“Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27
Twelve years ago Sherri and I went on a mission trip to China and our life has never been the same. We had already stepped out of business life to join a ministry – and this at an age when we thought we were looking forward to retirement – and then we discovered China and the Chinese people. The people were friendly, curious and eager to listen and learn new things. We made several trips doing summer English camps for high school students while at the same time trying to discern where God wanted us to go.
It became very clear that ministering in China was where we should be. So many lost souls who have never even heard of Jesus! Then God took these 2 people, Rolf a Swiss guy who had not even been formally taught English and both of us not being trained teachers to teach English to Chinese students. Because of family circumstances Sherri ended up needing to stay more often at home but Rolf continued on teaching at various universities.
For those who wonder why we spend time each year teaching in China the answer is simple. The future belongs to the young. A supporter asked Rolf recently what he thought about the younger generation. He told him that when the students he teaches hear about Jesus they become passionate about the Word of God. They want to know what it says so they can make a different for Christ in their world. What a treat to share biblical truth with the leaders of tomorrow. Their eagerness makes discipling an enjoyment and a blessing.
It’s been an amazing time with God building His church in some amazing ways. Supplying Christian literature, teaching new believers in discussion groups, helping them better understand the life-changing wisdom of the Bible, and uniting them in prayer sessions has been the main highlights this year.
Having spent a good portion of our life serving as missionaries where spiritual fruit can sometimes be “few and far between” we are constantly reminded that “God brings the fruit” and our job is to be “faithful” cultivators. The harvest is “plentiful” or else Jesus Christ would have not said so. Even though our part might, at times, seem barren, God hasn’t stopped working and moving around in China. “…I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35
THANKS for being in the “harvest fields” with us with your prayers and support. We could not do this without you!
Now, as with many non-profit organizations we have found ourselves this year in a situation where we need to raise additional support to cover the everyday expenditures required to maintain a high level of ministry care. In consideration of our many needs we are asking you to prayerfully consider helping us financially to close the gap. This might be done with a onetime gift, a monthly pledge or increase or an estate allocation. If you are able, whatever amount or method is best for you would be greatly appreciated.
From our home to yours we thank God for you and we are praying your Thanksgiving is filled with God’s abundant love and blessed with all the things He takes such joy in giving. Happy Thanksgiving!