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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
Barbara Diggs at NIM
On March 1, I met Barbara Diggs
at Pudong Airport in Shanghai, for her two-week volunteer adventure at
Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, my old school north of the Yangzi River,
outside of Nanjing. We went to church at Muen Church in Shanghai on Sunday
and then went to Nanjing, in the rain. It rained much of the time she was
here, though fortunately not on the middle weekend. She stayed in small
hotel on campus and taught classes every day for a variety of students.
The school really appreciated her generosity and enthusiasm. Barbara
teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) at Carson-Newman College, a
Baptist college in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She has traveled widely
overseas, from Africa to Russia. This was her first trip to China.
Hopefully, it won't be her last.
On the middle weekend, she came
to town and we went to the Amity Printing Company, where Bibles for China
are printed. A few months ago, they celebrated printing the 30 millionth
Bible since the plant was established.
It's not as if we spent all our
time in McDonalds, but we were in three different ones. Barbara enjoyed
making friends with people wherever we went.
We did some shopping on
Saturday, at the Confucius Temple area, where the largest number of shops
with traditional Chinese arts and crafts are to be found. We met other
Baptist friends at a western-style restaurant, and went to church on
Sunday. Then, she went back out to NIM for another week of teaching.
I went out on Tuesday of the
second week and took these photos in one of the classrooms. Among the
activities was to look at and discuss photos, which everyone enjoyed.
On Friday, March 14, we took a
bus to Shanghai. This was a hotel-to-hotel bus, leaving from downtown
Nanjing and going all the way to Pudong in Shanghai. It rained all the
way, which made the trip take longer than it might have. After we got off
the bus, we still had to take a taxi to our hotel. We were standing in
drizzling rain, with all our luggage, watching taxis go by full, when two
policemen came along riding bicycles. They asked if we were waiting for a
taxi and, upon learning that we were, they got off their bicycles and
commandeered the next empty taxi. I wanted to take a photo of the police
bicycles, painted white and black, with the word "Police"
stamped on an upright bar. But, we were surely grateful for their help.
Barbara left on Saturday morning. It was a generous thing she did, to take
a week of vacation and her spring break, to pay her own way to China to
teach for two weeks to give Chinese college students oral practice.