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Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Blessings from 
Blessing Hands

My Dad and son on Dad's birthday
Dad and his birthday cake 
and my son Matt
Because my Dad's birthday fell near Thanksgiving, our family has always really celebrated Thanksgiving big. As Dad got older, we made it a family reunion almost as important as Christmas.

This year my Dad, who lived to be 100, will not celebrate Thanksgiving with us. He died on October 12th. However, I am thankful that he lived such a full life and died without pain with only a short illness. I am also thankful for what he taught me about living well with faith. He never smoked or drank alcohol and attended church devotedly. 

I found this description of Thanksgiving on the internet. I will paste it here for our students to read. 

Betty Cutts with visiting scholars
Betty and visiting scholars, Nina Yang Wen 杨闻 and Anna Liu 刘蕴娜 , carving our Thanksgiving turkey
"Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United Statessince 1863. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. 

In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789. " link to Thanksgiving page. 

Cindy Cutts and Rachel Cutts are great cooks
Cindy Cutts and Rachel Cutts 
are great Thanksgiving cooks.
I am also thankful for our daughters-in-laws, Cindy and Rachel, sons, Ross and Matt, grandchildren, Josiah and Ellie, and my husband David Cutts.

I am also thankful for our Chinese Blessing Hands family. I get so many letters of thanksgiving from our Blessing Hands students this time of year. I am glad that they are learning the custom of offering thanks for the blessings they have received. It will always be a day for me to thank God.
 Happy Thanksgiving,
Ross and Matt clean up after Thanksgiving
Ross and Matt clean up after the
 big Thanksgiving dinner
 Betty Cutts

Dad and Matt with turkey
My Dad, James Daniell, 
and Matt Cutts with the 
Thanksgiving turkey
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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Blessing Hands
New Fall Activities and Students
Linwang School gets School Supplies.
We have taken this little one room school to sponsor with school supplies and extra needs. They are helped by Lexington Chinese Christian Church's Vacation Bible School and cash jars that we place in Chinese Restaurants. These Yao minority kids are located in Longfu Township in the County of Du'an in the Guangxi Province of China. There are about fifty kids in this remote village.

Wei Senbao also lives in this village. We are still waiting for a doctor's appointment for him. The latest estimate of the cost of his care is $31,696 (200,000 yuan). That does not include the travel and other expenses. This is a fund raising opportunity that will require a lot of us working together.
Ling Wang students receive textbooks bought by Blessing Hands
Linwang students receive textbooks bought by Blessing Hands
Workbooks and school supplies received
Workbooks and school supplies received
Ling Wang students receive textbooks bought by Blessing Hands
Dr. Dai (on the right) from Longfu Hospital helps Blessing Hands with this project
Ling Wang students receive textbooks bought by Blessing Hands
Linwang School

New Students in Pubei Available to Sponsors
Song Xiaohong
Song Xiaohong -seven in farm family, mother sick and father older. Married brother is only worker.

These new students in Pubei need $160 a year in tuition to be able to go to high school. They have tested into the best high school in Pubei and need help to continue their studies. We can now feature them for you to pick as sponsor.

Please pick a student to sponsor. Link to give Change a student's life with just $160.
Su Wenxia
Su Wenxia - five in farm family, three students, father ill but works anyway.
Bao Chengzheng
Bao Chengzheng - father died April 2012, three in farm family, two in school
Ruan Xueqin
Ruan Xueqin - four in farm family, brother in university with high expenses
Xiang Hanlin
Xiang Hanlin - Four in farm family, sick mother, sister in school also.
Li Chunyi
Li Chunyi - Five in farm family, three girls, father out of work.
Ning Xueyu
Ning Xueyu - six in farm family, four are students

Philippine students enjoy food given by Blessing Hands.
Philippine students enjoy food given by Blessing Hands.
These students in the Philippines recently enjoyed food provided by the Hill Family and Blessing Hands. The Hills have seven boys who enjoy participating with drama, stories, music and gift giving when the family visits schools and poor neighborhoods.
The Hill boys got to give school supplies to the kids.
The Hill boys got to give school supplies to the kids.
The kids got school supplies and enjoyed the stories the family told through drama and songs. Even the little Hill kids got to participate. Their mother was expecting her eighth child, a girl, but she came along and participated too.

The Hill boys dramatized their stories.
The Hill boys dramatized their stories.

We have also added more students at An long High School in a Buyi area of Guizhou Province. They already have sponsors. We are pleased to be helping this minority group and intend to give four primary schools in this area water purifiers next summer. East Oldham Middle School personnel will install the purifiers.

Our next newsletter will feature a new location that we are entering in Yunnan Province. Blessing Hands is expanding now to that province. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. You have changed many lives. It is a pleasure to work with you.

You can send your checks to the address below.

Betty Cutts

Betty Cutts Blessing Hands
106 Timber Lane
Morehead, KY 40351