COME MEET Nic and Sarah coming all the way from China.
Sunrise Development Foundation
Hello, my name is Jennifer. Chris and I were first introduced to Nic and Sarah through the Facebook adoption world shortly after receiving our official Letter of Acceptance to adopt a precious little girl from China. Approximately 7 months prior to that time, we began the adoption process and started praying for our new child although we didn’t know who that child was or where in China he or she lived. At that same time, and orchestrated in a way that only God can, our daughter Karis was noticed by Nic and Sarah in the infant room of the Kunming orphanage. Karis’ infectious smile and laugh caught their attention, and this amazing couple began praying for our daughter and providing her with additional love and care until the day arrived that we could bring her home.
Nic and Sarah are an amazing couple from England that answered the call to ministry by moving to Kunming, China, and working as members of the Sunrise Foundation. In addition to working tirelessly in the infant room caring for dozens of special needs children and serving the orphanage care-givers, they assist children who age out of the orphanage system at 14 as they transition back into mainstream society. Most of these children have some form of physical or learning/developmental disability. They provide support as they finish education, acquire social and life skills, and secure gainful employment. Their outpouring of love to the children, workers, and young adults eventually leads to opportunities where they can share with those around them.
While in China, they welcomed their firstborn child, Ayla. Soon afterward, they felt led to adopt one of the many children that are in the national orphanage system, and they welcomed Seren into their family. Currently, Nic and Sarah are in process to adopt again. For reasons too long to share in this blog, their process is sometimes more tedious and expensive than was ours. For one, they are not allowed to adopt in the province that they are currently serving and must fly to another part of the country to notarize paperwork and complete other necessary steps to adopt. Also, they face increased scrutiny from the Chinese government. Since they have little privacy under that government, they are investigated much deeper than anything we experienced.
Lastly, Nic and Sarah face physical and emotional testing far beyond what we could imagine. Recently, Sarah has suffered physical injuries due to accidents that have limited her mobility. They must also continue to work to correct the effects from being institutionalized in their adopted daughter, as well as challenges she faces due to her medical needs. However, these struggles are also motivators for the McBrides. They know all too well the dangers of leaving children in orphanages for too long, and thus the desire to bring one more precious child in to their family.
COME MEET NIC AND SARAH
Nic and Sarah will be visiting Baton Rouge, Louisiana June 2nd through 4th and during this time we desire to minister and pour out our love for them. We will be hosting a lunch in their honor and to raise support and awareness to their cause with Sunrise Foundation. We invite any of you to join us in listening to them as they visit in June and talk about their efforts to care for the children who are abandoned and forgotten. To learn more or get details about where and when, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” Valerie Harper