website at www.lookwithyourheart.org [...]

“Look With Your Heart” Public Awareness Campaign Press Release

Yesterday afternoon, in Beijing’s 1949 Jing A Taproom, a group of 100 caring people from the business and NGO community gathered to witness the premier of the music video “Love Is Blind, Look With Your Heart”. The event was hosted charismatically and impressively by nine year old Tracy Fen, who attends the Beijing School for [...]

What we’re Pinning: 1st August

It's time for Pinterest Fridays. Have a look at this week's pins here, and don't forget to hop on over to our Pinterest boards! Follow Kevin as he writes about his life as a visually impaired fifth grader. He candidly discusses learning braille math, getting a new puppy, and being bullied. His website also includes [...]

Child of the Week: Xue Rou (Shirley)

  This week's child of the week is a very special little girl. She is a princess, and we want to shout it from the rooftops and say she is beautiful and amazing! When we first met Xue Rou (Shirley) in December 2011, she was very weak. She was already 4 years old, but all [...]

Alphabet Soup for the Soul

Today's blog is from Mimi Sanders, who has just returned home from a season of volunteer teaching with Bethel China. Mimi taught the Chipmunk class in the spring/summer of 2014, and she has written a beautiful post about her experience: In the summer of 2011, a seed was planted in my heart. I went on [...]

Exposed to Hope

"Exposed to Hope: Stories from Families who have Adopted a Child with a Visual Impairment" present thirteen stories of ordinary, extraordinary families who decided to embark on the process to adopt a blind or visually impaired child from China. Parents write honestly and beautifully about the why, the how and the what happens next of [...]

Because We’re Happy!

  We hope you enjoy Bethel China's 'Happy' video! We wanted to play our part in spreading the joy and our preschoolers and primary schoolers were more than happy to show off their dance moves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ky4dy9aYc  

How did I get here? Jes’ story (Part 2)

If you haven’t read part 1 of Jes’ blog post, make sure you hop over here and read it first!   Two weeks later I was back in the States to raise support for my move to Bethel. I had never done anything like this. I was about to live in the middle of nowhere [...]

How did I get here? Jes’ story (Part 1)

Today, one of our preschool teachers, Jes tells us about why she ended up volunteering with Bethel China. For more information about volunteering with Bethel, email chloe@bethelchina.org   Two years ago, if you would have told me that I would be living in China taking care of children with visual impairments/eye issues who are orphans, [...]

Christina and Sara’s Excellent Adventure

Today we are hearing from Sara, who is one of Christina’s sponsors. She is in China for a few weeks doing some fun, educational activities with Christina to encourage independence. Hope you enjoy her story! Today was a day I have been promising Christina for some time.  We have long talked about going shopping together [...]

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Adoption d’un enfant non-voyant/malvoyant : comment se préparer ?

  Témoignage de la maman de Lia, 8 ans, microphtalmie congénitale.   Lia est arrivée dans notre famille il y a presque deux ans. Avant son adoption, elle avait vécu presque toute sa vie au foyer Bethel. Lia s’adapte de façon incroyable, et ce depuis le début ! Notre famille et nos amis sont en [...]

Quand le cœur et la raison s’affrontent

Petite fille de deux ans Leucome cornéen aux deux yeux Nous avions quatre enfants, dont deux avec des handicaps visuels comprenant le strabisme et l’amblyopie. Nous n’avions jamais adopté un enfant à besoins spécifiques, mais les troubles de la vision mineurs, ceux qui peuvent être rectifiés avec des lunettes ou de la chirurgie, ne nous [...]

Adoption de notre fille déficiente visuelle: témoignage

Face à l'inattendu   Nous sommes Karen and Högni et vivons en Islande. Nous nous sommes rencontrés très tôt et vivons ensemble depuis plus de vingt-trois ans. Nous avions tous les deux envie de fonder une famille mais avons choisi de terminer nos études supérieures d'abord. Lorsque nous avons compris que nous ne pourrions pas [...]

Child of the week: Xin Bin (Micah)

Xin Bin (Micah) arrived at Bethel exactly a year ago. This 3 year old loves being cuddled and tickled. He has the cutest smile which shows his tiny teeth so everyone always tickles him to see that beautiful smile. When he arrived at Bethel he could not stand or walk but now he is doing [...]

Love is Blind Print: Bethany Eden Watercolor

We love when friends of Bethel China launch creative fundraising projects! Bethany lived in Beijing for several years and got to know our kids well. She recently moved away to start Bethany Eden Art, painting watercolor paintings and selling prints. She recently launched a new product, "Love Is Blind", to raise money for the kids [...]

Child of the week: Bo Ai Robbie

This week’s child of the week is Bo Ai (Robbie). It’s been almost two months since he had his hand surgery. We are so happy he’s back at Bethel and has been able to start school with the rest of his peers. He has the most beautiful smile and he doesn’t hesitate to use it. [...]

When We Work Together

Tonight, in a hospital in Dallas, Texas, a little boy sleeps. Xiao Dong Danny has had a long day, after his first cranio-facial surgery. The story of how Danny came to be in Texas to have surgery tomorrow is an amazing one. It's full of interactions with organisations and individuals who all play a different [...]

Cheng Du Training

A few weeks ago, Bethel China’s education team traveled to Chengdu in Sichuan province to run a workshop with 54 parents and grandparents of children with visual impairments! Our workshops give practical tools to help their child develop to live life to the fullest. Each time we run a workshop, we see families leave their [...]

Child of the week: Chen Rui (Petra)

Chen Rui (Petra)'s birthday is in January (2010) and she came to Bethel in July 2013. When she first arrived, she was scared and cried a lot. She didn't know how to or want to play with anyone. Even after the first week she began to get more familiar with her surroundings and she gave [...]

Child of the week: Lily!

Lily's Chinese name is Lili, which means beautiful! She is a sweet girl. She loves cuddles and especially loves it when she has her tummy tickled. She can't help but dissolve into fits of laughter!  Lily can feed herself with a spoon, drink water from her own cup and eat with her hands if there [...]