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Celebrating Thanksgiving and Birthday in Egypt

“Who will plan my birthday next year…” Olivia sobbed with tears running down her cheeks. “Who will spend Thanksgiving with me next year…Who will be excited about my birthday…?”

Olivia sat cross-legged on a large stripped cushion that covered the entire deck of the felucca sailboat. She was crying and holding the drawings and gifts she had just received from all of us for her 19th birthday. Continue reading Celebrating Thanksgiving and Birthday in Egypt

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爱了、留了,要带走什么呢?

过去几个月就像个灿烂一时的花朵一样,享受了数不胜数的欢笑和乐趣,但同时这段时间也十分短暂。仿佛毕业旅行、学校大甩卖、期末考试、与同学有说有笑的日子、与朋友东吃西游的时间、欢快的毕业典礼和心痛的悲欢离合都在眼前一闪而过。在短暂的几个月里使我加倍的感受到了毕业奋斗的苦、朋友交情的乐和宴席分散后的酸。十四年的昆明让我爱了许多,允许我留下了许多,也最后让我带走了许多教诲和回忆。 Continue reading 爱了、留了,要带走什么呢?

Living is About the “Living”

Joani learned how to wash dishes in the ger camp from Nelly (right) using as little water as possible.
Joani learned how to wash dishes in the ger camp from Nelly (right) using as little water as possible.

In Psalm 111:4 it says, “He has caused his wonders to be remembered”. Indeed we have seen countless of wonders on this trip—the endless towering Great Wall of China, the breathtaking view of the rap seed flowers of Qinghai lake with snow mountains behind it, and the deep red sun setting behind the thousand years old rock formations at Yadan. But of all the wonders we had encountered, none beats the wonder of people. Each person we had met has greeted us with nothing but kindness, taking us into their own homes, showing us where to go, and going beyond what’s asked for as a stranger and a host. Through the people I have met on this trip, I learned that hospitality is not just a job but also a lifestyle—living is about the “Living”. Continue reading Living is About the “Living”