[attachment=75583] [attachment=75584] [attachment=75585] 一位来自中国孤儿院的患癌老师给奥巴马总统和基督徒的信
A Letter to President Obama and Christians from a Chinese Orphanage Cancer Teacher
Dear President Obama and all Christians around the world:
I am a Christian, a 6-year old girl’s mother and a terminal breast cancer patient from China. At the same time, I am “the dearest mother” of more than 100 orphans in an orphanage in China.
2010年，我丈夫华韬（Jerry）接受爱加倍基金会主席James R Brown的邀请，到位于中国四川的孤儿院杰克森基督关爱中心参观。爱加倍基金会是美国基督教会（Lewisville Church of Christ in Lewisville, Texas）赞助的一家美国民间慈善组织。四川汶川大地震后，2009年，杰克森家族（Jackson Heath Care in Atlanta, Georgia）出资在四川建立杰克森基督关爱中心。在那里，我丈夫看到一百多名年幼的孤儿因为缺乏好的管理者而挨饿受冻，孤儿院也面临被政府关闭的困境。
In 2010, my husband Jerry Hua (Chinese name is Tao Hua) accepted Chinese Agape Foundation President James R Brown’s invitation to visit the orphanage “Jackson Family Christian Care Center” in Sichuan Province, China. Chinese Agape Foundation is an American folk charity organization sponsored by USA Christian Church (Lewisville Church of Christ in Lewisville, Texas). After Sichuan Wenchuan Earthquake, in 2009, Jackson Family (Jackson Health Care in Atlanta, Georgia) funded to establish Jackson Family Christian Care Center in Sichuan. There, my husband witnessed more than 100 young orphans being hungry and unclothed because of lacking good caring manager. In addition, the orphanage was facing a dilemma of possible shutting down by the government.
Jerry Hua decided to stay there to help those orphans. Therefore, we were so far away from home - Wuhan city, Hubei province, away from the bustling city life. Jerry finished his business and went there to work as the Director and Legal person in the orphanage. I also resigned from the position of an editor and worked as a volunteer in the orphanage. Since Wenchuan Earthquake, there have been many large aftershocks in the orphanage place, which was very dangerous to stay. Moreover, the local water pollution is very serious and heavy metals in water exceed the acceptable standard badly. No outsiders were willing to work in the orphanage for a long time.
But my husband and I are Christians. We are willing to trudge our pilgrim’s progress following Apostle Paul, Mother Teresa, George Muller, Jonathan Edwards, James Hudson Taylor and other devout Christians’ footprints. “There is no fear in love.”(1 JOHN 4:18) So before we set out, we prayed to God: we were willing to commit our lives in God’s hands, to any places God sent us to, even if we have to risk our lives, may God be with us.
My husband and I had been working nearly five years in the orphanage. We experienced unimaginable difficulties and built the orphanage into the real Christ home. The gospel spread in the land of Sichuan with our tireless work.
Because of long-term hard work, missing my daughter and serious environmental pollution, in August 2014, I was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer and metastasis to the liver.
All Christians and Churches at home and abroad who heard this news prayed for and donated caring funds to me. Loving people in society spontaneously donated to me, and even my doctors donated to me with money and materials. Thank God for healing me through doctors’ hands. Through treatment, my advanced cancer showed the treatment effect of early-stage cancer. The doctors believed that as long as I have good rest and healthy diets in the future, my illness will be completely cured.
A couple named Parkers from Georgia once visited the orphanage. They very appreciated our work. After knowing I got sick, they have been praying for me and invited my husband and me to visit America to receive better medical care to recuperate my body. Because Mrs Parker is a nurse, she wants to take care of me back to health as soon as possible.
On October 27, 2014, around 4 pm, I came to interview at No. 23 window of America Embassy in Beijing for an entry visa to US. I knew that I looked very bad with haggard face due to my long-term illness. My hair, eyebrows, eyelashes were lost because of chemotherapy. Just a few months ago, I was also a beautiful woman with long hair. At that time, I was wearing a wig of neither fish nor fowl. Actually, on Oct. 23rd, I received a session of chemotherapy. On Oct. 26th, I took a train ride for more than 6 hours from Wuhan to Beijing. On Oct. 27th, I lined up for nearly 3 hours in the cold wind at the Embassy. I knew my appearance was much worse than other young ladies in the line. They wore fashionable clothes with a nice makeup. Most importantly, they all have a beautiful natural hair.
