It was an early morning to begin yet another 5 hours journey in our pint-sized minivan. Not something to look forward to.
The tough part was leaving Longshui. You feel like you only just got to know a few of the children, shared some time, a hug, some smiles and a few laughs. You taught each other a couple of words in a new language and laughed as the other person stumbled through the pronunciation difficulties. But none of that matters because somehow you shared a common bond. It’s that basic, for these children just being there for them is enough.
This was the first visit of a group from Northwest Community Church to the orphanage in Longshui. As we leave Longshui, squished into our sardine-can van, plans are already being discussed how next year’s team could stay longer and what they could do to for the children.
The countryside to Longshen is beautiful. We took lots of pictures and climbed up to one of the villages and it’s terraced fields to stretch and work the legs. John’s fantastic driving skills once again brought us safely to our destination. In Longshen we met up with our team members from Kuwait, Yan and Kevin Chen.