Every few weeks I write an update, for those who like to stay in touch!
Our 2017 Blog ⇔ (Clicking on photos reveals the entire caption and often makes pictures bigger)
Jan-Jun (click here for Jul-Dec 2016)
May 15, 2017
Between mid March and early May, we logged 7500 miles in the USA, visiting colleagues, partners and relatives in OR, WA, CO, OH, PA, VA, DC, DE, NC, SC. Vivian says we unpacked our suitcases in 16 places! No time to explain now, but here’s a few photos to prove we were there and back again.
With good friends on Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs. Tim was “best man” in our wedding; his daughter is about the same age as our son. And yes, it was VERY cold up there!
We started the trip at a conference in Portland Oregon. One unique feature of this city is the cable car that takes doctors and students (and tourists) between a major hospital by the river, and the medical university high above the city!
We also attended a mini-conference in Philadelphia, and got the chance to meet with several Board members of a US charity that partners with us.
Here’s Vivian with our daughter and two grandchildren.
We spent about two weeks in S Carolina, meeting with partners, and spending time with family. Vivian’s mother is seated; Beth’s husband is next to Michael.
My father’s 17 year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease ended the day after Easter. My brother and sister (and family), Mom and Andrew gather to celebrate a life worth living.
Our son recently moved to an apartment (still in Cleveland) that allows dogs–and promptly rescued Murphy from an animal shelter. He and Andrew have really taken a liking to each other!
Mar 1, 2017
We are into the third month, and weeks keep flying by. Most of the time, I’m busy in an office in Mongkok or meeting with partners in Hong Kong. But from time to time Vivian and I get to visit the people we work for in China and around the world. To that end, we visited NW China last month, and in March and April, we will be visiting at least eight US states. I just hope I can find time, now and again, to post updates here!
Nan Shan is a hilltop park in the middle of this city, providing a bird’s eye view down the valleys that have developed in several directions.
Though the “sail-like” pavilion was closed for the winter season, we enjoyed the park’s quiet beauty and panoramic views.
I was told that in 2000, there were no high-rise buildings in this city. The buildings in these photos testify of the power of China’s modern and rapid development.
You wouldn’t guess it by appearance, but this is an active Moslem mosque, near the park at the top of this mountain.
On our last day, it started to snow. We certainly don’t see this in hot Hong Kong!
Our company has recommended foreign doctors to serve in this hospital over many years, and this top executive was full of praise for the positive contributions they have made in many ways. It was an honor to hear about these dedicated workers.
Not far from the hospital, I enjoyed seeing a wall featuring many Chinese idioms, including this one about friendship. Idioms (in any language) are sometimes difficult to translate, for many words have multiple meanings–but I trust that my Chinese friends will correct me if I’ve “missed the mark” with this translation!
Bad weather delayed our return flight, which made us miss the connection in Shanghai. Here you see Vivian in a long line at 5:30am the next morning, waiting to check in at the Shanghai airport. Such is the life of frequent travelers.
The day after we returned, I got to attend the Global Leadership Summit in Hong Kong (hosted at The Vine), featuring two days of challenging and inspiring speeches. This was the second year I’d had a chance to participate, and I recommend the Summit to any leader (it is broadcast in hundreds of venues around the globe). (See willowcreek.com; and I also highly recommend the free GLSNext App for your phone!)
Last night, Vivian and I had been invited to a special exhibit at the TST YMCA. For the next few weeks, a rare copy of the Torah will be on display in the lobby, as part of a much bigger exhibit of precious scrolls, Bibles and artifacts that will be hosted at St Andrews Church. This exhibit presents the people of HK with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see priceless materials that testify of the reliability of “the most banned and beloved book” in history–the Bible. Additional information is available at http://inspiredexhibit.org/
At the Global Leadership Summit
Unveiling the beautiful scroll, which had miraculously survived the Holocaust in Europe.
Feb 15, 2017
This year, Chinese New Year fell on January 28, but the celebration actually runs for about three weeks.
I’ve always loved the beauty of Chinese lanterns, which are particularly prevalent during the celebration of Chinese New Year.
This week, we had dinner at an Indonesian restaurant, with some friends visiting from abroad. I couldn’t resist taking this photo. In English, the idiom “sacred cow” refers to practices that should not be questioned–though in many cases, they really need to be “touched”! (Now I know where the idiom came from.)
One highlight of most months is a luncheon with HK businessmen. The food is great, but I also appreciate the encouraging lectures and the contact with these leaders.
Feb 8, 2017
Can it be February already? January flew by, and I’m just now getting time to catch my breath and post our first 2017 update. And it looks like 2017 will be as packed as ever, with a trip to China’s western region later this month, followed by six weeks or so in the USA. Here’s a glimpse of how the new year has gotten started for us.
Ben was one of the first friends I made in Xiamen, after we moved there in 2011. He started 2017 with a visit to Hong Kong, and we were blessed to share a part of it together.
While my staff enjoyed time away from the office to celebrate the New Year, I was writing and preparing to mail this “year in review” newsletter to 1300 people worldwide. I didn’t mind being away from the apartment, however, because workmen were often drilling and scraping right outside our window!
For years, Vivian had a “Christmas Cactus,” but we couldn’t bring any plants with us to HK. So, I bought this one for her last Christmas; it is always amazing to watch it “flower” early in the new year.
My biggest reason for not finding time to blog was preparations for our annual conference; this year it was in HK from Jan 23 to Feb 1 (including orientation for new people). The conference features professional development lectures, inspiration, music, and lots of time to reconnect with friends who work all over China.
This year, Chinese New Year started during our conference. As this poster in our apartment lobby proclaims, we are now in the Year of the Rooster!
These two photos provide a striking snapshot of HK culture. On the left, you see a handful of domestic workers from abroad; thousands gather every weekend along public walkways (like this pedestrian overpass) to spend their “day off” with other workers from their home country. On the right, you see HK’s masses at the open market below the walkway, along with a “Lion” dancing to bring shop keepers good luck in the New Year.
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