We have received wonderful reports from the Cedarnest Global Health Engagement team currently on the field in China. After three days of travel, the team has engaged in manymeetings, planning times, and prep sessions. Here are just a few updates along the way…
On Saturday, the team visited Changchun University of Science and Technology (CUST) organic farm operation (pictured above) and met with the staff. They also had a wonderful opportunity to pick (and eat) some of the organically grown food. After their morning harvesting, the team enjoyed a local hot springs water park and relaxed in preparation for the weeks ahead. In the evening, the team joined colleagues, Paul and Vicky, for dinner with CUST members.
On Sunday, the team began the day in a time of prayer and Bible Study, engaging in great discussion for a few hours. In the afternoon, they met again with Vicky to receive updates on the children and families with whom they will be working–2 girls and 2 boys between 4 and 8 years old. The team will be reviewing medical records, and preparing nutrition assessments, seminars, kids activities and games, special performance projects, personal hygiene/food safety training, and a menu for the Cedarnest Center. Seminars have been scheduled for Beijing Children’s Hospital and some of the local high schools.
In the evening, the team gathered in a local home and learned how to make dumplings using deer meat. This was a time for new friends, fun, and photos, and the students really seemed to enjoy themselves.
On Monday, the team met with CUST senior leaders and discussed possibilities for future curriculum. The students were very impressed by the meeting. They were invited to make presentations at the end of the visit and will present on their product development projects. A few hundred students and faculty are expected to be in attendance.
In the evening, the team met with Paul to prepare for and teach at the English Corner. They met with small groups of CUST students and faculty.
The students are holding up well (with a little jet lag), but still doing reall well. They are praying together and enjoying meals with colleagues. All in all, some very special times together and preparing for times that will get busier. Paul and Vicky have been wonderful shepherds and real blessings.
Until next time…
Dr. Meg Barth
Program Director, Nutrition and Food Sciences