Friday, June 26, 2009

Don't Say I Didn't Warn You!

I told y'all I was a terrible blogger!  I'll try to recap as best as possible.  

Thursday in Guangzhou started off great!  Lucy's (which re-opened today) for lunch, and then met our friend back at the hotel.  We took a cab with her to a sewing factory that employs girls who have aged out of their orphanages.  It's really a ministry, and was started by a woman here in the states.  (It's called DORCAS, but I can't remember what the acronym stands for.)  Currently, there are 6 girls working, sewing those cute outfits that we all love from the store on Shamian, A Gift From China, as well as beautiful purses and other items.  We even got to see the apartment the girls live in.  

After that, we all went to our friends current residence.  (I say current because they just moved in, but it's being borrowed from friends and they will likely be moving in 3-6 months.)  They live there openly as missionaries, although they can only attend the international church or the Three Selves Church.  This family is amazing, and just hearing about the years they've been in Guangzhou and all the struggles of adjusting to life there was very humbling.  Six months before they moved to China, they too had adopted their youngest daughter from Hunan, and they know how families are feeling by the end of their trip....ready for American food!  They graced us with a fantastic dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, and dessert.  Oh, and be still my heart, sweet tea...with ice!!!!  
They are now foster parents to a nine year old girl with pretty severe CP.

Kara and Ross got into a BIG fight (their first) while we were there.  It actually was good, because at least we had someone there who could interpret for us rather than trying to comfort and calm without any words. 

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