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After we arrived in Macau we were taken to the Concordia English Center and given bottles of water, also had dinner and checked into the hotel-Metro Park in Macau. We were all exhausted and ready to go to bed.
We are all pleasingly surprised at the accommodations at the hotel. We all unpacked and retired because we need to meet Bryn and HIlda in the morning for attendance at church service. We will have breakfast at the hotel prior to attending church service. The buffet breakfast at the hotel is fabulous. Both American and Chinese food is served. Served each morning (as we found out later) are always some vegetables. Especially tomatoes, lettuce and corn in addition to the fruit of watermelon, canned peaches or pears.
The travel service hired by the Long Term Team at the center will arrive to take us to the church service. The church service is in both English and Chinese (Cantonese). The song book is in English and Chinese. Those who read and speak Cantonese read and sing in thier langauge; those who read and speak English read and sing in English. A delightful sound.
The pastor speaks in Chinese (Cantonese) but has an interpreter who relays the sermon in English. It is quite interesting to be on the other side of interpretation as we are in America. The sermon this morning is based on Isiah and the challenge of the prophets of Baal in sacrificing the bulls. The message is that of Christians also being challenged by false gods.
Most of the staff joined our team for lunch at a restaurant near the church. Missionaries already here for longer terms are a married couple, also Paul, a former principal; David who teaches and works with the Sunday School; Laura who is an attorney and will be returning the the United States in two weeks, and Mary who is the daughter of a minister in the United States. Mary has married a Chinese man and is now pregnant. She will remain in China but will not be working at the center much longer. Each who are missionaries here for longer periods of time teach English in paid classes to support the center. Most lessons are one to one which is preferred here by those who are learning English.
Following lunch we return the Concordia English Center to have an general orientation by Bryn and to plan for our teaching experiences here at the center. The first teaching assignment is for this Sunday evening. Bryn informs us of general expectations, the respect of culture through dress and behavior. Planning includes the activities for the evening which will be general introductions by the team, a song which will be lead by Lura as she has a degree in music. We are going to begin with the song, "If Your Happy and You Know it." We will play the game, "Hot Potato," with bean bags that I have made and brought with me. Each person is to say something about herself or himself in English when the end up with the "hot potato." Following the game we will have chat time and snacks as we will every teaching night.
We have and evening meal at a restaurant, and then are transported to the church where greet students and conduct the evening class. We are gratified but disappointed that we have only three adult students at the first session.However, the students we have are delighted to be here and eager to speak English. We are ready and eager to continue our classes and work on Monday.
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