Yesterday morning we headed to a local aquarium. We were told by our guides that at this aquarium while taking a picture in front of a fish tank that one of the huge fish jumped out and it took two staff to get it back in the tank. She showed us the video of him out of the tank. Too funny, only in China! They had tank after tank of huge fish and colorful fish. We also went to see a sea lion show and walked through a stingray and shark tunnel. There were even huge sea turtles that you could reach out in touch....although we didn’t! There was also a touch tank with horseshoe crabs. The most interesting part was a place where you pay $1.59 for a baby bottle filled with some liquid fish food. You then sit by the edge of the pond and a wide mouthed fish comes to drink the bottle. Christian and Emily had more than 20 fish trying to be fed. For sale in the gift shops were tiny red earned slider turtles inside of a plastic clear duck shaped container that was hooked to a keychain. We felt sorry for these little souvenir turtles. Again only in China!
We arrived back at the hotel and enjoyed a room service lunch while we finished packing. Because our consulate appointment is a day ahead of the group we had to travel alone but Christian is especially happy that he will see his good friends again in a few days in Guangzhou! It was sad to say goodbye to Rita and Tina, our guides. They were so kind, helpful and shared so many stories with us. We were blessed to have them as our guides. Please pray for their salvation. We were able to share some Christian tracks written in Mandarin with them. May they put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
We headed off to the airport at 2:30 and made it to our gate with plenty of time to spare. We were even able to check all 6 suitcases because they base it on total weight not number of bags. That was a real blessing to travel light through the airport. We ended up being given Prioity boarding and Christian was the first one on the plane. Due to air traffic congestion at the airport our flight was delayed by 30 minutes. Sophie was a real trooper and snuggled with me at take off and promptly fell asleep. She and I napped for an hour of the 2 hour flight, quite a blessing. At the airport we noticed a woman who was crying and providentially she was seated directly behind Conner. The Holy Spirit prompted me to write her a note and give her one of the Mandarin tracks. She received it and thanked me. Please pray for her as well to place her faith in Jesus.
We were greeted at the airport by another CCAI representative named Grace. She gave us water and brought us to our new hotel about one hour from the airport. After signing in with our passports and having our photos taken by the hotel staff due to police regulations we were take to our adjoining rooms. The first room smelled like smoke so we headed to some new rooms which are just fine. After settling in for the next 6 nights we finally had Conner run out tho McDonalds for ice cream and fries. We so desperately need to get back to home cooking. There is a Burger King in our hotel along with a Starbucks and several restaurants. The McDonald’s is right next door. Conner tried to share the gospel with a prostitute after she propositioned him. Oh it is such a dark world in need of Jesus. Please pray for opportunities to share the living water with those we meet on this journey. Please pray for several of the new adoptive families who don’t know Christ. It is our prayer that we would be a bold witness for Jesus and that we would shine so brightly that those we meet would ask us for the reason we live with such hope. Thank you for praying for the souls of those we meet.
Tomorrow we join a local family who live in China and who have adopted a child. We join them for our visa medical appointment. Please pray for Sophie. Today will be hard for her as they examine her and as they draw her blood. She likely will be traumatized again. Please pray that I will be able to comfort her. Thank you! As I write this we will be home in less than one week. It is exciting to be on the final leg of our journey. Keep commenting and keep sending emails it is so encouraging to hear from everyone back at home. Thanks to all of you who have reached out it has been so good to hear from you. Many blessings to you all!
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