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.

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The boys up to mischief again.
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Micah excited to sleep in his new bed.
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Asher walking in his first pair of shoes.

Love,

The Lanes

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10 thoughts on “Small Steps (but lots of them)

  1. Great to hear from you! We had Brian Houston (not the Brian+Bobbie Houston one, the other one) lead a bit of worship this morning – Sam Harding had his moment to shine during his drum solo – it was all very rock n roll! Thinking of you all. X

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  2. Wonderful to hear the news and to see the gorgeous pics of the boys! You are much in our thoughts and prayers! Go Team Lane – you are all fab! Lots of love from the Collingtons xxX

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  3. Love the photos. Toby still prays for micah (mikey) nearly every night. Miss you guys, but what you are doing is amazing and what an incredible experience/story for the boys to be able to share when they’re older. Xxx

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  4. Great to read your news and see Micah’s smiling face, it’s a great thing you are doing , sharing your life with others in this way.

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  5. It is great to hear from you guys again.can’t believe Asher is walking by now. I imagine the brothers now catching after him the whole time. We loved spending time with you in HK and hope we will see each other some day soon. Maybe you visit us for the Christmas markets 😉 ?
    We keep praying for all of you
    Lots of blessings
    Max and Sarah

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  6. So good to hear of your progress and (what must be) great patience and resilience. Not many could do it. But you guys are very determined when you decide on something. The boys are really blossoming. May God continue to bless and guide you in what must be a very difficult task . Proud of you all. A.Anne x x x x

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