After Alvin, our medical worker in China, finished coordinating with a hospital in Guangxi Province, he headed south for a postoperative visit with a boy named Xu Shibin. With our help, the child received surgery two years ago in People’s Hospital at the capital city in Guangxi when he was nine months old.
From the moment Alvin saw the father of Xu Shibin, he could sense that the man felt a great deal of gratitude and was determined to help his family recover from the destructive effects of the potentially fatal disease that his second son was diagnosed with. The fact that his son stayed in the ICU much longer than regular heart patients overwhelmed them. It touched him greatly that unknown donors like those at Agape extended their hands to help save his son.
The family went into huge debt when the son was discharged. The father tried whatever he could to make ends meet such as taking out loans to buy an excavator so he can earn more with the machine. He tries to help others whenever he can as well. For example, when he drove past a villager whose motorcycle was out of gas, he took a bottle of gas out of his own vehicle to help the stranded motorcyclist. He is viewed as a man with love and sympathy.
When we arrived at his house, Shibin addressed Alvin respectfully as “uncle” (a traditional Chinese way of addressing older men) and continued to do so throughout the visit.
“It was uplifting to see that he has grown to be a rambunctious but cute and lovely boy”, Alvin said. It is incredible that as young as he is (less than three-years-old), he would warmly welcome a stranger by offering a cup of water, some jackfruit, and even dipping out a fish from the pond in his yard. He showed great hospitality quite naturally. The boy looks so very healthy and lively that the dad is reluctant to take him to the hospital for reexamination in case that they would receive bad news again – he looked more than perfect.
Alvin presented them gifts including a jar of milk powder and a box of cookies. It was great to hear that they loved the Good Book that we gave them after his discharge from hospital two years ago, and they knew that’s the reason our donors would help them even though they were strangers. The family came to know that all the people from Agape are in His family, which made the family have even more respect for our work.
In order to raise their children well, the couple has decided to live with them in the same household instead of going out to take a temporary job far away from their hometown. That is a significant difference than many in their community and culture! It is clear that these parents are trying to set good examples for their children and raise them well – and they say they want to raise their kids to be like those who helped them through Agape and shared the Father’s love with them.