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Baby Erick with his mother and grandmother

2024 February Heartbeat

From the Heart It’s cold outside in my part of the country, and since the sun sets early, I’m spending more time indoors. I’m musing about RuiRui, LongLong, and XuanXuan in China and the struggles their families face. How can we support and encourage them in this demanding journey? Parenting is hard work, filled with […]

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nine-year-old girl who needs imaging to check for a brain tumor

2024 January Heartbeat

From the Heart As we close the holiday season and look forward to 2024, I’m hopeful instead of anxious. There’s a reason for that: my confidence in a God who cares deeply about orphans and a community that reflects that same value. Bonhoeffer said, “…the person who loves those around them will create community.” I […]

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disabled worker in China selling steamed buns

Buns of Joy

We have a brand-new opportunity in China! A group of six people started a bakery specializing in steamed buns, Buns of Joy. Their goal is to provide vocational training and employment for people with disabilities, adapting the job to be within their capability. The bakery started last June, employing two social workers and a few […]

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baby learning to hold up head and reach for balls. Not actual client.

Blossom With PHF

Pediatric Therapy transforms lives for children with disabilities. You can help open a clinic in China.

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baby learning to hold up head and reach for balls. Not actual client.

2023 December Heartbeat

From the Heart Are you hopeful about the future? I am. The past few years have been a rollercoaster for many of us, and the changes at Shepherd’s Field and in China reflect that bumpy ride. It was exciting when the Vocational Building was complete, and we had a strong staff. It was heartbreaking when […]

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cartoon representation of Mexican boy

New Wheels for Elias

Elias was born with hydrocephalus, a neurological disorder caused by an abnormal buildup of fluid in the brain. Surgery to place a shunt to move the fluid from the head to the abdomen helped to resolve the issue. But even following the surgery, Elias has an enlarged head and is unable to walk. The PHF […]

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health care worker in Mexico with client

2023 November Heartbeat

Celebrating 28 years of transforming lives of vulnerable children with humanitarian aid or medical care.

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young Chinese orphan with big smile

2023 October Heartbeat

From the Heart Change is in the air! In my hometown, the leaves are changing colors and falling. The night air is crisp and cool and suddenly hearty meals sound appealing. This prompted me to think a little more about change. You see, the Philip Hayden Foundation has been undergoing change for the past three […]

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young chinese girl with hydrocephalus

2023 September Heartbeat

From the Heart Decades ago, Tim and Pam Baker moved to China to teach English. They were later joined by their good friend Philip Hayden. While living in China, they became aware of the plight of vulnerable children, which touched their hearts. This became much more hands-on with the adoption of the Baker’s daughter, Esther. […]

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group of mexican school children receiving free school supplies

School Supplies Provide Smiles

Philip Hayden Foundation is stepping up to encourage children living in extreme poverty to attend school. We are partnering with a local charity in Mérida – Red de Ciudadanos de Mérida – to provide school supplies to needy children.

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girl receiving eggs and cookies

2023 August Heartbeat

From the Heart Are you part of a community? Every community has a purpose, like a source of social connection or a sense of belonging. Sociologists tell us that, as humans, we need that sense of belonging to thrive. Most of us are members of more than one community, and if you read this newsletter, […]

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young chinese girl with cleft lip and palate, repaired

2023 July Heartbeat

From the Heart Twenty years ago, we saw the very first photo of our fourth daughter. While our other daughters are also adopted, this was our first adoption from China and the first one we had chosen to adopt a child with correctible special needs. Her photo had been taken nearly a year before, and […]

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baby on mother's shoulder with unrepaired cleft lip

Cleft and Craniofacial Disabilities

Cleft lip and cleft palate are lip and mouth malformations that occur very early in pregnancy, typically before ten weeks. Clefting, or separation between the two sides, happens when the tissue that is available does not join properly. The split can be in the lip, the palate (the roof of the mouth), or both; it […]

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health care worker in Mexico with client

2023 June Heartbeat

Free Health Fairs in Yucatán, Mexico What would it be like not having access to medical care? Unfortunately, it’s a reality for many families living in extreme poverty near Mérida on the Yucatán Peninsula. Our partner, Red de Ciudadanos de Mérida, a local charity, addresses this concern. A health fair with free access to medical […]

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Dragon Head on the front of a dragon boat on the water

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, and it has been celebrated for over 2000 years. This double five day is considered to be a lucky day. Dragon Boat Festival is one of the four top traditional Chinese festivals, along with the Spring Festival, Tomb-Sweeping Day, and Mid-Autumn […]

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young family devastated by a home fire

Devasting Fire Creates Need

A devastating fire broke out on Saturday, May 13, destroying three shanty homes near Mérida on the Yucatán Peninsula. All three families lost all their physical possessions, but the third family had an even more significant loss – the loss of a husband and father. Your donations can help this family. Two young boys, Didier […]

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young child using an asthma rescue inhaler

Asthma Medication Needs

How many people do you know with asthma? As you may know, asthma affects the airways in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing. For some people, asthma is just an inconvenience. But for others, it can interfere with daily activities and lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. May is asthma awareness month, so let’s consider how […]

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two Mexican girls enjoying a Children's Day celebration

May 2023 Heartbeat

From the Heart How many people do you know with asthma? As you may know, asthma affects the airways in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing. For some people, asthma is just an inconvenience. But for others, it can interfere with daily activities and lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. May is Asthma Awareness Month, so […]

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chinese girl living at a healing home connected to an orphanage in China

April 2023 Heartbeat

From the Heart Have you ever planned a BIG family vacation or experience? Did you read about your destination or ask friends for recommendations? Travelers often plan their sightseeing or activities based on personal interests and values, perhaps museums, waterfront activities, or local restaurants. For example, when we traveled to China to adopt our daughter, […]

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2 year old Emma in Mexico needs life saving medical care

2023 March Heartbeat

PHF provides access to medical care to vulnerable children in Mexico. Many families in poverty lack the safety nets we have in the US.

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developmental disabilities include vision or hearing loss, ADHD, learning delays, other motor or cognitive delays

Developmental Delays Impact Families

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developmental disabilities are defined as impairments in physical, learning, language or behavior areas. Some disabilities are visible at birth, but others are diagnosed when a child’s development is slower than normal in a single area, like language development, or in many areas. Some developmental disabilities are related […]

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young Chinese girl with CP smiles

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a group of disorders that impacts a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. PHF continues to provide care for kids with CP in China.

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12 year old Andres and his mama in Mexico

Andrés Benefits From New Hearing Aids

Andrés lives near Mérida with his mama and grandmama. Andrés has ADHD and autism, and his hearing loss made connecting with his community even more challenging. PHF partnered with Red de Ciudadanos de Mérida to provide hearing aids for Andrés.

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