The new visa has been obtained, the flight has been booked and paid for to leave March 31st, an apartment has been found and then the Coronavirus comes on the scene and shakes everything and everyone up! And it doesn’t seem to be going away soon. Prayers for those affected and to get this thing under control and cleared up. And we are very grateful Rolf had returned in December safe and sound and healthy before this thing became an epidemic!!
Meanwhile back in China…reports from Rolf’s leaders is there are lots of precautions being taken everywhere. If anyone needs to go out their temperature is taken at the apartment security gate when they come and go. Shopping center entrances are screening those coming in and sanitizing counters and places people touch and of course there is the face masks!
In spite of all this new “Faith or Fiction” classes are starting up early March. There are so far 110 people that have signed up to be taught by the 6 leaders. We pray more people will join once the virus situation calms down and people feel they can freely venture out again. Rolf, of course wants to be there.
The owner of the school where he teaches his business classes is planning to start classes on April 1st. In the event the government keeps things closed longer than that he plans on having summer classes and wants Rolf to be there to teach. Right now there are a lot of unknowns and decisions that will need to be made. Please PRAY for clarity on what we should and should not do.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV
One of the reasons Rolf wants to be back is because of stories like this one. When he was attending the underground church (we wrote about in our last letter) he was surprised to see one of his students from his “Faith or Fiction” class there. They were actually shocked to see each other! He called Rolf the next day to invite him to his home for dinner because he wanted to talk to him before the next class.
The reason he wanted to talk to Rolf was because he needed to tell him he is a member of the Communist Party and a high ranking military officer of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)!! He asked Rolf to please not “blow his cover.” If the government should find out he is a Christian there would be deep consequences to pay! PRAY for his safety and to remain strong in his faith.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” I Corinthians 16:13 NIV
THANK YOU for your partnership in this venture!! We are grateful for all your love and support and especially for your prayers. We serve a good and faithful God!!