Hong Kong!

Wednesday, January 01, 2020
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Today is the first day of the next decade… we're now in the 2020’s! Off we go from the Grand Mercure Hotel at 6:30 a.m. to the airport and on to Hong Kong. The airport is cavernous.  Terminal 3 is where we leave from to Hong Kong. So far, all has been on time and without hitch except that Darris has forgotten his headset in the room. But he called them and they will ship it to the U.S. 
We arrived at Hong Kong on time at 2 p.m. Earl Roemer and Mary Ong were at the airport to escort us on the shuttle to our hotel in Hong Kong.
The city of Hong Kong is very interesting in its arrangement. Again, a former British seagate.  It is one of the largest ports in the world. The city is located partly on an island and partly on the mainland called Kowloon... I think I got that right. 
Mary Ong is a bubbly, warm, intelligent and faithful woman who has been one of the anchors of the church here for years. 
We checked into the Island Pacific Hotel by about 4:00 p.m. We agreed to meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. with some of the other members of the Hong Kong church.
At 6:30 p.m. the following people came:
1.     Dr. Peter Chau. He is a medical doctor of internal medicine.
2.     Connie from Harbin China came down
3.     Rhea Maglasangg, who is originally from Davao in the Philippines
4.     Sophia Ong, daughter of Mary Ong
5.     Earl Roemer, of course
6.     The four of us… McNeely’s as well as Bev and me.
Lots of wonderful conversation! I sat across from Connie. She lives near the Russian border and her brother works in manufacturing on the Russian side. She visits him regularly and she knew a few Russian words. 
We talked about the new updated website for the Church here that could display the Chinese alphabet properly on mobile devices. Terry Franke, who assists Earl Roemer, is coming in here Thursday to work on this project with a developer. There are two booklets already translated into Chinese and more are planned. The current site is at http://ucghk.org/
We also discussed setting up LifeNets as a registered charity so that Mary can solicit funds and sponsor projects with the LifeNets Mission for the Hong Kong and Southeast Asia area. We hope to get things moving forward in this area on this trip. Registering is straightforward, but the wait time can be long… at least it was for registering the Church. You need to register in order to open a bank account to facilitate your work. 
We then talked about the few sightseeing things we would do in the next two days. I think we’re all set. As always, it is wonderful to be with people of the same spirit. No matter where you are in the world, you have instant connectivity of mind and spirit. 
The day is over. More adventures the next three days before we return home via Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. 
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Esther Zornes

Pictures look great, so very interesting to see all the places every one visits.