Monthly Archives: January 2019

Fur Snowboards

A group of nine herdsmen using traditional fur snowboards completed an arduous 300-kilometer long journey to promote skiing in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region using only traditional fur snowboards.

The nine herdsmen from the Altay prefecture spent ten days traversing the autonomous region’s mountainous terrain, Xinhua News reported. The area they ventured through included over 100 kilometers of uninhabited wilderness.

Maliqin, the leader of the group, hopes that the journey can promote Altay’s ancient skiing culture and help people find joy in skiing in Xinjiang.

They started their journey from Baihaba Village on January 5 and concluded their trip when they arrived at Altay City on January 15.

According to a previous report from Xinhua, the nine men formed the group in December and had been conducting short simulation exercises before undertaking the long journey.

The fur snowboards used by the group are said to have a history dating back more than 5,000 years. They are made of pine wood, horsehide and cowhide.

Fur snowboarding used to be a major means of traveling in the Xinjiang area. In recent years, as society progressed, the activity has evolved from transportation to a form of sport.

Ancient cave drawings exist in the region which suggest the use of the mode of transportation going back thousands of years.

Altay is believed to be one of the birthplaces of ancient skiing, with ancient rock paintings in the region depicting people hunting with fur snowboards.

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Harvest Blessings

May the “Lord of the Harvest” bless you abundantly in 2019.

As a new year of ministry begins, we would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your prayers, encouragement and the ways you have supported us last year. We hope you experienced a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We pray it will prove to be your best and most fruitful year yet knowing and serving the Lord Jesus. He alone is worthy of our very best!

Last year was personally a difficult year for Sherri and me. You may recall that we suffered totally unexpected health challenges. We are thankful for the many prayers and good wishes that went up before God’s throne on our behalf. Many people have inquired how we are doing. We are in recovering mode and expecting to be back in China soon.

Many blessings have come about because of these experience. It helped us to prayerfully rethink International Ambassadors for Christ’s strategy, resulting in us being a even more streamlined ministry, more focused than ever before, and doing all we can to share the Good News and transforming power of the Lord Jesus with and through our co-workers in China.

The world continues to be an unstable place, and we are thankful and privileged for every day we have to serve the Lord Jesus in China. Despite the gloomy news coming out of China, we want to encourage you that the Lord Jesus Christ is still in complete control of this world. He has been steadily reaping the harvest among the nations, and tens of thousands of people daily experience salvation in China. The kingdom of Jesus is expanding and He is the victor!

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38 NIV

The spiritual harvest bringing people from unbelief to faith and eternal life continues and we realize we cannot achieve any of this without your prayers and involvement. Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV. We plan to keep marching forward, determined to lift up the banner of Jesus Christ among China’s unreached peoples, and we invite you to again join us in 2019 in helping this vision become a reality.

In the Bible, we know of a great man named Abraham. God had a covenant with him. In Genesis 17, God told Abraham that if he walked blameless, He would make a covenant with him. “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Genesis 17:1-2. Imagine how much discipline Abraham had in all areas of his life. Here are some of the seeds Abraham sowed to receive a “Harvest of Blessings” from God. We can all sow them too. It may not be easy, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

He obeyed God
He took action
He worshiped
He maintained peace
He was generous
He had perseverance
He had gratitude
He was disciplined
He had integrity
He walked by faith

God wants us to have a prosperous harvest in our life. He gives us choices to make every single day. We can either make wise or foolish choices. God won’t force our hand in either direction. Remember, we will always receive a harvest on everything we have sown. What that harvest will be is up to us.

We pray you and your loved ones will draw nearer to the Lord than ever before, and as you surrender your life to the Living God, He will use you to exalt the Name of Jesus, who said, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 NIV

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Back to Jerusalem Ministry

Many mistake the idea of “Back to Jerusalem” as a movement of the Chinese church to evangelize Jerusalem.

However, “Back to Jerusalem” is the goal of the Chinese church to evangelize the unreached peoples from eastern provinces of China, westwards towards Jerusalem. The vision was birthed among the Chinese in the 1920s, and since that time, the churches of China have striven and even suffered persecution to fulfill what they believe is their integral role in fulfilling the Great Commission. Our organization partners with the church of China to not only evangelize the religiously oppressed areas of Asia, but to also train and send Chinese missionaries into the unreached regions of the globe, including Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu nations.

