So I decided to take a break from study *groan* and think and talk a little about what I'm going to be doing this summer! My exams start next week, and end the 12th of May. That gives me exactly 2 months until I depart for China!!!
So we spend a whole day flying, a short flight to London, a long wait, and a long flight to Beijing. We arrive on Friday morning, to a city with nearly 20 million people which is 4-5 times more people than the whole of Ireland!! We have just two days to 'get the Beijing experience', we'll stay in a hotel in the city and roam around - see the main sites (Tienanmen Sq, Forbidden City etc.) and eat lots of good food!
We then take a 7/8 hour train to Zhengzhou. We will be exhausted at that point - and likely sleep the whole way!! So we arrive at camp with Bring Me Hope on Sunday evening giving us just a few hours until the KIDS ARRIVE on monday morning sometime!!! Hopefully we will have recovered by then from jet-lag and travel fatigue. So we will be matched with a translator (chinese student) and one or two orphans, and we spend Monday to Friday as a family group. We will basically just be pouring love out, playing games, doing activities, buying presents, eating food... All sorts of things, to really just show them an amazing time! Then Friday afternoon will be time to say goodbye. The hardest part about it all - having to say goodbye. I'm not even gonna think about that now, or i'll just cry remembering saying goodbye last year.
So we then have the weekend to recover emotionally, and rest. We will also have the opportunity to tour around ZZ and hopefully do some shopping at local markets - which is always fun bartering!
Monday will come again, and we will be matched with a new translator and orphan. Same routine again, well, in China things never go to plan, and it will be a new kid - so it will be the same yet oh so different. Friday will come again and we will say goodbye yet again.
Then will be one of the most difficult parts for me, where I will say goodbye to my sister and two friends who will head back home to Ireland, and I will board a train by myself for another city closeby. There, I will be working with International China Concern (ICC) for a further two and a half weeks with orphans again. This trip will look a little different as we will be in the actual orphanages.
The most exciting part about this leg of the trip is that I will be working in the orphanage that the kids from my second week of camp last year came from. So i'll hopefully get to see some familiar faces!!
Then back to Beijing, and the long flight home by myself. At that stage, I will most likely be physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally exhausted. It will be difficult to return to 'normal life' after 5 weeks of serving.
I'm certainly excited to see what God has in store for me!!