All of the Virginia Baptists who
were to arrive for the Nanjing orientation for Amity's Summer English
Program (SEP) came into the Nanjing airport on time. Stephanie, who came
from Korea, where she had been studying for the past semester, arrived
within an hour or so of those coming from the US. Craig, VBMB coordinator
for adult projects, came with them to participate in the orientation and
to go to one site in order to understand better how to enlist and advise
volunteers who want to join the SEP. So, there were a total of nine
Virginia Baptists in Nanjing for the SEP orientation, July 1-4, 2004. The
left: Jill, Laura, Karen, Tish, Stephanie, Kim, Penny, and Brownie.
There were presentations on the
Chinese church, on the work of Amity, and on the state of social
development in China, as well as workshops on a variety of topics and, of
course, good food.
Sunday brought church at
St. Paul's Church, which is where I usually attend. After the service we
had a chance to talk with the pastor.
Other opportunities included visits to
sites of interest, such as the memorial to the victims of the Rape of
Nanking, in 1937, or to a school for the children of migrant workers
(farmers who come to the city to find work, usually in construction) in
Nanjing. The school receives support from Amity. On the tour of the
memorial, one of the victims was working as a volunteer, and stood on his
own footprints commemorating the terrible period. The group also visited
the national seminary in Nanjing and had the closing worship service
there. Virginia Baptists made a strong contribution to the music portion
of the worship service.
One last evening of being
together before heading out to our teaching sites in Lanzhou, capital city
of Gansu Province, and Qujing, a city east of Kunming, capital of Yunnan.
Craig and I accompanied the Lanzhou group. The Qujing group left the hotel
at 7:30 a.m., but because of flight delays, didn't leave the airport until
afternoon. The Lanzhou group left on time and arrived to warm greetings.