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Amazing China

June 23, 2016

In one word, “amazing” sums up our recent visit to China. From the city of Beijing and surrounding areas, to the region surrounding Shanghai, and to the “spicy food” region of the

Hunan Province, the country and its people were easy to fall in love with. Yes, leaving the fried foods of Mississippi far behind, and eating unique and “mostly” tasty foods, was an experience to remember. Just as surprising, and so much different than the skyline of Tupelo, Mississippi, was the hazy skyline of major Chinese cities, filled with multitudes of skyscraping apartment buildings.

Our delegation of six, including Lee Allred, Shannon Dillon, Stephen Drury, Bill Rosser, David Vance and myself, arrived in Beijing on Sunday, April 3rd. We flew and visited an orphan home housing 380 children on Monday, flew and visited another orphan home housing over 250 on Tuesday, flew and visited another orphan home responsible for the care of 700 children on Wednesday, then took a bullet train ride and met with the CCCWA officials and team of CCCWA on Thursday. Friday’s activities included visiting the Great Wall, visiting the beautiful Summer Olympic venue and packing for the trip home. Does the term “whirlwind” sum that up?

The purpose of the trip was to meet with potential orphan home partners, to meet with one of the leaders of one of the world’s best Central Authority organizations and to gain a better understanding of the blessings and challenges of adoption from China. We believe the mission was a success, and we are looking forward to the joy of seeing precious children joined to loving, “forever” families.

In 2015, New Beginnings was honored with the opportunity to be accredited in China. During our recent trip, we felt honored with the doors we saw open and friendships that were madeor renewed. And, yes, we had fun. Have you ever tried “slurping” soup with chopsticks?

If you’ll e-mail, she will send the video clip to you, and she is available to provide more information about the China program to you. Do you know why the steps of the Great Wall are of unequal height? Well, perhaps it’s time for you to take a working mission trip with us…or adopt from China so you can visit the Wall.

If you are a doctor, nurse, social worker, photographer or simply interested in helping promote international adoption from China, please e-mail for more information.

Adoption is Missions! Missions is Adoption! Think about it.

New Beginnings continues to serve babies and birthmothers. In fact, in the number of birthmothers served and adoptive placements, 2016 represented one of our top three years ever in

our history. Domestic adoption is alive and well at New Beginnings, and the “Friend of Life” Partners continue to make this area of the ministry possible. New Beginnings provides FREE maternity care, birthmother support and quality services to everyone involved in the process. To find out more about the FOL Partner program, please contact or call 662.842.6752.

Since the Poland program began in 2012, over 40 children have been brought home or matched in the adoption process. Poland is a beautiful country and involves a comfortable travel process. For more information about adoption from Poland, please e-mail, or call 662.401.0226.

The New Beginnings of Nepal Children’s Home and the Taiwan program round out the major service areas of New Beginnings. For more information about any of the programs, please e-mail me,, and you will be directed to the right person. And remember…

Adoption is Missions. Missions is Adoption.