The interview officer at No. 23 Window was a white man. I gave him all documents, including my America friends Parkers’ invitation letter, their paycheck stubs, their driving license, e-mails between us, my ID card, our registered permanent residences (my husband, my daughter and I), our bank deposit account papers, our Housing Ownership Certificate, our private vehicle ownership certificate, the marriage certificate, my college degree certificate, my driving license, my Wuhan Writers Association member card, my Chinese Red Cross first-aid certification, our family photos, the photos of our visit to Thailand, the introduction of our charity.
这位签证官没有看我的资料，一上来就问：Can you speak English?
The visa officer did not read any of my documents, just asked: Can you speak English?
I answered: A little.
(Although I always worked as a written translator in the orphanage, that was only a small part of my work there. The orphanage is very remotely located, and very few foreign friends or America Foundation managers came to visit. It is understandable that my spoken English is not fluent. Therefore, after a few words of exchanges with the officer in English, I felt very tired and had to give up speaking English.)
The visa officer asked: What will you do in America?
I answered: My friends, an America couple invited me for spending Christmas there and playing in their home for some fun.
Maybe the visa officer was too tired, or he would want to go off work immediately, he unexpectedly asked: Will you go to see your boyfriend?
I was surprised, to answer: What? I have husband and child, and my daughter is 6 years old.
The visa officer said “sorry”, then asked: How did you know them?
(In fact, Parkers had clearly stated how we knew each other in the invitation letter.)
I patiently answered: When my husband and I worked in the orphanage, they came to visit us. We met and then became friends. We have kept writing each other since.
Then the visa officer asked: Now you don’t have a job?
I answered: Yes, because I’m sick and temporarily quitted working. Now, I am getting better, my husband hopes that I can go out to travel, enjoy myself and maybe it would be good for a speeding-recovery.
The visa officer asked: What about your husband? Not to go with you?
I answered: He has to work and takes care of our daughter.
The visa officer asked: Who will pay your travel expenses?
I answered: My husband. After arriving in America, I will stay at my friends’ home, and they will offer me food and room.
The visa officer asked: Did you never go abroad?
I answered: I have been to Thailand.
The visa officer looked at my passport, asked: You only went to Thailand?!
(Yes, my husband and I really only travelled in Thailand in June this year, because a friend of mine operated a tourism company and we can travel with him for free.)
I answered: Yes. Because we had been working in the orphanage, we have no much time and money to travel abroad.
The visa officer asked: How long will you stay in USA?
I answered: About 15 days. My friends invited me to celebrate Christmas there.
The visa officer asked: Will you not come back?
I answered: Why wouldn’t I come back? I have daughter and husband at home. I just want to go out to have a tour for better recovery from my illness.
Then I showed him my hospital discharge certificate. He took it away, left, and returned in a few minutes.
The visa officer asked: Your passport was applied in Xinjiang, why is your registered permanent residence in Wuhan?
I answered: I grew up in Xinjiang, so my original registered permanent residence was in Xinjiang. My husband is from Wuhan. After I married him, my registered permanent residence was moved to Wuhan. I received my passport before that.
The visa officer asked: Your passport was issued in 2012, why you never use it?
I answered: Because we’ve been taking care of orphans, we had no time.
The visa officer did not ask any more questions, typed on a computer keyboard for a while and handed me a piece of white paper. I was refused a US visa.
I picked up all documents that the visa officer did not even bother to take a look at from the beginning to the end, and gently asked: Can’t you give me a chance of visiting our friends? Even if giving a little sympathy for a seriously-ill patient? We have been doing charity……
The visa officer interrupted me without any explanation.
