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Our team arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday of last week. We were welcomed by Bryn Welcenback and Hilda Ruan at the airport. They took us to the High School in Hong Kong connected with Concordia where we will stay for two days before going on to Macau. A short welcoming session made us feel comfortable as a team and we met the some of the staff, had a dinner of Chinese food in the reception room and then retired to our room. Our team of four slept in the same room which was prepared with beds all in a row pushed together. This room was used as a dressing room for the drama department. Mirrors all around. A common bath room at the end of the room.
While we were in Hong Kong we greeted students in the morning, then we moved on to a program with students. As part of the program we were introduced as a team. Our team members are myself, MaryAnn Waldon, from Hope Lutheran in Friendswood and three from Sheperd of the Hills in San Antonio. The three from Sheperd of the Hills are Alice Klement, Lura Davidson and Leslie Theis. We had just met on the plane to Hong Kong from Chicago though we had been planning on line for weeks and months.
As part of the program with students, Alice did a devotion and I did a testimonial. We had all been previously introduced. While we were at the school we attended a session with students in the chapel which had been newly constructed as part of the campus. Very attractive. Two young singers, young man and young woman started with praise music and accompanied with appropriate music. Outstanding. All in English. We had chat time with the students. They want to practice speaking in English. We had done this previously in a class. The students so enjoy getting to know things about us and our families. I shared pictures of course, with my grandchildren and now especially with my great grandchildren who are all under three years old. Is it amazing who eager the students are to see pictures and have you talk about them. The girls especially fell in love with my great grandchildren and even wanted to keep the pictures. I let them take pictures of the pictures. One of the girls thought my grandaughters were so pretty they looked like "toys."
At noon on Friday team members went in several groups to lunch with several students so that they would have time to chat more personnally with Americans. One girl told me that she was a Christian and her family too but not her father. Several other girls took my email address and asked if I was on "Facebook" because they wanted to be my friend.
Later the principal, Mr Lee, told me that the students really liked me. I found that flattering but I do feel a special place in my heart for all of them who are so eager to learn English.
Charles, who is the Dean of Students, at the High School emphasized to us how important learning English is for the students. The opportunity for further advancement in education and career opportunity depends on the ability to speak English. One young student told me that she wanted to go on to the University but this depended on wether she passed the upcoming exam for which she was studying. She was under a great deal of stress about it. All students must take the exam and their future direction and life depends upon the results of the test. Knowing fluent English is a very important part of this.
On Saturday morning we made cookies with students. They wanted to taste American cooking. One of the students about a 16 year old boy seemed to be enamored with me and told me he wanted me to be his "step -grandmother. Several of the students asked me to write to them by email.
Cookie baking in the morning was followed by attending a program for parents and families in the afternoon.
Charles again emphasized that parents had a choice of high school and this was a recruitment effort. The school is Chrisitan based though not all students who attend are Christian but they may become Christian through attendance at the school. I was asked to introduce our team and greet the parents. Following the program we left for the ferry to be transported to Macau. Off to a different type of experience.
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