One of the things I love most about living in Shanghai is opportunity to meet so many interesting people from all over the world, in addition to the millions of fascinating people living right here in our town. Our social life been more active and interesting here than ever before in my life. Part of the secret is just showing up at key places and events, especially Church.
My wife and I were impressed with a visitor we had today and invited him to join us for dinner. In addition to learning about an important new technology from the company he is leading, I also learned about another unrelated project of this high-achieving, fascinating man, a project that is helping many missionaries and their families. MyMission.com and the related app for iPhone and Android devices allows missionaries or their families to archive their emails from their mission and to upload photos and other information that can be used to create and preserve a book about the mission.
It’s all free. My wife and I both registered and have give the MyMission service a test run. We like what we see. My wife wants to archive the abundant information we get about our two nieces on missions, and I might just record some of my own information.
You can also keep track of other missionaries in your area and in your life. A thoughtful service that I hope many of you will try.
Meanwhile, let me know when you come to China. I’d love to meet, even if you’re one of our critics here who disagrees with what we’re all about, even if I’ve had to delete a post or two of yours, and even if my posts make your eyes roll. China is a place where diverse people can find a lot they agree on, especially over a delicious meal. If I’m in a good mood, I’ll buy, or at least try to. I’ve honed my techniques after losing many “food fights” with Chinese citizens (fights over who gets to pay) so now I’m usually able to score an early victory by subtly paying before they even think of sneaking off to do so. So come on over and let’s eat, talk, and see how we can make the world a better place.