The 10/40 Window

More than 90% of the unreached people groups in the world today are located within the “10/40 window” more than 5,100 tribes and ethno-linguistic groups with little or no gospel witness. Of the world’s 50 least-Christian and least-evangelized countries, all 50 are located within this region! In the highlighted area above, there are more than 90% of the world’s remaining unreached people groups, and all 50 of the world’s least evangelized countries. These countries are the focus of the “Back to Jerusalem” movement.

As you read these pages, please remember that the “Back to Jerusalem” movement is not a crazy pipe-dream of a few fanatical Christians that may or may not happen. It is something that is already happening! Right now there are already hundreds of Chinese missionaries working outside China in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and Southeast Asia. Thousands more are in training, learning languages such as Arabic and English that will be put to use on the mission field.

Chinese Missionary Teams

A team of thirty-six Chinese missionaries departed China in March 2000 for a neighboring Buddhist country. They were the first contemporary team of “Back to Jerusalem” missionaries, the first-fruits of a great flood to come. Few people around the world knew of this event, but their going was the result of years of prayer and planning. On that day China once again became an active participant in worldwide mission. During the training and orientation for those 36 pioneers, each one was asked to give their testimony. Many tears flowed as they told their stories. All of them had suffered much for the gospel in China. Most had been arrested, imprisoned, beaten and tortured because of their testimony for Jesus Christ.

They had all faced extreme hardship, separation from family, forced starvation, sleepless nights and perils on every side. Despite tremendous opposition, all 36 of these house church missionaries had faithfully preached the gospel throughout China for years, establishing churches and seeing more of God’s power manifested through their ministries each month than most Christians see during their lifetimes.

Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists

As the “Back to Jerusalem” vision unfolds, you may start to hear reports of Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists coming to Christ in places where the gospel has long struggled to make an impact. When this happens, don’t be amazed at the Chinese Christians, we are just sinners saved by grace and undeserving of any attention. Rather, be amazed at the wisdom and manifest beauty of God’s plan. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25.

We hope you will be encouraged and challenged by the “Back to Jerusalem” vision, and moved to prayer and involvement in the fulfillment of the Great Commission in these last days, as recorded in Revelation 11:15 “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.” 

Christians around the world are being threatened… a short video considering the nations that persecute Christians, specifically looking at China, Iran and North Korea considering the world’s response and Jesus’ command to “Bless Your  Enemies.”

As the West has become more secular and western missionaries have been dwindling, Chinese missionaries are riding the waves of China’s rise and reaching far corners of the globe, including areas not easily accessible to Westerners such as Sudan, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

“Back to Jerusalem” teams have already been in these countries for several years, providing humanitarian relief, health and medical services, building infrastructures, serving as interpreters and ministering to the persecuted people. Many of them had enrolled in Arabic language programs or have been trained by Arabic-speaking Christians to work in the Islamic world.

“We have been providing aid to the Iraqis in Turkey by supplying food, tents, blankets, and yogurt with the aid that we have received from around the world. Now we are working in northern Iraq and currently providing a long term solution to the lack of food.”

When asked whether they were fearful of facing persecution themselves and perhaps martyred for their efforts in this region, they responded no. The Chinese Christians state that they had been trained to deal with persecution within Communist China for several decades, and are well prepared to carry out their missions especially in autocratic and Muslim countries.

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The Good Life Hawaii

Danny Yamashiro is the radio host of Hawaii’s #1 most listened to Christian talk show, “The Good Life Hawaii.” He also hosts “A Slice of The Good Life” nationally and internationally.

“The Good Life Radio Show” is his daily hour long talk show heard in Hawaii and North Carolina featuring inspiring stories from business leaders, military personnel, educators, politicians, athletes, entertainers church leaders and more. You will be encouraged and inspired by listening to their testimonies.

Today we have a special interview for you. Rolf and Sherri Ronstadt, Directors of International Ambassadors for Christ, answered God’s call 25 years ago to focus their efforts toward the people of China. As a result thousands have made decisions to follow Christ. However, the work is not done. Yes, there are over 100 million believers in China but that’s only a fraction of 1.4 billion people.

Here is a one hour Radio interview done on March 14, 2018 by Danny Yamashiro Ministries

https://thegoodlifehawaii.com/ambassadors-christ-rolf-ronstadt/

2 Corinthians 5:20 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

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China’s Muslim Orphanages

China is building “dozens” of new orphanages to lock up thousands of Muslim Uyghur children as young as six months old “like farm animals in the shed,” the religion editor for the Atlantic revealed on Wednesday.

