Update on Rachel Hitt
My goodness, it's been a while! China has kept me rather busy, and while that means there isn't much time for email update, it means I have made lots of friends and haven't found much down time. The fist few days we were here, we got to visit the Great Wall and I received a Chinese name (何幽兰, pronounced hé yōu lán)! China had exceeded expectations within the first 36 hours!
The first week was spent observing classes and meeting students to try and build some relationships and connect with people. We also attended and English corner, a voluntary time for students to come and practice English for an hour and a half. This was another good place to meet and connect with students.
Coffee and Conversation:
I had the incredible joy of getting to meet up with a new friend a couple of times for coffee and conversation. We talked about where we're from and our families. We talked about university life and the differences in China and the U.S. We had to use the help of a translation app, but it was time so well spent and so worth the effort of the app. One meeting we had was right after a Chinese holiday, and she had tons of pictures to share with me! After hearing all about here family and getting to see all the incredible pictures of the beautiful place she lived, she asked me if I had any pictures to show her. I pulled out my little photo album of pictures of my life at home, and she was so interested in knowing me and my life and those in it. I loved getting to share these with her and I loved how genuinely interested she was. I will truly miss her when I leave this place.
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Our United Methodist Men are touching the lives of hungry children by loading more than 40 backpacks with food each week for Hamilton Independent School District students. The school identifies students who would be without food over the weekend, when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. The Tarrant County Food Bank supplies non-perishable food, but a local organization must agree to sponsor the program and fill the backpacks. Our UMM has agreed to serve as sponsor. The men fill the backpacks at their breakfast meeting each Thursday and deliver them to the school, where Robin Anglin, teacher and FUMC member, receives them. The children return the backpacks to be loaded again. The United Methodist Men meet at 8 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and welcome other men to join them.
Capital Improvement Fund
The Finance Committee has established a Capital Improvement Fund, which will grow to be ready for repairs and improvements on the church building and grounds, as needed. Unfortunately, this fund is still being established, and we must already tap
this resource and more to put a new roof on the Education Bldg. (The building leaked badly during the recent rains.) If you would like to contribute to this fund, send your donation to the church office and mark it “Capital Improvement.” Thank you for your commitment to our church.