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God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, September 10, 2015

We finished our time in Guizhou with a wonderful day exploring the Great Lucky Temple (which we refer to as the Monkey Park). We had a choice between walking to the top, or taking a sky tram, and not realizing quite how far it was, we chose to walk. We ended up climbing more steps than we did at the Great Wall. The girls were all troopers, and made it to the top without complaining. I wish I was able to vividly describe all the sights and sounds we encountered. From people singing traditional Chinese music, older men playing Chinese instruments, water falls, a large  lake surrounded by mountains, women performing graceful dances (video below), several pools full of turtles and koi, lush vegetation, and a 1/2 mile tunnel ,cut through one of the mountains, that we walked through to get to the lake. It was truly like something you would see on the Travel Channel.

Oh, yes, did I mention the monkeys? Once we got to the top of the mountain, they were everywhere. The girls were pretty impressed with them, right up until....

I'd had a soda, and Elli had asked me for a drink. She was holding the soda when a monkey started toward her. Elli tried to get away but the monkey reached for the bottle. Virgil yelled at her to let the bottle go, and she dropped it and ran. Scared her and Meimei half to death. But then it got funny. The monkey grabbed the bottle, went over to his perch, opened the bottle, and proceeded to drink the soda. Turned that Pepsi upside down and drained every last drop. If we had had a video it would have went viral, except for the fact people probably would have thought it was fake. We laughed and laughed- everyone except Elli. She still doesn't see the humor in it.

We were supposed to have walked down further to where even more monkeys were, but since Elli wasn't too happy, we skipped that. We climbed some more steps and came out to an overlook at the top of that mountain. There was an unbelievable view of the city below us and mountains all around us. We finished by taking the sky tram down. Virgil and Meimei were two cars in front and me and Elli (Delorece our guide was in the middle car with Erin, describing the view to her). At one point Meimei looked back and realized we were there, and I could see her trying to get Virgil's attention to tell him. She kept looking back and waving and when we stepped out of the tram she came running over to me.

This afternoon was spent packing and preparing for the flight tomorrow. We leave the hotel at 1:00, and if the flight isn't delayed, we will arrive in Guangzhou about 6. Our time here has been good. We've had so many people showing us kindness (surprisingly, when we were here 4 years ago, this was the province who was least friendly to us- thankful that wasn't the case this time). The temperature has also spoiled us. It has been in the 70's the entire week. Guangzhou will probably be hot like Haikou was, but we've enjoyed the respite from the heat this week.

This will be Meimei's first flight, so we'd appreciate prayers for her. Also, as our time gets closer for us to head home, Erin gets more and more anxious. She is nervous about meeting everyone and learning a new way of life. Please pray that God would calm her heart.



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