Well, I am ready to sleep after a great, day exploring and enjoying Hong Kong. This is my second time here, but today I had most of the day completely on my own just to check things out. I tried to think through my goals for the day. I wanted to pray, enjoy myself, eat good food, and pick up some gifts for the folks back home.
|Tin Hau Temple, HK|
Most of the day I just wandered around. The parks in Hong Kong are beautiful and peaceful. Old people practicing Tai Chi abound. Early on I discovered a temple devoted to the deity Tin Hau - a patron deity of seafarers. Seeing the temple there along with many small shrines in apartments and on street corners served as an important reminder of the indigenous lostness of Hong Kong. So much work is left to be done among the Chinese. Help us, Lord.
Of course, I am always struck by diaspora as well. Today I saw a huge mosque in Kowloon with lots of Muslims coming and going. I doubt many people consider the importance of reaching Muslims in Hong Kong. But the need is great. I don't exactly how many Muslims are in this place but I know they are varied. Today alone I encountered Indonesian house maids, Arab imams, South Asian Muslim men hawking watches on the street and even one Pakistani man who offered to sell me marijuana (I turned him down, by the way). I also met a few Nepalis. I have found them difficult to identify here, and also quite stand-offish. They have seemed almost afraid. Not sure what is behind that, I haven't encountered it in the past.
I disappointed myself with my eating today. Ended up with a McDonald's breakfast and a KFC lunch. Pathetic, I know. I just go intimidated with the prospects of ordering food in a more "local" establishment. Part of it was not being able to decide. Part was being afraid of prices being too high. Most of it was just having no functionality in Cantonese. Well, I do know how to ask for more chili sauce -- essential skill. By mid afternoon I got up the nerve to get some fish balls on a stick -- wonderful, really.
Saw some other cool stuff that I won't go on and on about. The highlight however was dinner tonight with old friends. Yau, Kay, Ryan, and Carol were all students in our college ministry back in Oklahoma. It was encouraging to see them and to hear what the Lord is doing among them. They encourage me by their very existence. I hope I was an encouragement to them as well. It is always great to see people you invested much in continuing in the faith, walking with the Lord.
Of course, we did have great food. Per my request, we went out for hot pot and ate most of the food in the restaurant. Delicious! Tomorrow we will again share a meal -- dim sum.
So, that was my day. It is now 11:30PM and I haven't had a nap. Was up at 6AM. So, I feel sleepy and seem on my way to overcoming jet lag quickly. Tomorrow will be focused on these Hong Kong friends and do some prep for the summit which starts Wednesday.
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