By Karen Whiting
Beijing is one of the largest cities in the world. Skyscraper apartment buildings cover much of the city with small shows on the street level. It’s very busy and yet people smile and seem friendly.
I loved getting to meet the people and work with the children. They were excited to speak with Americans and enjoyed the activities we planned for them. I also enjoyed going to a home and learning to make dumplings. It’s great to get to know people from another culture.
Beijing appears to have more freedom for Chinese people who want to attend Christian churches. They must limit their home churches to 200 people, but seem to be able to divide and form new ones easily. Southern provinces have less religious freedom. Many of the Christians I met are first generation Christians and very interested in learning how to raise children to follow God. They would love to have my book 52 Devotions for Busy Families in C=Mandarin.
Also, I spent time in Weifang province, the kite capital of the world and saw many beautiful kites (and bought several.)
I write nonfiction and did not write a book on this location. Instead, because of my books for children and families, the company Soaring in Beijing wanted me to come and share some of my creative ideas and my puppetry (I have a new puppet book). They want me to return next year.