“This was the best English Club I have ever had!”
“It was like the emotional impact of a whole English week in one night!”
“I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob”
–Larry the Cucumber
It was a night when everything went right and we’d learned a lot from our previous clubs. We were super pumped because it was our last one and we had guests! We also pushed back the start time and made sure we did a run through the day before. We also put our best efforts into promoting the event. I hung some posters (even in the bathroom); I mean there are many girls that go in and out of there. The work paid off and this time there were few conflicts with student schedules. We heard many students tell us they were coming, so we expected a decent crowd. Some were even there before we were, 30 minutes early and they steadily continued to come. One of the best mental pictures I have is when we were having a lifting up time, eyes open, to see students keep coming up the stairs. We believe there were at least 200 students! It was jammed packed, no seats left!
During our mixer, it felt like a wrestling match/stadium. We played Finger Jousting. Partners had to try and poke the other with their hands held together. Students got really into trying to win and the audience was in an uproar shouting for winners.
The laughter and excitement just kept increasing. Luke and Jaime had been doing a run-on skit about training for a race. This club they had something a little extra to show. The three of us made a short video of them running around our campus doing silly things. I didn’t think the students could get any louder than when watching that video. They were hysterical. It was a big hit!
We were supported with our great friends Jess and Nikki. They most help us with a hilarious skit, Pass it down to Lulu. For those of you who don’t know, a couple (Luke and I) go out on a date, but there are no seats together. He tries to pass down candy, popcorn, a drink, an arm around the shoulder and even a kiss. It ends with the girl NOT passing back a kiss, but a slap on the face and leaving with another guy. (In our skit, Jaime so kindly played that role, wearing a sign that said “boy” for clarification to the students.) The students made it easy for me to perform my role of staring ahead to watch “the movie.” It was great to for me to see the enormous crowd surrounding us; some standing on the chairs so they had a good view, others with their cell phones out taking pictures and video. I was loving their smiles of laughter.
The night closed with Jaime speaking about Hope. She really did an amazing job. She had the students think about what they put their hope in and what happens if it is taken away. It led to great discussions just after club, and we trust there will be more conversations in these last days over meals and hangouts.
Club wasn’t quite over yet. We sang, My Heart Will Go On, one of China’s favorites. Jaime surprised us by dedicating the performance to Luke and I. It was a moving tribute.
Well, when you combine those two things, there were many tears from students. I was greeted at the end of the night with great hugs expressing their sadness for us leaving. It was unexpected, yet an honor; a great way to remember our last Club together. Thank you Father!