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Showing posts from September 3, 2006

Back in the US of A

Made it home Friday about 1600 Plano time. Eight days on foot made driving from the airport a treat (?). Actually, the urban transportation scene is not so bad. Sure saves on all the stuff that goes with cars. However, I'm sure I would long for the wide-open spaces of suburban travel after a little while.

I said good-bye to Kenny and his father about 0615 at the Chengdu airport and began my 22-hour trek home. I made all the connections and had a little lay over in Beijing. They really have clamped down on the pollution there, and the skies were much clearer than anywhere we had been in the county. They were building at the airport to prepare for the 2008 Summer Olympics which will be hosted by the country. They'll make it. Every country seems to when its their time.

I am looking forward to re-connecting with everyone who is Legacy and sharing God's future for us together.

I return with a renewed certainty that the ekklesia is alive and well the world over and that we still te…

China - Day 4 (actually 3, but who's counting)

This morning I rose after a great night's sleep at the Zheng's flat. Kenny had told me they had learned to make the products from a class taught by foreigners, and soon found a niche market here for homemade salsa, chips, and tortillas.

Yes, this Chinese couple is making a living providing Mexican food to Americans and Latinos in the city...of 12 million, I might add. They were up until midnight and up at 0600 filling orders. Here's picture of what I call "Betty's Tortilla Factory." It's the kitchen of their flat. (Btw, they hand deliver every order using public transportation. Now, that's business.

I had a sample of their wares this morning for breakfast (along with traditional Chinese vegetables and scrambled eggs). I'd order some for my next gathering!

Kenny has a friend who taught him English at the university he graduated from, and the teacher invited me to the class as an English speaker so the students could ask me questions. They were kind an…

China - Day 3

Wednesday turned out to be a travel day. (Kim, you'll love this.) We missed our flight to Chengdu, and spent all of the morning in the Guangzhou airport. It's a new airport, and the accommodations were fine, but we had rather had been on our way to our next stop.

It was partially my fault (I wanted breakfast, which cost $88 Yuan; Kenny has not let me forget that yet), and Kenny said you could walk on the airplane right up to the last minute. Well, I got my breakfast, and you can't walk on at the last minute! (That added $130 Yuan to the mishap to "change" our tickets; so, that was a very expensive breakfast.)

We made it to Chengdu by 1600 and made our way to our destination where we would meet with people that night. The city has grown since I was here three years ago. A sort of '80s boom that some fear will end soon and the people will be caught with devalued property and goods. But, for now, the growth is incredible. I am glad people are here offering hope be…

China - Day 2

We spent the day teaching through the book with leaders who gathered from across the city. Five different groups were represented. We went from 0900 to 1630 with a bring-in lunch. The fellowship was warm, and the people were so receptive of the content of the book.

Kenny did an awesome job of translating, the harder part of the duo. He bailed me out on an occasion or two. This is a great partnership.We ended the day at an Indian restaurant Kenny came to often when he worked here for six months several years ago. He went back to Chengdu after that stay.Here's a shot from the flat that was our central connecting place while here. The view and the surroundings were cosmopolitan and very livable. It's a good location for the work being done there.Oh yeah, you can get anything here, cheap! But you may not get exactly what you thought you were getting. Check out the logo on these sandals.

China - Day 1

Monday here was a full day of travel. We got up in time for a Starbucks...$29.00 HK, about the same as home. I could get convicted if that number kept coming up at the cash register at home. Btw, we ended the day at a St. Arbucks in the China Mayors Plaza in Guangzhou.

We left Hong Kong in the MTR about 11:00 a.m. local time, and took the train to the border town of Lo Wu. Here's the Lavern Hilton (500 sq. ft. flat, 13,500 $HK/month, on the 19th floor) where we connected every day while Hong Kong.

We got through customs and then went shopping for unauthentic merchandise and ate lunch in Shenzhen. Here's a picture of the train station we entered to go into the mainland and a look at the mall where we did the wheeling and dealing for our goods. (Okay, Kenny did. I just paid.)

We will spend our day training leaders today. Please remember us. Thank you for the books you provided for us to use and leave with the leaders.

Hong Kong - Day 3

Sunday, September 3, began with a run at the Hong Kong race track. The humidity kept me from going more than 30 plus minutes, and I knew we had a long day ahead.

We arrrived at 9:30 for the worship service at 10:00. The church on the seventh floor in one of the many highrise office buildings that cover the island. It was a wonderful experience, and a truly international fellowship. The highlight of the morning for me was the children signing, "Make me a Servant," the theme of my message that morning.

After the services and teaching the adult leaders, "How to build ministry teams," we went to lunch with a couple (unnamed because of their work with mainland church leaders).

They took us to the Jim Lou Boa Korean Restaurant in Beverly Centre. What a spread! From kimchi to dried fish, I was filled with spices and unknown tastes, but satisfied with not only the food but warm fellowship. Kenny and I were amazed at the thousands of people who were in Hong Kong's "ti…