Summer has just flown by and it is now only a matter of days, August 26th, before Rolf leaves. He did get his 1 year visa. However, this visa will require him to leave the China mainland every 90 days. So before he comes home for the Chinese New year/Semester break in January he will need to fly to Hong Kong and back and then back to Hong Kong again before returning home in June.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14 NIV.
Through one of the resources on China that we receive an article was written saying the Chinese youth have not even heard of the name of Jesus and categorize Christianity as a religion based on what others tell them. They have empty hearts but if they get the chance to really hear the Gospel they open up, especially the university students, and they want to learn more. Rolf has found this to be so true. It goes on to say that youth work is very dangerous because the government is constantly watching whoever works with them. We count on your prayers and the God Who hears them!
Some specifics to PRAY for:
For open hearts of Chinese students
Protection and discernment for Rolf and his students from the government’s watching eyes
Health and Safe travel
For Rolf to acclimate quickly to a new school and a new apartment
That this visa issue not be a distraction – or too costly!
That he keeps his eyes on Jesus and for God to be glorified!
For Sherri at home and managing the household
With fall comes a new ministry year which will kick up activities and responsibilities for Sherri as a coach to women leaders and as a connection coach – What is that? – for women interested in joining the Wednesday morning community groups at our church, Sherri links these women with groups to join. She will also do childcare 1-2 times a week in the nursery and then there are grandchildren’s school activities and sports to watch and enjoy — but it can still get lonesome.
The separation is a little easier because “look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” John 4:35. We are blessed, too, with family, a wonderful church family and great neighbors who watch over Sherri while Rolf is gone and we know we are covered by your prayers. Wouldn’t want to do ministry without you right there with us!!
“May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other”. Genesis 31:49. This is on a plaque that we display that was given to us by a sweet, thoughtful friend as a reminder of Who is caring for us, Who is watching us and Who is watching over us, especially now that we will be apart.