Now I'm in Yuci with Mark and Rene and their children, Bjorn, Marit, and Anders. Mark is China Director for Evergreen Services.They arrived home yesterday morning by train from a few days of vacation. Then just a couple of hours later the welcomed me.
Almost fourteen years ago, I visited Mark and Rene when they lived in Taiyuan, the city where Jonathan and Carol live now, about an hour's bus ride away. At that time, Bjorn was only a few months old. Alma Bjork (my traveling companion and an old friend of Rene) and I led a small service in which Mark and Rene dedicated Bjorn to the Lord. At the end, we presented him with a quilt made and sent by Bethlehem's White Cross ladies.
This morning I'll walk to their house from the place where I'm staying--an Evergreen apartment that is between families. After breakfast, I'll go with Judy, one of their coworkers, to a seminar for church workers helping them think about helpful, effective approaches to home visits.
As far as I can tell, Evergreen people live in the heights--almost all the apartments I've been to are 4-6 stories up, and there are no elevators. Mine is on the 6th floor--120 steps. You don't want to forget and leave something behind when you walk out the door in the morning.
I had hoped to include a couple of photos, but the website is not opening in its usual format, so maybe later.