It would not be too broad a generalization to say that all of us on this cross-cultural experience have been exceedingly impressed with the generosity and hospitality of the Chinese people. We've been treated very well by our hosts in our accommodations, food, drink, transportation, communication and even free medical treatment.
Here in Luzhou, as we have made better connections with our hosts we've been introduced to rituals of thanks and appreciation that as you'll see in an upcoming video can start as early as kindergarten. Our American hosts have treated us very well too. We've sampled Sichuan cooking in rural settings and four-star hotels. Despite our eccentric food preferences (gluten-free, vegetarian, not-spicy-please, dairy-free, shellfish allergy, etc.), we will miss these gourmet meals.
The kindness shown to us characterizes the ministry of the Protestant church in Luzhou. For the past two days, we have visited with members and leaders of the largest Protestant congregation in this small town of one million people. Besides offering lively worship services with dance, multiple choirs, and passionate preaching, this congregation has spear-headed a variety of social services, including a medical clinic, kindergarten, senior care center, and federation for those with disabilities. The medical clinical integrates traditional Chinese and modern Western medicine.