Yesterday our tour included visiting local Chinese villages, specifically a Hutong village tour. These villages mean "narrow lanes" and provide community for families whom live within the street. We were honored to visit a family's home while the wife cooked lunch for us while her 4-year son played in the common room. I enjoyed interacting with their family, witnessing life for the working class.
The contrast comes after our Hutong tour when we visited the tourist locations: The Summer Palace, an acrobat show, a pearl store, traditional Chinese medicine and a bakery.
God really gave me a love for the people of China yesterday as everyone needs the Father's love. I want to learn Esther's culture; as she grows I can help her to understand her heritage. Her culture includes the tourist sites that represent significant events in China, but her history also belongs to the working class that supports the entire system. Our family feels very blessed and humbled to be able to experience life in Beijing.