I am sorry for the delay.
This past month was the first time I touched foreign soil since 2010, a new nation since 2008 & my first time in a closed nation.
I had so many different emotions & questions about this journey. The feeling of fear of the unknown & excitement of exploring something new mixing in my heart.
I landed in Hong Kong after a long 15 hour flight & over 24 hours of travel. I was a bit worried that for some reason Matthew was not going to be able to meet me at the airport & I was going to have to figure out Hong Kong on my own but the good man he is, I found him waiting outside of customs with a sign in hand. We grabbed some starbucks & we made our way to our accommodations.
The next day we took a trip to downtown Hong Kong to apply for our visa’s for China which we thought would be a pretty simple process but soon found ourselves on another adventure. Walking into what seemed like every government official building and trying the 20th, 4th, 17th, 3red floor, trying to ask where we are suppose to go just to find ourselves in the wrong elevator going to the wrong floor in the wrong building. Finally 20 minutes to closing we find out beloved building! Rushing though out application process (me nervous the whole time because I am applying for a visa for a closed nation & not really sure what I am suppose to be saying), the men working there were hurrying us along & informs us that we have 3 minutes till they close we run to the front, handed over our passports and gave them a smile. We get into the elevator let out a sigh of relief & laugh at how ridiculous our day was. We go wonder around the city a bit, get down on some noodle soup & make the hour commute back to the 900 year old building we were stay at.
The next day we pay 180 dollars for a visa for 5 days in China (a bit expensive but totally worth it) & off we go into China!….
Now here is where it gets good & I tell you all the amazing stuff about China & our crew that is there:
We cross the boarder & the atmosphere shifted you could feel the heaviness in the place, Matt & I are exhausted we make very poor decisions & eat at KFC (failblog) & wait for our contact to meet us at the train station. Our host was a beautiful family with 4 lively little boys who welcomed us with opened arms. We walked over to our teams apartment & were stoked to see our friends!
Our first day in China we got to explore a bit but with me fighting jet-leg & Matt getting sick we were able to actually rest the first day we were there which was such a blessing! The rest of the time we were there we were meeting with everyone on the team, hearing stories, & the A M A Z I N G testimonies of person after person after person coming to know Jesus personally, so stinkin encouraging! I feel like I have heard about countries, places, groups of people who are hungry for Jesus & truly giving their life to a beautiful savior but I never experienced it first hand like I did here.
Here is a fun story.
One of the main ministries the crew is doing is meeting people & inviting them to their english groups. English group is a place where the students can practice their english and expand their vocabulary with foreigners. Because we are strategic & want people to know our beautiful Jesus we teach english from the bible & give them a opportunity to give them their lives to him & follow him. (Bible & English, win. win.) The night I went to one of these groups we went over the story of Zacchaeus then went through 5 simple questions that shows what Jesus character is like & how he changes lives. Then asked if anyone wanted to follow him & 3 people gave their lives to the Lord that night!!!!!! I was in awe. It was so beautiful, I saw the genuine hunger for Jesus. Simple gospel really does change lives.
I saw genuine hungry for a savior that loves.
I was deeply encouraged by this team.
My heart was once again moved for the nations.
This trip holds a special place in my heart.
Thank you for your prayers while I was over there.