SLEEP DEPRIVED, WE ARRIVE IN BEIJING, CHINA
By the time we arrived, our young friend only had time to give a short devotional and assign us to our rooms. The room that Faye and I shared was satisfactory and very roomy compared to the typical Chinese’s bedroom. We were glad we had brought along extra water. We only drink bottled water when we are in China, as most of the water is very impure. Plumbing in our bathroom seemed to drain into pipes underneath the flooring. All the water is recycled, with its impurities into water for plants and other agricultural products. When we got into bed, we realized that the nice bedding that we had observed upon entering the room was covering the hardest mattresses in the world! Sleeping on the floor would not have been anymore uncomfortable. Faye did not sleep at all, but I was able to sleep on my back except for the headache when I awoke. Breakfast was in a huge dining room and consisted of some unusual breakfast foods. I had my bowl of rice and a roll.
Between the presentations, our young leader had offered the opportunity for the women to give testimonies. For Faye and me, this was one of the highlights of our trip to China. Although there were tears as each one described her life before becoming a believer in Jesus, each woman ended her personal story with smiles and joy in her voice. It is clear that these are victorious women who have overcome many obstacles.
There were other opportunities to talk with the women who wanted one-to-one time. I talked with a young elementary school teacher about her divorce and her misconceptions of how God views divorce. So many of these young women have been divorced, and I sensed a strong need for divorce recovery training for them. They need to understand divorce from a Biblical standpoint—that God forgives and has a future for them.