Friday, December 19, 2008

Home Again

Kenny and I made it home Thursday night after 20 something hours of travel. By the clock, we left HK at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday and then left San Francisco at 10:30 that same Thursday morning after an 11-hour flight. It was 12:30 p.m. in Dallas on Thursday when we left San Fran. My head still hurts trying to figure how all that works.

Wednesday, we took a day to get out and see the city. Kenny, Bruce, and Jim scoured the city on their own. I wrote that the morning in my room and then ran the "fitness trail" in Kowloon Park, which was across the street from the hotel. I returned after lunch to journal and read in the park. The fountains, sculptures, flowerbeds, and aviary, made for a perfect place to reflect and pray.

"Why don't I do that in Plano?" I wondered. "We have parks." You know some of my answers to that question. Sounds like a New Year's resolution to me.

That evening, we took the subway to The Peak Tram and Park. (Play the one-minute video to get a feel for the experience.) We dined at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company theme restaurant as we looked out the full length glass window onto the lit city below. (How Forest Gump got to HK, I'll never know.)

We then went up on the Sky Terrace for a view of the city at night. I can't imagine a more spectacular skyline in the world.

Then (we were in Hong Kong you know) we had to shop, which we are seen doing in the picture. Actually, I just took pictures, but I did benefit from their bargaining and brought one of the "buy 5, get one free" Kashmir scarves home to Kim.

My day is still night, but hope to get over that by Christmas Eve Service. I'll need a double shot espresso Sunday morning since I'll be preaching at 12:30 a.m. by my body clock!

The opportunities to serve alongside the Chinese Christians are innumerable. I can't wait to tell you some of the stories and take some of us there to see first-hand what God is doing there.


MikeS said...

Welcome home, my friend. Sounds like you had a wonderfully blessed trip. Continue to go and encourage the brothers and sisters in their work.


pturner63 said...

Gene - you continue to inspire me even though I rarely get to see you face to face any more. Merry Christmas my friend to you and your family.

faithrunner said...

thank you, friends, for your encouragement and prayers. just knowing you are keeping up with me (as I with you) in this way gives me hope to continue. i look forward to when we can serve side-by-side again.