I’m on the plane back to China and can’t wait to start blogging. This Stateside trip has been a good one, but it’s time to get back to work in the everyday. A lot of momentum has been generated and now it’s time to start going for it.
It has been way too long since I last wrote. I like to write, but I need space in which to write. The past month has been a hectic and irregular Stateside schedule, but beautiful none-the-less. Nothing like a 30-something hour itinerary back to China that gives one all the space needed to write! It’s a blessing to have so many friends and siblings, nieces and nephews. So many beautiful hours laughing, snuggling, eating, and sharing. How encouraged I am after seeing so many of you, yet so many I didn’t have a chance to see! It was refreshing to discuss life here in uncensored terms. I spent other days giving workshops and lectures about the health consequences of human trafficking. Somehow, but not mysteriously, a part of my journey and the compelling love seems to come out as well.
Yes, I have been given the opportunity to give workshops at medical schools and conferences (including a large one that happens in Louisville every November), a lecture at Notre Dame, a presentation to the princess of Sweden and even meet Queen Sylvia of Sweden. However, I consider it an honor to give a public voice to the voiceless, marginalized people that I have the privilege of serving in China and other places. It is a way to advocate for justice, it is time to get back to work on it.
The new apartment is still in a chaos of unpacked boxes, but at least I’ll have something to do when I’m wide awake, jet-lagging at 3am. Let’s hope my neighbor downstairs doesn’t start to think there’s a crazy person up making noise in the middle of the night! Then it’s back to work on Monday!
It was great to see you – please stay in touch!