We are so thankful for the many One Orphan Storytellers who continue to share about waiting children once they are home from their trips. Today Jenny took the time to share about Ace, a smiley 11-year old boy, who waits for his forever family. Please join us as we speak up for him today.
Ace, always smiling, always happy. I spent several days with Ace as my “buddy” during the Beijing Hope Journey camp. We had fun playing games, going shopping, and looking at interesting animals at the Beijing zoo. Each morning, he would find me and come straight to me to hold my hand - always with his award-winning smile. He smiled so much, our team nick named him “Smiley.” Ace is 11 years old and is a calm, gentle boy. He loves to sing. We would sing songs together on the bus, and look out the window at the city going by. He is very easy-going, has wonderful manners, and is kind to his friends. While he is relaxed and quiet, he also is athletic, and enjoys playing, running, and playing games like most 11-year-old boys do. He also loves to be outdoors!
Ace was in a foster family from one year old until he was 8 ½ year old, so he knows what it is like to be a part of a family. His care giver reports that he is independent and takes care of himself well. He also reports that he has good self-esteem. Ace enjoys playing with cars, can write his numbers and loves to draw and you may find him loving to show off at times! He has been diagnosed with delays, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at intake, and has had a surgery to repair a hernia; however, these things in his medical history don’t seem to cause him to hide his sweet happy smile.
I loved spending time with Ace, and I think about him often. He was so happy to receive the photograph we gave him of the two of us together. I pray that Ace will know the love of a family, and that this calm and tender child knows how much he is loved.
If you are interested in learning more about Ace please contact our China staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read more about the China waiting program here. This file is special focus and can be pursued by a family at any stage of the process.