Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Where in Hong Kong is Manou?

Some of you have been asking how my mother is enjoying her stay in Hong Kong. While I can't comment about her feelings, I do know that when she is not looking after our children and household, she has been exploring far-off corners of Hong Kong that we have yet to see. She easily hops on and off the train or rides her bike where she wants to go. She has also visited several Chinese churches to try to get a feel for how their culture meshes with their Christianity.

On May 23rd, Manou joined with over 20,000 believers in Hong Kong stadium in a time of prayer and singing. Mum said it was encouraging to see so many Chinese Christians actively showing their allegiance to Jesus. She especially enjoyed doing a Mexican wave.

Manou often travels on the Star Ferry between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
She especially likes the fact that the trip is free for pensioners.

Today Manou visited the Home of Loving Faithfulness, a Christian residential home for children and adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. As you can imagine in Hong Kong where academic excellence is of highest importance, people with disabilities are generally shunned. The Home is such a loving environment, Mum reported. She was impressed at how well-resourced it is, pleasing to all the senses, clean, stimulating, and catering for all the clients' needs. They always need more nursing staff and volunteers, so if you want to learn more you can look up their website information here.

Manou learned about Hong Kong's Home of Loving Faithfulness from reading a book called Secret Riches which I picked up at the church fĂȘte a few weeks ago. In the book, Linda Ball recounts the first 40 years of the Home, a place of "hope, joy and belonging" for over 60 special needs children and adults. 

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