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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

TV Feature Delayed One Week

Blessing Hands
Blessing Hands
Blessing Hands Website

Medical Shower News Feature Delayed
Medical Shower
Medical Shower

Kentucky Back Roads Feature Delayed 

Greg Stotelmyer wrote to say that the medical shower TV feature has been delayed for a week. He is working on a series on drugs and needed more time. Thursday, June 2nd at 6 pm and Sunday, June 5th at 11 pm will now be the news programs featuring the medical shower .  

Take a Suitcase
 to China for Us

Good news - We got more medical supplies from People's Clinic. They gave new plastic gloves, medical tape, gauze, and other much needed things. We will not be able to take everything given this time unless we find other people traveling to China. If you plan a trip to Nanning or Yangshuo, China this summer and are willing to take a extra bag, please contact us  

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Monday, May 23, 2011

We are going to be on TV!

Longfu Children
The path to Lin Wang takes 2 1/2 hours to hike.
Lin Wang Children
Yao Children
Lin Wang
Lin Wang Primary School

Greg Stotelmyer of WTVQ.com
Greg Stotelmyer of WTVQ.com
 Reporter Greg Stotelmyer of Channel 36 WTVQ.com tells me Blessing Hands' Medical Shower will be on TV this Thursday, May 26th at 6 pm on ABC (Channel 10 on cable) as a story during the news. The same clip will air again on Sunday, May 29th at 11pm. 
Kentucky Backroads is a short human interest feature that highlights what regular people love doing.  Greg and Tim, his camera man, came to our medical shower in Owenton, Kentucky last Thursday. Kasey Towles' Long Ridge Baptist Church hosted a wonderful shower to gather things for Longfu kids and health assistants. 

If you miss the clip on TV, you can watch it archived on WTVQ.com by searching forKentucky Backroads. Even folks in China can see it on the internet.  Go to this link to see sample of one of their human interest stories from Kentucky Backroads.

Items given at Medical shower
Items Given at Medical Shower
Our medical assistants were showered with gauze bandage rolls (1, 2, and 3"), medical tape, medical scissors, pointed tweezers, thermometers, catheters, suction bulbs, forceps,  blood pressure cuffs,  Ace bandages, reflex hammers and other donations at the shower given by the Long Ridge Baptist Church. 

Kasey Towles opening shower gifts
Kasey Towles opens shower gifts for primary kids.
There were showers of small gifts for the primary kids in Longfu township too. 

Click on the pictures to see more photos of the shower. 
Shower gifts.
Gifts for the primary kids in Longfu.
View our videos on YouTube  If you didn't get to come you can still give at this link. We still need money to buy drugs and other items like backpacks in China. 
Vacation Bible School Opportunity
Holly Lucas and Janie with Bible School Material
Holly Lucas giving material to
 Janie at the Methodist Church

Having taught Vacation Bible School myself, I know that teachers are interested in children's charities that will inspire their students. I was touched as a child by giving to other nations. I once gave my $1 allowance to buy a bicycle for a minister in Nigeria. I have never forgotten that joy of giving. 

One way Bible School kids can experience the joy of giving to others is to collect lunch money for our kids, so they can have eggs and milk with their rice. $2.75 will feed one of our students three meals a day for a week. Too many rural children in China are anemic from lack of good nutrition.

We have found it effective to put brown paper, lunch bags at the front of the church to represent each $2.75 that the kids give. That way they can see in a real way how many students they are feeding for a week. Your students will be blessing hands to our Chinese students. 

I have a video of kids that need meals, a small poster, and our brochure
Kids enjoying donated milk and eggs
Lin Wang kids enjoy the extra eggs and milk given to them by Lexington Chinese Christian Church
that I could send you to assist in your Bible School. We have a volunteer, Holly Lucas, who is helping us mail letters to those that might be interested in this opportunity. Let me know if you are interested in this idea for your Vacation Bible School. 

