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'There are a few rare occasions in life, when events seem to conspire in a profound and extraordinary way. In those moments God pulls back the curtain on his plans and you get to see a glimpse of what he has in store in you. In the end you are clearer on your life's purpose and destiny. This was one of those moments.'
AS MANY AS THE STARS tells the story of how one man moved with his wife and six young children from the UK to China to follow God's call. Robert Glover was a social worker in the East of England who went on to radically transform Chinese government's policy on care welfare. In conversations with the Chinese government Robert fought to show that family-based fostering and adoption was a better alternative to the system of state-sponsored orphanages.
In 1998, Robert pioneered the first small pilot project in Shanghai. In the same year Care for Children was founded as a charity as the first joint venture social welfare project between the British and Chinese governments. The goal was to provide skills and knowledge to local staff that could eventually impact many thousands of orphans in China. Robert had a big vision but continued to trust God in his plans.
Now Robert's charity Care for Children has reached their goal of getting ONE MILLION children fostered or adopted, which is 85% of the children in the state-run institutions and they have since expanded into Thailand and Vietnam.
Told with humour & simplicity AS MANY AS THE STARS gives a deeper understanding of the importance of families in God's plan; God's deep concern for the plight of the orphan and the poor; how to live with greater compassion, generosity and courage to share the love of Christ with a needy world.
Robert and Liz are one of the few couples that Lisa and I look to as role models. Along with being some of the most likable people you will ever meet, their life of faith has resulted in so much fruit that it can't be explained apart from God. I hope their story motivates many to push beyond their ordinary lives.—Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love
At last the world has a story it's been hoping for. This is a true story. It's a story of inclusion. It's a story of mothers and fathers, grandparents, uncles, brothers and sisters working together to welcome orphans. Robert believed it before it happened and I watched it happen with wonder. Read it and be jealous!—Jackie Pullinger, author of the bestselling Chasing the Dragon
A determined man can overcome all obstacles. Robert Glover OBE is a friend and a true hero of mine who founded the charity Care for Children in 1998 in Shanghai, and since then, a million orphans' lives in Asia have been greatly impacted by having a loving, local family to call their own—Bear Grylls, author and adventurer
'remarkable, fascinating, life-affirming, heart-warming.'—The Eastern Daily Press
Compelling . . . remarkable—Daily Express
a story of a strong Christian faith underpinning their journey—Life & Work
Told with humour and simplicity, the book gives a deeper understanding of the importance of families and how to live with greater compassion, generosity and courage. This will be an unknown story to many that springs from the author's profound Christian faith.—Methodist Recorder
remarkable, fascinating, life-affirming, heart-warming—The Eastern Daily Press
as a result of Rob's work over 20 years over one million Chinese children have found loving homes... an astonishing achievement—The Express
The charity Glover set up, has since placed more than a million Chinese children with families ...The impact on their life chances has been astonishing—The Telegraph