Bring Me Hope

带给我希望

Special Focus - - Contents - By Feng Yuhong

Feng Yuhong 冯雨虹

In 2003, a great change took place in David Bolt’s fam­ily—he sud­denly had two new lit­tle sis­ters. “Re­ally? Dad adopted two girls? That’s awe­some! Please bring them over as soon as pos­si­ble!” Hav­ing re­ceived a call from his fa­ther, the 22-year-old David ap­peared to be both sur­prised and ex­cited, ex­pect­ing the com­ing of the new fam­ily mem­bers with all his heart. David’s fa­ther, Steve, was a busi­ness­man, who took an

un­in­ten­tional visit to an or­phan­age and was deeply at­tracted to two ba­bies dur­ing his busi­ness trip in China. They were a pair of quiet sis­ters un­der two years old, whose tiny bod­ies were wrapped in un­fit­ted baby clothes. They had mal­nour­ished yel­low hair on their lit­tle heads. Their faces were wet­ted by their own spit and snot but with no one help­ing them to wipe it off. They curled up in the crib with arms swing­ing in the air, as if they were look­ing for­ward to a hug. Steve strongly be­lieved that it was a heav­enly plan that he met these two girls, so af­ter lit­tle thought, he de­cided to adopt them and named them Mary and Abby re­spec­tively.

Af­ter what seemed like thou­sands of forms and pro­ce­dures were done, Mary and Abby even­tu­ally ar­rived in Amer­ica two weeks later. In San Diego Air­port, David held his breath un­til two fa­mil­iar fig­ures fi­nally ap­peared, they were his fa­ther Steve and mother Cathy. In his par­ents’ arms, Mary and Abby slept soundly.

David’s heart soft­ened on see­ing this.

Af­ter get­ting back home, David and his ju­nior high school sis­ter Becca were over­joyed. They spent a long time sit­ting by the crib with ex­cite­ment. David wanted to hold his sis­ters in his arms but was afraid of his clum­si­ness—he cer­tainly didn’t want to scare them into cry­ing. Be­ing wor­ried about dis­turb­ing their sweet dreams, he just took off his shoes and walked bare­foot in the room. Ev­ery night, he would gen­tly push the cra­dle and sing the lul­laby that he was not re­ally good at. When they woke up, he would en­ter­tain them with pre­pared toys and try to bab­ble like them as if he were a baby again. “Look! Mary, Abby. This is a fam­ily photo, which is a pic­ture of the whole fam­ily. Let’s take a new one—this time you two will also be in­cluded as you are our fam­ily mem­bers now!”

David seemed to be an ex­cel­lent brother, though he had hardly ever dealt with ba­bies be­fore, he made great ef­forts no less than any new dad would. In the morn­ing, he would get up early to make a nu­tri­tious baby meal and try every­thing to coax them to eat it up. When they were in­con­ti­nent, he al­ways got him­self

dirty and changed their pants and di­a­pers in a flurry. If there was a sunny day, he’d take them out for a walk. Ev­ery time he bumped into some­one he knew, he would make an in­tro­duc­tion with pride. “Look! They are the dar­ling loves in our fam­ily!”

When Mary and Abby got a lit­tle older, David and Becca be­gan to help them walk. David felt his heart broke ev­ery time he saw his lit­tle girls fall down or cry. How he wished he could suf­fer the pains for them! When he no­ticed their en­vi­ous glances at other kids’ sand cas­tles, he would teach them to make one of their own. Ev­ery night be­fore they went to bed, he would leave two good­night kisses on their faces and tell them how much their fam­ily loves them.

The two girls thrived within the warmth of the fam­ily. Now, Mary has grown into a con­sid­er­ate and ami­able girl, who knows how to show un­der­stand­ing for oth­ers. Abby has grown into an en­er­getic girl, who can al­ways make you laugh and turn any stranger into her friend. David showed more love to these two girls than any other fam­ily mem­ber did. He not only loved his sis­ters dearly, but also no­ticed the process of their growth. “My sis­ters are get­ting more and more out­go­ing, which is ter­rific. But there are still thou­sands of Chi­nese or­phans still wait­ing to be adopted… What should they do? What can we do for them?”

With that thought in mind, David de­parted for China in the next year and worked as a tem­po­rary vol­un­tary teacher in an or­phan­age. He re­turned to the U.S. af­ter the term was over, but one year af­ter that, he again came to China with his whole fam­ily and vol­un­teered in an or­phan­age in Nan­chang. Af­ter sev­eral vol­un­tary ex­per­i­ments, an idea came into David’s mind, that was, found­ing a sum­mer camp. While other newly grad­u­ated peers were still strug­gling to start their careers, a 25-year-old David chose to quit his job and de­vote him­self to the es­tab­lish­ment of the sum­mer camp that aimed at show­ing love to or­phans. He named the camp Bring Me Hope.

The or­phans at the camp suf­fered dif­fer­ent but sim­i­lar lives. They were aban­doned out of par­ents’ in­abil­ity, con­gen­i­tal dis­eases, and even ab­duc­tion. Thou­sands of im­ma­ture souls have been se­ri­ously trau­ma­tized, but David’s camp is un­doubt­edly a good rem­edy in their lives. Be­sides, Bring Me Hope is also an in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing plat­form for or­phan adop­tion. As its name en­tails, Bring Me Hope brings the hope of be­ing adopted by a new fam­ily to these or­phans, which is ex­actly the in­ten­tion of its founder.

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