by Dr. Graham Sweeney, Chairman, Agape Asia Board of Directors I had the distinct honor of being the guest/visitor to one of Agape Asia’s care centers - the Jackson Family Care Center in Zigong, China. Home to the renowned Zigong Dinosaur Museum. More renowned were the children that live and play in a very basic environment. There is no heat in the facility, often times … [Read more...]
JFCCC - Jackson Family Christian Care Center
Read stories about Jackson Family Christian Care Center. JFCCC is an orphanage located in Zigong, Sichuan, China. This center opened in September 2009 and has space for 100 children.
Xiao Jie (pronounced shih-ow jee-ah) is one of the most mature 7th graders I’ve ever met. Although she’s only 13 years old, she often sees the world from the perspective of an adult. For this reason she is a responsible and successful dorm monitor. She takes care of the younger girls as if they were her own siblings, making sure that their clothes are appropriate for the weather, reminding them to … [Read more...]
Deng Hong (pronounced duh-ung hohng) is the other 9th grade boy we have at JFCC. He is a man of few words, but nonetheless with his subtle gestures and expressions—a tap on the shoulder, a raise of his eyebrow— he can draw smiles and laughter out from people around him. Being one of the oldest children, Deng Hong is naturally a figure of authority among the younger kids. But he is a “gentle … [Read more...]
Tian Cai (pronounced tee-ahn tsahy, meaning “genius” in Chinese) has a natural curiosity about things around him. The fifth grader can be amazed by all sort of knowledge. He likes to check out the globe in the office and pinpoint different places of the world. He likes to quiz me on statements that he learned in school, for example, whether Harvard is the best college in America. He likes to … [Read more...]
Zheng Jian Xue is what her peers call an “overlord of studying” (学霸). The 9th grader (in her last year of middle school) would laughingly accept the title. After all, her math grade is the highest in her class, though sometimes she would also be modest and say that she is a fake overlord, because the average score of her class is much lower than that of most schools in the area. Due to its extreme … [Read more...]