In August I had the chance to visit the city of Shenyang for the second time. The first time I visited the city was in May of 2011. I wasn’t very impressed with the city and wrote my thoughts here. This time, I fell in love with the city. Why such the drastic difference? I am not sure, but probably because of time and experience.
Time: The first time we spent less than 24 hours in the city. This time I spent time over a period of three days and two nights in the city.
Experience: Being in China longer (knowing more culture and language) has helped me to know how to properly survey a Chinese city.
Basically, my time in the city and experience to know what and where to look were limited.
Another thing that I realized is that it he takes more than one visited to really get to know or get a feel for a city. Everyone is used to the way “their city” is and judges everything through that lens. I have found that time spent in a new city helps you learn that what seems to be apparent weaknesses at first can actually be strengths and vice-versa.
Despite what initial reactions where, I want to give a second review for the city and am praying to mobilize someone to work with our team, Project China, to move to this city and start a church.
In these few post, I want to give you a new look at Shenyang from our recent trip and then compare it to the other two cities where we already have team members stationed.
Will you join us in praying for a laborer to be sent to Shenyang, China?