Below you can see additional pictures that I could not include in the Prayer Update e-mails.
Some of the smaller Wallers actually handled the chopsticks better than I did.
- Much to the enjoyment of our Chinese friends.
arranged for a small bus to provide transportation in
At Peter's home, this was the favorite table. People sat on the floor, and
put their legs under the table, taking advantage of the electric blanket
rug. (The homes in
much in the winter time.)
David led the training for the Children's Seminar teachers. Here Derrick
and I did a skit demonstrating how not to teach.
The city of
quite interesting. It was something like
faster speeds. The drivers skillfully race for position, often narrowly missing
each other in the process.
posed outside the school in
before the first Character Family Seminar.
In the Children's Program, David had me help with one of the stories.
Here, "Sloppy Joe" learns an important lesson on responsibility.
The patterns that "Sloppy Joe" built in his life as a boy became the
foundation for his character as a sailor.
The students listened to stories, and learned songs in the large group setting.
And then had further teaching and craft activities in their small groups.
Here a little boy folds his hat after learning about responsibility.
Each student got to make a paper hat to remind them of responsibility.
Derrick's team tries on their sailor hats.
The Children's Seminar team.
restaurant after the
a "steam bowl." A large bowl of boiling water is in the center of the table,
heated by a pitcher of burning coal. You take chopsticks and dip finely sliced
meat into the water for a few seconds to cook it.
Trying to find a lost strip of chicken, we found a whole crab at the bottom
of the steam bowl.
Our family was able to have our usual time of Bible reading and singing
together in the morning. On this day, a good friend joined our family time
after traveling several hours to meet us.
Mr. Fahrenbruck and Peter.
Mr. Fahrenbruck led the main sessions for the parents, and some
breakout sessions for the English speaking attendees.
We all felt
like it was summer outside after coming from
It was fun
to see the grass and trees in
This is a large sundial.
Visiting some of Peter's character companies, we enjoyed hearing how
they have applied principles of character to their business.
Matthew's string tricks drew quite a crowd at the train station as we
waited for the rest of our team to arrive.
overnight train from
The compartments were plenty warm, but otherwise we found the
train quite comfortable.
Character Family Seminar.
Peter presents a special gift to the main coordinator of the Beijing Seminar.
Discretion is defined as: "Recognizing and avoiding words, actions and
attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences."
Visiting another company, my family had the opportunity to participate in
a question and answer forum. Many people had questions about how to apply
principles of character to their family and home life.
David poses with the Beijing Children's Seminar group after telling
the patience story.
This three wheeled bicycle looks pretty heavily loaded.
Most of the
two parents, and four grandparents.
We had a good laugh one night as I tried using chopsticks the "logical" way.
One of the
interesting parts of living in
appliances when all the buttons are in Chinese. -Yes, we did manage
to get the heaters working. :-)
impressed with the color and greenery in
Mopeds, scooters and bicycles seem to be one of the most popular means
of transportation through the city.
amazed at the number of American style restaurants in
We enjoyed eating pizza several times. -With the price of cheese, we
that too often in
Mr. Fahrenbruck looks over the fish section of the Carrefour store.
- No, he didn't buy any.
Where else can you get fresh fish heads and eels?
Or, even fresher yet, you can buy them live!
I am not sure what these were, but they sure looked pretty.
Taxis provided a good way for small groups to get around the city.
- Quite a bit fancier than the Mongolian ones. :-)
This Christian bookstore is a bit of a rarity in China. They can sell most
everything short of Bibles.
Following the tradition of removing our shoes, we made quite a sizeable
selection in the entry way.
On the last day of the Chinese New Year, we had the opportunity to walk
through the park after dark, watching the fireworks, and setting off a
few smaller ones. Real Chinese lanterns made the walk even more festive.
Stopping by the river after dark one evening, we rode a ferry across the
river to see the lights.
A brilliant display of color lit up the evening sky, reflecting across the river.
This beautiful piece of architecture is called the "Pearl Tower".
I don't think it was "Ben", but it was big, whatever it was.
One thing that I had never seen before was the concept of using the entire
side of a building to display motion pictures. Imagine watching a humming
bird hover over a flower, but a hundred feet tall!
Walking through some of the streets we saw another brilliant display of
lights. Notice the McDonalds sign in the center.
During one of the days, we visited a few shops.
Food of all different kinds was available for hungry travelers.
We settled for something a little more standardized, -McDonalds.
Matthew enjoyed the exercise equipment.
We enjoyed another "steam bowl" adventure with a kind friend.
You mixed your own sauce, but the exciting thing was that all the labels
were in Chinese... :-) Our friend was very kind to translate them for us.
Many hours were spent planning out the logistics and details for the
Character Family Seminars.
Jenny shares a personal illustration in the teenager class.
I was impressed with the technology as the waiter took our orders on his
handheld computer (PDA).
Lydia studies the menu, trying to decide what kind of food to order.
In Beijing we had the opportunity to visit the Summer Palace.
Poor David only ended up behind bars once,
But it made for some great pictures. :-)
A hole in the rock above revealed his secret.
A number of old and restored buildings made for a very interesting tour.
The setting sun also gave us a great opportunity for pictures.
Lydia and Rebecca ran with me to round the bend so that I could catch
some pictures before the sun went behind the mountain.
- And we just made it.
"So, what's your name?" Matthew looks at a frog, fresh and ready to order
at one of the restaurants. (No, we decided to get something else.)
We toured a factory where beautiful hand-painted ceramics were made.
Some of the bigger pieces were priced at over $50,000.
Erin poses with one of the families that helped with the seminars.
A group picture of the staff.
I am not sure which one was actually steering, but they seemed to enjoy
Yes, there is a bicycle under there, as evidenced by the front wheel.
A Chinese home. Note the scooter parked on the walk.
I wonder if Hudson Taylor of years gone by would have looked at scenes
such as this...
After some long days and lots of Sprite, Matthew was getting a little silly.
Rachelle and Sarah. The Summer Palace is visible across the lake.
Matthew tries his hand at a quick picture.
On our last day, we were able to visit the Great Wall.
This section of the wall is further away from the city, and has not had
quite as much restoration work.
Most the Waller children hiked out to the end of the section open to tourists.
There were a few "friends" waiting to sell you anything you needed,
or didn't need.
Climbing on the Great Wall is a memory that we will not soon forget.
The Wallers on the Wall.
Matthew poses for a picture with the guard at the apartment just before
More Pictures after the Morely Fire
We took these pictures on the day after the fire at the Morely home.
We helped pour some water on some of the sawdust in the roof that was
still smoldering after the fire the night before.
The roof was basically destroyed.
The greatest damage was in the center of the home, near the coal
furnace. The two ends of the house sustained serious smoke damage,
but otherwise survived the fire.
With temperatures at -22F, the spray from the leaking hoses covered
the surrounding area with ice.
Fire extinguishers helped to slow the spread of the fire while the truck
drove back to the city to refill the water tank.
This one must have gotten a little too hot.
Derrick looks at the damage on the roof.
Not much remained in the back bedroom after the fire.
They were able to throw some things out the window before the fire
engulfed the room.
It was on this pile that I noticed the words "Great is Thy Faithfulness"
David surveys the damage near the coal furnace, where the fire
Being made of brick, the walls were still standing, even in the areas
more damaged by the fire.
As the guard reminded us, the important thing is that no lives were lost,
and no one was hurt in the fire.
The Morely family had recently moved to another building, and were not
living in this home at the time of the fire. They were grateful to be able to
save most of their furniture and valuables.
Because of the cold temperatures, they will probably wait several months
before they begin the process of cleaning and rebuilding.