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When Dr. Chi Huang took a year off from Harvard Medical School to work with orphans and street children in La Paz, Bolivia, he had no idea it would take only that one year to change his life forever.
The son of immigrants from Taiwan, he had grown up feeling like an outsider in an alien culture, one that eventually rewarded him with a coveted spot in medical school. And then he chose to thrust himself once again into the role of outsider, that of a young American doctor seeking to save the bodies and souls of Bolivia's forgotten children.
Through his own story and the stories of Gabriel, Mercedes, Vicki, Daniela, and beautiful little Rosa, "Dr. Chi" gives us a glimpse into the shocking world of children who, betrayed by those who were supposed to protect them, are left to the dangerous freedom of the streets. And he gives us a fleeting glimpse into his own inner world, where he is forced to confront his past and reexamine his future.
"When Invisible Children Sing" is a story of faith-faith ignited, challenged, almost abandoned, and ultimately renewed. Journey with a remarkable man through a remarkable year, and allow your own faith to be ignited, challenged, and ultimately renewed.
Expecting to treat some mildly ill children from the streets of Bolivia on a quick "service trip," an idealistic young medical student gets more than he bargained for when he takes a year off from Harvard Medical School to work at an orphanage in La Paz. As he comes to know the children, and sees how they live, Chi Huang is drawn deeper and deeper into their complex and desperate lives. The doctor soon realizes that to truly help these children, he will have to follow the example of Jesus: live among them, love them in spite of their brokenness, and cling to his faith in God's goodness, even when it appears it is nowhere to be found. A true story that will inspire and challenge readers to greater faith and action. The book includes a Foreword by Harvard professor and world-renowned expert on the moral and spiritual development of children, Dr. Robert Coles.