The Chinese just finished celebrating their New Year, Year of the Ox, which began on February 12th and ended February 22nd. Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of China’s most important traditional festivals celebrated at the turn of the new year on the Chinese lunar calendar. Natives believe only the Spring Festival marks the official new year, and great importance is attached to its festivities which is typically celebrated with families and friends.
With the New Year comes a new 12 week “Faith or Fiction” class which will start at the end of the month. So far 232 people have signed up to be taught by our 7 leaders. PRAY for their safety and that they would be strengthened by receiving God’s Word in these sessions. Rolf is aching to be there but getting a visa right now is near impossible and even if he could there isn’t anyone even flying directly to China! Hopefully that will change in the near future. Please PRAY for our patience as we wait to determine God’s will and His perfect timing.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 ESV.
We have a wonderful program for teaching “Faith or Fiction” but our leaders are also learning the Gospel can be quickly spread through simple believers who sit down in homes, offices, tea shops and factory dormitories and respectfully telling their friends what a difference Jesus has made in their lives. They are seeing that the Gospel is a simple, life-giving message that can transform whole communities, turning darkness to light and changing people bound by chains of sin into children of God.
May we never lose the simplicity of faith and relationship with the Lord Jesus. Each year we serve Him brings with it a new emphasis. Looking forward, we believe the Lord wants us to keep things simple, to love Him with all our hearts and to help as many dedicated Chinese leaders to continue sharing the faith with the unreached and neglected.
While this world system seems to be rapidly falling apart at the seams, we are determined to serve our soon-coming King until the very last moment, before the sun sets and all labor will cease. Jesus said in John 9:4-5 “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
We’re thankful that our ministry has a sort of built-in flexibility. Because our movements across the land and China are constantly changing, we have become accustomed to making adjustments. Because of this, shifting from all those trips to the airport to working out of our home has resulted in many amazing opportunities for spiritual growth in those we mentor and gospel conversations with people we’ve reached out to. Even though 2020 has been the worst of years, it may also be the best of years.
And as always we are grateful and thankful for your prayers, support and love.