July 2007 Update

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Rolf is now home but not before leaving behind in China 88 new brothers and sisters in Christ. There were 81 of his students, 4 teachers and 3 faculty staff who all made decisions for Christ with him during his time there. Harry, Sharon and Annie will be getting baptized this month in the church’s once a year baptism service which sadly Rolf will miss. James wanted to be baptized too, but graduated this year and found a job in another city and would have to leave before the baptism service would take place. So before Rolf left he conducted his own informal service and baptized him in his shower.

PRAY for James that he would find a church in his new city. PRAY, too, for all these new believers that they would continue to hunger and thirst after God and His Word. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

Rolf’s teaching experience was more challenging and hard work than he ever thought it would be, but far more rewarding than he could ever have imagined and worth all those long hours of preparation and grading papers, etc. How does God work through each of us if we are willing to follow His lead? We think the following letter from the school answers that. It reads:

“Mr. Rolf D.J. Ronstadt is the most diligent, knowledgeable, hardworking foreign teacher I have ever met in my 20 years of teaching career. He wins his respect from his students as well as his colleagues through his scientific, constructive, heuristic, advanced and practical teaching methodology, his profound knowledge and extensive learning; his excellent lectures; his unique charm in presenting his love to such a great profession teaching foreign students. We are looking forward your coming back teaching in our University once again.” From the Foreign Language Department, Shijiazhuang Railway Institute, Hebei, China. Dean and Vice Dean. 20/06/2007.

At home now he is settling in and rejoining his different Bible study groups and activities. And we are getting ready to welcome our “foreign exchange student” who is arriving much sooner than we expected, Monday, July 30th. She is coming on an exchange student program and will be with us for the school year attending Batavia High School as a junior. Her name is Kajia Guo — or much easier, her English name is Monica. She is from Urumqi, which is at the far western part of China. She was one of Rolf’s students when we were teaching there last July and we ended up becoming friends with her and her family. Even though she knows us already this will be a big cultural change for her so please PRAY she will adjust quickly.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support in what we do. We are grateful to God for you.

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