The visit to the boy Liu Shaodong was made on a rainy day. It suddenly started to drizzle and after a few minutes a shower knocked the hood and top of our vehicle with sudden sound which added some tense atmosphere on the ride to our destination — Nanbian Shan Town, where Liu Shaodong’s parents live.
We met Liu Shaodong with his mother by the street. She is unable to go to work because she has to take care of her son. After talking with her, we learn that they have two sons: one is an older son she had with her ex-husband.
Shaodaong’s dad is a farmer in his forties who earns his living by taking odd jobs around the town so the income is limited and unsteady for the households. Due to the poor transportation to his home village, he realized that if they insisted on staying in the impoverish mountains to plant crops in the fields, they would be unable to earn enough to make the ends meet for the family. So they moved to town to search for jobs and rented an apartment to live. Different sorts of toys can be seen scattered on the floor of the single room apartment.
When we talked about the surgery for his Liu Shaodong last year, they were very satisfied about the results of the successful operation made by the doctor in the affiliated hospital of Guilin Medicine Institute. They were also very grateful for the great support from Agape foundation which was unknown to them before. Having a healthy, happy and dynamic son who is like any other children in the village made the parents felt strong gratitude toward all the donors and the foundation. They can only express their appreciation through the words “thank you”. The parents said that Shaodong’s health has meant the world to them. Good harmony of the family is the most precious thing. They know that they are poor at the moment, but it will be over and they believe that a bright future will lay before them with hard work.
In the meantime, quarantine due to the pandemic has been dismissed as current confirmed cases in Guangxi has dropped close to zero, more people can be seen to be walking on the streets busy with selling and buying stuff, and Liu Chengxiong, the dad of Shaodong, can go out to work to make money for the family. Knowing the situation of the pandemic in the world is austere, he asked us to pass greeting to the donors, petition the Lord to protect them and wish them well in peace everyday!