【CEO Report】Life in Action: Saying Farewell and Welcome in the Same Season
ICC’s work brings great joy and satisfaction that is occasionally punctuated by moments of sadness. This is understandable and unavoidable: a bittersweet fact of life.
We’ve been blessed with many opportunities this year, with doors opening, new projects springing up and others expanding. I’ll get to the good news in a moment, but first I want to share one of those unavoidable moments of sadness.
Earlier this year the government notified ICC that 48 young people in our care had to be transferred to a welfare centre that cares for adults because they are over 18. Now, most of these young people have spent their lives in our care: they are family. We advocated on their behalf, but the government always has the final say. We are confident that ICC’s investment in these young people’s lives over the years has prepared them for their futures, laying the foundations of independence and building healthy relationships. We pray that they will have a positive impact on their new environment, and bring change to the institution they have been sent to through sharing the love they have known throughout their lives. We will continue to reach out to them, pray for them and provide support as they begin their new lives.
Coincidentally, Welfare Centre #1 in Changsha has asked ICC to take more than 30 new children into our care, and we have happily agreed. They are expected to be transferred to us in the coming months.
ICC has also received the opportunity to become a part of many more lives, through our Family Partners Programme. That vital programme has been life-changing for dozens of families in Changsha, and will be expanded into Hengyang. Many, many families need and deserve the support and services that ICC provides. And other welfare centres in Hunan province will soon be able to benefit from our professional strengths and values.
This mix of joy and sadness has always been part of ICC’s reality in China. We mourn the loss of a cherished child and celebrate the adoption of another. In every single situation, we see these young people as gifts from God: worthy of love, uniquely made and filled with promise.