Wayne and I were surrounded by hundreds or maybe even thousands of these little guys last week when we went for our anniversary hike on Lantau Island last week.
Other than the day we took that hike, I have been working non stop hours getting ready for a big Mekong Mission Forum networking meeting next week in Cambodia, at which time I have to submit several reports. The meeting was moved a month earlier this year, so it means having a month less time to prepare everything, so I have been scrambling and feel as if I have paperwork and powerpoint presentations coming out of my ears. (not a good feeling :)
Nevertheless, our Holy Week was filled with good things:
|Laos student's family camping out by the hospital|
in Vientiane (the capital) so they can be near to Mom.
And on Sunday, once again, I had the immense honor of participating in a baptism -- actually, three adult baptisms at "my" Chinese Lutheran Church. Since I don't speak the language well enough - actually hardly at all despite trying - the evangelist had done all the preparation work and I just pretty much got to do the baptism itself. What joy!
People are hearing about Jesus in fresh ways here in Hong Kong and China, and in the Mekong, and they are saying YES! They want to be part of the New Life Jesus has come to bring.
Jesus Christ is Risen! THIS is the day when we celebrate the reason for all hope:
"If for this life only we have hoped in Christ,
we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been
raised from the dead..."
Paul, writing in I Corinthians 15:19-20