“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:12
Another year of mission work is coming to a close. Providing God’s Word to the curious and eager to listen and learn people in China has been the cornerstone of our ministry since we started in 2002. We still remember how nervous Rolf felt the very first time he approached the X-ray scanner at the Beijing airport with four heavy boxes full of Bibles labeled “teaching material.” God graciously allowed us to get all the Bibles through that day, and on dozens subsequent occasions.
For the last two years Rolf has been able to teach in an affluent coastal city in the north of China. Even though the Chinese government keeps a close watch on churches, Christianity is flourishing and growing exponentially. We are so excited to be a part of that! Being blessed with a Christian school owner he has been able to use a classroom with video capabilities for his very powerful “Faith or Fiction” curriculum which has resulted in fifteen students coming to a personal relationship with Christ.
Since returning early October he has been able to reconnect with most of his disciples, joining them going to Church and resuming his ongoing fellowship. He also has started a new 12-week “Faith or Fiction” class with five new students. One is Bob the student Rolf started mentoring and one is a friend of Bob’s that Bob wanted to join with him. The class will be interrupted with Rolf’s return home the end of December when he needs to have his visa renewed. Pray there will be no red tape to get this new visa.
The desire for the lost in China to know Christ and His love for them has never left us, although over the years the methods for us achieving that goal have changed dramatically thanks to the Internet and social media. Today Rolf can communicate through various social apps with his students and the people he comes daily in contact with. It allows him to send God’s words and scripture in both, English and Chinese, thereby easing the language barrier.
Please consider prayerfully how you can help us to spread the love of Christ in China in this coming year. This is a team effort and we can’t do it without God’s provision through the prayers and support of many. At the end of the year, like many other ministries, the “provisions” are low and need to be replenished and we are trusting God will meet our needs.
Thank you for coming along side us. We praise God for you and are grateful beyond words.