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Hong Kong

Today (actually a day old now) we got a chance to catch our breath from our 30 hour trip. We spent the day in Hong Kong. I love this city! I got up early for a 4 mile run along Victoria Harbor. The views are spectacular. The run is right on the waterfront on the Kawloon side. We did a quick debrief over breakfast. I wanted to be sure that the team knew the history of Project Partner and the purpose for the trip. We want to clear up as many assumptions as possible.
The first stop for sightseeing was Stanley Harbor. It is a market on the back side of Hong Kong Island in Recluse Bay. It is a lot like what  we would call a flea market but some of the products can be quite expensive. It is one of the few quiet spots on the island. We rode a double-decker bus to get there. For lunch we went up to The Peak. We rode the Peak Tram to get there. It was built in 1880. It was really crowded because this is a weekend. From the Peak you can see all of Victoria Harbor. It is one of the most breath-taking views one will ever see. Today there were a lot of clouds but it is still a real treat. We ate at Bubba Gumps’ for a taste of home. In the afternoon we headed back down to Central Station on foot. That can be exciting with all the crowds and traffic. We rode the Star Ferry back across to Kawloon. From there we took a cab to the China Ferry terminal for our trip into China. So far so good.
I love how God uses these trips to reveal His love for all people.  Today in our devotions we talked about the Great Commission Jesus gave His disciples. We tried to imagine what words the Father had for Jesus before He sent Him to earth. We decided maybe it was the words of Isaiah 61 which Jesus quoted in His first message recorded in Luke 4. He came be Good News for the poor—not just to speak it but to embody it. This is our message for today. We won’t be preaching or teaching but we will be the Good News to people we many never really know. It is one of the ways the kingdom of God comes to Hong Kong. More later.

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