Li Shi and Zhou Li’s Hengyang Adventure
Empowering our young adults
Posted by Communications Staff May 12, 2015
They can laugh about it now. And they do—often and heartily. It must have been quite the adventure, these two young men from International China Concern’s Changsha Project independently making the hour-long train journey to Hengyang.
There was a traffic jam on the way to the train station, they tell us. Because of it, they missed their scheduled afternoon departure, and had to figure out how to rebook their tickets for the evening train. They shrug and laugh. It was no big deal.
But the overriding impression that comes through these two young men as they speak is deeper than the laughter. Beyond the fact that Li Shi, 28, and Zhou Li, 22, are good friends who enjoy each other’s company, there is something more. These two exude joy. Their lives are full. As Zhou Li put it in a recent update to his sponsors: “You may think my daily life is dull or boring, but I think it is rich and substantial.”
In early February, these two young men made up their minds to travel to ICC’s Hengyang Project during Chinese New Year to spend time with the children there and see how they were faring in the new children’s care centre.
With the help of long-term ICC volunteer Sunny Sun, Li Shi and Zhou Li arranged their accommodations. They booked their own train tickets. With their own money, they bought snacks and small gifts for the children in Hengyang. Then they set off to volunteer in Hengyang and encourage the children there.
“We went there to have fun with the children—playing games and going out with them for walks,” Zhou Li says.