Tim & Pam Baker
China, Founders & Directors
Tim and Pam Baker and their three girls, Rebecca (6), Sarah (4) and Rachel (5 months) arrived in China in August 1988, with hearts ready to teach English to the Chinese. Although they were in a city of several million people in northeast China, they were the only westerners in the city and the first westerners that most of their students had ever met.
Although conditions were very primitive at that time, the Bakers fell in love with China and the Chinese people. In 1991 they moved to Beijing, where Tim assumed the position of Director of Operations for University Language Services, a non-profit teaching organization with more than 100 foreign teachers spread across China. It was then that they made their first visit to a local orphanage.
The Bakers became regular volunteers at the orphanage, and the foster parents of a little girl named Esther, who they later adopted. Through Esther and the example set by Tim's assistant, Philip Hayden, the Bakers' passion to help orphans grew. In 1994, they founded the Philip Hayden Foundation, in memory of Phil, who had died the year before at the age of 28 from a rare, undiagnosed heart condition. A year later they formed a partnership with the China Charity Federation to help special needs orphans from all over China. Since then, they have provided surgeries for more than 3000 orphans with varying medical problems, and they have assisted in more than 600 adoptions to families in China, North America, Asia and Europe.
In 1998, the Bakers adopted twin boys, Nathaniel and Zechariah, from an orphanage six hours northwest of Beijing. In 1999, they founded Luke's House, a children's home that would be the beginning of Langfang Children's Village, which included five children's homes and a pre-school in 2006. In 2006, Shepherd's Field Children's Village (SFCV) opened on six acres of land the local government donated for their use. Today, SFCV has five children's homes for about 100 orphans, a medical clinic, guest quarters for those who come to volunteer, a beautiful playground, a school, and an outreach center.
The Bakers have seven children and two sons-in-law: Rebecca (28) and her husband, Gregg; Sarah (26) and her husband, Drew; Rachel (20), Esther (16), Nathaniel and Zechariah (11), and Philip (7). Tim and Pam are both graduates of Bethany College, where they earned degrees in cross-cultural studies. Tim also has a master's degree in education from Oral Roberts University.
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China, Director of Operations
Originally from Jiangxi province, after working in Guangdong province for more than three years, Christina came to Langfang to continue her English studies at Oriental University City. As the leader of the student union, she had the opportunity to learn about the plight of Chinese orphans, visit them and fundraise for them in school. She first began working as a Chinese tutor for foreign staff, but she was quickly hired to become Tim's assistant, helping him since 2005. She was very moved by what they were doing to help the orphaned children. During one visit to the Langfang Children's Village, a little girl named Olivia smiled at her and crawled to her for a hug. At that moment she knew that she was called to be here. She is very grateful for the opportunity to work with the little children and all the staff at PHF. After working as Tim's assistant for 4 years, Now Christina works as Director of Operations of Shepherd's Field.
China, Liason & Executive Assistant
A Sichuan native, Sara has made good work of helping orphans in the last five years with three different organizations. The combination of English-fluency, never-ending energy and cheerful spirit makes Sara a valuable asset to our China team. As liaison, she is often the first to meet the children and the last to say goodbye. It is clear that she's been blessed with a heart for the children of China, and her smile and servant's heart bless the lives of our children and staff every day.
US, Administrative Coordinator
Cindy is PHF's US administrative coordinator, based in Temecula, CA. She was introduced to PHF by Bob and Wanda Hildreth, our previous US administrators. Cindy has a heart for children, and has traveled on many short term outreach trips, including several to Calvary Chapel Children's Home in Bacolod, Philippines. She looks forward to visiting the ministry in China in the future.
Cindy is married to Gary, her husband of 38 years, in Temecula, California. They have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Gary is an assistant pastor at Temecula Creek Christian Fellowship in Temecula. Cindy serves in the Children's Ministry and in the Women's Ministry at their church, and also serves alongside her husband when needs arise.
Cindy has had much ministry office experience working as a receptionist, secretary and bookkeeper. She was on staff at Calvary Chapel of Murrieta California for 10 years, and at Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship for 6 years. She is blessed that God has directed her to PHF, and looks forward with great anticipation to all that God is doing for His glory here in China.
US, Administrator Assistant
Beginning in 1997, Lori served for 6 1/2 years as the secretary for a growing church in Corvallis, OR. After marrying her husband Keith in 2004, Lori began working as an office assistant at the California based office of Far Reaching Ministries, a ministry that focuses mainly in Africa. In 2007, she began working part-time for PHF preparing and mailing out the Heartbeat newsletters.
She grew up in a home where Christ was honored and through study of God's Word, prayer and worship, developed a heart for God's glory to be made known throughout the world. As a result of God growing this desire in her heart, she has traveled to various countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America to be a part of His work among the nations of the world. Now that she has settled with her husband and son in California, she is excited to continue being used by God through her work for the children of China.
China, Guest Relations& Executive Assistant
Raised in Langfang city, she attended college in Shijiazhuang city, the capital of Hebei province. After graduating, she worked for a cell phone company. But, it wasn't until she began working at PHF that she found work that made her happy. She was struck by the work the Americans had done and were continuing to do for the children, so she joined PHF in March of 2006. She was determined to good work and has been faithful to that promise. She arranges drivers' schedules, facilitates equipment ordering and delivery, works with Mr. Yu to facilitate maintenance needs, and translates for foreign staff. Her cheerful disposition and servant's heart help guests feel welcome at Shepherd's Field and daily encourage local staff.
