Here they are, better late than never! These are pictures from our all day workshops in the interior. We taught sessions on guitar, piano, worship leading, and cultural instruments like gongs. The day ended with a worship service with everyone participating.
Finally, more pictures! These pictures are from our trip up to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. It was windy up there!
It is 10:00 p.m. here in Waco, Texas, and we are finally home. We have had a nearly 40 hour Thursday as we traveled from Hong Kong to Los Angeles to Dallas to Waco. But we all arrived safe and sound. Thank you for your prayers that carried us throughout this entire trip. To help provide closure for our trip we had an excellent time of affirmation this morning where we encouraged one another and gave thanks for all that God has done in us and through us during this trip. I know that we will all never be the same again and that the work God began in us has only just begun. As we transition from service in foreign countries, we know that our ministry never ceases. As we enter into our different areas this summer, I trust that God will continue to use all of us to influence our world for His kingdom. Also, stay tuned as we will be posting more pictures of our trip up here in the next few days.
Tonight we had our final concert of this missions adventure. It was held at Kowloon City Baptist Church where the Minister of Music is Jonathan Ling, a former member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Christian Music Studies at Baylor. It was a pleasure to share our music with these people who really appreciated it. After the concert, we had the awesome opportunity to speak and connect with many students, both high school and college. E-mails were exchanged and facebook names were given as we made many friends. We have one final night here in Hong Kong before embarking on our flight back to the United States. We will have another 14 hour flight to Los Angeles before our last leg to the DFW airport. Because we are going east we will actually arrive “before” we take off as we leave Hong Kong at 12:55 pm on Thursday afternoon, May 24, and land in Los Angeles at 11:10 am, local time, Thursday morning. While we are all sad to see this adventure come to a close, we eager to come home and share our stories and spread the great news of what God is doing here in Asia. Look out, America, here we come!
Here are pictures from our fabulous tour of Hong Kong. There was so much to see in such a short amount of time! There are pictures from the Peak, from shopping, from traveling around the city, from the restaurants, and from the city at night, which is particularly striking. Last night we were even able to see a small laser and light show that lit up the night sky above the city.
Here are a few more pictures of some of the amazing food that we have been able to partake in these last few days. This group here includes pictures of our final breakfast in Sabah and several of the restaurants we have enjoyed eating in while in Hong Kong.
We have been here in Hong Kong since very late Monday night when our flight landed close to midnight. Before leaving for Hong Kong, we enjoyed our final day in Sabah with lots of shopping! We walked all over several indoor malls and outdoor markets searching for just the right gifts. And we kicked the day off right with a fabulous breakfast at a nice restaurant that catered to Western tourists (think French toast and sausage) and was graciously sponsored by Albert, a member of our host church. We had a tearful goodbye at the airport as we said farewell to our marvelous hosts, pastors Au Sze and Irene Wong. They were the ones who coordinated everything for our trip from lodging to transportation to meals. We are forever grateful for their service and our new lifelong friendships.
In Hong Kong, we were met at the airport by Lionel, a church member from Kowloon City Baptist Church who is hosting our stay here in this city. Lionel has been amazing, serving as an excellent tour guide as we traveled to our lodgings. On Tuesday, he met us in the morning and led us on an top-notch sightseeing tour around the city. We rode on a double-decker bus and a historic tram on the way to Victoria Peak, a high vantage point overlooking the city. The view was breathtaking. We had lunch on a humongous boat in the bay and spent time shopping in famous Stanley Market. This morning we had the opportunity to meet with several important church musicians in Hong Kong that are coordinating work all throughout Asia. Being immersed in this fascinating city has been such a remarkable experience!