BRING THE LINDNERS HOME FROM CHINA!
Organized by: Paul Astrom
Almost four years ago in 2010, Rick and Cheryl Lindner’s hearts for orphans drove them to give up everything they had in California to move to China to work with older orphans who normally age out of the Chinese orphanage system. (Two of their daughters are adopted from China.) Rick gave up a great job and they sold most of their belongings to have enough money to live on during the 1-1.5 years they had planned to be there.
The plans changed very soon after the move when they began fostering a 3 month old HIV positive boy, who due to his infection could not stay at his orphanage and had nowhere else to go. They fell in love with the boy and began work to adopt him, a lengthy and costly process. The adoption was recently completed, and the Lindners are now looking for a way to come home to the US.
THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT THE EXTENDED CHINA STAY HAS COMPLETELY ERODED THEIR FINANCES, AND THEY WILL NEED HELP TO BOTH PAY FOR AIRFARE BACK TO THE U.S., AS WELL AS MEANS TO START THEIR LIFE ANEW HERE – THEY HAVE NOTHING!
The money we raise together will get the Linders back to the US (airfare), and provide for much needed medical care, rent, transportation, food, and initial insurance for the family until Rick finds a new source of income.
The Lindner’s student VISAs expire towards the end of July, so there is not much time to help them get home! Please help them financially as soon as possible so that they can focus on taking care of their family and the transition, rather than have to worry about their financial ability to come home and get started again in the US.
If you would like to learn more about their journey, please go to: www.lindnersinchina.blogspot.com. Please also view this video made by a good friend of theirs (Thank you Karl Shreeves!): http://voice.adobe.com/v/2BWpR5Zgx78
While in China, the Lindner family has also fostered children in their home, volunteered in foster homes, bridged fostered children who have been matched with a local family to help in their transition to a foreign family, raised HIV awareness/education, and trained other foreign families to foster children. They have come alongside them and educated them on how to help children with abandonment and attachment struggles.