Last Christmas, when teaching in China was only an option on the list of Church service opportunities available, Kirk felt like he wanted some direction in his life. Logan & Mark and their families were at the cabin with us and after all our celebrations, Kirk asked his sons to give him a blessing. Logan was voice, and after the blessing was over, Logan remarked that he felt strongly that whatever Kirk was supposed to do, it was going to mean that he would be learning a lot and need to work hard at it.
|Front door of our apartment building|
Mark set Kirk up with a laptop computer, he and Logan gave Kirk some lessons, and Kirk began to learn how to use it for more than just checking his e-mail. He learned to do power point presentations and download files.
Now that we are here, he has jumped in with both feet. He tries talking to EVERYONE who will listen to him, especially taxi drivers who are 'stuck' with him. He works hard to hear the nuances of pronunciation and learn new vocabulary. He is trying to get good enough to tell a driver of a san luen che (3-wheeled car) like this one how to get to our house from the store.
|Going to IKEA on a san luen che|
|Gated entry from the street to our housing complex|
In the meantime, he carries all our groceries and always says "Ni Hao" to the guard at the gate and other neighbors.
|Shahe River near our home|
|Kirk going to his first day of class; from our apartment office window.|