While plowing our way through dumplings, Chinese rice, and some interesting mushrooms, we planned a special surprise for the return of the participants.
The Participants Return!
Last night (Saturday), two busses carrying the participants pulled into the gravel parking lot of ARI just as the sun was setting. Many staff and volunteers were waiting with a banner and smiling faces. It was a joyous scene full of hugs, shouting, and water-balloons!
We had spent all afternoon preparing water-balloons to surprise splash our returning friends. Even in the midst of tossing balloons we were greeting each other with wet hugs.
Later we all gathered in Koinonia, the dining hall, for a special candle-light feast that Jenny and the rest of the meal service team helped to prepare. Jenny made a butter-sweet peach cobbler. Also on the table: squid tempura, friend potatoes, tomato basil salad (made by Jenny also!), Philippine fried noodles, Indonesian pork curry, and, good ol' ARI-rice! In addition to the peach cobbler, we had fruit cocktail and homemade ice cream! Some of our musically inclined staff helped to set a welcoming tone by playing guitar and piano.
This week already marks the first month we have spent here. Thank you all again for your prayers and love.
Much hope and new beginnings.
Doug and Jenny Knight