AN ASSIGNMENT FROM GOD
I am the mother of a child with autism. It has been 8 years since my son Liang Haoran was diagnosed with autism. Looking back now, my experience of raising a disabled child is vivid and unforgettable.
Like all parents, at first my heart was filled with despair and helplessness. I struggled with pain every day. After a long period of adjustment, I decided to take my child to a center for rehabilitation.
Haoran attended the school 5 days/week from age 2 to 7 and I accompanied him daily. Not only did he not make progress, he developed emotional problems. He cried and self-harmed himself every day. I felt great pressure and lived in anxiety and fear. I found no hope in life.
When I was at my lowest, individuals from RM and Angel House Autism Rehabilitation Center learned about our situation, visited me at home and offered us financial help. RM’s sponsorship program funded Liang Haoran’s tuition, allowing him to receive rehabilitation training at Angel House. That was when I began to learn about and realize the effectiveness of social skills training to help children on the autism spectrum. It advocates learning and practicing independent living skills in one’s daily life. I hoped I could have time to focus on learning and then implement the knowledge and techniques to improve the development of my child. But due to my family’s financial situation, I had to work and had no time to study.
God loves me very much and gave me the opportunity to study and help others. Last September, RM approached me and offered an opportunity to financially support me so I could learn and equip myself to become a teacher for children on the autism spectrum. I believe this is a special assignment from God. He made my weak heart strong and my dark life bright. He filled my heart with His love. I will study hard, apply the methods I master to help the children, understand them, care for them, love them, and cultivate their potentials so they can live and work independently, give back to society, and become a blessing to others.
I would also like to thank the teachers of RM, especially their local worker, YY. Over the past few years, YY has been supporting me to grow spiritually. She encouraged me to know God through Bible studies and prayers. I have experienced God’s faithfulness at the midst of difficulties in life. I decided to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior, and would be baptized at church on Easter Sunday, 2021. Please continue to pray for me. Praise God! Thank you all.