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bounce in Xi'an
a deeper look (7/06)
comes to Virginia (7/06)
Part 1 (11/05)
Part 1 (10/05)
College in China
of God (2/05)
for a new mother (10/24)
Diggs at NIM (4/4)
Earthen Houses (2/14)
Baptists arrive for 2002 SEP, Shanghai - Nanjing
2: in Jining, the program begins
and Wudang Temple
and Sarah in Xi'an
the Nestorian Pagoda
Washington comes to China, Part
The Rest of the Story...
The first part of the story ended on Tuesday evening with
the banquet given by the college. The rest of the week went quickly and
every day was filled with activities, not all of which are pictured here.
Each day, the Americans went out, one by one, with a small group of
Chinese students. Collectively, they visited many of the parks, gardens,
and historical places in Nanjing, and a few of the commercial ones.
Pictured above is the headquarters of the Amity Foundation, which sponsors
Amity teachers, such as myself and the Strongs. We went there for a short
orientation. You can learn more about
Amity by clicking on the link at left. We also went to the seminary, which
is the Jinling Union Theological Seminary. This seminary is the national
institution, but there are about 17 or 18 regional or provincial ones
scattered around China. There, we bought Bibles, mostly bilingual, and
maybe a few more types of materials, in
their little bookstore, then walked across the street to a shop which
sells Christian arts and crafts, a small division of Amity. The meal you see
above is typical of many eaten by the American students with their Chinese
friends. Kelly went with a group to a nearby park and then back to a
restaurant near the school for lunch.
Chinese have a saying, "You're not a real man until you have been to
the Great Wall." It is always awesome to walk on this tremendous
monument to the achievements of manpower. The wall snakes across the
mountain ridges of north China and is quite daunting at times. You can see
from the section behind Susan just how steep some of it is. We rewarded
ourselves with a stop at Pizza Hut afterwards. That evening, we attended a
performance of a Chinese acrobatic troupe at the Chaoyang Theater, a
standard venue for these performances, largely provided for tourists.
always moving to attend a Chinese church. The crowds are overwhelming and
the sincerity of the worshippers is heartwarming. This church has four
services on Sunday. The courtyard is heavily crowded in between services.
The church building is set back off of the street, such that it is almost
impossible to see from the sidewalk until you get right to the gate. The
courtyard is full of people seated in folding chairs; the rooms on each
side of the courtyard are also packed with people. Inside the main
sanctuary, a large hall parallel to the sanctuary is full of people, and
then of course, there is the sanctuary itself. It is full of people, with
a row of chairs added at the end of each pew. We were invited to sing a
couple of songs and sang a variation of "Amazing Grace," which
included some "hallelujahs" and the chorus, "Father, Jesus,
Spirit, I Adore You." One of the students reported seeing a woman in
the audience singing along on the "hallelujah" part.
afternoon, we went to the Summer Palace, which is on the northwest
outskirts of the city. It is a beautiful park and too large for us to see
in its entirety, but we enjoyed our quick tour. After that, we went to
Tiananmen Square, that vast expanse of concrete that has been the scene of
so many tumultuous celebrations and demonstrations.
Most Americans, after a week or more
of three-times-a-day Chinese food, want to eat at Hard Rock Cafe, and this
group was no exception. Of course, this included buying shirts as
souvenirs. We did enjoy the food, also.
morning was devoted to a tour of the Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace,
the home of the Chinese emperors, beginning with the Ming Dynasty, having
been completed in 1420. It is too large to see thoroughly, but we spent
three hours attempting to see as much as possible. The orange shoe covers
were required for that portion which houses many treasures from the days
of the emperors: huge jade carvings, swords, artifacts, elaborately
embroidered imperial robes, and more. Monday afternoon, the nine visitors
from Mary Washington College BSU left for the US and I left for Nanjing.
It was the end of one phase of our mutual experience, but not the end of
the results, in both the hearts and lives of the Chinese with whom they
shared their time, energy, and love, but also in the lives of the
Americans, who were changed in ways they had not anticipated. Only God
knows what will come of this trip, but for those of us who are on this
side of the ocean, we know that we will never forget them.