October 2012 Update

“In his heart a man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9.
Rolf arrived in China safe and sound and without incident. Praise the Lord! He spent the first few days in the Beijing area so he could attend what he described as an “incredible wedding” of one of his former students. He was treated as a special guest as arrangements were made to pick him up at the airport and drive him to the wedding location where he stayed in the home of the groom’s parents. They even gave up their bed for him! How’s that for hospitality!

From there he went on to stay a night with some long time Chinese friends. These are the friends that a few years back came and lived here a short time and had a baby before returning to China. The baby is now almost 5 and loved being with “Grandpa Rolf”.

Rolf then flew on to his destination city, Xining not knowing much other than when he got there he had a job at this new school and they would have a place for him to live – where he didn’t know. They did have a nice small apartment for him which they would pay half the rent on. Rolf then learns that this private school only has classes when the government schools do not – so those are weekends and holidays! He does have a full teaching schedule though with 8 hours of teaching on Saturdays and 4 on Sundays.

He has put in an application at a “sister” government school and is trying to get on a list offering tutoring to university students. Meanwhile during the week he spends a good deal of time walking to the nearby university and interacting with students there. Oh, by the way, did we mention his apartment is about an hour by bus to the school where he works and within walking distance to this university…hmm, perhaps a God appointed location. So he is happy to have more time to build relationships, what he is really there for.

He did get a release from his previous school but not sure if he will be able to get a work permit. He has been told that it takes several “stamps” to get a work permit and if one department won’t agree to put their stamp on the permit it voids out any that did. And apparently there is one new person that really is balking against anyone over 65 getting a permit. So we are not sure what this all means for his working there. He does have the 1 year business visa and hopefully that will allow him to stay and do what he is doing.

Please PRAY with us that God will make clear the direction He wants Rolf to go and for patience in the waiting. The direction was pretty clear in the past and this seems to be a very “different kind of assignment”.

We would also like to add a personal prayer request for our 12 year old granddaughter Brittany. She has already missed almost half the days that school has been in session with one kind of illness or another. Our concern is for what is really going on and how missing all these days will be affecting her school work and grades.

Thanks for being on this crazy, wonderful journey with us. We couldn’t do it without knowing you are there covering us with your prayers, support and love. We love our team!!

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