Monday, October 01, 2001

Finish Strong

On the last day of performances, the Foreign Affairs Officer (FAO) for the city of Taian was in the audience. I went through the same explanations of where I go and why. The students gladly participated with enthusiasm and joy. After the class, the FAO asked if I would be interested in performing at the orphanage in the city. He would make all the necessary arrangements. This type of openness to allow foreign visitors into the orphanage was UNHEARD of! However, we know Who is opening the doors that no man can shut.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

The next day our group (the English teachers at the University) was escorted to the Taian hotel, which houses 36 orphans. It was quite a turnout of city officials and dignitaries complete with news coverage and journalists. The children were thrilled at the entertainment and the attention. This event opened the door for the possibility of returning to China to visit orphanages in more remote areas where the need is much greater.