It has been a busy and productive couple of months for Rolf since he left last August for China. With 18 years of ministering under our belts we have been thinking and praying about what we should write in our Year End report. We became convinced that we should write this year about “Friends of the Ministry” which have partnered with us in very special ways in advancing His Kingdom in China.
A friend supplied Rolf with 100 beautiful, handmade “Jesus Bracelets”. These bracelets tell the story of “Jesus’” birth, work and death on the cross providing the opportunity to share with the recipient the love of the Son and how one can have a personal relationship with Him. The story goes as follow, “The prophets foretold of a King to be born. A star appeared in the East to guide three Kings who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor the newborn King whose name is Jesus. He grew up to be a carpenter and a Fisher of Men. He had twelve disciples to preach His truth. But, one day, envy hate, and anger crucified Him shedding His blood to purify us all from our sins. His death gave us eternal life and forgiveness of our sins. He arose from the dead to ascend to Heaven to prepare a place for us so that we can be with Him. Jesus now sits with the Father and the Holy Spirit. And He did this out of love for us.” These bracelets have been a huge success in influencing the lives of many young people Rolf has been working with. Please pray that God would continue to use these bracelets in a mighty way with those who receive them and that they will grow in their new found faith.
Before his departure another friend supplied Rolf with 500 booklets of “An Anchor for the Soul”, the perfect Gospel introduction for those just beginning their Christian journey. This book helps in answering the toughest questions and gives hope for a new kind of future and has been an extremely valuable tool in the discipleship and follow up activities. God used these books in ways we didn’t expect. He opened doors for Rolf to partner with two other Christian workers in China who have regular weekend Bible studies in their homes to encourage participants to go deeper in their faith as they find out more about who God really is. Please pray for spiritual guidance that through this generous donation lives are radically changed as they come to know God personally through the Lord Jesus Christ.
On the financial side we received God’s blessing through a friend in the form of 60,000 donated United frequent flyer miles which allows Rolf to return to China after the Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) to complete the second semester of teaching. Realizing that ministry partners and friends give to causes they believe in we continue to trust God to supply all our needs through those who share in our work of equipping Chinese for eternal salvation. Pray that all our financial needs will be met in the coming year, especially since Rolf has had to rent an apartment for ten months off campus for lack of an adequate housing allocation by the school.
Nehemiah had a “dream” to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. With you as our “team” and under God’s direction we will continue to build His Kingdom in China. We continually marvel at God’s favor and the ways He teaches us to be patient, obedient and faithful, so much so that when God does it, everyone will know that it is Him! We are constantly amazed to see how He is working in China. Thank you for taking the time to pray and support what Sherri and I are doing.
It has been a season of great thankfulness and we are especially thankful for you. We want to wish all of you a Christ Centered Christmas…. may you meet Him in a fresh way this year as you celebrate His Birthday.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6