Nine Chinese students complete JCCC Immersion Camp

4I1A4003Two weeks ago, nine students between the ages of 11 and 16 boarded flights for a country they had never been to in hopes of learning from people they had never met. Since then, students of the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center’s Summer English Immersion Camp have worked to improve their English language skills and understanding of American culture.

“I can’t imagine doing what you all have done at your age,” Camp Counselor Kyle Botts told the students during the closing program in CCAI Family‘s main building. “I just want to say I’m so proud of you all. Communicating was very difficult when camp first started and this morning we were talking in full sentences!”

4I1A3955During the course of the two-week camp, students alternated between educational sessions on American culture topics like etiquette and holiday traditions and field trips.

“I loved the Museum of Nature & Science,” said Tin Tin, the oldest of the group. “They had a robot there. I had never seen technology like that before.”

Between the field trips and American food experiences, there seemed to be one other major component the campers were particularly thankful for: their host families.

“My host Mom always made me to feel at home,” said Tin Tin. “She even made mung bean soup, a traditional Chinese recipe for me. She liked it and will keep making it now, she says.”

4I1A3950Tin Tin also recounted the fun time he had with his family at the zoo and how they taught him how to dive on a swimming outing.

Before the camp concluded, I listened in during the class session on Halloween. When asked what the students would choose to dress up as, Tin Tin exclaimed, “Harry Potter!” and the class erupted with laughter.

The memories and friendships gained on this trip are sure to last the campers a lifetime.

To learn more about courses offered at JCCC, visit joyouscenter.org.

 

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Teen adoptees volunteer at Hefei City orphanage

ADOPTEEN ADOPTION CCAI AGBOST

Twenty-five adoptees are currently loving deeper than they knew they could in Anhui province, China.

The teens are on a trip through CCAI’s Adopteen program, run by and for adoptees. The “Adoptees Giving Back – Orphanage Service Trip” group (or AGBOST) flew to China on July 13, 2016 and will be returning to the states this Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Upon arrival to China, the teens were greeted by officials from the CCCWA—the central authority on adoption affairs in China —with a welcome speech thanking them for their donations to Hefei City Children’s Welfare Institute in Anhui. Together, the teens raised $5,250 in donations, which was used to purchase 10 industrial washers, three widescreen televisions and two large refrigerators for the orphanage.

Aside from buying treats and trinkets for the orphans, the teens also will have spent a full work week with little ones of all ages when the trip is complete: teaching, learning and growing together.

“Even just half a day was pretty exhausting, but it is probably the most heartwarming experience I’ve ever had,” one volunteer shared. “This has been my dream for a really long time.”

Joshua prays for adoptive families in Beijing

CCAI Co-Founder Joshua dropped by a hotel in Beijing last week to greet 10 CCAI adoptive families (group 2330). He took time to personally thank the parents in attendance for their willingness to work with CCAI to bring hope, healing and a forever family to an orphaned child with special needs.

Joshua offered to pray for the group and asked for God’s blessings and protection as they embark this life-changing journey. CCAI is so thankful to have so many families around the world willing to help children in need.

Reaching out to Orphans Left Behind

Lianzhi & Yunzhan and CCAI CO Staff“Adoption service would be meaningless if we do not reach out to the children left behind.”  This has been the fundamental belief of CCAI co-founders Lily and Josh from day one when they launched CCAI in 1992.  From the first truck-load of milk formula twenty-two years ago, to today’s seven Lily Orphan Care Centers and half a million dollar contributions ever year towards child care training, leadership development, foster care expansion, and educational and medical support; Each year, over 1,500 orphans lives are impacted through our charity outreach.

Josh and Lily introducing Lianzhi and Yunzhan

Our successful charity efforts would not be possible without our China Charity Team. Today, our CCAI CO Staff had the joy of finally meeting two of our China Charity staff, Lianzhi Shi and Yunzhan Chen!  Both women joined CCAI in 2000 and have worked tirelessly ever since to bring healing and hope to orphans with special needs.  They are the true life-savers and guardian angels.  We were so honored that they were here to visit us for a short time.  Lianzhi and Yunzhan’s contributions to CCAI and our charity efforts cannot be overstated.  They are incredible!

 

Josh and Lily Paid a Surprise Visit to Families in Beijing

Twelve CCAI families from Group 2326 who landed in Beijing on June 30 and July 31 were not only surprised by a rare blue sky and gorgeous weather, but even more so by a personal welcome from CCAI co-founders Lily and Josh!  After a lot of hugs, pictures, and laughter, Josh gave a short speech of appreciation and welcome, thanking families for their heart and for making the tiring journey to meet their children.  He offered to pray for the group and asked for God’s blessing and protection of each family during the rest of their incredible journey towards uniting with their dreamed child and finalizing their adoption.

Josh and Lily visit with families in Beijing

Whenever possible, Josh and Lily always make concerted efforts during their business and personal trips to visit CCAI families adopting in China.  “This is huge for us,”  Josh says all the time.  “It give us the opportunity to meet our families face to face and thank them personally for their love and support.”

CCAI has been blessed to send a group of adoptive families to China almost every week to unite with their children.  Each working day, CCAI fulfills two orphans’ dreams for a forever family.

Happy Thursday, CCAI Family. 🙂