Home again, home again

Our new home… Hainan Province

We’re loving our new island home, with it’s new smells, flavors and abundant use of colors all over the place! We’ve also met many new friends and even hosted a few visitors in the short time since we arrived in November. I’ve discovered a new world of “winter flowers” that I had never imagined existed! I will definitely need to post a gallery of the flowers I’ve come across, there must be 20 different types just in our apartment complex alone! We have so many stories to share and updates on our life out here, but it’s been a bit crazy with medical travel, graduating language school, moving, visa travel, medical adventures closer to home, then medical travel, work travel, 4 days of vacation as a family (GOLDEN!!) and more medical travel… Whew. Home again finally, more posts coming soon… in the meantime, hope everyone enjoys these pictures of our new city/island province.

-JK

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We’re Back!!!

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We absolutely loved connecting with all of you in so many states! Our services in the States were fruitful & our amazingly supportive team is growing every week! Because of your generosity to the Kingdom, WE HAVE ARRIVED {back} IN CHINA! We are ready & excited to begin language school on Jan. 4th… Yet we remain desperate to reach our ultimate work, the numbers haunt our dreams & motivate us to push even harder as we begin this next step towards bringing Hope wherever we go. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed & Happy New Year! Thanks again for your faithful prayers!

**Update: Our first week with all 6 of us in school is almost over & we are still smiling, although very exhausted, & REALLY looking forward to seeing Star Wars this weekend when it finally opens here in China! – No spoilers please!!**

Here are some videos from the last couple weeks:

-JK

24 lives in 24 hours

How did you spend the last 24 hours? Did you go to work, drive through traffic, stop at Starbucks, eat some take out, play with your kids, take your wife on a date, call your Gramma, walk the dog, watch the news, read your bible, listen to music, rock a baby to sleep, pray, play on your iPhone, read a book, watch a movie, exercise or catch a little sleep?? Or maybe you went to school, skipped a class, shopped online, did some homework, fed the cat, rode a bike, stayed up late, fought with a friend/parent/spouse, spilled the milk, went on Facebook, read this blog, broke a nail & stubbed your toe… again!?

Whatever you did, was it important? Was it time well spent? Are you glad you did it? Did it make a difference?

24 hours seems like enough time to do a lot of things. Or not. You could be very effective or totally useless. You could be helpful, be a blessing to others… Or not.

Why does it matter? Well to me it makes a world of difference what I do with my time, because I happen to know what happens every 24 hours on an island far away where hope is lost & the people are forgotten. Someone is dying every hour, their time has run out. In the last 24 hours, 24 precious islanders have died. 24, every day. In the last 12 months, while we’ve been in the States, 9,500 have been laid to rest. Before we could get there, before we met them. Before they knew our story… His story… THEIR story…

What can we do with the next 24 hours? We could save a life or two… or 24.

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One for every hour.

We need just 24 people to help us, so we can be WITH the 24 that die every 24 hours…

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glimpses through Time

Today is my ‘office/report day’, which is every day for Mark, but only about once a month for me. I left a list for Daddy, so the kids MIGHT be getting their schoolwork done while I’m gone. Not sure though, since the morning started off with a very interesting ‘tree cutting project’ in our backyard which was followed by the spectator sport of ‘stump grinding’. As I was leaving it appeared they were all working on educational things, but the conversation had somehow turned to Boba Fett & Daddy claimed innocence when I asked if he really thought they would all remain focused if HE kept playing Star Wars videos on his phone… HAHAHA — But what matters is that I am GONE & getting to my reports. So we will just not ask any more questions, because I mean, Star Wars is science, right??!! *grin*

My report day is also my “Team Day”, so here’s a cool timelapse I found while checking up on some of our teammates on FB – what a beautiful country we are blessed to live in. While this makes me homesick, it also reminds me what beauty awaits us when we get back. It’s gonna be sooner than we think! We have just passed 80% of our goal, we are SOOO ready to be HOME again! – Enjoy the pics. 🙂

-JK