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Silas Malone Comes to Rye
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Silas Malone is an 11-year old boy who, by all accounts, smiles continually. Silas and his mother, Karen, have lived in Rye since August. Silas was born in Inner Mongolia and came to his mother as one of over 1000 children on a list, a special needs list, at an adoption agency.

By virtue of being on this list, Silas had been labeled as epileptic, and severally disabled. The only people who could get a child from this list were single women. In fact, the list was relatively new. For over five years China had forbidden single parents from adoption.

There was no visitation with Silas, no previous meeting, no getting a feel for his personality, his disability or his essence. The Chinese adoption took place without any chance for the prospective mother to do any more than digest a series of facts, photos, and probabilities in making Silas part of her family.

But, to know more about Silas, you have to travel the journey with his mother, Karen Malone. A journey that brings not only Silas and Karen to Rye, but a new business to our community.

The story that we must know as background to Silas begins at age 21 with Karen. Karen was born in Illinois and got a physical therapy degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She landed in California and, along with her educational degree, she got a spiritual degree after, at the age of 21, accepting Jesus Christ as her savior.

Karen had a driving desire to know what God’s will was for her life. She and a Christian girlfriend spent much time in prayer and fasting seeking God’s will. In the meantime, work brought her a great deal of experience working with stroke survivors. Her heart began to tell her that God would somehow use her overseas.

One day, after having moved to Orange County, God clearly asked her, “Are you going?” Karen simply asked, ”When, where, and how?” She ended up visiting a missionary launching point in Pennsylvania. Even though furloughed missionaries are random, it seemed that her time in Pennsylvania involved almost entirely missionaries headed to and coming from China.

She approached the director of the mission and told him she had heard from the Lord and was sure she was to go to China. The Director told her that was wonderful but she needed at least one year of Bible School to prepare her for her new vocation. She selected the first name on an approved list of Bible Schools and spent the next year at Bethany College of Missions in Minnesota. A place that got very cold in the winter and a place where Karen had never had a desire to live. She appreciated the studies, the lifelong friends she made and later, when she was sent to northern China for six months of language study, the experience with similar weather.

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