|Right before the smack to the face, they were linking arms. Maybe someone caught that on film.|
|Our awesome group--nine Holt families|
|And the three shall soon become six.|
This has been a difficult (to say the least) experience, but one in which we have felt the presence of the Lord--His strength and endurance, and His healing, restoring touch on Jiushu, even in the last few days. Thank you for your prayer, encouragement, and wonderful comments! Blogging this trip has been very meaningful for me...even better since someone is following along. I'll close with some fantastic news we received this morning. We had applied for a grant this past winter, before we were matched with Jiushu. We were turned down, but the foundation encouraged us to reapply once we were further along in the process. The new deadline was end-of-April, and we sent an update letter with news of our referral. Kind of forgot about it after that, especially once we were preparing to travel. The director of the foundation emailed me this morning to say they are giving us $3000! Oh God, you are SO good! Not a bad way to end our trip, huh?