Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ups, Downs, and Typhoons

We were so happy to pick our youngest son up from the airport where he had successfully navigated the multi-legged trip to Wisconsin and back to Hong Kong. Not bad for a 16 year old.

We gave him one whole day of rest then signed him up to go with Wayne for an overnight camping adventure with Inner City Ministries. Since he will be teaching a course about Youth & Family Counseling this fall, Wayne thought it would be good to get some hands on experience with the ministries already in place here in Hong Kong. This particular event was with youth whose families are immigrants to Hong Kong from Nepal.

Do you notice anything funny about the way Wayne is holding his arm in picture #2? After falling hard during one of the first activities, he soldiered on for several more hours until everyone convinced him it might be good to go see a doctor.

Yes, indeed, the arm is broken.

We also experienced our first typhoon winds just last night. I slept through it but for some reason (!) Wayne was awake and heard the winds roaring and tree branches falling around us.

In the morning, the city sweepers were already hard at work cleaning up the debris. Typhoons seem to be just part of the standard summer experiences here in Hong Kong.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

--Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians 15:58 (Today's New International Version)

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