Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stories


Sarah and Nathan with their veterans Carl Frost

Students enjoyed a walk on the beach.
 It is hard to believe that our time in Qingdao is coming to an end and we will soon be traveling to the historical city of Beijing. Today was our last day in this beautiful, coastal city; therefore, it is only fitting that we spent some time at the beach. It was wonderful to take in the scenery and feel the cool sea breeze as we walked the shore and looked at different merchants selling their unique trinkets.

I have learned so much in the past few days of touring this city, most of which has come from my veteran, Carl Frost. Mr. Frost was stationed in Qingdao when he was 17 years old. He spent his time here as a transport driver for the many people who came and went from the base. Mr. Frost said this city has changed so much since he was here in the 1940s. When he was stationed in Qingdao he said their was one dirt road that ran through the main part of the city and the tallest building was only four stories. However, now Qingdao is filled with tall skyscrapers, highways, and lots of people. It is so fun to see Mr. Frost's excitement at all the changes that have occurred since he was here.

It  has been such a joy to hear the many stories Mr. Frost has to share with Nathan and I. My favorite story  Mr. Frost told me was that he used to travel into town almost everyday to run an errand or pick someone up from the nearby airbase. During these trips, Mr. Frost would often find Charlie, put his bicycle in the back of his truck and take him to school. He would then wait until Charlie got inside the doors just in case anyone would give him a hard time about riding in a Marine car.

This story completely encompasses the kind of man that Mr. Frost is. Throughout this trip he has been nothing but kind-hearted, joyful and generous to everyone he is around. It has been such a blessing to see the way Mr. Frost lives out his faith in Christ everyday of his life, and I am so grateful just to be able to sit and hear the stories and lessons he is so willing to tell.

Mr. Frost has changed me, he showed me the importance of kindness, service to one's country, putting others before myself and most of all, loving Jesus through all things. I am excited to continue this story on to Beijing and hopefully learn even more from such a wonderful man.

Sarah Unruh

 



Daniel and Chelsea took Mr. Helmlinger to go shopping for his wife.


Tonight we enjoyed a nice walk on the busy streets of Qingdao to a local restaurant.


Mr. Marsh is always up for trying new things...even squid soup.


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