“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time,
place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break."
- Ancient Chinese Belief
The Story of
Qing Cheng Le
Qing Cheng Le has spent nearly all of her young life in
the Social Welfare Institute (orphanage) of the Qingcheng
District in the
The day before Qing Cheng Le was accepted into her orphanage, another beautiful little girl who was estimated to be just one week older than our little girl was also brought to the Qing Cheng District SWI. The orphanage director wanted this little girl to be loved and respected by the workers as well as the other children. So, he gave her the name Qing Cheng Chang. Qing Cheng coming from the orphanage name, and Chang being the given name – like our first names. Chang comes from a Chinese fairy tale character, the beautiful lady in the moon. The next day, when our daughter was presented to the orphanage, she was given the name Qing Cheng Le – Le meaning happy. This was quite symbolic because Chang has a double meaning, and when Chang and Le are combined, it means “forever happy”. It was the orphanage director’s desire for these two little girls to remain together as happy friends forever.
Both of these little girls were born with cleft lips – the fourth most common birth defect in the world today and the most common facial birth defect. This simply means that their upper lips did not close completely while they were in the womb. Mia was also born with a cleft palate – meaning the roof of her mouth was open as well. As a result, she had difficulty eating and contracted respiratory illnesses more easily than normal. This led to relatively slow growth for her.
Half a world away, in the
Before the ladies left that orphanage, they decided to pray for these little girls – that they would be adopted soon into Christian families. That was in May of 2005 – the same time when we began to pray for God’s direction as we began to seriously consider international adoption.
In April of 2006, two