Myself and 11 other FP students from across the North of England are on a trip to China at the moment! Our team is being led by the lovely Christine Lee and Kate Allen from City Church.
We arrived in Quingyundian, Beijing on Sunday night after a tiring turbulence-full 24 hours of travelling. Our transfer in Dubai was timed perfectly with the England match on Saturday night, to some people’s delight…(not mine..!), and we were woken up on our 2nd flight to beautiful views of the Himalayas which were amazing.
Our time here in China will be spent at New Day, which has a foster home, a learning centre and a workshop making gifts which are sold across the world.
We got stuck in straight away and fought through the jet lag! Each day has kicked off with meetings where we lift up different areas of the centre – there are various volunteers from all over the world and it has been really great to pray together. We’ve been helping in the foster home, playing with the babies and toddlers and been available to the staff in any way possible. There are quite a few children who are in need of medical care and operations from as simple as a cleft pallet to life threatening heart problems. Kate has been on the wards helping the doctors here with diagnosis’ and advice. We have also been doing practical jobs too like re-painting the playground, cleaning and gardening, as well as helping with the “Moms and Tots” group for families in the local village and English lessons for children.
So far we are having a fantastic time and are expectant that God is going to do some amazing things during our time here.
Things you may want to pray for us:
-We are as useful as possible
-For all the children in the foster centre – pray for healing
-Our Chinese language would improve (/exist!) – we are having an hour Chinese lesson each day
-Inability to smell would be really helpful! – rain from a storm last night has caused drain problems and there is a very unpleasant smell at the moment!
-Team relationships and good health
-Trip into Beijing on Friday
-That the bird with the very loud and annoying tweet would stop waking us up at ridiculous-o-clock!