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Do you need some “Internet Accountability?”

Find peace of mind with “Covenant Eyes” which monitors the “websites” visited, the “search” terms used, and the YouTube “videos” watched, and lists them in an easy-to-read report that is “designed” to start a conversation about “healthy” online habits.

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Parents, see where your kids “go” online. Adults, reduce Internet “temptations” and protect the “relationships” you value most.

Remove Secrecy. Reduce Online Temptations.

Sign up with an “accountability” partner and have a list of all “visited web pages” e-mailed to your partner.

Better than any “web” filter and will improve your “walk” with Jesus Christ.

Learn more about Internet Accountability.

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August 2016 Update

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over. It seemed to fly by but then we spent these last two months visiting doctors or recovering. With his back issues Rolf did not get the answer he was hoping for. He has a degenerative condition so it won’t get better. At the doctor’s recommendation he is doing physical therapy to hopefully keep the pain at bay. He has been given exercises that he should continue to do to help. PRAY the physical therapy gives him relief from the pain and for a long time to come!

Sherri’s eyelid surgery went very well, but the no bending, lifting or anything strenuous for what turned out to be doctor’s orders for 3 weeks not 2 which were on the original instructions, was hard especially when one feels perfectly fine. Sherri never realized how many times things get dropped or get knocked to the floor until she couldn’t bend down to pick them up! Rolf was a great help with chores and picking things up after her! At first it was really nice to not have to rush and to have long devotional times and to read but for someone who is used to being very active it became a little hard to do. Thank goodness after the stitches were out a week later the doctor told her she could at least resume walking her 3 miles again.

Rolf should be heading back to China at the end of September. The owner of the school he works for was not very happy about that. School starts the beginning of September and he wanted him back for that. With Rolf having to leave the country every 90 days to get his visa stamped it causes some inconveniences. Leaving here earlier would mean at the end of November he would have the expense and have to take a day off to fly somewhere near just to have his visa stamped. By waiting until the end of September he would leave and then come home end of December for the winter semester break. We know this causes difficulties for the owner of the school as he has to find someone to come in and cover the classes until Rolf gets there. Please PRAY this does not cause a rift between the two of them.

“We have not because we ask not”…. Prices keep going up and our support has not. As a result we are experiencing a shortage to meet our expenses. God has always been faithful with providing what we need when we need it and many times not to soon but never too late. We are praying and continue to trust He will also now provide. For Him to work we know there are times when we have to make our needs known. So we come before you with our request and ask for your help whether that be financially and/or with your prayers. We love you and are very grateful for having you on this journey with us.

“And my God will meet all your (ours and yours) needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

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July 2016 Update

Except for a little delay in taking off and landing Rolf arrived home safe and without incident and after a couple of weeks he is pretty much back on American time. Now it is about all the doctor visits.

Before he left in January there were some health concerns that needed to be followed up.  He had 2 doctor appointments scheduled for his return and they are multiplying as he sees one doctor he gets referred to another.  Please PRAY for answers and healing. This aging process certainly requires a lot more maintenance and care!!  But we do PRAISE God, for the age we are, we are in generally good health and that we can still do all the things we do!

Sherri, not to be left out, on the 21st of this month she will be having an eyelid repair surgery – another result of the aging changes! As we age things drop, droop and sag even eyelids! The left lower eyelid has turned outward and no longer touches the eye which can cause the eye to eventually become damaged.  Hopefully this surgery will also help relieve some of the dry eye she experiences.  The aftercare instructions read, “Be sure to avoid bending, lifting, straining, or strenuous exertion for two weeks following eyelid surgery”.  PRAY for a successful surgery and for after especially when she will have to be as she calls it “a slug” for 2 weeks!

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm46:10.

But be a slug – she has decided not! She may not be able to be physically active and so she has decided God has given her this as a special time to spend with Him, be still, listen and just “be” (as opposed “to do”). PRAY this would be a rich time of nourishment, renewal and restoration with the Lord.

Great news for PRAISE– before Rolf left China Julian made a decision to follow Christ!  Thanks for your prayers! Continue to PRAY for Mark.  He finished up the class and continues to go to church but he is still holding back from making a commitment to Jesus.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will become my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts1:8.

A former student, Jennifer has become a devoted follower of Christ with a huge heart for the lost and discipline the newly found.  While Rolf is gone she is keeping in touch with Mark and many of the new believers.