All my friends, who had been praying for my successful visa application, were much surprised to learn that I was denied a visa. Mr. Parker wrote a letter to US embassy to ask why, only received an e-mail stating that they welcome me to apply for a visa again. But I know it doesn’t make any sense.
I would like to ask President Obama, did the visa officer treat me fairly? During his work process of interviewing me, why didn’t show a little bit of care or fairness or sympathy for a devout Christian, a long-term caretaker of thousands of homeless Chinese orphans? Why? I don’t know whom I can ask for an answer, so I can only ask you, Mr. President, the head of the US administration.
The note explaining the visa-denying reads: You have been found ineligible for a nonimmigrant visa under Section 214 (b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. One requirement shared by many of the nonimmigrant visa categories is for the applicant to demonstrate that he/she has a residence in a foreign country which he/she has no intention of abandoning.
But, I provided my Housing Ownership Certificate, vehicle identification. I have husband and daughter at home. I have mother and brother. They all stay in China. I was born in China, received my education, and worked here. All my social relationships are in China. These are exactly the strong bindings that are required by the American act. Therefore, I am eligible for a nonimmigrant visa from a legal perspective. Besides, I am 37-year old and young no more, and barely survivor of a serious illness. Could I stay in America to remarry or find a job? Of course it is impossible. America is not the heaven. Moreover, I am not a U.S. citizen, so I can’t pay for expensive medical expenses there. My friends who invited me are just the ordinary working-class Americans that cannot afford to accommodate me very long. Therefore, I do not know why the visa officer judged that I had immigrant intent by refusing me a visa? Was that his personal feeling? Was he so stingy with his compassion?
To my friend’s inquiry, the US Embassy in Beijing only answered: You can submit the application again.
I’m not a rich person. I’m just an ordinary Christian, wanting to visit my foreign Christian friends, feeling of the Christian atmosphere of this country, because my faith came from Christians of this country. Because the country is the United States, why cannot my little desire be desired? Does the United States open her arms to the rich people only? I understand the United States is a legal country, why cannot it show a little sympathy and love to a cancer-surviving foreign Christian?
America is a superpower in economy and military. But I think, the fundamental reason America attracts people around the world is the idea described in “Declaration of independence” : All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
So, whether USA administration officers could deny foreign civilians “all men are created equal”, deny their right of “the pursuit of Happiness ”? Just as the visa officer did to me.
I heard that USA is a Christian country, and all USA Presidents are Christians. In the oath, President Obama said: “We must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice–not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.” “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity.”
The land and the people live on it are blessed by God, when you live and work in peace and contentment, you also pay close attention to those countries without gospel, and try to help those people who are seeking the bright of heaven, just as my American Christian friends and those ordinary Americans who pray for me, donate to the orphanage. But there are also some Christians who abandoned what they preached due to what they did. This damage is more profound.
I believe that the majority of USA administration officials are fair and responsible, but I hope this same kind of justice is served among US citizens and foreign civilians, to show the world the United States founding idea of “all men are created equal”.
Although that visa officer hurt the feeling of a mother and a patient, I’m willing to forgive him. May God bless him, and I pray that he can think of God when he performs his official duties in the future.
Pray all Christians around the world examine themselves critically. Christians have stamp of God, living in God’s redemptive kingdom, just like the US citizens who have the permanent resident card, living in USA. In this country, there are Moses, Peter, and Paul. Those missionaries who dedicated their lives for the gospel and modern devout Christians let the Gentiles envy this country. But there were also Judah who betrayed Jesus and Jews who killed Jesus. Just as that visa officer who closed the door of USA to me, Christians whose acts belie their words closed the door of Gospel to the unbelievers or persons who are weak in their faith.
This is the root reason why ordinary people rejected foreign missionaries in Chinese history. Until today, Chinese from the university students to the rural women still have the same hostility to foreigners. This is the gospel condition that my husband and I experienced in five-year charity work from the poorest people.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world (Matt 24:14)”, Christians, we still have a long way to go.
May God bless the largest Christian country, and may God bless every Christian in the world. Pray when we would like to do anything, we should think, God is watching you!