In less than 200 days China will attempt to pull off the greatest show on earth as the Olympics 2008 opens in Beijing. At exactly 8.08 on August 8, 2008 the curtain will rise on a spectacular opening night ceremony. The emphasis on the numeral 8 is not a coincidence. In Chinese thinking the numeral 8 is associated with hope and prosperity– the two things China craves more than anything else in its bid to dominate the world as Number 1. The theme will be “One World, One Dream” which summarizes the century’s old concept of China as the middle kingdom and center of world influence.
I am returning to China early August 2008 volunteering to minister for 3 weeks during the Beijing Olympic Games, and while I’m there, hope to not only take in the sights, smells and sounds as travelers do, but to also make a difference in the lives of the people crossing my path.
I am bursting with excitement as the games draw closer. The world is abuzz with anticipation as the 2008 Olympics approach. China is hosting the summer games for the first time, and they are planning for a grand debut. I see the games as more than just a 16-day sporting event, however. I see the games as a doorway to bring Christ to the hearts of the masses of Chinese who have still never heard the name of Jesus Christ. I visualize it as a conduit through which people will form lasting relationships and will be drawn to a personal relationship with Jesus.
Until everyone has heard in the land…