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by RS Updates

The China Family has landed in Shanghai. Our final flight to the USA leaves in 2 hours!

On the flight to Chicago and spread out all over the plane. Let’s play a game of find the Royal Servant.

Next stop, my kinda town! #chicago


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China Team 2019 Steps

by RS Updates

Every day is “leg day” in China. I’ve done a bit calculating and by my estimation, by the time we return home from China we will have walked over 415,000 steps. We’ve done over 100,000 already since arriving in Beijing on Monday (walking the Great Wall and throughout the Forbidden City were major contributors).

Our steps have been so diverse and so purposeful. Steps taken to get food, steps for fellowship, steps to share about the Father, steps to demonstrate His love. We took steps to play games with little kids (and some not so little kids), steps to teach w*rship songs and English games. We took steps to travel, steps to see other cultures, step to experience love from a people so different yet so similar to our own. Steps were taken to encourage our brothers and sisters, and steps to meet lifelong friends.

Our steps have been filled with adventure, laughter, tears, learning, arguments, repentance, forgiveness, grace, thankfulness, and love. Not every step was fun or easy, there were even some missteps. But regardless of our plans or expectations, the Father will make each step we took to bring about good – for us, for the Chinese, and for the Kingdom.

As I sit reflecting on all the steps that I’ve gotten to take alongside each member of this team, I find my eyes filling with tears. I am so grateful for the ways that the Father has allowed me to walk in their lives and the new places that my steps have taken me because of them and their fa*thfulness to serve.

Thank you. Thank you for supporting, loving, and all the steps you took before and during this summer that has allowed each one to be here. Thank you for your sacrifice. I pr*y that as your loved ones return that you will be bl*ssed by their pictures, stories, and most importantly their hearts!

Over a month ago we took steps to bring us to a new land and tomorrow will take our final steps together to bring us home.

For the China Family,
Margaret


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After a failed attempt on Monday (sold out tickets at 9am for a capacity of 80,000 people) we successfully made it into the Forbidden City! Later, we will surprise the team with a trip to see an Acrobatics show. They know they’re doing something special but have no idea what it is!

I love surprises!


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Today the China team walked The Great Wall. It, like all things here, was an adventure and a bit chaotic. Glad to be doing life here in Beijing together.

I’ll let the team show you all their pics, but here’s a “before” video, a “during” pic crammed into a shuttle to the entrance, and an “after” pic of our walk back to the same shuttle (then more walking to our bus -not pictured).

It was Great!


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Final count of steps during m*nistry in China: 305,000 (give or take a few hundred steps). And what a journey those steps took us on.

During the course of the summer camp I was told of at least 7 people that came to know the Father. A pretty amazing thing when we started the summer thinking we wouldn’t have opportunity to talk about Him directly.

The students who worked at the camp for migrant children did so with diligence, joy, and love. The kids (and parents) they worked with appreciated them so much that they took 1.5 hours just to say goodbye.

The students running the other summer camp were the definition of flexible and adaptable (as long as that definition isn’t about physical capabilities, I’m sure not all of them can even touch their toes). It seemed like everyday new ideas were added and they had to adapt their plans accordingly. And not only did they adapt, but they made it even better! The addition of the final week competition and talent show was just one example. Speaking of, The Dream Team, consisting of Madison, TK, and Josh, won the grand prize, but as one of the judges, I think I’m the real winner of that week; those kids were so fun!

Our team created great memories, made new friends, and were able to serve in ways they weren’t expecting. They loved on people they didn’t know in an unfamiliar place and never complained. It wasn’t always easy, not everything went according to our plans, and everyone had a tough day once or twice, but I am overwhelmed by both their example of faithfulness and the Father’s faithfulness to us.

We are now on a sleeper train to Beijing. A new adventure awaits us at the end of this journey (19 hours on a sleeper train is an adventure all in itself). In Beijing we will go see some amazing sights (like the Great Wall), try new food (ever try fried starfish on a stick? Me neither, but some of the team will), and most importantly process all that the Father did in and through us this summer.

Please be lifting us up to the Father this week as we try to prepare our hearts to come home. Although many of us are longing for the familiar faces (and food) we love, apart of our hearts will remain in China, and that’s not going to be easy to leave.

For the China Family,
Margaret

PS. Here are some pics of the train, a video from the camp for migrant kids saying thank you, the cutest talent in the talent show, and the most questionable version of “baby shark” that I think the world must see.


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