I have an interesting friend Aquila.

We have known each other for twelve years. In 2007, he moved to Shanghai after graduating from university. We have a lot in common, so we discussed many topics. At that time, he was preparing to study in San Francisco. Frankly, it’s not easy to make this decision. I encouraged him to go forward with his plan and I reminded him that God is always faithful if we obey His laws.

Eventually, Aquila decided to go to San Francisco.

In 2013, I met him again in the same city. He was not single, and his wife stood with him. They had just returned from Africa. They had stayed there for one year. Like before, he shared their life in Nigeria where it’s hot and people easily get old. Particularly, he shared a local story regarding the monkey. The story went like this: It is said that in order to catch a monkey, people put a big nut in a bottle with a small neck. When a monkey tries to get the nut out of the bottle with its hand, it can’t because the neck is too small. The problem is that the monkey doesn’t give up and escapes, so the hunter easily catches it.

I envied Aquila and his wife’s life. Like the wind, he can live anywhere in the world. At that time his wife was pregnant, so they had stayed in Shanghai until their daughter was two years old.

In 2015, I moved to San Francisco, Aquila also had a short trip there. Actually, he was preparing to evangelize in Tunisia. He also shared his plan with me. At first, he wanted to learn Arabic and French.

A week ago, Aquila came to Dover. Now he can communicate in Arabic, and he became a tour guide. He was really popular with Chinese visitors to Tunisia. People who watched Casablanca really want to explore Tunisia. He thinks Tunisia is similar to America, where people can do everything freely. The biggest difference is that 98% of people are Muslim. When Ramadan starts, people cannot eat during the daytime. Only a few restaurants are open for special people. When he tried to eat lunch in a restaurant, where it was really dark inside, and people couldn’t speak. They kept silent, and just like a thief. Sounds interesting!

Now Aquila prepares to go to Kenya. I hope he will have a wonderful time with his family.



I Prefer Spring

I prefer spring because I can fly kites with my son. Last year, when the first warm weekend came, we went to Boyce Park and many people enjoyed the sunshine there. When we began to fly our kite, we caught much attention. Many kids asked us to let them try. They were so eager to play with the kite. Looking at their eager eyes, we found we were so welcomed.

I prefer spring because winter has gone. The ice even behind the house will be able to melt. The trees have new leaves, which are really fast. I saw the new leaves came out in one week. The sunshine is always nice. I often enjoy the sunshine in the afternoon. Normally, I pick up a novel and sit inside my car. No one bothers me and I can read a whole afternoon on Sunday, as well I enjoy the sunshine. Sometimes I feel asleep, but never mind, just let it go. Everything has its way.

The best day of my life

If you ask me what the best day of my life was, I will tell you it was Feb 15th. My wife and son came back to America after a long month vacation in China on that day.

I left home at 10 am. It took me two hours to arrive at Newark International Airport. I parked the car in 106. After that, I began to check my messages. Sacha asked me whether I would be back in the afternoon because he needed my help. I was sorry to hear that but I would not be able to help him. I had to wait for my family. Honestly, the airplane was delayed.

My mother-in-law asked me whether they had arrived or not. I told her that they had been delayed for half an hour. I also hoped that she would not worry and just go to sleep. It was midnight in China.

A young mother kissed her husband. She seemed excited. She took her turn to push the stroller while the little boy was still sleeping.

At this time my phone was ringing. My friend Jonathan was calling me. He asked whether I met my family. I was about to say not yet, but wait–I found them! Perfect!

Finally, I pick up my wife and son. What a beautiful day it was!