Friday, June 25, 2010
When we went to find her at the hotel where she works, she had gone for a bike ride so we met four of her friends, instead.
They were delighted to come for a deluxe tour of our home, to practice their English, and meet my sister (Karin, far left).
They admitted a profound dislike for Wisconsin cheese (disgusting!) and were intrigued by pretzel sticks and microwave popcorn.
They laughed at, and encouraged us in our VERY fledgling Chinese, and we're all looking forward to sharing the delights of our upcoming Fourth of July celebration.
What fun! They took lots of photos and we were able to share with my sister some of what we love best about Hong Kong... the Chinese people!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Our next flight was about an hour from Detroit to Green Bay, and then into the waiting arms of my sister who had driven up with my niece from Rockford (my favorite and only sister, who has been diagnosed with advanced cancer since the last time I saw her). Middle Son was there as well, and Eldest Son showed up just a few minutes later, having helped with a big Special Olympics event earlier in the day.
First order of business, before driving on to our home in Sister Bay and getting to see my 86 year old mother, the really important thing we had been looking forward to was a stop at Culver's, home of the butterburger! So here's the first of my mini-series on comparisons & contrasts between our life in Hong Kong and our life in Wisconsin:
It's good to be back in the USA for a couple of months :)
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you. -- Psalm 63:5
Sunday, June 13, 2010
We sang "Who made the Colors of the Rainbow" with the first and second graders, and I reminded them that the same One who created all of those colors is the One who made each one of them and loves them, each one uniquely, and all of them together.
Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed are those who take refuge in him.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday night -- Graduation Banquet for the Lutheran Theological Seminary class of 2010.
Here's Stanley, a true master at Master of Ceremonies.
Sarah and Sarin, a Hong Kong- Cambodian couple who will be returning to Cambodia to serve.
Doua and Jyo and Tai, who are heading back to Laos.
Barnabas & Grace -- Barnabas was Wayne's first doctoral student; he and Grace will return to their pre-marriage & couples counseling work in Vietnam. Last week they had treated us to a mouth watering Vietnamese meal in our home. They are definitely Grace (unearned favor) and Barnabas (which means "son of encouragement") for us.
This is a great end to our first term in Hong Kong. I said my good-byes to the "Hoppy Palace" kids last week and will say good-bye to the Lutheran Primary School students on Friday, so check back for pictures soon... on Saturday we are flying back to the good old USA for two months!!
Save us, LORD our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. -- Psalm 106:47
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Wayne just got back from a faculty trip to Myanmar, the country which used to be known as "Burma".
Who speaks good news in this land where wild elephants and the occasional tiger still roam in old forests, where the average wage for an educated teacher is rumored to be in the $35 USD a month range, where tropical downpours conspire with a heavy handed police presence to keep people isolated and careful, very careful of what they say and do and teach.
In this beautiful country, Wayne and his colleagues were able to visit small pockets of Christians who are living out Jesus' teaching to be like yeast mixed with flour, which works invisibly to perfume the whole house with the promise of good bread for the children, the old grandparents, and the hungry guests to eat.
"What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough." -- Jesus speaking in Luke 13:20-21
A big thank you to Wayne's German colleague, Dr. Jan Depner, for most of these great photos.