We know from Scripture that God loves orphans. The Hills have cared for over 1,300 of them.
In the fall of 1998, Rob's four year posting in China with Sandvik, a Swedish engineering company, was coming to an end. The Hills were planning to move from China. Rob was in senior management and there was a good retirement in his future.
The Hills heard God tell them to remain in China and take in the sick, disabled and abandoned children. Rob resigned from the company and he and Joyce decided to stay in China permanently.
They moved to a small village outside Beijing in the spring of 1999. They started caring for orphans with one cot in their dining room. They expanded. They went through the process of being able to adopt children. They expanded, started over again, saw God solve problems, expanded again, met with other organizations also helping children, met Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman and received their support, then expanded again.
They work alongside several Children's Welfare Institutes in China. They have a fostor home in Beijing, and have recently built a 150-bed unit. The Hills work alongside other people and organizations that have the same vision.
Joyce tells of her own troubled childhood, her becoming a doctor, her marriage and three children, her practice in Australia, her divorce, meeting Rob, blending their family of six, then moving to Beijing in 1990.
Gifford shares many heartwarming stories of orphans coming to the attention of the Hills, their care for them and arranging for their subsequent adoption.
The Hills are continually grateful for the support of many, the acts of kindness that help change the lives of many children, one child at a time.
Note that 100% of the proceeds of this book go to fund the work at Hope Foster Home. See more about their work: http://www.hopefosterhome.com.
Elizabeth Gifford lives in Kingston and teaches children with dyslexia.
Monarch Books, distributed by Kregel Publications, 217 pages.
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