Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 2014 Update

Rolf is back in China and back to work and we always like it when it is without incident or delays. Well, almost without incident. Arriving in Beijing the handle on his carry-on broke and he couldn’t “wheel” it so that meant carrying a very heavy piece of luggage through the airport. Then after picking up his check-in luggage and trying to manage it all, including his computer bag, he had to get through the long walk to customs.

Finally he made it to the hotel where he was staying for the night before his continuing flight to Dalian in the morning. The receptionist at the hotel remembered him from previous visits and feeling sorry for him called her husband, who was a driver for the hotel, and had him take Rolf late in the evening to the store to buy a new carry-on luggage. Thankful for the kindness of this hotel clerk!

Part of the heavy load he was carrying in his carry-on bag was candy he was taking back to share with his students. Some of it he used to fill Valentine candy bags for his 9 students in his “Faith or Fiction” discussion group and then he had a little Valentine party for them which they thoroughly enjoyed. The boys especially loved the chocolates!

This is the class he started in October using excerpts from The Truth Project and Ray Comfort’s Evolution vs. God videos. This thought provoking study has really opened their eyes and in fact since Rolf has been back ALL 9 OF THEM HAVE MADE DECISIONS FOR CHRIST!! Rolf was delighted to also learn while he was gone they even met without him and are also going to church regularly. Never get tired of reporting this kind of news and this is why we do what we do!!  Thank you being a part of this!!

“For God is King of all the earth: sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations: God is seated on his holy throne.” Psalm 47:7,8.

This study will be completed in four weeks and we are praying for discernment and wisdom if Rolf should start a new group or not and how to continue to be an encouragement to others during home and church gatherings.  We ask your PRAYERS that God would give him wisdom and direction.

Thanks to a generous year end gift Rolf was able to purchase 50 bilingual Chinese/English Bibles for his students which will be arriving any day. This will be of significant benefit to the students as they will be able to interpret more difficult Bible passages in their own language for clarification and, of course, with their own Bibles they can study the Scriptures on their own.

We are thankful and grateful and praise God for your partnership in this venture!

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Chinese Valentine’s Day

Chinese Valentine's Day 01 The traditions of Chinese Valentine’s Day, or “qixi” trace back to an ancient story of celestial mortal love.

A cheeky mortal named Niu Lang steals the clothes of Zhi Nü, a heaven-dwelling weaver girl, while she is bathing on Earth. Rather than simply demanding her clothes back, Zhi agrees to stay on earth and marry Niu.

When The Goddess of Heaven discovers that Zhi has abandoned her duties of weaving clouds and rainbows, she is furious, and summons Zhi Nü back to heaven, leaving a distraught Niu Lang on Earth with his two half-mortal children.

With the help of his cow friend’s magical skin, Niu Lang finds a way up to heaven. The Goddess of Heaven won’t let a mortal stay married to Zhi Nü, so she condemns the couple to live on either side of the Milky Way, Niu Lang on the western star Aquila and Zhi Nü on the eastern star Vega.

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Taking pity on the couple, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, the Goddess of Heaven has all the magpies in the world fly up to heaven to build a bridge so Niu Lang and Zhi Nü can visit each other. Legend also has it that Niu Lang and Zhi Nü can be heard speaking to each other through grape vines.

Here are six Chinese Valentine’s traditions to help you to improve your chances of finding true love. Chinese Valentine’s Day, or Qixi is on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.

1. Single? Pop over to the Temple of the Matchmaker and pray for love. Couples also go there to pray for their future happiness.
2. Show off your arts and craft skills. Chinese girls believe that craftiness is essential for a successful future family, so they pray to the goddess Zhi Nu to increase their skills. They practice carving melons and in some provinces decorate ox’s horns for good luck.
3. Make sure to wash your hair. Shiny hair is meant to bring good luck on this day.
4. Another one for the girls: when the stars are high in the sky, try your luck at floating a needle on water. If it sinks, you’re not mature enough to find a husband; if it floats – you’d better start looking!
5. Stare up at the night sky and see if you can spot the stars Aquila and Vega.
6. Listen for the goddess Zhi Nu speaking to her forbidden lover, Niu Lang, through grapevines.

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