Monthly Archives: February 2011

February 2011 Update

Time is up! Break is over and Rolf is heading back to China on the 18th of this month. He leaves with mixed feelings – hard to leave behind Sherri and family but anxious to get back to his students and teaching.

The time home flew by very quickly. We did have a rest filled vacation in Florida (It can get pretty chilly in January though!!) — rest filled in spite of Rolf’s increasingly painful wisdom tooth. We were given a recommendation of two oral surgeons and Rolf was only able to reach someone at the second number to get information of cost and what would be involved but he didn’t make an appointment. And then it finally came to a point when something had to be done. So off we took looking for this office and we just walked in with no appointment. We were told they didn’t take walk-ins but if we wanted to wait, and it could be a lengthy wait, they would try and fit him in. Sherri doesn’t like to admit this but she was a bit “ticked off” because why didn’t Rolf make an appointment. Now we are just wasting our precious vacation time sitting in this office! We sat down in the waiting room and what did we hear but Christian music playing. Hmm, this was not your ordinary doctor’s office. When the assistant finally came to take x-rays and learned what we did she exclaimed, “Oh the doctor has been on many mission trips to China. You will have something to talk about!” When the doctor came in he sat himself down and we exchanged China stories before getting around to pulling the nasty tooth. Then we had to face paying the bill only to find the doctor gave us a HUGE discount. Sherri humbly asked God for forgiveness and we praised Him for His generous provision and for meeting this special doctor who has a tender heart for the lost in China!! 

Then came “The Blizzard of 2011” and where were we – why driving home from Florida in it? What were we thinking?!! We don’t know, maybe it wasn’t going to be that bad or we could be ahead of the worst of it. But no, on our second day of driving once we hit the bottom of Illinois we were heading right into it. It started with rain, then the rain turned to ice and before we knew it we were driving in snow and blowing winds. It was a long, tense day but we made it home and then Sherri had to prey Rolf’s fingers off the steering wheel! That was before we got in our garage because we couldn’t get in from the snowdrift in front of it. But God provided an angel for us in the form of our young neighbor who was out walking his dog (yep, in the blizzard, but when your dog has gotta go. . . .) So he took his dog in and came back with a shovel and helped shovel us out so we could get in. Home never looked so good!

The rest of Rolf’s time home has been spent with dates with Sherri, time with family and catching up with friends. He got ministry end of year statements out and the paperwork together for filing taxes and updated our web blog “China – in His image.” So check it out there is plenty to catch up on.

As many of you may know Rolf blogs when he is at home. If you wondered why there were no blog updates when he is away in China the reason is that in China YouTube and most Western web blogs are blocked so he won’t be able to keep it updated now until he gets back home in June. As the Lord may lead you to “Pray for China” think of the great task to which you are committing yourself, rejoice in that China will continue to wake up spiritually and that many dark places will joyfully receive the good news of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for all your prayers.

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Christian Media Company in China publishes 100th Christian title

ZDL Books, the Beijing-based Christian media company, has just published its 100th Christian title in China, Marriage on the Rock by Jimmy and Karen Evans. Translated from English into Simplified Chinese, the book was released in November and is available in bookstores and retailers throughout China. “Seven years ago when ZDL first started, no one could have imagined that we could be legally doing what we are doing now in China, and be successful at it,” said David Wright, general manager of ZDL, at an event in Beijing marking the milestone. Marriage on the Rock has sold more than 300,000 copies in the U.S.

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“YouVersion” Brings Bibles to Cell Phone Users in China

The “YouVersion” Chinese edition app is helping missionaries distribute Bibles to cell phone users throughout China. Last year, Smartphone sales in China reached nearly 30 million. Apps, which can be downloaded from internet to phone, have become increasingly popular amongst the country’s techno-savvy adolescent and young-adult age group. As the “YouVersion” app allows users to download the entire Bible onto their Smartphone, missionaries and theologians see this as an opportunity for Bible distribution to China’s new generation.

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Happy Valentines

A  Valentine may play a love song for you, but God sings you the sweetest love song in the universe.

“The Lord your God… will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

A Valentine may give you flowers, but God sent you the most beautiful rose of all,  Jesus.

“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” (Song of Songs 2:1)

A Valentine may bring you chocolate, but God provides you with something even sweeter, His Word.

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103)

A Valentine may love you for a lifetime, but God loved you before you were born and will love you for all eternity.

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love…with loving kindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

Praying you’re blessed by the wonderful love of God this Valentine’s Day and always!

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