Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 2013 Update

Rolf has a different visa this trip.  It is a year visa but in order for him to stay for the year he needs to leave the mainland of China every 90 days to have his visa stamped and then he can reenter.

So Rolf will be heading home arriving on May 28th. This will be short stay, only for a month before he returns.

The plan, as of today anyhow, is for him to return to China on July 1st stay for the next 90 days and then make a quick trip to Hong Kong or perhaps Thailand so he can have his visa re-stamped.

His visa then will expire at the end of November. And then. . . . . . .???. . . . .we will see what God has in store. “For I know the plans I have for you.” 

Lately He has just not chosen to let us know in advance!

When he went back at the end of February he was able to “pass off” his 200 middle school students to another teacher. Middle school is just not in his field of expertise and more importantly there is not much opportunity to share the “Good News” with that age group.

But through a professor at the university he is acquainted with he acquired a group of 30 plus university students that wanted to join a class to help improve their English. He teaches them 2 nights a week and he is loving it and they are loving him. He already has a couple of them going to church with him!

Our oldest granddaughter, Sydney is getting married June 1st in Utah – yes just 4 days after Rolf gets home. We will be driving out there and ask for your prayers. It is a long drive, especially after getting off a plane after a 13 hour flight.

Rolf’s days and nights will be turned around – it usually takes about a week for his body to realize what time zone he is in! So please, PRAYERS for safety in traveling, quick adjustment and endurance for the road and our time there.

Please PRAY, too, for Sydney and Zaric as they start their life together that Jesus be the center of their lives and marriage and “that (they) may know him who is true. And (be) in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ.  He is the true God and eternal life.” I John 5:20 b.

We are very excited that on the way back from Utah we will be stopping in Colorado for a couple of days to see some special friends we have not had the opportunity to see in over 10 years!

We will have a chance to catch up – at least try – with each other and it will give Rolf a little respite before we have to make the long drive back home.

We are so privileged to be able to do what we do and humbled that God has called us to serve the lost in China and we are so very grateful and blessed that He has called you to come along side us.

Thank you for serving with us.

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Home Beyond the Sun

Home Beyond The Sun“Home Beyond the Sun” is the story of two girls, Jenna (Mellyssa Ade) a 22-year old American bible college teacher and the other Chu Lee (Molly Sayer) an eight-year old Chinese orphan.

Together, with the help of the Lord and the guidance of His Word, they overcome the adversity of prejudice, persecution, and political oppression to find solace and protection in the bosom of a Christian family.

An inspiring story of a young woman traveling to China to teach in an area where her faith is forbidden and possessing a Bible could bring a longer jail term than selling drugs.

Brought there by the promise of a resume building job Jenna discovers an orphanage and befriends a young Chinese girl, Chui Lee.

Chui Lee, abandoned at birth after the murder of her mother, is raised in a licensed orphanage for castaway girls. Being overlooked at every adoption opportunity causes Chui Lee to search for an answer to why she was ever born.

Each morning as the Sun comes up she is hoping against all odds that this would be the day she would have parents who would love her and take her away from the orphanage.

Jenna too is seeking purpose in life. Raised in a Christian environment yet also abandoned at birth, and with no roots or family ties, life seems confusing to her. Where will she find contentment and a “home” to fill her lonely heart to give it peace?

When Jenna discovers that Chu Lee will never have a family or a future, she decides to get involved with the adoption to a family in the United States.

In a desperate effort to help this Chinese orphan escape poverty and oppression in Mainland China she contacts Pastor Dan in America and pleads with him to search for a family who might adopt Chu Lee inadvertently setting the wheels of conflict in rapid motion.

The Chinese police are preventing this when they find out that they are Christians. What follows next is as old as time itself: “a modern day re-telling of David verses Goliath.”

Whether it is a twist of fate or a direction of faith, it is a race against time and evil. Caught between the risk of being locked away forever in a Chinese prison or rescuing a lonely little Chinese girl, Jenna must decide which is the greater good.

This extraordinary movie explores the social and political realities of China and enthrall the heart, elevate the spirit, and expand the awareness of committed men and women to these challenges.

In this deeply committed visual adventure, the creative fire of Christian love warms the hearts of “rebels with a cause.”

“Home Beyond the Sun” is a celebration of the human spirit as well as an eloquent description of religious virtue overcoming political vice.

The uniquely pertinent story proves again that no man is an island. Here, discarded and disenfranchised daughters find strength through the community of Christian love.

Produced, written and directed by Academy Award® winning Visual effects Director, British born Colin Chilvers “Home Beyond the Sun” is a true story of persecution, faith, and freedom escaping a world of fear.

“Home Beyond the Sun” is the story of despair and hope, deceit and compassion, depression and renewal. It is both an everlasting lesson and an enduring testament to faith in God.

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