April 2008 Update

Spring break has come and gone. It was much too short. But we did get a chance to get away and enjoy a change of scenery, some warm sun and some time with Sherri’s brother, Art and wife, Debbie. Thanks for all your prayers for our trip, especially the ones for good weather!

Brittany made some great accomplishments while we were there. In one day of fishing she caught 3 fish to Grandpa’s 1, she learned how to take the paddle boat out by herself and to give us rides on it and with some trepidation we finally let her take the kayak out herself. Silly us, no problem! She learned to handle it almost like a pro!

One of the highlights of the trip was a day trip to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S. and home to a fun alligator farm AND the opportunity to see the ocean for the first time for both Brittany and Monica. Just think Monica’s hometown, Urumqi, in China is known for being the most inland city in the world — the furthermost from any major body of water and here we were getting our feet wet in the Atlantic Ocean. Actually they ended up getting more than their feet wet. Those waves will get you every time and they were happily soaked by the time we left!

Now we are back home and back to work. Rolf is preparing for a return to China to teach again this year. He will be leaving in early August to first volunteer for 3 weeks during the Beijing Olympic Games, and while he is there, he hopes 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 his path.

He is 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. Rolf sees the games as more than just a 16-day sporting event. He sees the games as a doorway to bring Christ to the hearts of the masses of Chinese and foreign visitors who have still never heard the name of Jesus Christ. He visualizes it as a conduit through which people will form lasting relationships and will be drawn to a personal relationship with Jesus.

Also, as a reminder, if you want to follow up on ministry activities you can go to our web blog at “China – In His image” and read firsthand about what’s up in our lives. If you subscribe to the blog (which is free) then you will be automatically informed by email every time we update the site. On the right-hand side of the web blog you can read in detail about China matters of interest, about Rolf’s favorite pastime “God & Golf Tee-ology”, or pray with us for China at “Pray for China Daily”. As you pray for China rejoice in that China continues to waken spiritually and that many dark places will joyfully receive the good news of Jesus Christ. We hope you enjoy browsing the web blogs.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

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