During a panel discussion hosted by the libertarian Cato Institute think tank, Sigal Samuel, who has been covering China’s crackdown on its ethnic Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang province, declared:

“I’m sure you all remember that here in the U.S. this summer, there was a huge outcry when President Donald Trump’s family separation policy became the focus of national attention, I think what we need to internalize on a deep emotional level now is that in China, we’re seeing family separation on a massive scale and is impacting many, many thousands of children.”

The discussion at Cato focused on China’s ongoing comprehensive “re-education” program, which involves state propaganda, mass surveillance, and the internment of up to one million members of the Asian country’s Uyghur ethnic minority in concentration camps, also known as “mind-transformation” centers.

Samuel suggested that China is using its re-education campaign to indoctrinate Children to ensure loyalty to the inherently atheist communist party from the new Uyghur generation, noting:

“Strikingly the children there are being taken away even when they have grandparents and other family members who are begging to be able to keep them and once they’re under state care, they’re totally isolated from their relatives, their culture, Islamic religion, the Uyghur language. They’re taught only Chinese language and culture. So some experts I’ve spoken to tell me, these are assimilation policies that China is using to actively rewire their identity of an entire generation of Uyghurs.”

Beijing claims the camps are vocational centers aimed at purging terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism from the Uyghur community in Xinjiang. However, U.S. officials and human rights groups have accused China of using Islamic extremism in Xinjiang as a pretext to continue is decades-old efforts to erase the identity, religion, culture, and language of the Muslim minority.

Samuel revealed that communist authorities in Xinjiang are building “dozens of massive new orphanages” to imprison Uyghur Muslim children, adding: “A worker at one of the orphanages said that the conditions at these institutions are so terrible that children there age 6 months to 12 years old are ‘locked up like farm animals in the shed.’”

During the panel discussion, Uyghur-American attorney Nury Turkel, the chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, shared his personal experience at one of the camps in Xinjiang.

While Beijing has renewed its “repression” of the Muslim minority in recent years, the regime’s ”oppressive” tactics against Uyghurs is a decades-old problem, according to Turkel.

Citing the Xinjiang Daily, Turkel — who was born inside one of the camps in the Muslim-majority province during China’s cultural revolution — noted that China detained an “astonishing” 18,000 Uyghurs on national security charges in 2005 alone, using the 9/11 attacks on the American homeland as a pretext to crack down on the ethnic group.

Describing Xinjiang as a “high-tech police state,” Turkel said the oppression of Uyghurs intensified under current Chinese President Xi Jinping, echoing the U.S. State Department.

He revealed that Muslims at the camps are “coerced to repeat sentences such as ‘I deserve punishment for not understanding that Xi Jinping and the communist party can help me. There is no God, and I don’t believe in God. I believe in communist party.’” 

Those who failed to say the slogans correctly in Chinese “were beaten” or “tortured”, Turkel said.

The U.S. and United Nations has acknowledged that Uyghurs in China are facing systemic torture, disappearances, executions, and arbitrary detentions as part of Beijing’s “re-education campaign.”

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China’s secret gulags
China Built at Least 44 Camps for Muslim Uighurs
Xi Jinping’s “Repression” of Uighur Muslims in China “Worsened” in 2017
China’s Uighur Camps Swell as Beijing Widens the Dragnet
China’s Muslims Are “Dying In Internment Camps”
China Attacks Uighur Torture Victim: ‘It’s Easy to Tell the Woman Was Lying’

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500th Anniversary of the Reformation

On October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the doors of the Wittenberg Castle church in what is now the nation of Germany. He may not have realize it then, but this piece of paper was about to change the course of church history around the world.

Today, nearly all Chinese Millennial’s are active on mobile devices, making digital ministry the best way to reach our Chinese brothers and sisters. In collaboration with a network of more than 80 ministry partners, a Christian ministry developed a platform to share discipleship resources online and through mobile media.

The five-minute animation below takes you back to 500 years ago, a major historical fact of the Christian faith and religious reform! On that day, a monk Martin Luther posted the “Hundred and Five Outlines” on the door of a church in Germany, which shocked the contemporary and influenced future generations to come.

This historical story, for today’s Christians, has raised many introspection’s of faith, and for those who rarely go to church, it has triggered a lot of understanding of life.

In addition to proclaiming the Gospel through new media, this Chinese ministry teaches other Christian ministries and leaders to embrace the new media trend to further their own evangelism efforts.

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