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Datong Touring

Summer Camps: 

Our team arrived in Beijing Friday evening and began our sightseeing. Yesterday we walked the Great Wall,Temple of Heaven and shopped at the Pearl Market  Today we will visit a park neat Forbidden City, take a ride through a small village in Beijing and visit a tea house

Tomorrow we will head to the airport and look forward to seeing our family and friends once home.  We missed you all and thank you again for lifting us.  Continue to lift the relationships we rekindled and started.

Hope you can join us next year.  Lifting you.

Dave Williams

Datong Day 12

Short and sweet:  Our closing practice was last night and everyone did great. Our closing is today at 4:00 so this will be the last blog till we arrive in Beijing tomorrow.  Our bus picks us up at 10:30 and we should arrive in Beijing at 3:30.  Get a quick bite and head to a show.  The next two days will be filled with sightseeing. If I have a chance I'll write in the blog.  So remember, no news from us is always good news.

Love you all and continue to remember the students we have gotten to know and share.

Datong Day 11

Summer Camps: 

Wednesday afternoon, and we will have our closing ceremony tonight followed by a dance or 2 depending on the time.  Parents are waiting on students at the school gate and we don't want them to have to wait on us.  After that our team will leave the school for our usual walk down the city streets catching up with students and their parents.  Some will stop to eat and invite us to dine with them or just sit and listen to their son or daughter speak English to us.  Parents can't understand a word but their smiles are from ear to ear just knowing their child has succeeded in English camp. 

Datong Day 10+

Summer Camps: 

Have to share a late shout-out!!!  

Great news!! Kate (one of our students) is in our family now!!  We are in awe!!  In two days our closing ceremonies and it will be hard to leave these precious children.  Much love to family and friends.  Debi

Keep lifting the others as they continue to share.

Dave Williams 

Datong Day 10

Summer Camps: 

To all our listeners back home: Our team has just about completed all their class material.  All classes have shared the important parts of our teaching and the interest among students has been great.  We have at least 6 who are meeting with teachers for more details of our stories.  Please lift our teachers as they go deeper in the details with them. Bonding between student and teacher is at it's highest at this time of camp.  All of our students are eager for more time with us and we are delighted to give it to them.  If they only knew, we are just as eager for more time with them.

Datong Day 9

Summer Camps: 

Monday afternoon activities are in full swing.  Jackie Chan is in our city today so the town is a buzz with excitement.  Tonight we will spend time in our mentor groups.  Each group will have the liberty to choose their groups activity.  I know one group is going to design and make Christmas cards. Another group has said their going to have conversation over Chinese and Americana snacks,,, while eating them.

Our camp is doing great and friendships continue to grow.  Thanks for the lifts, we feel them.  We have a few with colds but doing well.

Dave Williams

Datong Day 8

Summer Camps: 

The students and our team took yesterday (Sunday) off, so today I'll send out 1 shout-out now and another later today to get everyone caught up.

Yesterday our team split into four groups.  All groups included some of the students and Chinese assistants so we could enjoy and learn in a different way from each other. 

Group 1 - Go for a 2 mile walk to the base of a mountain and follow the trail up as far as we could go. No worries loved ones, it was an easy walk.

Group 2 - Go for a day on the town eating and shopping at your leisure.

Datong Day 7

Summer Camps: 

Last night was our birthday party and the cake and fun was over the top for our students and team.  Tomorrow there will be no classes so everyone can take a break and get ready to finish strong next week.  Tonight we will get in our small groups and have a scavenger hunt.  Our students will have the opportunity to teach the teachers some Chinese culture.  Afterwards we will all get together and share what we have learned.

Dave Williams

Friday Shout-outs:

Datong Day 6 +

Summer Camps: 

Adding one more shout-out:

Louise, The names of the six students in my mentor group are Kate, Alice 1, Alice 2, Tomorrow, Paul and Victor.  Tell Bill W. and the gang, thanks for thinking about me. Dale

Datong Day 6

Summer Camps: 

Friday has come too quick.  Our students and team members continue to work so well together, always looking for more time to be alongside each other.  I don't think we've smiled so much, as we have this week.  So important to hear of these children's stories and share ours.

Tonight we will have our annual Birthday party.  Just another opportunity to party with our friends and continue building relationships.  

Thanks for the lifts.

Dave Williams

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