We met with Jane in the hotel lobby and explained to her our goals for the day. We quickly realized that Jane was going to lead us through this process, not the other way around. Within 10 mins of meeting us she had us in a cab heading to the police station where Chun Xiao was taken on October 6th, 2010. The head of the station came down to personally greet us and meet Chun Xiao. We spent about 3 hours at the police station as the kind officers helped piece the puzzle of October 6th, 2010 together for us. The station was able to create a formal document detailing all of Chun Xiao's finding information for us. We have this document and can now provide it to Chun Xiao when she asks for it. We clearly don't know everything but it is a start.
Throughout the morning I cried quite a few times but mostly felt so blessed to have met Jane & for the officers at the station. Jane was so much more then a translator. In the 3 hour time we spent with her she acted as translator, investigator, travel coordinator (as we drove around the city), kind auntie to Chun Xiao, & dear friend to me. At the end of the day I felt like she had been my friend for years. There is no way I can ever repay her for what she did for our family today. Many families search for years in order to find the logistics of their child's finding day, I was able to get it for Chun Xiao in a few hours.
Matt, Christy, Chun Xiao, & Jane @ finding location
It is also worth noting how amazing the police officers were. They all inquired about Chun Xiao and truly took the time to understand why we wanted the information. The police station was able to track down the officer who actually held Chun Xiao on October 6th, 2010 and transported her back to the station that early morning. They called him at home (he was off duty) and this man said he remembered Chun Xiao and offered to meet us on his day off near his home. Below is that man.
Maggie - thank you so much for introducing us to Jane. I can't help but think God put Chun Xiao in our lives and you/Jane as friends for a reason. I truly believe today was orchestrated by a higher being. Also, I wanted to mention (don't be jealous!) we are meeting Jane for dinner tomorrow night at your favorite restaurant, yea!!
Tomorrow we are off to get a tour of the orphanage in the morning and we leave on Friday for GZ. These emotional days are so very tough but we are not in Kunming often so we are trying to make the best of everyday we have. I continue to just love this city, the land, and the people. I wish we had time to see more of the Yunnan province, but perhaps on another trip. ;-)