Sunday, June 5, 2005

Whew, the past 36 hours have been quite a roller-coaster. Well, the whole trip has, but these last two days have been particularly challenging. Saturday we played football with the teachers and their students. It was quite fun, especially as the Chinese students began understanding how to play. The girls threw frisbees. It’s hard to believe that most people have not played American football or thrown a frisbee. After playing football, we joined our new friends Alexander, Michael, and Paul for a meal in the student cafeteria. Wow! I’m so glad I don’t eat there everyday. The food is foul. After forcing unknown food down, we ventured over to their dorms. Again, what a site. They live in cramped rooms with 5-7 people in lofted beds, with a desk underneath.

We rested for a few hours and then returned to play basketball. I lost my cool and I think I need to take a break from basketball for a few days. I don’t understand it either, but I get so frustrated. It’s on the courts that I realize our new friends don’t speak English. At first, it was kinda fun having new international friends. Now, I am beginning to realize that they aren’t just the most wonderfully nice people, bu t have problems just like every human. Since they are humans, they can be annoying and every difficult to love. Ironically, I had just listened to a sermon by Tom Nelson over 1 Peter 1 about loving one another fervently whit a pure heart.

When dinner came around, I needed something American to take my mind off the language/culture barrier. KFC did the trick and Landon really gave me some good encouragement in the cab ride. Later that night a few of us went to the senior ‘yardsale’ to see if the seniors were unloading anything worthwhile. I was surprised to see that most people were only selling books because that’s about all they have in their rooms. I slept so hard and woke up to play basketball with Dragon and his friends. I got angry again, but somehow my anger is focused mostly on David. Peace came after confession and Michael and I had a great lunch. I’ve spent the whole rest of the afternoon relaxing and laughing with Claudia, Miranda, Ema, and Jimmy.