Friday, February 01, 2008


I feel I've almost hit excessive on the number of "issue" posts lately. So, I will keep this one short. China, as you know, has experienced severe weather. Many orphanages are in trouble. I received an email this morning about one nanny walking FOUR hours to the orphanage she they works, others are leaving their families to be with the orphans instead of staying home to celebrate Chinese New Year. Here is a site with more info on specific orphanages and their needs. Info is at the right hand side of the home page. This photo was taken at Alden's orphanage, before we adopted him. He was lucky to have a coat. I can't imagine what snow at Sarah's old orphanage would be like, and they say the weather in Hunan, her province, is horrible.

Had an interesting conversation with Alden last night. We were on our way home from the kid's "Age of Aquarius" performance. If anyone knows how to get that song out of one's head, PLEASE COMMENT!

We stopped by ACS, David's business, to get his phone.

Alden asked, "Mommy, why Daddy have keys ACS?"
This began a challenging discussion about Daddy owning the business. It quickly became obvious that Alden has no concept of someone OWNing a business.

We left it at "So all people at ACS have to listen Daddy?"

Alden liked that idea.

Kenya Update 2

Here is the most recent Kenya update from our missionary friends. Mike is Marigold's husband. You can hear an interview with her in an earlier post, and I hope to post another soon where she talks about being in a car that was attacked by thugs. Mikey is their son. They have two vehicles, I guess this was one of them. They bought the vehicles to help some of their local workers make extra money by doing tours.

May God Bless you for your prayers.
I just spoke to Mike and Mikey. Mike said that things were much worse than they had even imagined. They took food today, over 3000 lb. to a refuge camp in Lamuru were 7500 people are staying. One of our vehicles was attack by a mob. They shot out the windows and would have killed our driver but a young man that is being trained to drive was in the van and persuaded them to let them live. Their lives were spared. Today yet another minister of Parliament was killed. Tomorrow Mike and Mikey are heading to Gilgil near Navasha, where the latest burnings and riots have been. Please pray for their protection.

I am trying to speak to them everyday. I will keep you posted on their whereabouts and well being. Mike and Mikey was so thankful that they have funds to buy the foods, blankets, clothing and other needs. Because you gave and are praying!

I took this pic in Argentina, and was reminded of it when I read the story. The energy in a crowd about to bolt is heart stopping. I can't imagine being in one when the last few drops of water hit an already over-full glass.

If you wish to send money to help buy food and supplies,
please specify your desire and mail checks for Firewind Ministries to:
Mike and Marigold Cheshier
Firewind Ministries
1629 North Washington Ave.
Springfield, Mo. 65803
417 831 4779