Wow. Since Friday, so many amazing things have happened.
Saturday was Siu Ping’s birthday. By the way, we all call her Ping Ping. :) Too cute. Ping Pong loves music, no matter what it is and so I asked a fellow swing dancer from Hong Kong to come to HOLF to swing dance with me for her birthday. It took awhile for him to get her, but when he did it was a great half hour. The kids loved it! I felt so privileged to dance for them. At one point me, Val, Christy (the missionary visiting HOLF), and one other staff member brought some of the kids out to dance to some songs on my playlist. It was so hot, though! Dancing in the heat and humidity with no air con is rough. We were drenched after only a half hour! Pui Yee gave us both bouquets of flowers from the gardens here at HOLF. They were beautiful. I wish I had taken a picture of mine. It is currently in my room, but it is drying up and wilting now. It was a great day. Though, after dancing I took time to remember my swing dancer friends back in the States. I do miss them, but I will be with them all soon.
Sunday was a phenomenal day. Val and I both had the day off and went to church with Judy, Hephzibah, and the Van Dam family. There Siu Yan joined us because she had been away for 2 days with her friends Amy and Nate who took her in for the weekend. For worship, all the kids (HOLF’s and the Van Dam’s) went to the front for worship. Because this service was focused on family, the worship team had a song to include the kids with motions and dance moves. Seeing the congregation come together and dance with the kids was awesome! Of course I joined in. I even recorded the joy of it on my camera. It will on Facebook soon for certain. The message was delivered by a visiting pastor from Canada and he was quite the entertainer. He talked about overcoming within our lives. “Run your race (Hebrews 12), receive your grace (Romans 5:17).” Beautiful message. After church, we went to a vegetarian restaurant where Christy just picked food and we ate it all up. So good! I wish I had known the names of all that I was eating, but either way, it was good. :) After that, we all went to Kowloon Park. Judy took Siu Yan, Tai, and Xavier in a taxi to Central Pier and the rest of us walked there. What beautiful views of the city we saw. From Central Pier, we took a ferry across to Tsim Sha Tsui. To get across, it is $3 HKD or $0.42 USD. So cheap to get across! At the park, we saw a kung fu show with lion heads, swords, and everything. It was pretty sweet until my camera died! Thankfully, Val took over from where my camera died. Judy sent me, Val, and Kalok to get McFlurries from McDonald’s for everyone. Seriously, I have had more McDonald’s here in Hong Kong than I have in the past ten years. No joke! Anyway, it was a fun day in the park . On the MTR returning to Sheung Shui, Xavier fell asleep on Tai, his older brother. We all got pictures of them with our phones and cameras. It was so cute.
Like I have said before, Sunday evening dinners means that someone volunteers to come in and make dinner for everyone here at HOLF. This week’s dinner was no exception. It was so good. It is a nice break from the same Chinese food served every week at HOLF. I am a little tired of the food, but I do know I will miss it after I return to the States. I have a feeling I may be asking my mom to get foods that she may have never heard of before in her life. I don’t know. Only the future will tell. :) Lindsey gave his testimony about HOLF in chapel as well. He spoke how he learned to apply the fruits of the Spirit to HOLF and his life. It was a great testimony.
Earlier today, Judy let me go to hospital with her for Siu Yan’s appointment. The appointment was cancelled without anyone informing Judy and she was very upset about it. Yet, it turned into a nice little outing with Siu Yan and Judy. Siu Yan was really good and it was very appreciative to basically receive one-on-one time with her because that doesn’t really happen back in the Ark with 5 other kids living there. Judy and I had a really nice chat and believed we became closer because of this morning.
I know I will miss this place so much after I leave. I need to head back to work, but expect an update almost every day until I return to the States because I want/need to document my last days here as they will be precious to me. the Lord knew exactly what He was doing when He placed the Tri-S Hong Kong trip on my heart and sent me here. His plans are always the best ones. Only 5 more days left with the kids, not including today. I have Tuesday and Thursday as full work days with the kids and Saturday a half day. Wednesday I get to go with Judy, Siu Yan, and Hephzibah to Siu Yan’s other hospital appointment and the Christian Centre in Sha Tin. Friday is Ocean Park with like ten children from HOLF, including 5 out of the 6 kids from the Lower Ark. I am so excited! This week is chuck full of quality time with the kids. I love this place so much.
Keep me in your prayers as I prepare to return home!
Walk in love.