The Miraculous China Diet

I’m sick now, too. Just before our leaders meeting yesterday, I started to feel kinda gross. But by the time it was done, I thought I was going to die. So I didn’t sleep much last night, too busy vomiting to get much of that. But I think my system’s just about reset now, and I’m feeling a lot better. But not before I lost about 10 pounds! Yet another plug for missions in China – it aids in weight loss.

Actually, there goes my streak. Surprisingly, I’ve never gotten sick like that before in another country. Never drank the water. Never eaten any poisonous food. About the worst I’ve ever had is a cold. I don’t know what happened this time, maybe I drank some bad water somewhere, but I sure hope it never happens again. Quite miserable, I have to say, this kind of sickness is part of what makes missions less than fun.

Today is China’s National Independence kind-of day. So, no school for the whole week! And the streets are filled with people, fireworks, and concerts. Apparently, the holidays here travel in packs. I still haven’t finished our mooncakes from the last blowout.

Good leaders meeting last night. Talked about prayer. They’ve got lots of questions, take lots of notes, and still got a lot to learn. It really overwhelms me sometimes to think about how far of a path it really is to trained leaders. It’s pretty easy to type on the back of a prayer card, significantly more difficult to effect. But as far as raw material to start with, God has been so good to us! Nothing motivates me to study this language more than the desire to help these young Christians grow in their faith.

We talked about the Bible until I told them that I felt awful and that I had to leave. Just in time, too. One of the girls, who’s reading Genesis right now, wants to know what circumcision is and how it’s performed. Wow. Since I don’t even know all the right words for that conversation, much less the language skill to put it mildly, I managed to mumble something about a medical procedure, an Old Testament type of newness in Christ, and… hey, look at the time! And I feel sick, so we’ll talk about this later! Try checking the internet (first time I’ve recommended that for a Bible answer).

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2 Comments on “The Miraculous China Diet”

  1. Travis Snode October 1, 2007 at 4:33 pm #

    I really enjoy your blog. It takes a unique guy to make you laught while talking about something as mundane as getting sick. Praying for you and your work there. Keep it up.

  2. Ben October 1, 2007 at 11:58 pm #

    I think that could be a good recruitment story….

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