With the bad news of threats, terrorism and senseless shootings going on all around us thank you for being a voice with us in China bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ and letting them know the final victory has already been won!!  Hallelujah!!

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June 2016 Update

This school year is drawing to a close. Rolf will be coming home on June 30th for his summer break and will get reacquainted with family, friends, and America food. You know he never really wants to go to a Chinese restaurant when he is home! It has been a good and fruitful year. God has used him to be involved in many changed lives.

“For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow: it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

In his present “Faith or Fiction” class 6 of the 8 students have made decisions to follow Christ. One of the students, Mark, always shows up for classes but from the beginning he was very quiet. Rolf became curious as to what was going on so he invited him to breakfast and learned that his mother was a Muslim. This is a first encounter with this type of situation…..what to do……Well, he is coming to all the classes and hearing God’s Word so why not just let God’s Word speak to him and to pray for him. Rolf has had some gentle conversations with him and has prayed with him and he does occasionally go to church.

Julian is still sitting on the fence, not yet ready to jump on board with the others. But he attends all the classes and is going regularly to church. PRAY for these two that they would be released from whatever is holding them back from giving their hearts to Jesus.

Rolf has also been meeting for breakfast regularly with two other students from his school class. They are businessmen that seemed to be open and Rolf first asked if they would like to go to church with him.  They were not interested but came back with “why do people go to church?” This is when Rolf decided to invite them to breakfast to discuss things further. He answered them, Christians go to church to worship God and to fellowship. Their next question was, “What is a Christian?” –  perfect opening for Rolf to give his testimony. This led to more breakfasts and many more questions. Today, they have both given their lives to Christ and are going to church!! PRAISE God!

What a privilege to be a part of what God is doing in China. Rolf has had up to 40 past and present students attending church on any given Sunday. To look around and see all these new brothers and sisters in Christ brings a feeling of overwhelming gratitude to the great God that we serve.

Thank you for serving with us in bringing the love of Christ to China!

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Memorial Day Tribute

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Being “deployed” in Afghanistan did not stop First Lt. Andrew Yacovone and First Lt. Justin Wright of the band Interstate 10 from releasing a “music video” for their Memorial Day tribute song, “I’m Gonna Miss You.”

The song, which was “recorded” in Afghanistan, is a stirring five-minute “love letter” that honors the men and women who gave their “lives” and those currently “serving” in the U.S. military.

The words “To remember those who fought for our freedom” are seen in the music video “spliced” between footage of active duty servicemen and women.

“Memorial Day is about remembering the ones we lost and supporting their loved ones,” reads the description of the video on the band’s YouTube account.

“It’s about celebrating the lives they lived. Thanking them for allowing us the opportunity to come home safe, and most of all, thanking them for a second chance to hug our loved ones.”

Yacovone, who’s from Hollister, California, and Wright, who’s from Tallahassee, Florida, met on their “first day of training” in 2014, according to ABC News.

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The duo plans to donate $500 to the “Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation” if their newest anthem reaches 100,000 views on YouTube between Friday and midnight of Memorial Day.

The video “currently” has more than 5,000 views.

“We wanted this song to make an impact for the right reason,” Wright told the Tallahassee Democrat in an email interview.

“We thought this was a great way to honor those who have given everything.”

Yacovone began writing the song “before” he met Wright. But after three soldiers from their battalion “died,” the two had a reason to complete the song.

“From then on the song took new meaning for us and we knew we had a debt to pay and a mission for this song,” Wright said.

Wright is currently in Bagram Airfield near “Kabul,” while Yacovone is in “Kandahar.”

Vocals for “I’m Gonna Miss You” were recorded before Yacovone and Wright’s second deployment.

Though “separated” by more than 300 miles of “hostile” territory, the two musicians managed to “record and edit” the video for release before the holiday weekend.

“Our freedom came at a price. A price we are still paying today,” said Wright.

“We all are in debt to those families whose soldiers were taken in wars so that we can have a BBQ on the weekend, go to the beach, vacation, travel without being in danger.”

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It Is The Soldier

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,

And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

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Chinese Cultural Revolution

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Badges of Mao Zedong on sale in Sichuan. President Xi Jinping has avoided any comment on the Cultural revolution because it will damage Mao’s reputation, one expert said. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the “Great” Chinese Cultural Revolution!