  Click on the picture to see more photos of the Lin Wang School.

If you want to give for this purpose you click this linkContact us for more information.

China group
Group going to China
Our China group is getting excited about leaving on June 18th. Leanna Gilliam met Kasey and John Randall Towles for the first time at the medical shower. They immediately bonded. Janet Gross will come in from Africa on June 16th to make the five in our group. Later Hong Lin and her family and Eric Zhang will join us in China. We hope other Chinese friends will join us also. 

We  encourage you to come help us if you will be in China already. We especially need native Yao, Zhuang or Mandarin speakers familiar with medical terms for translation at the health assistant's workshop.  Contact us if you want to participate either in person or by donations of medical supplies. Volunteers are welcomed. 

We especially welcome any Blessing Hands University students who can attend a dinner in Nanning on July 4th or any Nanning scholar friends who can visit the evening of July 4th.  Contact for details. 

Betty Cutts

Betty Cutts    

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Medical Shower for Health Assistants

Showers of Medical Blessings 

In This Issue
Medical Shower
Help an Orphan
Give a Water Purifier
College Volunteers
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Vacation Bible School
Visit to a Yao Village School in Longfu Township of Du'an Co
 Yao Village School
Your Vacation Bible School can help remote  Yao schools with school lunch donations.

We can send you this video to show your classes.

Please send us an email for more information.  

Dear Madhava Rao, 
Drug Supply Room at Longfu Hospital
Drug Supply Room at
Longfu Hospital

A great opportunity is here for you to 
gift medical supplies to Longfu 
Hospital for our Health Assistant Workshop. Kasey Towles and the Owenton, KY Long Ridge Baptist Church are giving Blessing Hands' health assistants a medical shower on Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 pm.
Todd Toole, a pharmacist at Morgan and Thomas RX, has ordered medical supplies we 
Drug storage
Drug Storage

need to take from the US. To pay for these items, Kasey  and Pastor Roger Alford  have planned a medical shower. Folks will buy the supplies and give them to Blessing Hands in person at a shower party. We have bridal and baby showers. Why not a medical shower? 

Nurses' Station Drugs
Drugs at the Nurses' Station
Cindy Mai, Leanna Gilliam, and I plan to share in the fun. Maybe you can't make it, but you can still give the money needed to buy medical supplies in China.  We are going to be needing  about $1,500 to pay for  medicines bought in China. 

You can see more of the hospital by clicking on the pictures.  

Good News
Liushan Primary student
Liushan Primary Student with Donated Clothes
11 Orphans Supported at Liushan Primary School

Our last newsletter told of our new project to aid orphans at Liushan Primary School. A generous donor pledged support for ten orphans and another donor is supporting another one. Their teacher,
Wei Huifang, wrote with delight upon hearing the good news.  Click on the pictures to see the Liushan School. 

Hello. The students and the teachers of Liushan Elementary School and Lin Wang School are glad that they have gotten help from you and other lovely people. Here, I am on their behalf to express how much they appreciated you all.
Wei Huifang 
We hope to help more Yao primary orphans with blankets for their school dorm, extra food, and more clothes. We plan to give them $100 USD each a year. 

To give to this project, click this link

 Checks can be sent to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.

  Write for wiring information in China. 
Liushan Children
Liushan Primary School Students
Water purifier storage tank
Stainless Steel Storage 
Tank  with Purifier

Campaign to Buy a 4th 
Water Purifier   

Long Ridge Baptist Church Raising Money
Kasey Towles also tells me that her church is raising money for a fourth water purifier.  Our second one, which was donated by a US charity that works in China, has been installed at Longfu Primary School this winter.  Mandy Ma, our Du'an administrator, and Mr. Wei from the Du'an government have work very hard to get the government
School Cistern
Liushan Primary School Cistern Tank
receipts necessary for the second water purifier to be given through
the government's official charity portal.

