In China, where baby girls are often abandoned, the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child is great – so great that in 1995 Kenneth began an endeavor that took eight years to bring to fruition.
Considered an embarrassment to their families, the mentally and physically handicapped of China often are thrown into garbage bins. Burdened to make a home for these unwanted children, Kenneth negotiated patiently with the Chinese government. In November 2003, the Prince of Peace Children’s Home (POPCH), located in the Wuqing district of Tianjin, opened its doors. Funded by the Prince of Peace Foundation and World Vision International as a joint venture with the Civil Affairs Bureau of Wuqing, the facility accommodates 100 mentally and physically handicapped children under age 6 and provides rehabilitation services to other disabled children in the province.
The home set a miraculous precedent in China: For the first time in history, the government had allowed a foreign organization to build, staff and manage an orphanage.
Today, highly trained staff and caring volunteers lovingly embrace children once viewed as society’s trash – and they teach others to do the same.“I told the Chinese officials that we would not only build and manage the orphanage, but we would also set up a training center to help caretakers from other orphanages in China,” Kenneth says. “What the Chinese government really needs is to see a model that an overseas Christian organization can come in and build this type of thing with love and care. I told the officials that God has loved us, and we want to share our love with the children in China. They accepted that. They even allowed us to engrave a Bible verse on the cornerstone of the building.”
While he was going through the Halftime Institute, Kenneth’s Halftime Coach asked him if he left any other passions behind during his first-half pursuit of success. After just a few seconds he said, “Well, yes, there is. I am very good at photography. I love photography, but about 15 years ago I gave it up because my business was growing and my family was busy.”