Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Last Night in East Asia

Unfortunately, tonight is our last night in East Asia and this will be my last post from the far East. We have had a busy two days but I do not have time to write a long summary, so I will give you the highlights.

Yesterday morning we went to the class of a new friend who is an English teacher. We spoke to her freshman level students and were treated like celebrities. It was fun but I wouldn't want to do it all the time.

We went walking in S&J's old neighborhood after our English class and had fun on the streets.

After that, we had dinner with some coworkers of S&J's at a hotpot restaurant. It was an amazing meal and we enjoyed some great fellowship and food.

Last night we went to the coffee shop where S&J work and met Stephen and our friend Annie Tracy. We didn't really get to talk about good things too much, but we encouraged them to read the book and will hopefully continue to communicate via email. There are other believers who know them who can begin sharing with them as well, so they are in good hands.

Today, Laurel and I ate some noodles for breakfast that are famous here in this city. They were not that good, but now we can say that we have eaten them.

After breakfast, Laurel and I went shopping at dirty alley and took pictures of the neighborhood. Then, we got ready for the day and went to a famous landmark in the city. It cost 50RMB though so we decided not to go into the park. Instead, we took a ferry across the famous river that goes through the city. It was a neat experience.

After the ferry ride we went to a walking street and then took a VERY crowded bus back across the river to eat dinner.

Now, I am getting ready for bed on our last night in WH. We fly out tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12:15pm Asia time, which is 11:15PM (Tuesday night) in Louisville. We are due to arrive back in Louisville at 9:21pm Wednesday night. I am really not looking forward to the flight, but it will be good to see our friends from Louisville that we have missed. Nevertheless, we will really miss East Asia like never before. I am not sure why, but the Father has given us a love for this country that we can't explain.

I have much more to say, and more stories to tell. But, those will have to wait until we get home. The Father has been working on my heart, and I feel that overall, this trip has been spiritually encouraging. I can't wait to begin posting pictures so you can see the places and people that I have been blogging about. I also have some pretty rad video as well.

Thank you to those who have kept up with us while we have been gone. I hope that you have been encouraged by this blog and by what the Father is doing in East Asia. Thank you most of all to those who have prayed for us. Please continue to pray for us as we travel home. Our hearts will be heavy, as we leave East Asia and our family.

Thanks again for "Porchin' It" East Asia style.

1 comment:

Rich Clark said...

Riley, thanks so much for keeping us up to date one how your trip is going. It's so encouraging to read this stuff.