Sunday, March 23, 2008

Christ is Risen!

Happy Easter! I’m writing this at the end of a great Easter Day. We’re in Guangzhou and have finalized all the paperwork. The U.S. Consulate will review things tomorrow and (if we haven’t made any mistakes) will issue Noelle’s travel Visa on Tuesday. The end is in sight! We started the day with a shopping spree on Shaimian (sp?) Island –a beautiful shopping district in Guangzhou. It was weird spending the first part of Easter running around and buying gifts, but it was also fun to select things that we’ll share with Noelle in the coming years. We hope that she’ll appreciate her Chinese heritage.

The high point of the day, however, was joining the other families in a time of worship. We rented a conference room, brought our children and had “church”. Brian Docherty and his daughter Abby led in worship, Brian Woods offered the prayer and I gave a Bible lesson. The children loved the worship. There was no squirming or crying. I hope they sensed the Spirit of God that we sensed. I’d also love to know what the Chinese people around us thought of the Americans singing as we did. When I got up to preach, Noelle decided she needed “daddy time”. So I got to hold and feed her crackers and then let her run back to mommy. It’s going to be interesting to see what we’ll do once were back in a more traditional worship setting. But for today, it was precious. The great thing about traveling with other Christians is that we all get what an incredible thing it has been for God to bring us to this place. We are so grateful that he led us to adoption and look forward to teaching our children about him.

Well, we’re out of time for today. We hope you have a good Easter and look forward to seeing you sometime after we get back.

God Bless,
Eric (and Jennifer)

P.S. Thanks for the prayers. Jennifer is doing much better today.


bugs parents said...

He is Risen indeed!!! Happy Easter! What a special blessing to be able to share Easter with those you traveled with - it's a unique bond to begin with and to celebrate Easter together - wow! We'll be praying for health, adjustments, and easy travel for you. We're looking foward to reading the rest of your story once you have had a chance to get home and rest! Pam

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I have laughed and cried as I have read about your experiences over the last week and a half. We leave on Thursday and I am so excited! Many blessings to you and your family~

Tricia Breeger said...

Jennifer & Eric - Of course I've been intently following your blog and I'm so delighted to finally see Noelle in the arms of her Mommy and Daddy. It's Easter Sunday today and as I reflect on the wonderful day I've had with my family, I just wanted to share that I'm overjoyed and relieved to see Noelle united with her forever parents. It was such privilege to sponsor Noelle. Best wishes to you all and God bless your family. Sincerely, Tricia Breeger

Aidan Woods said...

O my Gosh She is sooo cute i love her ! See you at church

Aidan Woods

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Redmom2005 said...

Happy Easter! Many blessings to you!!

Erin DeNicolo