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Superstitious Over Cleft Lip

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Mr. Ruan and his wife live in a superstitious village in northwest China.

Mr. Ruan explains, “People say that if a woman is pregnant and someone moves any dirt around in front of her house, her child will be born with problems.”

When Mrs. Ruan was pregnant, her brother-in-law moved dirt to fill-in a hole in front of her house anyway. He was just trying to help, but the whole family blamed him when JunJie was born with a cleft lip and palate.

“He could only eat lying down or his food would come out of his mouth,” says Mrs. Ruan. 

“He couldn’t stop coughing,” adds Mr. Ruan. “I was afraid he’d suffocate to death.”

After choking several times, JunJie started refusing to eat and became anemic. 

“It’s like he was in a trance, just wasting away day after day,” Mrs. Ruan cries. “He had no energy.”

“His skin was like an old man. And his legs trembled when he walked,” notes Mr. Ruan.  “Once he ran to meet me at the door, but he was so weak, he fell down.”

JunJie’s grandma thought that a wizard might be able to help heal JunJie’s anemia.

Mr. Ruan recalls, “He did some spells to get the evil spirits to leave, but his anemia just got worse.”

Mr. Ruan was so determined to get his son surgery, that sometimes he’d work three days straight with no sleep.

He says, “My son was depending on me, so I had to go on.  When he was sick, doctors just told me to take him home because we didn’t have money. I didn’t know how we’d ever get JunJie surgery.”

Then the Ruans met a man in their village that shared how CBN had repaired his child’s cleft lip.

Mr. Ruan recalls, “He said to me, ‘Don’t worry, maybe CBN can help you, too.’”

When the Ruan’s contacted us, we quickly set-up surgery for JunJie.

“Now he loves to gobble up food and he’s always in good spirits,” exclaims Mr. Ruan. 

Mrs. Ruan adds, “Sometimes when I show him a picture from before, he asks me, ‘who’s that?’”

Mr. Ruan says, “Many people tell him how handsome he is.  It makes me so proud.  When I see what CBN has done for us, I know God exists.  Why else would they help strangers like us?  Now I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus.  I even made up with my brother.”

Mrs. Ruan concludes, “Thank you so much. Seeing JunJie smile makes me so happy.  I don’t know what we would have done without you!”

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