With many of our readers being Chinese students, we have heard again and again about how good Chinese dumplings are. So for cell group, the Chinese students who were readers and several of their friends came in from their classes and made dumplings. It was a lot of fun and very yummy.
If you can imagine about 20 young ladies rolling dough, boiling cabbage, making hot sauce, chopping pork, boiling water on a porch with lots of laughter, teasing, and chatter, then you can begin to get the picture. It was a fun ending to a very good and intense day.
Our morning devotional time went well. Samuel Cook led our thoughts. Arriving just before our devo time were 5 ACU interns, all young ladies, weary from the long flight to Chiang Mai. We talked about the plan for the day, prayed for our readers, and then went as a group to visit a little shop set up on the front porch of one of our readers. She was a gracious hostess and we enjoyed our time well. Robert then took Larry to the airport for a flight to Korea to meet some ACU professors and some Korean alumni industrialists. So we split up trucks and headed back. We somehow got lost in our truck and it took quite some time making our way back.
I had new readers at 3:00 and so I barely made it back in time to cool off and get ready for my day. I read with the first reader — which turned out to be a married couple — and then had two other sessions with people very very dear to me. Both went exceptionally well — better than I could have hoped and I had been praying about them.
Once they were concluded, we began cell group meeting, which involved the dumpling meal — which I ate on the back porch with several of my readers who were cooking them. After the meal, we had a time of singing and then a bit of discussion about our trip up the mountain today and overnight retreat on the mountain.
I went to bed full — full of walking in God’s grace, full of fond memories, and very full of wonderful Chinese dumplings made with love and care by these special Chinese young ladies.