Wild News from The Casa Del Menor Vida Nueva

10 New Children Have Just Arrived in the Tudors’ CareWe just received this message from Eldon and Connie Tudor, the missionaries who operate the Children’s home which our church has helped build, and to which most of our summer missions trips have taken us:

Dear Praying Friends,


Last night the police here in Constitución brought us 6 Oaxaca (pronounced wah-ha-cuh) children because the mother has been murdered and the police think the father did it. We bedded them down on mats in the living room floor. This morning the police brought us 4 more children as they think the father of these children helped in the murder of the woman.

The body of the murdered woman had been (as it looks now) hanged, then taken over across the road and thrown in the garbage dump. She has been there for 3 to 4 days, and the coyotes and other animals have been eating on her. When the body was found, they thought it was a boy at first.

The children think their mother has gone back to a town to visit relatives.

This morning the first thing to do was to feed them, and next we are going to have to delouse them.

All that they are used to eating is chiles and tortillas; they range in age from 13 down to 3 years.

We are sending a picture of them. Since the police brought them here, we do not know if the Mexican
child welfare will help us or not. We do not know what is going to happen when they find out that their mother is dead. One 12-year-old boy and one of the older girls say they are married, but they have not been together yet, the parents arranged the marriage, as it is a custom of their Indian tribe.

Right now, what we need the most is prayers!! We do not have enough beds, the children are all very dirty and need bathing, plus we are all concerned about getting the bugs

We will keep you posted, just PLEASE PRAY!!!!!!!!

Eldon and Connie

Not Enough Vitamin N*

This from Reuters (I’m duplicating the article below, because they don’t maintain links past a month or two.)

Today’s Toddlers Act Like Teens?
Thu November 6, 2003 07:47 AM ET
By Matthew Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – Kids today. They waste hours in front of the TV and get their parents to spend money on designer clothes and haircuts. And they're not even three years old!

A new survey in Britain says toddlers are increasingly leading a lifestyle once associated only with moody adolescents.

“Today’s toddlers act like little teenagers—they've been there, done it and got the T-shirt—but they miss out on good old-fashioned, imaginative fun,” said Karen Pasquali Jones, editor of Mother and Baby magazine, which commissioned the survey.

The survey showed that by age three, 42 percent of youngsters have a television in their own room and 50 percent have a CD player. The average toddler spends more than two hours a day watching TV.

Two thirds of mothers said they bought designer clothes for their toddlers, while 86 percent spent more on their child's clothes than they did on their own. More than a quarter of the little consumers “choose their own haircut.”

Tots have sophisticated taste—61 percent will eat Italian food and 51 percent will eat Indian or Chinese food, though only three percent like sushi.

But parents of previous generations will not be surprised to learn that mothers still describe mealtimes as “nightmares,” with three-quarters of toddlers refusing to eat and over half opting to throw their food rather than swallow.

Three-quarters of mothers say their children’s behavior has affected their relationship with their partners and just under half declared it has “wrecked” their sex lives.

© Reuters 2003. All Rights Reserved.

*The term vitamin N, was, as far as I know, coined by Dr. James Dobson, the well-known conservative child psychologist. Children need to be told “no” on occasion.