La Salle Study Centre Changjiao
June 2013 Newsletter
29th June 2013
now sitting in the waiting room of Guangzhou East Railway
Station waiting to board an express train to Hong Kong.
What am I doing in Guangzhou?
Well, I came to Guangzhou on Thursday evening to take
part in an award ceremony organized by the Xinhua Monthly
Newspaper on Friday afternoon 28th June at the
Zhujiang Xin An Hotel. The
award is known as The Outstanding Contributors to the
Development of Guangdong for year 2012.
go back to my report on March.
For those who have been following my quarterly report,
you will remember that I encountered problems when I wanted to
start work cementing the narrow hill road so that farmers can
conveniently ride their motorbikes to their land in the hill.
Thank God, with the help of village authorities and the
generosity of two villages who graciously offered their land,
we were able to make a detour and by-passed the blockade.
I chose to and was in Hong Kong when the alternative
road was built. I
was told three brothers from that family actually used logs to
block the existing road and even threatened trouble for those
working. I feel sorry for the family as they no longer have
any standing in the village as a result of their very
unreasonable and selfish stand.
Although they claim that their action was not against
me but against another villager who will benefit more from the
road, I am at a lost to understand the argument as their
youngest brother has many pomelo trees planted at the very end
of the road.
above episode is a story of a blessing in disguise.
An officer in local Huliao town government, who is a
parent to one of my students knew about the incident and
decided to take affirmative action to “right the wrong”.
He timed his action perfectly by making use of the
Qingming (Grave Sweeping) festival to invite six businessmen
from Guangzhou who returned to our village to pay their
respect to their respect to their ancestors, to have dinner
with him [which they could not refused] and invited me along.
To cut the story short, I received a donation double
the amount I spent. We
have not started cementing the road because of the rain.
Thank God, I have put this event behind me and I am
looking forward to have the road cemented by the end of this
connection with another item in my March report, the
construction of the new Bishopric in Meixian, it is with great
joy that I want to inform you that I attended the ground
breaking ceremony on Thursday 27th June just before
I travelled to Guangzhou for the above mentioned award
latest CCTV publicity, it looks like what I foresaw as a
possible opening of starting an English Language Centre in
Meixian at the Bishopric can become a reality.
I will need people and financial resources then.
I pray some of you who regularly read my adventures in
Changjiao will consider accompanying me on this possible new
mission in two years time.
item mentioned in my March report is the
10 Top News Media Personality of Guangdong 2012.
We attended the award ceremony held in Guangzhou on
Friday 22nd March at the Guangdong TV Center.
The Liaos of Dabu who live and work in Guangzhou heard
about the event and decided to gather at the TV station with
banners and placards to show their support and appreciation.
We had dinner with the organizers after the event and
the Dabu Liaos hosted us to a lunch the following day.
30th May CCTV4 broadcasted a programme: Hakka
People in Dabu. Two
persons were featured in for the programme.
The first is the famous late Zhang Bishi, the founder
of Zhangyu Brandy and Red Wine.
I was featured second as a third generation Overseas
Hakka returning to serve and bring about development in a
rural hill village.
Friday 24th May, CCTV13 in cooperation with
Beijing’s Guangming Ribao, sent a reporter and a cameraman
to interview and film us for a national activity entitled
“In Search of the dedicated rural village Teachers” in
conjunction with this year’s "China's
Dream" activity with the aim of exhibiting the spirit of
selfless contribution of the village teacher, self sacrifice
and model for uplifting human spirit and character.
were here from Friday through to Monday filming and
interviewing us. I was literally wired throughout as they
wanted to have a recording of everything I said to students,
parents and villagers. As
a follow-up to that interview, LSSC appeared
as a 3 episodes feature of the morning 7.30 a.m. news of
CCTV13 for 3 consecutive days on 17th, 18 and 19th
June. We then
appeared again as a main feature on 8 p.m. news of CCTV1 on 22nd
June. I do not
know what effect this national media exposure will have on our
summer programme this year but I am certain it will bring
additional pressure on the number of students seeking a place.
We have already received telephone enquiries about this
summer’s programme from all across China.
key event for LSSC was the invitation to address the students
and faculty of the Education Department at Jiayin University
in Meixian on 13th March.
I am proud to say that my lecture on The Vocation of a
Teacher was well received and the follow-up Q&A was lively
and interesting. Invariably,
the question as to why I am not married poped up.
Thank God, I have been asked this question so often
that I had great fun answering it.
As a follow-up to the talk, about 60 students and 10
members of Jiayin’s Education Faculty visited LSSC on 2nd
June 2013 and attend a lesson at LSSC entitled “China’s
weather here has been unusual in many ways.
It was raining heavily and almost daily in May and June
and as a result many young pomelo fruits fell off.
Since last week, the rain has stopped and now we are
experiencing very hot weather.
Thank God, the day before yesterday, the Political
Secretary of Huliao together with the GM of the Electricity
Board visited LSSC and agreed to lower the tariff for our
is that time of the year where we want peace and quiet so that
we can prepare for the summer.
We have posted our registration dates and conditions
but keeping to the schedule is not easy as some anxious
parents and relatives turn up early so as not to miss out.
this we end this latest report.
Please keep us in your prayers.
Take care and God bless.
always with love in the service of youth and nation through
29th June 2013
La Salle Study Centre
All good things must
come to an end...