Daily Archives: August 30, 2021

August 2021 Update

In 2020, 1.4 billion people live in China, that’s 56% of the global population. By 2050, it is estimated more than two billion people will be added to that number. The cruel reality is that 86,765 city dwellers die every day without a relationship with Christ. These city dwellers include many unbelievers who have traveled to cities in search of jobs to support their families. Their rural home provinces are often resistant to Christianity, and many have never have heard of Jesus. Ultimately, we want to lead people to faith, share the gospel with them and disciple them so that they can bring the gospel back to their hometowns and to their villages.

Our team goal is to engage every people group, every community and every segment of the city, including business professionals, factory workers, students, migrants and slum dwellers. Collaborating with the local churches and believers is our core component of reaching the lost.  One of the Scriptures that is really meaningful to us is 2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” We want people to be discipled who will disciple others who are going to disciple others. That’s the key to getting the gospel spread throughout the city, through the country and throughout the world and as Jesus has commanded us in Matthew 18:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Right now it is hard living in this constant state of limbo, not knowing when things might change in China. We have been blessed to have a wonderful place to live and treasure the extra time we have been able to spend with each other, with friends of the ministry and family. But Rolf longs to “go back to China” and be the salt and light in the midst of those that walk in darkness. But that is clearly not the Lord’s will for us right now. We are grateful that the uncertainty and waiting that God’s promises and His character have not changed. As we are going through this transition because of the pandemic and changing US-China relations we are grateful our team continues to work diligently.

On a disturbing note our team has reported that people on the streets are being arrested for no reason at all! Once they are taken into custody, their cell phones are confiscated until they surrender their passwords so that the police can access their private information. This, of course, means more arrests, and more interrogations. The gospel is needed more than ever. In fact, our team leader has started an outreach focused on engaging Chinese people who have been arrested and mistreated by the police.

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Stay safe, stay healthy, be blessed and stay in touch. We love hearing from you.

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STEM PhD Graduates

In an earlier article, China-US contest will come down to education, I wrote about the crisis in American primary and secondary education. As promised then, this article addresses the relative decline of American universities in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This change is not readily apparent. A large share of the best universities in the world are in the United States and they have a deserved reputation for excellence.

For example, the seventh annual ranking of the Best Global Universities conducted by US News & World Report and published in October 2020 found that 19 of the top 25 schools were American.

However, the arguably more internationally-minded QS World University Ranking published by UK company Quacquarelli Symonds in July this year found that 12 of the top 25 universities were in the US, five in the UK, three in China, two each in Singapore and Switzerland and one in Japan.

Then, at the beginning of August, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) at Georgetown University in Washington issued a report entitled “China is Fast Outpacing US STEM PhD Growth,” which concluded that: “Based on current enrollment patterns, we project that by 2025 Chinese universities will produce more than 77,000 STEM PhD graduates per year compared to approximately 40,000 in the United States.”

Read more at “US falling further behind China in STEM PhD’s”

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