Monday, March 26, 2012
Prayers for Jordan on Shamian Island
Nearly every family who has adopted a child from China knows who Jordan on Shamian Island is. He is such a friendly shop keeper, and one of a dying breed as many shop owners on Shamian Island have closed.
Jordan's shop was open when we adopted Josie-Tatum in 2004. His location had changed, but we visited his shop again when we adopted Ellie in 2007. For each of the girls, we have the special painting he did of their American names in Chinese calligraphy. I wonder just how many families in America have one of those hanging in their homes. He does this for families free of charge.
We visited Shamian Island tonight (more on that later), and I was told Jordan's was closing soon. We made his shop our first stop, knowing I wanted to get him to paint the boys' new names in Chinese calligraphy. While there I said, "Jordan, I heard you are closing soon."
And, he quickly answered, almost abruptly, "In 5 days." But then he added many more details. If you are interested in knowing all of them, send me an email. What I am comfortable sharing publicly here, though, is this. He was just told he had to be out of the building he rents and was given less than a month's notice. If I understood him correctly, only a week.
He said a larger company is renting other floors in his building and they want his small space, too. He told those forcing him to leave, "But, I have a family. I have a son. What am I going to do?"
He and I talked tonight about our Best Friend and how He will take care of Jordan. I promised Him our family would be praying for him. And, just like Jesus, the man standing behind me waiting to pay for a purchase was also from Georgia and He was a Christian. We all joined in a conversation about how we would be praying for Jordan.
Then, Jordan came out of the store and asked to have his photo taken with us. We had a big group photo with him and a family I had just met in that moment. I got Jordan's email and told him I will email him the photo and will look forward to learning how God will bless him in spite of this storm.
Then, tonight, I thought of all of you. I knew many of you would want to join in support and prayer for Jordan. If the LORD so moves you, you could send him an email of love, support, and prayers. We plan to go back to Shamian Island on Wednesday. I would love for him to tell me how many families have supported him. and
To God be the glory!
Join us in doing great things for Him, since He has done such great things for us.