Itineration Visits to the North and Central Illinois

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.

The Mason City church, although this is not where we met.

For my curious Chinese visitors, this is the inside of above church building.

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!

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 picture

Posing for a Hub picture

I spent the night with Joanne Burris (purple shirt), who invited church secretary Wilma (in the pink) to join us for breakfast.

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.

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.

My display table follows me everywhere. Here I am at Centenary UMC, ready for visitors.

The Lippens, Deb and Larry, hosted for for an overnight.

The Lippens, Deb and Larry, hosted me for my  overnight in Effingham.

Next stop, Brownstown UMC

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!

The Brownstown church has such lovely stained glass windows.

Many enjoyed looking at my display.

Many enjoyed looking at my display.

Everyone get in the picture! (The men allowed the UMW to enjoy the moment and stepped aside to take the picture.)

“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.

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!)

Wonderful turn-out at Shelbyville’s 4th Street UMC. (A potluck supper certainly helped bring up the numbers! All delicious dishes. Yum!)

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 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 second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.
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