I’ve had a busy 4 days, enjoying great fellowship, food, and welcoming overnights during my drives to Mason City, Effingham, Brownstown and Shelbyville.
Before I forget, let me post our pictures here for everyone to enjoy.
Ping An (Peace)!
The Mason City church, although this is not where we met.
For my curious Chinese visitors, this is the inside of above church building.
Talking to the Mason City men at The Hub, a downtown building donated to the church. Hamburgers and homemade pie and ice cream were served. Quite a spread!
Posing for a Hub picture
I spent the night with Joanne Burris (purple shirt), who invited church secretary Wilma (in pink) to join us for a casserole and biscuit breakfast.
As services closed on Sunday morning at Centenary UMC in Effingham, J & L (Rev. Dr. Joe Scheets and Rev. Leanne Noland) and I managed a quick photo op.
My display table follows me everywhere. Here I am at Centenary UMC, ready for visitors.
The Lippens, Deb and Larry, hosted me for my overnight in Effingham.
Next stop, Brownstown UMC. An easy find, the town being right on Rt 40, about 20 minutes west of Effingham.
The Brownstown church has such lovely stained glass windows.
Many enjoyed looking at my display.
“OK, Ladies! Everyone get in the picture!” (The men allowed the UMW to enjoy the moment and stepped aside for our photo picture.)
At Shelbyville, I met up with one of my oldest and dearest friends, the sprite and lively Joan Miller.
Wonderful turn-out at Shelbyville’s 4th Street UMC. (A potluck supper certainly helped bring up the numbers! All delicious dishes. Yum!)
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 .