You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them
up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for
God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of
hosts. Charles Spurgeon
We made it to church! Quite an experience. The small building was packed, people standing in back and pew lined the side walls too. Plain, wooden, strait backed benches, imagine that in the US! Two worship songs were sung in Chinese, they were very moving. We sang Angels we have heard on High in English, and another praise song in English. Preaching was on Jesus's birth in Mark. The preacher spoke in Chinese, and paused for an interpreter to speak. It was very hard to follow. The stone/stucco building was British looking and over 150 years old, so the accoustics of such a building made it even harder to hear/follow the message. Everything we heard was accurate, but didn't go too deep.
Years ago, I never would have believed I would be sitting in church in China, let alone with 6 Chinese kids, I am glad God put me here. Thankfully, the business-resturaunt part of the White Swan is still open, so we were able to get a taxi back "home" and didn't have to brave the subway.
Today we had medical follow up--praise God--no TB like Waid. (no he doesn't actually have it- after further testing in the US) And Jenna's passport came from Shenyang, our guide was a bit worried that it had not come last week. The next 2 days are free, then the consulate on Thursday.
Everyone is doing well. Thank you for your prayers.
Jenna continues to surprise us by understanding so much English. The founders of her "home" are French. The only English AJ knows is "no" ;), actually he has learned: shoes, brush teeth, backpack,