It’s been a while since our last blog post and whilst not much has changed in terms of our day to day schedule, it feels that we are in a different place to when we last wrote.
Gradually, Micah is becoming much happier and more settled. He is still not quite himself, but he is feeling much more comfortable in his new surroundings and growing in confidence with the guys (mostly recovering addicts, known on site as ‘brothers’) who live in our block. In contrast, Asher has loved being here in Hong Kong and thrived in the extra attention the other helpers and the brothers give him. It’s been amazing to see how much the brothers care for him and love to spend time with him, especially when you consider that many of the guys have been in Triad gangs and/or prison. These relationships are so positive for the brothers, many of whom are learning to relate to children in a positive and healthy way. Our prayer is that these relationships would help our kids to grow in confidence and resilience, but also that they would help to bring healing to the brothers that they spend time with.
Over the last few weeks, Asher has begun to walk and is now confidently waddling around our home. Watching him learn to walk and begin to take his first tiny independent steps mirrors our experience of adapting to life, language and culture in Hong Kong. We know what we need to do and have an idea of how we want to go about doing it, but are not yet at our most effective. We’re sure it will become much easier when our language skills have developed further, although we are finally getting to the point where we can have very simple conversations with the brothers in the house.
The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to practise speaking cantonese as we work with the brothers from before 8am to after 9pm. This involves prayer, bible study, worship, outreach into the poorest areas of Hong Kong and learning to take responsibility by working around the site 2 days a week. The brothers also attend training in working with the poor and those in need during the mornings twice a week. It really has been a privilege to see how the guys have changed, even in the short time we have been here. Some of their testimonies about how God has changed their lives are truly incredible.
We just want to finish by saying thank you to all of those people back home who are thinking and praying for us. It was really hard to leave the comfort of our school, friends, families and church, but the way we have been supported has really encouraged us. Thank you. Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks.