The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2
What an interesting year 2007 it has been! My 9-month university teaching tenure in China ended in June leaving behind 88 new converts with whom I am in frequent discipleship contact via e-mail and Skype phone calls. Next, Monica, our Chinese 18-year old exchange student arrived from Urumqi. Little did I know at this stage in my life that our parenting and school days would not yet be over! And since God never gives you more than one can handle He blessed us with the arrival of Kevin & Liaosha, a young Chinese couple. I attended their wedding in China and they are expecting their first child in December. What incredible ministry opportunities to let the light of the Gospel of Christ shine to meet the needs of our Chinese friends and make an eternal difference in their lives?
In this year-end letter we want to thank all our ministry partners and friends for their financial support, fervent prayers and ministry participation in making it possible for us to shine His light into the hearts of our local and global Chinese friends. Without a doubt, the Chinese are the most hospitable and friendly people one would ever meet. It has often been said that it is hard to “out give” a Chinese friend. Those living and working in China often find themselves on the receiving end of gracious Chinese hospitality. Yet many millions of these kind and generous people are living their lives with no knowledge of the Creator God who loved them enough to send Jesus to save them.
I have accepted and have committed to another one-year University teaching assignment in China beginning August 2008. This requires a need to increase our budget from $45,000 a year to $65,000 a year (30% is salaries and 70% is administrative and travel). This will require us to raise $1,700 a month of additional support. If you would like to begin supporting us monthly financially…or give a year-end gift we would be most grateful for your help. All gifts can be made out to International Ambassadors for Christ, P.O. Box 545, Saint Charles, IL 60174-0545. All year end gifts will be used toward next year’s budget increase. If you know of anyone who might be interested in our work, please feel free to forward this web site on to them. Of course, please only send it to people you know personally and think might be genuinely interested in learning about our China teaching and mentoring activities.
All that God has done through us is because of the prayers and sacrifices of many…and with your help we can continue with this unprecedented opportunity to impact China for Christ. Pray that as God calls us back into the ripe fields of harvest, we will respond with joyful obedience to share the gospel as China opens its gates to the world during the 2008 Olympic Games next August. We are presented with a unique window to bring God’s love to many Chinese who have never heard the gospel. Please let us know if we can pray for you for any personal requests. We’d love the privilege of doing that.
May the Light of the Gospel of Christ shine in your life and through you to the lost in China.