Joyful Giving: Every Child Counts

We need your help! LEAP Global Missions believes that every child counts, so much so that we have traveled 100,000 miles this year to reach children living in impoverished regions around the world who were in need of complex surgical care, primarily for craniofacial deformities. Often times, these children are shunned by their communities and hidden away by their families without options for needed medical and surgical care. At LEAP, we are thankful to have the opportunity to impact these children’s lives in a meaningful way.

This year, we had the opportunity to help Danny through our Landmark Program. This is Danny’s amazing story:

10377531_10152318261373053_2325245596250205011_nDanny was an orphan in China born with very severe facial deformities. He was abandoned as an infant and transported around orphanages for nearly ten years. Little is actually known about his early life, but most agree that he was probably mistreated due to his appearance, the way he spoke, and his partial blindness. Without the proper medical and surgical care, which was simply not available to him in China, Danny was expected to live the remainder of his childhood in an orphanage

Danny on Plane Nov 2014LEAP Global Missions heard about Danny and immediately answered the call to help. After careful planning and consideration, Danny arrived in Dallas on November 8, 2014. He had a lengthy surgery followed by two other complex surgeries over several months with later placement of a prosthetic eye. Danny adjusted well to living in the United States, staying with a loving host family that included three children of their own, attending school full-time with a Mandarin-speaking special education teacher, learning English, gaining weight and confidence, and receiving weekly speech therapy. For the first time, Danny could have a very different future that he only dreamt about.

PCH, Danny, Martin Rojas Nov 2014Danny is truly special. Everyone was so taken by his joyful spirit. He captured the hearts of everyone that he crossed paths with and became rather famous in the Grapevine community. So many people began to help get the word out with the hope of finding a special family to adopt him. Finally, after several months, one amazing family connected with LEAP after hearing about Danny’s story on social media. They were so taken with Danny that they soon began to make plans to adopt him. We are so proud to share that Danny will soon travel to China with his adopted family to make it official! Danny’s new mom is a physician; he will have two brothers and two adopted sisters and will live in Kansas City.
IMG_4258As you can see, LEAP Global Missions provides needed surgical care to children in need; more importantly, we provide the opportunity for a fuller, healthier life. Through our three programs, LEAP travels to impoverished regions to provide surgical care, brings children with the most complex surgical needs to Dallas for treatment, and also sends surgical teams in the event of an international disaster. Over the past 24 years, we have helped to transform the lives of over 9,000 children living in 21 countries.

Danny - Cohen_5X7_0071lab_FBWithout your generous support, LEAP could not have the same impact on these children, their families, and those living within their community. We hope that you will consider helping to financially support our mission again this year so that other children like Danny will continue to benefit. As you prayerfully consider your donation, we ask that you also consider making a monthly donation.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  – Matthew 6:21