David Gotts founded ICC in 1993 and led it to become an organisation that oversees seven offices and more than 350 staff across the globe. He now serves as Founder; providing strategic leadership to ICC's work and challenging those, both inside and outside of the organisation, to respond to the opportunities that exist to bring transformation to those in need.
He is an inspiring speaker and leader, in both English and Chinese. David regularly travels to China from Vancouver where he lives with his family.
The Girl on the Cover
We first met a confident little boy, Yang Hua, in 2006 when we went to visit the Hengyang Welfare Centre as it was then (see first picture). The weather was springlike, muggy; and everything was wet.
Where the kids lived was an old four sided village house surrounded by there old buildings and a lot of broken concrete. This little boy came up to me and wouldn't let go, just wanting love and some human contact. We thought a lot about that little boy after we left on that trip - but he disappeared.
It was not unusual for kids to disappear from a welfare centre by running away, being taken elsewhere without our knowledge, or even (perish the thought) passing away from some undiagnosed illness. A year later, my daughter Chloe found him. In the girls room.
That bouncing little boy, who had been abandoned at eight by a single dad who found it too much to look after a child with learning difficulties - was in fact a girl!
You can see the change in her in the pictures - click on each one. We have sponsored her ever since and her progress has adorned our refrigerator for more than a decade. She is in many ways part of our family.
You too can sponsor an ICC child through the Hand-In-Hand project. You will receive regular updates on your sponsored child and they will receive your picture and letters too. The kids all know that there is someone out there who cares just a little bit.. It makes a difference.
“The book you hold in your hands represents the work, sacrifice and love of hundreds of people over the past twenty-five years.
Led and inspired by Dave Gotts, they came from around the world to share their passion and compassion with children in China. It is a testament to God’s love, exhibited through so many lives, in so many ways.
As International China Concern embarks on its second quarter-century of providing love, hope, and opportunity to children with disabilities, we reflect on the accomplishments of the past while looking forward and relying on God’s guidance
for the future."
International China Concern