And a “celebration” in Beijing could indicate that China’s leader is in “dangerous” waters.

Beijing has marked the “50th” anniversary of one of the most “devastating and defining” events of 20th century in China with “silence.”

Chairman Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution – a decade-long period of political and social turmoil – began 50 years ago.

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Mao Zedong reviews the army of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1967. Photograph: Apic/Getty Images

On 16 May 1966 a Communist party document fired the opening salvo of the “catastrophic” mobilization warning that “counter-revolutionary” schemers were conspiring to replace the party with a “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.”

What followed was an unprecedented period of “upheaval, bloodshed and economic stagnation” that only ended with Mao’s “death” in September 1976.

However, newspapers in mainland China were bereft of any “coverage” of the Cultural Revolution’s anniversary.

The party-run “Global Times” tabloid completely “ignored” the event leading instead with a story about Beijing’s “anger” over a Pentagon report detailing its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

Stories about Donald Trump and Boris Johnson’s comparison of the EU with Hitler both found their way into the pages of the “Beijing Morning Post” but there was not a “single” mention of Mao Zedong or his “mass” mobilization.

The “Beijing Times” also shunned the anniversary “dedicating” its front page to a story about “police” efforts to find “missing” children.

No official “memorial” events were reported by China’s heavily “controlled” media and Chinese academics were “forbidden” from talking about the “sensitive” period.

“Researchers cannot accept any interviews related to the Cultural Revolution,” one scholar told Canada’s The Globe and Mail.

“They think that if we expose the Cultural Revolution’s dark side people will doubt the political system,” Wang Youqin, author of “Victims of the Cultural Revolution,” a three-decade investigation into “Red Guard killings,” told the Guardian.

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Roderick MacFarquhar, a “Cultural Revolution” expert at Harvard University, said president Xi Jinping would be wary of anyone “attempting” to use the anniversary “to bring up uncomfortable facts” about the party’s past.

Particularly “unwelcome” was any reflection on Mao’s central role in orchestrating the “mayhem” that consumed China from 1966 onwards and is estimated to have “claimed up to two million lives.”

“The really uncomfortable fact which Xi Jinping in particular cannot really stomach is Mao’s role in the Cultural Revolution,” MacFarquhar said.

“Mao actually gloried in the chaos. He loved the idea of civil war … The last thing Xi Jinping wants to do is raise anything to do with the Cultural Revolution because it inevitably affects Mao’s reputation.”

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A propaganda squad of Red Guards, high school and university students, brandishing copies of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book in 1966. Photograph: Jean Vincent/AFP/Getty Images

Only in Hong Kong, which is part of China but enjoys far greater “political freedoms” thanks to a deal governing its return to Chinese control in 1997, was the media able to mark the “painful” anniversary.

An opinion piece published in the South China Morning Post said: “Fifty years on, and the party has failed to bring any kind of justice to address the traumatic event.”

“If the party fears disclosing the truth about its own past and refuses to learn from it, how can it have a clear vision of the right direction for the future?” it added.

Half a century after the “Cultural Revolution” kicked off with an explosion of Red Guard violence in Beijing, academics are still “debating” the period’s impact on “contemporary” China.

Daniel Leese, a Cultural Revolution “expert” from Freiburg University who is researching the “legacies” of the Mao era, said one consequence was the “fixation” of Chinese leaders with “political stability.”

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“From the view of the party it is very clear that one of the main legacies is that you should never let go of control, you should always maintain the commanding heights, there shouldn’t be factionalism at all within the party,” he said.

For today’s leaders it was still paramount that “the 10 years shouldn’t appear as a period of complete anarchy because, after all, the party was still at the helm,” Leese added.

MacFarquhar, the author of “Mao’s Last Revolution,” said half-a-century on the role of ordinary Chinese citizens in the violence had still not been “sufficiently interrogated.”

“I think that the most terrible aspect of the Cultural Revolution was not just that the chairman threw the whole country into chaos. It was that having fired the starting gun, Chinese became immensely cruel to each other,” he said.

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Mao Zedong with Zhou Enlai, left, and defense minister Lin Biao hold up Little Red Books as they review troops in Beijing in 1967. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

“It wasn’t as if some Nazi boss had said, ‘Kill these 6,000 Jews’. People just fought each other, killed each other – especially in the Red Guard factional fights … It was just a case of letting them off the leash and they did it.”

