*Email received 5/31/10 6:56pm CST*
- day 3 of trip-
This is your substitute scribe.
Yesterday marked our 2nd full day in Confucius Inn and traveled by bus (with a great view of the fish farms and palm groves and the China Sea) to Kenting. Enroute we connected with the 45 other riders. A number of us were journaling many pages just chronicling the events of the previous day. The Ho boys provided Joshua with lots of fun; we variously shared with Juergen Kramer, a leader of who also makes his living as a business consultant in Germany; the Ho Family, Isabel Patterson and her friend Myra; and lots of kids.. Most of us were up way early. We breakfasted at an all you can eat buffet (the guys loved it); left the comfortable and cozy quarters of the
We stopped for lunch at an authentic Taiwanese noodle shop. They like their food hot (spicy)! We settled in to our rooms at Kenting and were set to rehearse dance. Jenna led what was to be some “check in”. This turned to be a profoundly open and encouraging sharing that lasted hours. Sue and I were only there part of the time. Everyone shared. Only a little dance happened. Dinner was an authentic Chinese sit down dinner with a large “lazy Susan” in the center of the table. They provided a nine course meal. Jenna skipped this to prepare for the evening ministry.
Evening meeting started with rich worship. Stanton got there early to intercede. Kirsten, Kimberly and Kenon stepped out with free dance. This seemed welcomed by the gathering. I was called to the room of one the Living Church leaders, Mary Wu, who was ill. Jenna took vitals for me and we returned to the meeting with little time before she ran “Into the West”. Lots of tears in the congregation. Wenwei’s widow cried quite loudly. She later thanked us. We listened half awake (jet lag not sermon quality) to Floyd McClung speak on the purpose of trials.
We’ll try to send more pictures later.