July brings the end of the school year for most Chinese students. Final exams are the biggest concern for most of them at this time. Many will soon return to their hometowns to rest and to begin preparations for the coming semester studies early September. Others will graduate and begin the task of looking for jobs.
Whether taking tests or looking for work, most young people find themselves under a great deal of pressure to succeed. They want the highest score, the top grade, and the best job with the highest pay. They feel the push from their families, their teachers, and their peers to be the best.
Sometimes the pressure becomes overwhelming–the grade is not high enough, there is no job to be found–and the young people find themselves at a loss of what to do. There is a high incidence of depression and suicide during this time. As a city with more than 10 universities and hundreds of high schools, Xining has many students who greatly need to find someone with whom they can talk freely about their struggles.
There are also the students fortunate to find a job but a job far away from home. Rolf heard from such a student in this situation that accepted a job in a steamship company. She is confused and sad and is struggling being alone in this new city that she finds herself.
PRAY for believers in the city and on the campuses to be sensitive and aware of those around them, and to have open hearts to those crying out for help. PRAY for Rolf to have extended times of conversation with students about the hope that comes from knowing our loving Savior. ASK God to do a work in the hearts of young people as they seek out what is really important in life and that which will satisfy them completely.
Rolf has “passed” all his medical tests – although he is still experiencing some discomfort in his mid-section, the tests are not showing any reason for it. Praise God nothing serious was found! And his hand – thank you for your prayers, he has just about all the feeling back in his fingers. It is just a matter of time for the rest to return.
Now it is time to start thinking about reservations to return sometime around the first of September to China and his students. This last month will go by very quickly. Please PRAY for a sweet time with friends, family and especially between the two of us before we have to say good bye again.
We can never say enough how much we appreciate you, your prayers and support. We couldn’t do any of this without you. THANK YOU!
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people.” Col.1:3,4