Dear friends and supporters!
Thank you for supporting Bethel China runners as they have run marathons to raise funds for Bethel! This account will be deactivated in the next few days, but we would love to invite you to keep supporting Bethel China through our primary Global Giving account:
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Did you know that Bethel China also has a child sponsorship programme? You can be matched with a child and receive updates about how they are doing, send birthday presents, and even skype with the kids! Child sponsorship donations cover every aspect of a child's life - food, clothes, school materials, mama and teacher salaries, birthday presents, and more!
On the 20th October 2013, 19 children with visual impairments ran 4km in the Beijing Marathon, accompanied by over 100 volunteers. It is an amazing achievement for each child and it was great to see so many people support our kids!
Many of the runners who did the mini, half and full marathon crossed the finish line wearing a blindfold to raise awareness of visual impairment. In a culture where blind people are rarely seen in public, apart from begging, it was a wonderful opportunity for thousands of people to see children with visual impairments running.
One of the highlights was seeing so many men get involved. Over 3/4 of our kids in this age group are men, and they need good role models and mentors.
It was a great opportunity to share Bethel China’s vision with the world: that children with visual impairments CAN live life to the fullest!
Thank you for supporting the kids as they ran in the marathon!
Running is in the air at Bethel! This time of year is a great time to go outside, exercise and have fun with friends and supporters.
Following the success of last year’s Beijing Marathon, we have 18 kids who will be running 5km in the Beijing Marathon on the 20th October 2013. Running alongside 30,000 other runners, each child will be paired up with an adult to finish the race.
In a culture where disabled people are rarely seen outside, these kids are doing something very unique. In running, they are proving to the world that they should be taken seriously, that their visual impairment does not need to impair their life, and that they can do almost everything that a sighted person can do.
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that our kids live life to the fullest, one step at a time.
Hello friends, family and supporters of Anna and Sophia,
I just wanted to say a big thank you for support to the girls as they prepare to go to Mongolia and run a half marathon!
As Bethel’s Development Manager, I meet a lot of people who want to do something to support Bethel. They meet the kids, hear their stories, and they have a creative idea about how they can help. However, few people actually follow through. Anna and Sophia have. They have rallied their friends, families (as well as random strangers) and have asked them to listen to what they have to say.
Speaking out for those who don’t have a voice is the most important thing that we can do. The children who live with us at Bethel don’t have a place in society to be able to say: ‘I deserve to have a family’ or ‘I should get the same education as everyone else.' As a result, it is up to those of us who can speak up for them to do so. I’m grateful that Anna and Sophia have stepped up and spoken up on behalf of these children.
Our kids come to Bethel for care and education from over 30 orphanages across China. The transformation that a child goes through when they are placed into a loving, safe and structured home, with opportunities to play and learn is extraordinary. Children who were once closed off to their emotions learn to laugh and play, run, study, pass exams, make friends and form healthy attachments to adults, including their nannies and teachers.
Please continue to spread the word so that others will hear about Bethel China and stand, speak (and even run) on behalf of this amazing group of kids!
Thank you for your support!
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