October 2016 Update

Rolf is back in China and back to work. He left here on September 30th for Beijing to spend the night to visit a former student and his wife and their baby. He was Rolf’s class monitor at one of the universities he was teaching at some years ago and through Rolf he accepted Christ. After graduation he started his own business. He today is a successful businessman, a wonderful family man and he and his family are still walking with the Lord. Thank you Lord for allowing us all to be a part of this story!

Before Rolf left we made a trip to Michigan to surprise some longtime friends at their open house to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary and their 45 year anniversary with CRU (Campus Crusade)! When we were on staff with CRU and we were raising our support we very much appreciated him and his help as our support coach. Sherri has a high school friend that lives nearby and we were able to spend the weekend with them enjoying their warm and wonderful hospitality. It was the last weekend before Rolf left and it was a pleasant getaway to enjoy together and with friends.

Rolf has a full schedule with his business and finance classes. He teaches Monday through Thursday from 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm. He has 12 returning students and 47 new students for a total of 59.

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others”. II Timothy 2:2.

The most exciting news is what is going on with his new “Faith or Fiction” class that started up the Saturday after he arrived! Two of the ladies that went through his first class have become devoted Christ followers and valuable helpers to Rolf. They have carefully recruited these new people for this class – 21 in all!! Four of the students are from last semester that had wanted to join. The others are their neighbors and from the church.

The 12 week class is on Saturdays from 9am – Noon in a classroom that he is able to use in the school. Rolf leads off with the video presentation and then they break into 3 groups for discussion and prayer, one led by him and the other two by the two ladies. He then brings the class back together to wrap it up.

“So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.” Acts 16:5
This is a great opportunity to train them and for them to be able to take over some day in the future when Rolf is no longer there. They are very capable and have a great heart for the Lord to reach out. They already have plans to take a modified version of this program into the church.

PRAY for a good harvest!! And please PRAY for protection for Rolf, the students and for the owner of the school.

Thank you for being on this exciting adventure with us and being a part of what God has done and will be doing!

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China’s Charity Law

On 1 September 2016, the “People’s Republic of China Charity Law” has come into effect. The comprehensive and detailed law, which consists of 112 articles, is designed to promote charitable engagement and to regulate the third sector. The legislation opens the door to a more participatory and pluralistic society.

Since 2005, China’s third sector has been waiting for the passing of a new charity law. After the government started to draft the law in 2014, there was a process of two years extensive discussion, research and consultation among academia, the NGO community, the public sector and the government.

Until the National People’s Congress passed the law on 16 March 2016, recommendations, forums and workshops influenced the legislation, giving it a cooperative and concordant character.

The new Charity Law sets new standards and regulations for charitable organizations. Among others, the access for registration and the approval to conduct fundraising will be standardized.

Furthermore, charitable organizations must be solely registered at the public affairs department of the county, city, provincial or national level.

Besides their new rights, social organizations will also face new obligations regarding transparency and management requirements, improving their accountability to the donors, the beneficiaries and the society.


The law is expected to boost good governance and the general development of the philanthropic sector, but in particular grass root and community organizations, which will be eligible to apply for fundraising. Up to the present, many small-scale organizations were operating in a legal gray-area due to the lack of a regulatory framework.

Moreover, many had to channel the raising of funds for projects through more experienced and longer established organizations. The Amity Foundation and its partners were such organizations, which provided those services free of charge for many years.

“The law brings many expectations and comprises effective mechanisms to enhance good governance. It is a good law and the key lies in the implementation”, says Shu Peng, the director of the Shanghai Amity Research Center.

Compared to developed countries, China’s third sector is still in an early stage and underdeveloped.

According to the CAF World Giving Index of 2015, China is ranked 144 out of 145 countries. China Daily stated that in 2014, the United States charity sector represented 2 percent of the national GDP compared to China, 0.16% of the GDP.

The Charity Law, as it is known, focuses on groups dedicated to antipoverty efforts, disaster relief, environmental protection, and public health, among a handful of other areas.

The measure, along with a number of regulations that followed it, make more charities eligible to raise funds from the public and eliminate the onerous dual registration system under which they had to receive approval from both a supervisory department within a relevant government agency and China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The law does not cover “legal, political, or religious organizations”—the cornerstones of an independent civil society, as that concept is understood in the West.

Its vision of acceptable charitable activity is narrow.


China’s Charitable Turn?
China’s new charity law provides much needed clarity and transparency

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Covenant Eyes

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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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