• 17Apr

    On Wednesday I had a meeting with the board of directors for Hope Harvest (the non-profit org that I’ll be going over to China through).  They wanted to take some time to get to know me and my hopes for my China trip.  I’ve realized that I haven’t put much up here about what I’ll be doing in China or even how I got to this point, so maybe I’ll take a few steps back.

     

    So many things come to mind when I think about where it all started that I’m not sure how far back to go…. Summer 2007 seems like as good of time as any.  

     

    When I look back to this time, I had been out of college and working at Bank of America for 2 years, still in San Diego.  I remember getting a feeling of restlessness and a need for something more in my life.  But I didn’t know what that more was.  I was beginning to wonder whether my future was in San Diego, or maybe back in Los Angeles.  I had missed being around my family.  I really wanted to be there for my youngest cousin as she was going through high school… I missed getting to go to family birthday parties… I missed seeing my family every week at church… etc… Around the same time, my other cousin said there was an opening in his department at Pepperdine University.  I remember thinking about how much fun it would be to work with my cousin and to get to work with students.  I thought that this was the answer to all my questions.  I applied, interviewed, and got rejected.  The good ol’ “more experience” thing.  Now I was super baffled.  Do I stay or go… I opted to stay in San Diego, and see what the next opportunity was going to be.  That’s when my roommate started to attend a local church in San Diego (Chinese Bible Church of San Diego).  She was then invited to play football for the church team.  She asked if I wanted to play football too.. but I wasn’t sure about playing on an all GIRLS football team… so I declined.  The next week I decided I would go watch.  It was a rough go… I wanted to play… but at the same time… I didn’t.  A lot of the girls were still learning and I honestly didn’t feel like being patient enough to “deal” with that.  So I just watched.  Some of the girls asked if I wanted to play… and I would casually say that I wasn’t interested… someone else asked if I liked football… to which I replied “it’s alright”.  What I wanted to say… is that GIRLS playing football is alright… but I LOVE REAL football.  Haha!  Needless to say, I didn’t return the next few weeks.  Then I had an itch to exercise… so I asked if I could just come and run around… maybe throw a few balls… just for exercise.  Well… that turned into playing every week… which turned into signing up to play in the tournament… which turned into actually enjoying playing football with girls!  =)  This also turned into meeting some amazing people.  One being Pam.  I found out that Pam was going to go live in China long term… she had a heart for helping orphans… had her own non-profit… and gave me an open invitation to come visit.  In October of 2008, I took that opportunity and went for two weeks.  I had an amazing time.  Fell in love with China, and knew I needed to return.  I came back, started to pray and really work on seeing if it could really happen…. so here I am, and it’s really happening.  

     

    Right now, I’ll be going over to China to get a feel for what it would be like to live there, work there, and also see if I can find a direct need to fill.  I’ll be going over to help whomever with whatever needs to be done.  I really see it as a direct opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  My heart is to be useful.  I hope for this to be a really long term thing, but only God knows how long He wants me there.  I’m a firm believer in trying my hardest to yield to God’s will, for I know His will is so much greater than mine.  

     

    The plan is to go for 2 months and get familiar with the surroundings… sort of get my feet wet.  Then I’ll return to the states for a family camping trip and two weddings (one of which I’m stoked to be in!).  Then I’ll go to a conference (I think) in August.  Then return to China to start intensive language studies and do as much work as I can.  The rumor has it that it takes about 2 years to get really good at Chinese.  So I hope to get to that point and be super useful.  =)  But again, only God knows.

     

    My trip is going to start off by visiting another friend in Beijing.  Lucky for me she used to be a tour guide in Beijing, so I’ll be in for a real treat.  Get to see the Great Wall, some palaces, the olympics stuff… it’ll be an awesome way to ease myself into being in China.  

     

    Plenty more updates to come.

    Posted by LupLup @ 4:46 am

8 Responses

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  • Ebi and Nikko Says:

    But will you get to see where the emperor sat?

  • CM Says:

    This was *exactly* the post I needed to understand how you got to this point and what your plans were. I can’t wait to hear how things go!

  • syl Says:

    “which turned into actually enjoying playing football with girls” …hahaha….
    um..you and pa-mel-ah better come back and play this year!!! we need to bring home a championship!!! 😀

  • George Says:

    Excelent article, keep on going George

  • admin Says:

    we brought home a championship last year.

  • s Says:

    a solo championship…
    sure didn’t feel like one last year

  • Natalie Says:

    Thanks for all your patience with me!!! =D

    I love your story. It’s funny how God works in our lives, and it’s definitely evident in yours. Thank you for sharing!!

  • admin Says:

    Of course! It ended up being a great time. I loved every minute I got to play out there! It was so much fun to watch us all grow as a team. =) We definitely had the strongest defensive line out there!!!!!