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Bodybuilder on a Mission

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Raised by 1 person in 24 months


This is my first year as a Professional Bodybuilder. But I feel like I have been called to do more than just compete at a high level. I think sports are a platform for us to give back and to inspire others. One of the groups I want to inspire are orphans and those with disabilities.





For the last 10 years I have been working in Shanghai China. In that time I have made many friendships with kids who have been abandoned and left to the orphanage system. A lot of these kids are abandoned because of China's one child policy. Many families do not want their only child to be one with a disability. Many families are ill-equipped to help their children with disabilities and it causes a lot of social shame. That is one thing I noticed whenever I took pictures with any of them. All of them learned to hide their disabilities by shrinking away or hiding a deformed part with clothing.


I think that there are ways to help those with disabilities in Shanghai, China. Part of the answer is just mentoring them and investing in them. One of the stories that encourages me is about Connie.

I remember going for a run one morning and some of the girls wanted to come along. Many of them have never run before so they just did a combination of running and walking. Connie though was pushing a nine minute pace without really trying. I then challenged her to push the pace to seven minutes a mile and see how she would do. She ended up running really comfortably at a seven minute mile pace and I knew that I wanted to get encourage her to continue running. Seven years later she is still a runner. She sees herself as an athlete. That is a huge change for someone who has been told that she is a cripple her entire life.

People don't have to live in the belief that they are worthless. I think for a lot of the orphan and disabled people in Shanghai, China they just need someone to come along and help them understand all the ways that they are still blessed and gifted despite their disability. This is why I want to go to Shanghai this summer and be a mentor to them.




I could not have become a Professional Bodybuilder without people coaching and mentoring me. Now I have the chance to give back and really empower a population that many people overlook. Please join me in my mission to mentor orphans with disabilities in Shanghai, China. I will be leading a team there in June and in December. You can join us by being part of our support team!
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Update 10
Posted by David Pat
22 months ago
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“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
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Update 9
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22 months ago
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Carmen and I will celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary this year.

We talked about missions when we first started dating. I told her that I wanted to eventually live in Shanghai and do missions there. She was open to the idea but ultimately wanted to follow God's leading. Now that we are married I see Shanghai as more than just as a destination. I see it as a way for our family to live by faith and to worship in faith. Our marriage is built on the foundation of God's love. We aren't trying to maximize our safety, comfort or worldly enjoyment. We want to maximize our enjoyment in God and I think that happens by loving the lost like Jesus did.

Go and make disciples of all nations - Matthew 28

This is not my vision. God himself has told his body to go out and we are trying to obey just like our partners in China. I am happy that our family has trained for years for this. All the hours studying Health, classtime in Seminary and leading short term teams has been so that we could be prepared for long term missionary work. The opportunity we are pursuing is going to be challenging physically, emotionally and financially. Please pray with us.
Our wedding in 2010
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23 months ago
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Years ago we had a Bible study at the orphanage. At the end of our message we asked the girls if they wanted to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Many of the girls professed faith that night but I wasn't sure how authentic their profession was. The benefit of working with these girls for many years is seeing what that profession meant. I have seen many of the girls become involved in the church, share the gospel with their friends and volunteer to work with other disabled orphans. Now I wish every profession of faith were that strong.
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23 months ago
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The best meals I have had in my life were not because the restaurant was trending on Yelp. I don't think it's just about the food you are eating but it's who you are with. I don't even remember how the food was when this picture was taken but I do remember hearing stories about what it was like to be disabled and growing up in a small town where people looked at you strangely. For the first time the statistics about disabilities became real for me. I'll be happy to have meals like that for the rest of my life.
In Gao Yao almost 9 years ago
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Raised by 1 person in 24 months
Created April 24, 2015
David Pat  
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PinWen Chen
24 months ago
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