Eleven boys and 27 suitcases!

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We received this awesome update from the Chinese chaperone!

The boys were very helpful helping to get the luggage at Beijing airport. I wished you guys were there to witness what was going on. Trust me you would not want to miss it.

I told the boys I’d need their help to collect the luggage since there’s so many of them. And then described what kind of luggage belonged to us. There was barely any room available for us beside the luggage transfer belt at first. Before I said “let’s move”, the boys just fanned out and managed their way into the crowd and got right next to the belt occupying different spots and started grabbing suitcases. Some of the suitcases were too big and heavy for the younger ones so they were moving or rolling with the suitcases next to the belt or on the belt until someone came to “rescue”. I tell you they were like a bunch of tiny little soldiers fighting a combat! Some adults next to them helped out, some just stood by and watched their actions in awe. It didn’t take long for them to “finish the battle” and we had all our luggage, or perhaps I should use the word “prey”, collected. It was a kind of chaotic scene for a while and I told them afterward next time we ought to do things in an orderly manner. But I just can’t help laughing every time I think of the scenes. It was hilarious!

PTL we are all back safe and sound. I hope the kids get a good day of rest and are ready for school tomorrow. I know it’ll be hard for them to adjust back to life home after such a unique, unforgettable American experience. A couple of them already told me on the way back “I don’t want to go back. America is fun”. While they need to learn to move on with normal life, I do look forward to seeing some amazing things, a bright future, and what happens to some of them as a result of the wonderful experience through the hosting program.

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