When we received Lia's referral information, along with her sweet little passport photo (pictured here), it stated that her name was Guo Jiang Yan. After doing a little bit of research on her province, Guangxi, I learned there was a river which flowed through there called Li Jiang which I believe translates to "beautiful river."
It reminded me of the passage in Revelation 22 where John writes about "the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life...and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations...No longer would there be any curse...They will see his face...(and) there will be no more night..."
And it reminded me of a time that is yet to come, when there will be no more orphans, no more poverty, no more sickness, and no more death.
So we chose for her a new name, Lia Katherine Jiang (beautiful, pure river), which would be a name representing not only the place from which she came but also the place, where by His grace, we pray she will be going.
"He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.'
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." --Rev. 22:20