My friends over at Show Hope wanted to share about a little boy in their care on this Orphan Sunday. Please read about Ryker who needs a family of his own.
“Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” – David Platt
Show Hope has helped more than 1,000 orphans with special needs receive critically needed medical care through their Care Centers in China. Maria’s Big House of Hope, located in the Henan province of China, is Show Hope’s flagship Care Center. Ryker, a sweet 5-year-old boy, was admitted to Maria’s Big House of Hope in the spring of 2013.
Do you know the feeling when you finally get to hug someone that you haven’t seen in a while and the hug could last forever? Ryker doesn’t count how long it’s been, but he always gives the best hugs! One of Ryker’s favorite words is “Bao Bao” (pronounced “bow bow”), which means, “Hug me”.
Ryker recently celebrated his fifth birthday. He has spina bifida and is immobile from the waist down, but it certainly doesn’t slow him down! Whenever a new visitor walks into Ryker’s room, he immediately scoots over, lifts up his arms, and says “Bao Bao!” He loves to be held and especially enjoys pretending to talk on the phone and taking selfies.
Ryker also attends preschool at Maria’s Big House of Hope. He is the best little helper! From the moment he comes through the door, he makes sure his teacher doesn’t forget about making time for snack. When it’s finally time, he helps round up all the other children and sits patiently at the table!
Ryker is such a treasure and brings so much love and joy to everyone he meets. His tender heart has a way of making people feel so welcomed and he always has his arms ready for a big hug! Ryker is a visible reminder of what it means to live with our hearts and arms wide open to others.
For more information about Ryker, please e-mail Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about getting involved with Show Hope, click here.