Outspoken groups of “leftists” who view the Cultural Revolution as a golden age of “social” equality and “ideological” righteousness have “defied” Beijing’s attempt to “downplay” the anniversary.

At one “commemorative” event in Shanxi province “neo-Maoists” held up red banners reading: “Mao’s thoughts are invincible” and “Long Live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution!”

At a rally in the northeastern city of Dalian demonstrators brandished “portraits” of Mao and banners that read: “Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helmsman.”

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Zhang Hongliang, a prominent “Maoist” scholar, claimed critics of the Communist party were “manipulating” Monday’s anniversary to “destabilize” China’s current regime.

“Their purpose is not only to reject the Cultural Revolution… they are taking advantage of these 10 years to entirely negate the leadership of the Communist party of China,” he said.

“Even if it was a wrongful campaign, 40 years is enough time for people to move on.”

Wang Youqin, the Cultural Revolution researcher, said such voices should not be “allowed to continue their denial of the bloodshed and suffering.”

She lamented how, unlike Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge tribunal has investigated crimes committed under Pol Pot victims of the Cultural Revolution had been “denied any historical reckoning.”

“I am shocked that after 50 years we still don’t have a complete report on the Cultural Revolution. It is a shame.”

The academic said she was “convinced” that ordinary people could make a difference by “remembering and recording” the events of that “tumultuous”decade.

“Things will change,” Wang said. “If we make the effort, if we tell the truth, people will listen.”

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Religious Revolution

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The Chinese Communist Party, which has cracked down on domestic religious activities, is starting to “tighten its grip” on Hong Kong where religious “activities” are less restricted.

Rev. Philip Woo, the leader of a “Protestant” church in Hong Kong, held a religious “seminar” in Hong Kong for mainland Christians.

Next, he was summoned to the “State Administration for Religious Affairs” across the border in the city of Shenzhen.

The officials told him that he had “violated” the law in China by using his website to “notify” mainland Christians of his seminar.

According to the article, Mr. Woo was “startled” when he was called to the “mainland” authorities because he had not “violated” the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region.

Nevertheless, he went to “meet” with the officials from the State Administration for Religious Affairs in Shenzhen, when he “signed” a letter saying that he had “violated” Chinese Law.

Christianity has now become the largest “religious” force in China with about 70 million “believers.” Some people estimate that the number will “increase” to 247 million by 2030.

If so, China will “overtake” the U.S. as home to the largest number of “Christians” in the world.

As seen in Mr. Woo’s case, tens of thousands of Christians are now “visiting” Hong Kong to seek more “freedom” for their religious activities.

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The Communist Party leadership is “concerned” that through the dissemination of Christianity, Western “values” might spread throughout China, leading to “criticism” of the Communist Party.

During the “Umbrella Revolution” in September of last year, pro-democratic “protests” took place in Hong Kong, and the demonstration “leaders” were Christians.

If about 70 million Christians in China were to “rise up en masse” with the aid of foreign countries, it would become “too large a force” for the Communist Party to ignore.

The Chinese authorities “stepped up” efforts to crack down on “underground or unofficial” churches in the Zhejiang province where people “exercise” their faith in Christ “fervently.”

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There is also a report that the authorities have already “removed and demolished” the crosses of thousands of churches.

Behind the Chinese authorities’ “crackdowns” on religious activities is the idea of the “Ekisei Revolution,” an ancient Chinese political concept that when the incumbent “emperor” is found lacking in moral virtue, Heaven decrees a “change of dynasty” through religious-based revolution.

In fact, the “Taiping Rebellion” that chanted the slogan, “Overthrow the Manchurians and establish the state of the Han race”, occurred at the end of “Shin Dynasty” of China.

Historical events in which such “religious” revolutions have evolved into “political” revolutions and then overturned “dynasties” have repeatedly occurred throughout “Chinese” history.

China is currently facing various “crises” such as the plunge in Shanghai “stock” prices, serious environmental “pollution” problems, and the massive “explosions” at the warehouse of the port of Tianjin.

Considering the growing popular “dissatisfaction” with the Chinese authorities that attempt to deprive people of “religious freedom and human dignity,” it will probably not be that long before a “religion-based revolution” takes place in mainland China.

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