Marvin Olasky

Some of the children come from government orphanages, and others were left in train stations or abandoned in other public places. Six have been adopted, and Yang hopes that more will be, although arcane rules determine which children can be adopted only by Chinese nationals and which can be adopted by foreigners.

Charitable groups are rare in China, in part because government officials resist admitting that they need help in caring for the poor and oppressed. Chinese Christians, though, would like permission to establish homes for the elderly, hospitals, Christian schools and programs for recent migrants to cities.

Perhaps officialdom will change, but in the meantime, Yang has seen benefits not only for the children she serves but for those who serve. She says she is "experiencing God. The body of Christ seems real to me since I've been here. And some neighbors believe in God because of what they see here."

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of World and a senior fellow of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.

Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of the national news magazine World. For additional commentary by Marvin Olasky, visit
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