On June 19th, 2014, Zou HongKai was abandoned outside of a train station, near a lake, in Nanjing, China.
I went back in my calendar and tried to find out where I was when that happened. I was in TN speaking at an event, totally unaware that a little boy was about to be abandoned and found and that in two years, he would…
Totally and Completely Change my Life.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much he has absolutely captured my heart. He has changed my life.
This experience is like NOTHING I’ve ever been through. The ups and downs, the heart break, the waiting, the unbelievable expense, the worrying about the money, the stress about the home study, the negative voices, the thrills of reaching each check point, the highs of being approved, the gifts, God’s provision, being matched with Kai and then finally the day when you finally meet your son.
Yes, I have been Totally and Competely Changed!
I wish more people could experience this!
There was nothing quite like visiting his ‘FINDING SPOT’ though. The police report says he was found in a blanket. When they finally got him to a hospital, the doctors estimated he was about 5 months old. He only weighed 9.7 pounds.
9.7 pounds. We don’t know if his biological parents knew about his PKU or not, but most likely, they had no idea and probably fed him like a normal baby. If you don’t know much about PKU, like most and that’s ok, you just can’t do that. PKU is different than a gluton allergy or a peanut allergy. A person wth PKU can’t break down the acid in protein and that acid attacks the central nervous system. So, in time, someone who is not on a PKU diet will begin to function at a much lower speed.
So, thankfully, when he arrived at his orphanage, they ran a test for PKU!!
I tried to see his mom or dad leaving him
This was the emotional part for me. As I walked around and listened to all the sounds and took in all the sights, I wondered if I could see them leaving him in my head. What would have that been like for them? Was it hard? Was it heart breaking? Was it so painful that their heart tore in two?
Our guide told us they were probably from a small village and took the train to the big town to leave him because they knew once he was found, he would have a better chance at life.
We actually were given the add in the newspaper announcing that he had been abandoned. I can’t even look at it without crying.
And now, he has utterly and completely changed my life.
Every time he smiles, I’m captivated.
Every time he laughs, I lose my breath.
Every time he giggles, I can’t stop smiling.
And to think, only if his biological parents could see him now. Their son is going to grow up in the US. Have amazing medial care for his PKU. Have an amazing mom who knows the PKU diet. Have two older siblings with PKU who will help him navigate life with PKU. Have a dad that wants nothing more than to see his kids succeed and to be loved and to fall in love with Jesus. He has a family who will adore him. He as a community of people who already love him. He has an awesome Church home.
What a life he will have!
Yes, I’ve been changed and I can’t but help think how God the Father feels when one of His kids comes back to Him. When they realize what He did to adopt them into His family and they run to Him with their arms wide open.