If you've been following my blog while I've been in HK I want to apologize for my lack of posts. Time was precious during the days we spent teaching and honestly, it was difficult for me to set aside time to give you a little glimpse into what was going on with me, my team and in that great city...I'm sure I could have made time, but alas...I did not. As a compromise, here are some updates:
As I write this I am sitting on the floor of the Bangkok airport in Thailand. The clouds are hovering and rain is falling and I am reminded of the brokeness that exists here (one of the top cities for sex tourism/traffiking). I struggle not to judge every man I see here and wonder if he is one of the 80% of men who enter this place to rent a girlfriend and/or indulge in this terrible awful industry. (sorry, tangent...)
We're headed to Laos for the week to spend time with a couple who recently got married and have moved their lives to Laos to teach English and bring light, love and hope to a spiritually dark place (more on this later).
We finished teaching on Friday and saw many of our students for a youth rally on Saturday. It was there that we realized...the past month spent with rowdy students who we thought could care less was worth every second.
There were tears...the students and ourselves have been changed forever because of the time we've spent together.
One of the best parts of the week was taking some of our students ice skating and to see Toy Story 3. They were very much afraid of the ice...classic.
I haven't had much time set aside to really begin to process all I have experienced so far. I started to go through some questions on the plane and am starting to see themes that have been woven throughout the past month and a half. I've know God in a new context and have seen him make the ordinary sacred. It has been a month of growth and of challenges that I know are shaping me and molding me to be more like Him.
all i know is that this whole thing happened. it was hard, but worth it and i am marked by this place, this role and this team. Pray for me and my team as we begin to talk through specifics of how this experience will play into the things we are all stepping into next...
I hope to be able to write more while we are in Laos!