2015 – Happy New Year!! — a new year anticipating where God is going to take us and what He is going to do. PRAY we are open and willing to whatever that is!
Rolf arrived home on the 29th of December and we had him on the go practically from the time his feet hit the ground!. Our youngest granddaughter arrived a few days earlier anxious to pick up Grandpa at the airport. The day after he arrived we had our son and his family here to welcome him home. The welcoming didn’t stop there, because on New Year’s Eve we hosted the main dish for our neighborhood progressive dinner. We were able to enjoy a full and happy celebration of his coming home and the holidays.
Before he left China he celebrated Christmas with 42 of his 60 students. They had a room in a restaurant where they enjoyed a meal together followed by a night of karaoke, which the Chinese love. The Chinese do “celebrate” Christmas with Santa’s and with all the lights and decorations. The problem is most of them don’t know the “real” meaning of Christmas. After dinner Rolf had the privilege of sharing with them what Christmas “really” means by reading to them from the Bible, the Christmas story from the book of Luke. He also gave them a VCD (Chinese DVD) of the “Jesus” film in Chinese.
“As the rain and snow come down from heaven and stay upon the ground to water the earth, and cause the grain to grow and to produce seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry, so also is my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to and prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:10.11 TLB
PRAY the reading of the Christmas story piqued some curiosity, interest and questions from his students that will lead to deeper discussions and “fruit” that Rolf can follow-up with when he returns.
Rolf also completed his second 12 week “Faith or Fiction” class before he came home and the 6 of them are now ALL Christ followers!! Praise God!
This was a short stay home, he will be returning January 29th. The owner of the school wanted him back to teach an English class during the Chinese New Year vacation for some high school students. Many times the Chinese students use vacation time to take classes to improve their skills in some area. So as he gets ready to leave we would ask for your prayers.
PRAY for health, stamina & energy, safety in traveling and while he is in China.
Pray that God will continue to meet all our needs, financially, physically, relationally & spiritually.
Pray for guidance and wisdom as he teaches & shares with his students the Good News.
Pray to continue to grow & train new student discipleship groups.
Pray for Sherri taking care of things at home.
We are always and ever grateful and thankful for your partnership with us!