We will carry the third and fourth purifiers when we go June 18th. A Morehead State University teacher traveling to Nanning this summer has agreed to take another purifier. All we need is for that one to be donated now.

A purifier cost $1000, and the installation of a stainless steel tank, piping and faucets brings the total to about $1,700, depending on the school.  

College Scholarship Students
Volunteer Reports
On January 24-31, 2011, college students all over China volunteered during the Spring Festival Holidays to survey Community needs and activities of older citizens. Two of our students sent in reports of their participation in these activities. We encourage our college students to become blessing hands to others by doing three hours of volunteer work every semester. These two students went way beyond that. 

Carol Feng Xi gave this volunteer report:

I was determined to be an active volunteer in 2011 with hundreds of
College students
College students with an "orphan" elderly person who has no family
thousands of college students. Even though the winter rains were scarce,
I could not suppress my heart's
excitement. I decided to go and searched my computer repeatedly to confirmed plans of activities and event processes. Our hearts were full-time in looking forward to the future activities. 
      After an uncomfortable winter, our regiment had already divided into many groups. Each group was also assigned a task. I was eager to go home and await the 24th. Our members could not wait to meet old friends and do something together for our home, while also enhancing the ability of our social practice. 
Students cleaning
Students help clean
 an elder's home
On the morning of the 24th, we obviously were very excited. College students from different institutions together with young-at-heart seniors would soon be familiar with each other. I had not seen members of our area for a long time, so to see a lot of old school friends was a rare reunion. We were excited.
In addition, we went to training, so I listened carefully, since I saw everyone was so serious in mind. I had an irrepressible sense of pride in the hearts of our volunteer corps. Our Shangxi service showed excellence in how it was organized into a disciplined team. 

Winter Volunteer Activities
 My name is Qin Xiumei. My English name is Linda.

I participated on January 24-31, 2011 in volunteer activities.

Qin Xiumei
Qin Xiumei
 We just focused on meeting some leaders of the town by making a visit. We gave encouragement to the activities of elderly people from the town, who came near the students to participate.  Our group interviewed owners of the town cultural center. We asked a number of questions about our town's cultural and agricultural development, and several of our classmates' division of labor.  This event made me feel the enthusiasm of the students and leadership alike. I believe that such activities will continue to be done better.
I will continue to seize the opportunity to participate in many volunteer activities.
                                                 Read the Chinese Account  
Qin Xiumei with Other Volunteers

Leanna Gilliam, Blessing Hands Intern
Leanna Gilliam, Blessing Hands Intern will assist at the Health Assistant Workshop
Summer China Travel

Our group will travel to China on June 18 and return on July 8, 2011. We have five in our group. We will visit Yangshuo to see our Blessing Hands students there and interview graduating students applying for college scholarships.

We also plan to have two scholarship dinners for present college scholarship students. I realize that most of our college students will be too far away to come to a dinner, since the summer vacation has not started. 

If you are a Blessing Hands University Scholarship student who can come to a dinner on June 22nd in Guilin or Thursday, June 30th in Nanning, please contact Yaya Luo at this email. 

Janet Gross
Janet Gross will Teach the Health Assistants
From Yangshuo we will travel on June 24th to Du'an County for a Yao annual festival and begin our Health Assistant Workshop on June 25th. It will run for 10 days. Janet Gross will be teaching the course. She is presently teaching in Africa. 

On June 28-29th, I hope to interview college scholarship students in Qinzhou and meet with students in that area. I also plan to visit former Morehead State visiting scholars at Guangxi University perhaps on the 30th or July 4th. We have many friends there who have visited our local university for months at a time. Some I taught to drive. 

We have plans to visit the remote Yao schools to give out $200 USD in tooth
Betty Cutts
Betty Cutts
brushes donated by a local dentist and clothes and books (if they are donated in China as expected). Kasey Towles and her son John Randall plan to teach and sing songs to the rural primary students in Longfu.

Sincerely with thanks,

Betty Cutts
Blessing Hands