Rolf had hardly arrived in his city when the owner of the school took him off for 4 days on a 6 hour train ride to another province for an educational seminar. He wanted Rolf’s opinion on what was being presented and whether he should use the materials in his school.
He is now in full teaching mode and the classes are going well. He has a total of 60 students, 15 each in his regular classes Monday through Thursday. Friday is his day off doing household chores and shopping. He has already been able to start to build good relationships with 3 businessmen. They have gone out for dinner and cultural events and Rolf is excited to what the future will bring as the friendships evolve. All 3 of them are not members of the party and they are interested to learn more about America and its worldview. PRAY for right timing and readiness to introduce them to a Christian worldview.
The “Faith or Fiction” classes are also going well. His 5 leaders are already in week 8 of the curriculum with 195 participants. Rolf has started his own class on Saturday mornings with 10 English speaking participants that were hand picked out for him by one of the leaders.
One of his goals on this trip was to train up two new leaders and praises he has already being introduced to a potential new leader and is training her how to do the classes and what to look for. She is a former Chinese English teacher that now is an “Uber” driver or as it is called in China a “Didi” driver. She lives in a High Rise community of 15,000 families and plans on holding small group “Faith or Fiction” classes evenings during the week after her training finishes the end of May. Pray for her and those that will be in her class that more lives will be changed and there will be continued multiplication to God be the glory!
With the tightening religious restrictions and the targeted effort to rid the country of all foreign influences, especially Westerners, has made for some uneasiness being there. Last month 3 Christian workers were expelled in his province. For more in-depth activities see our web blog at “China – in His image” and read firsthand about what’s happening in China. Please PRAY for protection for Rolf, the school, his leaders and their students. Pray they will remain strong and bold with caution and awareness.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
After Rolf left Sherri found herself with having to have another surgery! She had a nasal cell on her lower eyelid that needed to be removed. This involved the dermatologist doing a “Mohs” surgery to remove it and then the next day to have a reconstruction surgery done at the hospital by her ophthalmologist/plastic surgeon. She lost a third of her lid and had to do a skin graft to put it back together. The healing is going well and when all is said and done nobody will ever be able to tell that it happened. The hardest part is no bending, lifting or anything strenuous for a month! Pray for patience!!
With much thanks and gratitude to all of YOU.