After only 2 days in Yuci (yoo-suh) with Mark, Rene and kids, I'm back in Beijing with Jo. Tonight, Sunday, we expect the rest of the group to arrive. (Bill Walsh writes about the trip at http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1854_chinabound/ .
The days in Yuci were full and good -- visiting the Evergreen office and meeting staff there, sitting in on a seminar for church visitors, wandering around an old-style village with cave houses dug into mountainsides, walking through old-town Yuci getting historic perspective from Mark, visiting the clinic where Evergreen medical staff work alongside the Chinese staff, eating Rene's homemade pizza, and of course getting to know Bjorn, Marit, and Anders. Oh yes, and buying gifts for my daughters-in-law that I'm pretty sure no one has ever given them before.
You can see pictures at
That includes a photo of my first visit 14 years ago, when Alma Bjork and I were part of the ceremony in which little Bjorn was dedicated to the Lord. Alongside, you'll find a current re-enactment of that old photo.
There are also a couple of photos I made at the family's favorite noodle shop. The noodles for each order were made on the spot--pulled noodles, starting with a big lump of dough--pretty amazing handiwork. I have a video of it, but I can't get through to YouTube. So I'll post it when I get home.