QINGHAI, China – In the wake of the Qinghai Province earthquake, OB China launched an immediate relief response and began partnering with local churches to gather and distribute supplies to victims in the disaster area. Continue reading Relief for earthquake victims in Qinghai, China
YAO JIN, China – On May 12, 2008, the village of Yao Jin was completely destroyed by the 7.9-magnitude Sichuan earthquake that struck central China. Buildings crumbled, tens of thousands were killed and millions left homeless. Six Yao Jin villagers died and the survivors endured a living nightmare, losing their homes, their possessions and their main source of income – their farm animals. For the shocked villagers of Yao Jin, the future seemed bleak. Continue reading One year later: Yao Jin village is reborn
BEIJING, China – Yesterday we unveiled a dramatic photo exhibit – near Beijing’s Tiananmen Square – depicting the recovery of Yao Jin village following the Great Sichuan Quake. The event is part of the 1-year anniversary celebration recognizing the incredible courage of Yao Jin’s villagers and their journey of recovery over the last 12 months. It was a huge success among government dignitaries, a U.S. embassy delegate and around corporate sponsors of OB China including Nokia, UPS and the International School of Beijing. Continue reading “An amazing exhibit”
CHINA – ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the village the people were stirring, building their houses.
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YAO JIN, China – This morning while driving to the village, I spotted the yellow crane towering above the trees from about a mile away. In such a peaceful rural setting, the crane looked out of place in the same way that a summer carnival’s ferris wheel looks odd in the middle of a farmer’s field. Continue reading Vision for a new village takes shape
YAO JIN VILLAGE, China – Having spent most of my life in the contracting and construction business, I am all too aware of the countless factors that can upset the “best laid plans of mice and men.” There are many moving parts in a construction project, and any one of them can delay progress of an entire job. Thursday started out looking like “one of those days.” Continue reading Crane convoy arrives, teams work into the night
YAO JIN, China – It was like old home week when I arrived in Yao Jin on Wednesday afternoon. The mayor and dust-covered Yao Jin villagers stopped working and crowded around shaking my hand, laughing, and greeting me. Continue reading Returning “home” to progress