2016 is now in the history books and we wish you a New Year of immeasurable blessings and joy. Rolf arrived home on December 29th without incident – no flight delays, no bad weather and he has already applied for his visa to return. He needs to be back by March 1st to start his classes.
“Then He said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 NKJV
It has been an exciting year! Rolf finished up the last lesson of his “Faith or Fiction” class the Saturday before he left. All 21 one of these students are now Christ followers and going to church! What great joy to look around on Sundays in church and see so many of his students there. Usually after he and some of them will get together and meet at a restaurant for lunch. It is very rewarding to be a part of what God is doing and to see how these classes have grown and how some of the students are now teaching and/or reaching out to others.
A little while before Rolf left he did get a “wake up call” and reminder of the caution needed when he got the news one of his student leaders was arrested and placed under house arrest. What was her crime – bringing children under 18 to church! He had to ask her to stay away for a while as a safety precaution for himself and the others. As we rejoice in what God is doing there we must be mindful that caution and awareness is necessary! PRAY for protection and safety for Rolf, his students and the school where he teaches and also holds his “Faith or Fiction” classes.
Sherri is glad to put 2016 behind her – at least the end of it. November brought on a lot of respiratory illnesses for many, Sherri ended up being no exception. After being treated for sinusitis and bronchitis and not getting better she ended up in the hospital for 4 days with pneumonia. Not the way she planned on celebrating Thanksgiving especially when it was to be at our house! The family came and stayed anyway and when it was learned she wasn’t going to be released on Thanksgiving Day like thought without skipping a beat they just went back to our house, cooked the dinner, packed it up and brought it to the hospital for us to make a memory and enjoy dinner together in her hospital room! We are so blessed and grateful for all the care and phone calls, texts, visits, gifts and meals she received during this time from our wonderful family, neighbors and friends.
We are heading to Florida for 2 weeks the beginning of February. We look forward every year to this time to spend with Sherri’s sister-in-law, Debbie and with various friends. As much as we look forward to our visit with Debbie it will be bittersweet with Sherri’s brother Art no longer being there too. PRAY for quality time and for safe travel as we travel by car at a time of year when weather could be unpredictable.
We couldn’t do this without your prayers and support. We need you and we are grateful and thankful that you team up with us to be a part of bringing the Light of Jesus to those living in darkness in China. The end of year giving did however fall short and we would ask you to prayerfully consider if there is any way you can help us in making up the deficit so we can continue unhindered this coming year.