The cornerstone of Harmony Outreach’s work in China is Harmony House orphan rescue home.
Located about 45 minutes SW of Beijing in the City of Langfang, Harmony House is a safe haven for orphans who were abandoned because they were born with special needs. We take these children into our care to begin their life-transformational journey through our Three Steps to Hope (foster care, surgery and adoption) program. Our goal is to step into the shoes of their missing parents and come to their rescue in Jesus’ Name, transforming their sad lives into something new and beautiful.
James 1:27 says, “Pure religion in the sight of God is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
For us, “visiting orphans…in their affliction” means taking the tough hand of cards these vulnerable children have been dealt and putting some aces in it. Typically it takes about two years for a child to graduate from our Three Steps to Hope program and be adopted into a loving family. And just as soon as they leave our care in the arms of their new family, we take in another vulnerable child to take his or her place.
Harmony House is designed, as much as possible, to model a normal family environment. The children are cared for in a home-like environment by nannies in a structured setting including naps, play times, and school for the older children. Harmony orphans have been adopted into loving families all over the U.S. and the world.
Every other year we host a Harmony Adoptive Family Reunion where the children who grew up together can be reunited with each other and with “Huang Mama”–their name for our China Director Lily Huang who manages Harmony House. In this way the children are able to maintain a connection with other Harmony orphans that they spent their early childhood with, while their parents become friends with other Harmony adoptive parents. It’s really beautiful!
The other aspect of Harmony’s work in China is supporting the Chinese church. Because of political sensitivities, we cannot talk too much about that on the internet.