Student Night in Dalian
post date: October 30, 2011
After another worship song, the leader said, “The speakers will now take questions.” So from 8:15-9 PM Mark and I (and the translator) stood in front of the students answering questions, most of them about how to deal with times of discouragement, pressure, and what to do when you find yourself going through a “spiritual valley.” I think these young Chinese students are under enormous pressure to get an education, get a job, get married, and get going in life. Plus it’s difficult to be a Christian in a materialistic, irreligious society. Sometimes the students were serious, but often there was a lot of laughter. Occasionally they answered each other.
The students clapped and cheered when we were done. Then we went out into the evening chill and into the cacophony of life in Dalian. The students seemed genuinely glad we had come, and we felt very much the same.
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