Updated at the bottom with a video….
Quote of the century: “I have come to the conclusion that God created a lot more human bodies than human brains.”
Thought I’d show you a picture of my sweetie. Beth took this at the air show Saturday….
Last night we had one of the missionaries our church supports, come to tell us how her work has been going. Mei-Mei Lee works with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Macau, China. We had not seen her in several years.
Mei-Mei was actually born in Hong Kong, but she moved to San Francisco when she was 7 years old. She became a teacher after she graduated college, and decided to go into missionary work.
Macau, like Hong Kong, is called a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. You can read about it on that link, but it means that Macau operates under a high degree of autonomy, eventhough it is technically part of China. Macau was settled by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and turned over to China in 1999. Hong Kong was a territory of the United Kingdom, and was turned over to China in 1997.
Eventhough they have a “high degree of autonomy,” the Chinese are imposing more of their rules on them now, than in the past. Mei-Mei said they had a fair in a park, and were able to witness to a lot of children and their parents. But this year they had to sign a statement saying there would be no religious activity at the fair.
China, of course, allows very little religious activity. Their churches have to be licensed and controlled by the government. But many Chinese children come to the missions in Macau because their parents work in Macau. Mei-Mei said the casino industry is growing at an astronomical rate in Macau, bringing in more workers. So…they bring in more children to go to school in Macau. And the children benefit from the missions. Children also go home at night and share what they have learned with their parents, giving them a chance to come to know Jesus also.
Here are a few pictures from last night.
Mei-Mei was giving a slide show presentation of her work….
Mei-Mei and our pastor, Herb….
And beginning on the left: Our pastor’s wife, Dena (pink shirt), Charles (married to Mary Ellen that I talked about in another post – Charles’ mom’s funeral was this morning), Mei-Mei;
Right side: Me, Steve, and Herb. Mary Ellen had been sitting by me, but I think this was taken when she got up to get me some more Dr Pepper. She is so sweet, and wants to help however she can.
Steve left this morning to do some testing at the Limestone Electric Generating Station in Jewett, Texas. It’s really out in the country up there, about half way between here and Dallas. He’ll be home the end of the week. It makes me nervous for him to be gone while I’m still recuperating, but at least Bethany is here. And there are a lot of people that would drop what they are doing and come, if I needed anything.