This week I was able to spend a few days in San Francisco with my friend Linda. I enjoyed sightseeing and was surprised how often I hear and spoke Chinese.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
While I have been in California talking with different groups of people about my cross-cultural work, I have frequently been asked how I process my experiences interacting with the women I visit. Honestly, each time I visit with the women I feel a wide range of emotions. I am saddened by the injustice of the situation. I can feel angry when hearing their stories of past hurts and exploitation. I am in awe of these women and their strength. They are able to survive in horrible situations and somehow maintain a decently positive outlook on life. I greatly admire their strength and courage. I respect them and their desire to provide for their families. I am overwhelmed with the knowledge that this problem is systemic and cannot be easily fixed. Often times I am joyful because we had a great conversation with the women. I am thankful that I can speak truth into their lives. I am thankful that He has provided me the opportunity to love on these women. I am grateful for everything that I learned from them. Most importantly, I am hopeful. These women are loved by the Creator of the universe. He has a plan for them and is pursuing them. I get to be apart of their stories and long for the day when they can know Him personally. I am thankful that He loves these women much more than I do and that His is and will be faithful to them!