I had no idea what this little trip to Chongming Forrest had entailed. I was thinking a few dinners, some sight seeing and just lounging and waiting around the hotel while Danny went off to do a little bit of work with his bosses. Little did I know that Beck and I would be joining the entire crew to 3 nursing homes and a hospital amidst breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, and sight seeing. It was a very crammed and eye opening 2 days.
The BEST part of it all were those few short impacting visits to the nursing homes and hospitals. I found out that nursing homes are a newer thing here in China, due to younger people wanting to be more independent from their elders (thats what people tell us). Therefore, there has been a huge need for nursing homes, as well as supplies, like wheelchairs, beds, and walkers. I wasn’t fully filled in on the details until after I got there and noticed rows upon rows of wheelchairs and walkers with the letter “LDS” on them. Then like a dumby it clicked….hundreds of brand new wheelchairs, hospital beds, and walkers were donated to over 15 places in just Chongming Island alone. I sat there in the back of the long room with sleeping Beck in my lap and seriously got teary eyed (yes maybe too emotional, but it was in the moment kind of thing) thinking of all the love and help the LDS church gives to the world, even to this little island in China. Cheesy I know, but I love how we believe that whether you are a member or a 99 year old Buddhist Chinese woman, everyone is a child of God and we are our brother’s keeper. Love, love, love that.
The sweet nurses trying to dodge my picture
What Beck was doing during the Ceremony
What Beck was doing after. He easily draws a crowd.
The group that helped make this happen!
Right outside of a brand new hospital where tons of hospital beds were donated. I was keeping Beck entertained.