never forget the sadness and sense of futility we felt as we watched so many people prostrate themselves in front of temples or idols out of fear and obligation. I would never ever attempt to take away another person’s freedom to worship however they choose; I simply long for those who have not yet found the light and life that is in Jesus to find it for themselves – whether they live on the Tibetan Plateau or in Albany Park!
One of the great joys of the trip was the richness of the international diversity of our team. Two people, including Daniel our leader, were from New Zealand. We also had a pastor from South Africa, a nurse from Germany and two Brits: myself and a man from Haywards Heath who is working on a PhD, and has been living in China now for nine years (and who turned out, amazingly, to be a distant relative of mine!). As is often the way on these adventures, we started as strangers, but ended up having ‘bonded’ together and feeling sad to be going our separate ways.
One experience in particular drew us together as a team. Our team leader Daniel was married to a Chinese lady - Sonja, whose mother had been imprisoned in 2003 for 14 years for a business infringement: the Chinese government wanted to make an example of her. It so