Our visit to Xi En, a Christian not-for-profit orphanage in Taiwan was filled with both happiness and heartbreak. The opportunity to photograph these babies with no agenda but from a mother’s perspective; to play with the healthy babies and hold the sick ones…still brings joy and sadness to my heart.
The staff and volunteers at Xi En are soldiers fighting for the lost and forgotten in Taiwan. It was an honour to see their sacrifice every single day for these children. One of the boys, suffering from cerebral palsy, went into convulsions and had to be sent to hospital. Holly, one the organization’s founding partners, refused to leave his side and only when there was someone else to take her place, returned home with tears in her eyes. It blew me away to see their unfailing love and care for these children.
I hope that sharing these images will show the amazing work going on across the ocean. With limited resources and manpower they continue to fight for each precious child in hopes that each one will find their forever family. It was an honour to be such a tiny part of a huge project for God’s kingdom.
“Taiwan Xi En is a Christian, not-for-profit licensed orphanage located in
Kaohsiung, Taiwan that was founded in 2007. Our mission is to provide a
safe, loving, Christian environment for babies in need. Many of our babies
come from desperate situations, and we hope that in our care, they will be
nurtured physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We value each child as
they are and pray that they can be united with forever families who will
love and treasure them.
The story behind each precious smile of these babies truly is a testament
to God’s power and grace. We believe that because of Him, if we can change
the beginning, we can change the rest of the story.
“Our prayer is that the promises of Scripture will be evident in the lives
of the children whom we serve as they understand that God has plans to
prosper them and to give them “a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) and
that the God hope can fill them with “joy and peace” so that they will
“abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).”