Attending my home church’s circle meeting was one of the highlights of being back in my hometown. My mother, Priscilla, was in charge of the program and I was in charge of desserts. Our homemade apple spice cake and blueberry bundt cake was enjoyed by everyone but the most fun we had in hosting was to create a Chinese New Year display for our table setting.
As you can see from the photos, we ushered in the Year of the Dragon in style. The red envelopes (hong bao) were also a gift to those attending.
Our circle meeting was held in the church chapel.
Our Chinese New Year display was quite impressive
My mom, Priscilla, getting things ready.
I proudly cut into our blueberry bundt cake.
My mom's church circle: small in number but strong in spirit
My mother, leading the program's discussion
A successful circle meeting -- Happy Year of the Dragon!
I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .
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