Rolf has made his “visa renewal” pilgrimage to Tokyo. He has a one year, multiple entry visa but the type he has requires that he leave mainland China every 90 days. Originally he thought he would be going to Hong Kong but once in China he found it was much more practical to fly to Tokyo. And a pilgrimage it was!
This all involved leaving on a Friday night by train to Beijing. There he was met by a former student, Michael who took very good care of him. He picked Rolf up and took him to his apartment for the night – not much sleep though as they stayed up most of the night talking and catching up. Michael then took him to the airport for his flight. It was a long journey for a short 3 hour stay. Staying in the secured in-transit area he didn’t even get to see much of the airport! He did strike up a conversation with a very interesting man from Sri Lanka, a professor and writer and not a Christian. Once aboard the flight they were able to continue their conversation as they found themselves being seat mates. When asked for Rolf’s business card Rolf also pulled out a booklet called “An Anchor for the Soul” that he gave him. Please pray for Patrick, that God would touch his heart after reading it.
On his return Michael was there again to pick him up at the Beijing airport and take him back to his place for the night. Sunday after a little more visiting Rolf was back on the train to return to school. It was a very long and tiring trip but being able to spend time with Michael made it well worth it.
Michael was one of Rolf’s students in 2006 that began attending church with him and made the decision to surrender his life to Christ. He now attends a church in Beijing. Rolf noticed on his desk he still has the Bible he gave him, now looking well used with many ear marked pages.
“the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing. Just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” (Colossians 1:5-6)
Now that he is back at school he is very busy for the rest of the month with final exams, preparing them, giving them, and grading them. He has over 400 hundred students – that makes for a lot of paper work!
Praying your Thanksgiving was filled with God’s abundant love. Of course for Rolf it was just another school day. But it was a day he could tell his students about how we celebrate in the States and the God to whom we give thanks to. Sherri enjoyed a nice get-a-way for a few days with our son and his family in Kankakee that included not only Thanksgiving but Grandparent’s Day at our grandson Sean’s school.
We give thanks to God for you, as part of the team behind us that supports us with love and prayers and financial gifts. And to God we “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalms136:1)