Andrew & Rebecca Ackermann
Accountant (Andrew) Data Entry (Rebecca)
Andy recently began working with PHF. He and his wife, Rebecca, were first touched by orphans with the adoption of their son, Noah. They traveled to Cambodia for his adoption in 2001. While visiting the orphanage, they wished they could do more for those children left behind. Andy is really excited about the opportunity to work with PHF. They feel this is an answer to prayer!
Andy and Rebecca live in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Hanover College with a degree in Business Administration. He is a CPA at a local accounting firm. Rebecca is a stay-at-home mom. They have three children: Noah (4), Malia (3), and Saige (2).
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Wei Wei Feng
Originally from Langfang, China, Wei Wei received a degree in accounting
from Renmin University in Beijing. After graduation she worked in Beijing
for some large companies as an accountant. During a holiday, Wei Wei
returned to Langfang to visit her family. It was during this visit that she
first heard about the work of PHF's Langfang Children's Village and our need
for an accountant. Wei Wei visited Langfang Children's Village and was
impressed at how well the orphans were being cared for. She was struck by
the fact that these children were coming in because they abandoned because
they had special needs conditions, but that PHF was providing them surgeries
and basically transforming their lives into something beautiful. She made
the decision that she wanted to be part of this work and was delighted that
she could make a valuable contribution to our team as our staff accountant.
China, Accounting assistant
Vicky is originally from Langfang, graduated from Hebei University of Technology 2007. She is an English major, later she got her accounting license. Two years ago she got to know PHF and was struck by these children who were abandoned She wants to do something transform these lovely children's lives come to be beautiful. As she knows PHF give the children home make them happy, providing them surgeries. She made the decision that she wanted to be part of this work. Just until this September, she got this opportunity to be our accounting assistant, she was so happy that she can together with our children and see the smiling of children everyday. She was also delighted that she could make a valuable contribution to our team.
Drs. Bill & Ana Moody
China, Medical Team Directors
From the first moment we heard about PHF's work with special needs orphans, our hearts, were touched. In September 2004, we came to visit as a family. When we saw all the needs and the precious children, all four of us felt we wanted very much to be part of the work. With bulging suitcases and much enthusiasm, we moved to China in March 2005. Since coming, we have seen so many lives saved and changed. We have witnessed the amazing transformation that happens when a little one comes in a very poor state but is soon is smiling and feeling so much better. We have seen the miracle of love in action.
All of the children, despite their many health problems, are so beautiful and full of joy and potential. It is a privilege to be part of their lives and help them to have a bright future. Our other great joy is working the Chinese people here. We have come to really love and appreciate their ancient and very great culture and the wonderful people. To this work we bring our experience with love:
DR. WILLIAM MOODY graduated from Medical School at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico in June 1979. He did his Pediatric residency at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, Calif. and graduated in June 1983. For 19 years, he worked in private practice in Fallbrook, CA as well as at the Fallbrook District Hospital. He has been very involved in developing programs that create access to medical care for the poor and needy in our community.
DR. ANA MOODY attended Medical School at U.C.Irvine, School of Medicine in Irvine, Calif. and graduated in June 1982. She did a Family Practice residency at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, CA, and graduated in June 1985. Prior to medical school, she had earned an RN degree at LAC-USC-School of Nursing. After moving to Fallbrook in 1986, she helped her husband start their practice and set up special programs to help the poor and needy receive medical care. She has also been busy at home with their two sons, Matthew & Josh, as a home school mom. In addition to her 30+ years of experience in medicine, her gifts as a photographer have also been very useful at PHF.
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Dr. Jane Liu Xueling
China, Medical Team
Dr. Jane comes to us from Langfang but majored in clinical medicine at Zhangjiakou Medical University. After graduation from medical school, Jane worked in a local hospital for one year to gain experience to become a good clinical doctor. After hearing the children's stories, she decided to join the PHF team and use her gifts to offer support to these special children who need love and medical care. She is recently married.
China, Medical Team Nurse
After graduating from Hua Bei Medical School in 1987, Nurse Song began working at the Pipeline Hospital in Langfang in the pediatric department. In 2001, she joined the team at the Langfang Children's Village as our head nurse. Her experience has been an asset to our medical team.
Kathy Wang Keyu
China, Little Lambs School Director
A Chinese Education major, Wang Laoshi graduated in 2004 with honors from Lang Fang Normal College in Hebei Province. Right after graduating, she took the job as head teacher for Little Lambs Preschool. She loves working with orphans and wants to be a part of giving our children opportunities to enjoy their life. We are amazed at the ways that Wang Laoshi inspires and challenges her students, no matter their disability.
China, Little Lambs Teacher
In 1993, Gao Laoshi graduated from senior high school and became a teacher in the village school. In August of 1994, she went to be trained at Qing Xian and became a certified teacher. She has special interest in drawing and doing crafts. She loves kids and enjoys playing with them. She has worked at PHF since July 2003.
Little Lambs Kindergarten Teacher
Teacher Zhang worked in Shepherd's Field for some time after the graduation of high school,and then went to Tongzhou of Beijing for her furthur study. How time flew! She finished her three-year study in Tongzhou where she learned much knowledge, which brought lots of fun for her life. She enjoy being a teacher in Shepherd's Field much more. She love all the kids here, whose smiles are so lively, innocent and pure, and she really enjoy herself here full of energy. She love this job and want to do much better. She hope to contribute to the society with all her life and help to build beautiful and happy childhood for the kids here.