2009 China Summer Tour: April 27 - May 24

This tour has afforded us some amazing opportunities. The people we met have been wonderful, and our exchanges with the Beijing Dance Academy, the Minority University, and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music—unforgettable. We learned to enjoy new foods and a uniquely different cultural lifestyle. We have seen incredible, modern cities that have only recently grown out of the ancient landscape, and walked upon historical paths leading to the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the locations where Communism in China had its earliest beginnings. We performed live for thousands of audience members and were viewed nationally on Tian Tian Xiang Shang [天天向上], Up Happy Every Day for an estimated audience of over a billion people. And we have felt the blessings of a loving Father who has watched over each one of us and allowed us to be part of a great work in this beautiful corner of His vineyard.

I can express my feelings best about our experiences in China through two short memories. The first occurred when we had our first exchange with the Beijing Dance Academy. As I watched the first selection performed by beautiful young women with their exotic pink fans, I remember being overcome with tears as I recognized each one—a daughter of our Father in Heaven. And secondly, as I watched each member of our group lovingly embrace a tearful Sarah and Yanna (our guides through mainland China) at the end of our time with them, I knew that we had succeeded in sharing the love that Christ has for all of His children. In essence, I believe this is what we were primarily sent to do in China.

Here are some pictures from that summer 2009 tour to China.