August 2005 Update

“Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise they will not reach him.” (Psalm 32:6)

Usually nothing in China goes as it was planned so one must be prepared to expect the unexpected. Rolf was in his second week of teaching at the summer camp at Yuequin City. Though challenged with long hours, he was exhilarated by the enthusiasm of exceptionally bright students and he was enjoying every minute of it!!

Then everything came to a halt as typhoon “Haitang” hit the southeast coast of mainland China. Winds of more than 100 mph and torrential rains brought 6 feet of water in 2 1/2 days. The street in front of his hotel became a swirling muddy river littered with debris. Rolf and his team were confined to their hotel for 3 days without electricity or clean running water. The lobby was waist deep in water and their meals were delivered and then hoisted up to their rooms using bed sheets tied together.

Rolf had the only China cell phone able to make international calls and with everyone using his phone to call home soon the money credit on his account ran out. Because he wanted to be able to call home and keep Sherri updated on what was going on he decided he needed to get out and get his phone chip recharged. So off he took off, venturing out through the now ankle deep water in the lobby to catch a rickshaw bike ride to the phone company office to get this done.

“I tell you now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (I Corinthians 6:9) With his “escape” from the hotel and now with a charged up phone he decided to celebrate by dining out Western style at a KFC and for an unknowingly divine appointment.

The restaurant was crowded and he was invited by three Chinese young men to sit with them at their table. They were excited to be able to practice their English and engaged Rolf for 3 hours with questions and conversation. After asking Rolf why he was there and him telling them he was there to teach English, it is not unusual to be asked, “are you a Christian?”

After Rolf responds “yes” he asks them if they believe in God. The normal response is “no” and now the door is open for discussion. Rolf’s question to them is what do they know about God. We would like to say they all made decisions for Christ, but that does not happen. But he did leave with each of them, first more than they knew before he came, and a great booklet (in Chinese) called “The Ultimate Question” that explains everything and most importantly the need for a Savior.

PRAY for all these people he came in contact with. He left these booklets with many there, including all of his students. When they read these booklets, pray God would reveal Himself to them and give them understanding of who He is and His love for them.

Thank you for being such a huge part of this ministry. You not only send us out but go with us with your prayers and love and you touch many hearts in China that may not otherwise hear.

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