Meet Jing, a young man from China who, thanks to social media, visited Indiana, came home to a family in Nebraska and is learning that “We are never outside of God’s love.”

“Jing is a walking, talking miracle.” Those aren’t just the words of proud dad Mike Moreno. They’re the truth.

The Moreno family is speaking up. By sharing their story through the #eyesoflife campaign, they are giving voice to what millions of others believe as well: that all life, from conception to natural death, is sacred, valued and a gift from God.

Fourteen-year-old Jing came home to the Morenos via a circuitous route. “Jing visited the U.S. a few years ago, as part of an awareness-raising effort by an adoption agency and those who fund it,” Mike recalls. A family in Indiana met Jing, who has cerebral palsy, and quickly shared his story with others, including with Joshua Jank, a 21-year-old who also was adopted.


Portrait of the Moreno family, (L-R) Mike, Ally, Lisa, and Jing, on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Omaha, Neb.

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“Joshua and his family began publicizing Jing’s story and need for a family. My wife, Lisa, saw it on Facebook and approached me about adoption. We had discussed it before, but never got past the discussion stage,” explains Mike. “Now we had an opportunity in front of us with a clarity we had not possessed before.”

Working speedily and prayerfully and at great financial cost, the Moreno family — including 10-year-old Ally — adopted Jing and brought him home to Nebraska. He was baptized in August 2015, and Ally rejoiced to welcome him into her family as well as into the Body of Christ. “We had spent significant time with her prior to Jing’s adoption,” Mike says. “She has welcomed him, and they have a wonderful relationship. They play together, give each other a hard time — as siblings are wont to do — but they also care for each other.”

Jing is now busy both in school and in confirmation class, where his earthly father gets the joy of teaching his son about the grace and mercy of his heavenly Father.

“Jing is still learning God’s promises,” Mike notes. “During one of our evening devotions, we asked Jing if God liked us even when we sinned. ‘No, God doesn’t like us then!’ he answered. We then spoke about the fact that God loves sinners, all sinners. … We are never outside of God’s love. The look on his face at that realization made our hearts dance.”


Mike Moreno teaches his adopted son Jing
Mike Moreno teaches his adopted son Jing about baptism at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Omaha, Neb.

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From China to Indiana to Nebraska with Facebook tossed in for good measure, the Lord has seen fit to care for Jing by setting “the solitary in a home” (Ps. 68:6), and his family couldn’t be more thankful. “While Jing’s body may not work quite like ours,” his dad says confidently, “his gift of life is from the same God.”

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