Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fantastic Creatures of Hong Kong

 Winter's cold has been lasting unusually long here in Hong Kong. Temps in the 40's and 50's F can be very chilly in unheated apartments, offices and classrooms
The season of Lent continues, with contemplation, prayer, and attempts to be of service in this world, especially for and with the poor and the poor in spirit.

But sometimes you just have to get out! One of the unique and beautiful things about the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong is the international Christian community life - pictured are students from Myanmar, USA, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Laos! Once a month the seminary "family groups" go on outings, and Friday was the day!

First order of business -- It's Dr. Wayne's family group, so that means a stop at an Indian buffet!

Yum! This is Trang, one of our two Vietnamese students this year (she's married to the only other Vietnamese student!). She's the mom of the little boy who had the honor of being LTS's youngest student ever... sitting in theology classes with his coloring books and pillow until his parents were able to get him situated in a local pre-school. Some of you will remember from earlier blog posts that it took us over 6 months and a five inch stack of paperwork to get this young family their student visas for Hong Kong.  But God is good! They've finally arrived!!!

The second part of our "family day" outing was a trip to the Hong Kong Art Museum... Fantastic Creatures!  [and so we are!]
There were a lot of dragons, dark and dastardly!

But we had no fear!
 At that time God will unsheathe his sword, 
his merciless, massive, mighty sword.
He'll punish the serpent Leviathan as it flees,
   the serpent Leviathan thrashing in flight.
He'll kill that old dragon
   that lives in the sea.
 -- The Prophet Isaiah 27:1 (The Message version)