We’re in a small town of ohhh just 1 million people, instead of 7 million, and I must say that I am SOOO glad. We’re living on another college campus, and it already feels like home. The only downside is that many of the students are gone. Still, we have plenty to keep us busy over the next 11 days or so. There is an orphanage that needs many helping hands. Also, we will be doing some English clubs to meet students. Remember Darrell, our tour guide in Beijing? He is basically our life line to the people. He is a student at the school we’re staying and has been introducing us to all his friends just in the first 24 hours. He has led a handful of people to Christ and we will be helping teach these new believers. Not surprisingly, most of them are girls, so I really won’t be doing much of that
- For God to show us what needs to be done here… we have things to do, but there are surely going to be down times
- The orphanage… patience for us, but more for the children who live there. Some of the stories are horrific, and most of the children have disabilities…
- For our team to shine Christ’s love and teach the new believes how the Body ought to act.
Last night we ate a rice porridge restaurant. They serve other things, but you need to ask for that menu. I ordered the ‘8 Blessing’ porridge. It was seriously everything that I had been missing for breakfast. Imagine, sweetened rice with 8 different berries or nuts… it was so good I went there this morning.
If there is one downside to having a couple teammates who speak the language very well is that I do not ever practice. So now that we’re in a smaller town I think I am going to find out how poor my understand and of the language is. So much more to say, but some may not be appropriate for this e-mail and the rest would just be a bunch of clutter. Until then, I hope all is well with each of you and I really enjoy reading your replies to these e-mails.