We departed Datong Friday morning and arrived in Beijing in time to see a traditional Chinese Kung Fu show that evening. This morning, Saturday, we were treated to a fantastic breakfast buffet then off to the Great Wall, followed by a traditional lunch then to the Pearl market for some serious shopping and bargaining for deals. Jewelry, Star wars toys and scarfs were the big hit. Well, and Dairy Queen, McDonalds and Starbucks too.
Last nights practice for closing was over the top great. The teachers have challenged the students with their part in the program and they have met that challenge. Class individual programs will be first, then speeches by our 2 best students in camp, then all 135+ will sing "Lean on me" and "You raised me up". Our program starts at 4:00 here, so if you're up or reading this before you go to bed, we all would appreciate a lift.
Pictures of our mentor group digital scavenger hunt. Dave Williams, Datong
Janet and her group with a couple of friends.
Michaels group and a new friend.
Jaden trying to find her group. :)
Today we are all working on our last lessons and practicing our closing ceremony. The school has said they are very proud and amazed at how well the students have learned so much in such a short time. After our evening activities, we (teachers), go out for a snack and enjoy the community. I was greeted by one of our students with her father, out for a late dinner. The student proceeded to carry on a conversation with me while her father, not understanding a word, smiled from ear to ear with pride for his daughter. We look forward to tomorrow to share their accomplishments., but sad our time is at an end.
The smiles and love we have seen and experience is great, but "I can only imagine" what the gate will look like when we reach it and the see the faces of those He has allowed us to touch in some way. Powerful!!
Continue to lift our camp and our work here. Dave
Hey family! Mom and Dad! I love you and can't believe camp is almost over! I love these kids SO much, it is so so fun! Love you! Frankye ps I bet the house is quiet!
Hey family and friends! I can't believe we are coming to the end of camp! We have made many friends. We will be sad to say good-bye! We love you all so much and will see you soon! Love Carol
Susan: It has been a great camp and one for the record books. Each of these 135+ souls have touched me in their own special way every day. Our host and her team are great and equally touched my heart. And the weather, well, today its sunny, low humidity and mid to low 70's with a light breeze. Oh the simple pleasures we take for granted. Love you and ready to see you. Dave
Pictures from Datong. Dave Williams
Our host Rebecca explaining the lotus field to Michael, Eric and others in our team.
Sara trying her skill at balancing dice at our games.
Nice catch, but the object of the game is to stick the marshmallow on her face.
Good morning all,
Last night our team provided various "Minute to win it" games. The students went from room to room laughing and cheering for each other in the competition. Afterwords the camp host surprised Tina with a cake for her birthday and invited the entire camp into a classroom (that holds 40) for cake. Yes,,,,, 140+ in one room, I opted to celebrate in the hall :).
A few more pictures in the days of our lives. Dave Williams
Tina's group chalk talk design stage.
Tina's group finished drawing.
Our team flags with our host Rebecca and our assistants Felicia, Felix, Luke, Jackie, Grace and a few students.
Chris and his group on the scavenger hunt.
Last night for our evening activity we broke into our mentor groups. Each group went around the campus searching for specific items to discuss in their group. One of the objects was a red envelope. The Chinese use these at weddings to put money in for the newly weds.
Classes have started up after a day of rest for students, school assistants and teachers. One of our assistants told me she had to take her baby to the doctor yesterday because of a fever. Please lift her and her child.
Nicks class is teaching Christmas, Karla is teaching baseball, Jana is teaching animals and Tina is teaching foods. All the students were eager to get back to class and see their teachers. The bond we all have for each other grows stronger each day. Tonight we will get together in our mentor groups for a scavenger hunt and share time afterwords.
A few shots of our Datong team in action.
Dave Williams, Datong
Jana, Eric, Nick and Steve teaching English corner
Frankye, Kate, Carol and Jaden leading dance at our birthday party
Some of our team and a few Chinese teachers from the school as our guides at the hanging temple