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April 2018 Update

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8.

Hallelujah praise God, happy dance and thank you for all your prayers!!!! A few weeks ago we finally got the approval for an apartment!!!. So we have that part over and now we are in the next phase of the “waiting game” and that is when the building will be completed. We are being told maybe end of May beginning of June. We soon will need something a little more specific because we have a granddaughter getting married in June in Utah and we need to make some travel plans.

We did get an “unauthorized” tour of the apartment building – don’t ask what that means and how it happened!! It was very sobering to see how small the apartments actually are but extremely helpful to know how to prepare our move. In spite of the small size they look lovely and we look forward to when we can finally move in. As a result of our “tour” we also know which apartment we would like so we ask please PRAY we are able to get number 314 and for the timing of the completion of the building.

More praises from China! Rolf asked for the leaders to give us an update on their classes. Here is the exciting news we learned:

From one of the leaders, her overall report is of the 149 people who signed up for the 12 week class in February 52 had already surrendered their lives to Christ by week 10! Some have already begun to spread the word to recruit others foo the next Faith or Fiction class starting up in mid May.

From the new leader who teaches a worldview class to Chinese 10th graders she is planning on using the Faith or Fiction curriculum in a private setting with selective students before the end of the second semester in June and she will let us know how they responded.

The leader that teaches in a church setting reported that many participants after watching the video and discussing the lesson were deeply touched that they were prayed for by name before and after the sessions by the leader. She teaches several Sunday classes in church and says people are hungry to learn the truth. Now she says we have tools to help spread this truth to others to combat the destructive communism culture.

Our businesswomen leader reported that a businessman said: ”I was a confused college student. Now as a businessman I had the privilege of attending a Faith or Fiction class and was instructed, inspired and convicted. This presentation has been immeasurable helpful to me, both in my work and my beliefs”

Please PRAY for protection for our leaders and their students and for many more lives to be changed.. PRAY in their enthusiasm for reaching others for Christ that they are cautious and wise in what and how they proceed.

“For the Lord is good and is love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5.

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March 2018 Update

Thanks be to God for His gift of perfect love for us. And we rejoice for Christ has Risen and He Lives!! Hallelujah!!

We have much to praise God and be thankful. Sherri’s surgery went well and there was NO CANCER!! It was somewhat of an adventure to get there. The surgery was scheduled for 8am on the 15th of March. The night before at 8pm the hospital called to say the surgery had been cancelled as the doctor had an emergency and would be out for the next 4-8 weeks! What! Now what do we do?! Fortunately her office called the next morning and by the afternoon they had been able to reschedule Sherri with another surgeon at 4pm on the 20th. Oh so grateful we didn’t have to wait weeks for this to happen! She came out of the surgery well and has had no pain from the very beginning. The hardest part for someone as active as she is would be the restrictions for 6 weeks of no lifting more than 10 pounds and no exercising.

THANK YOU for all your prayers for her. Sherri definitely felt God’s peace even not knowing what the results might be and then very relieved to hear in the recovery room “no cancer”. We also learned her doctor’s emergency turned out to be a good emergency – she had gotten the call for the baby she was adopting!

Another big praise and thanksgiving is for what is happening in China. One of Rolf’s leaders took over the training of the new leader so there are now a total of 5 leaders that will be teaching the “Faith or Fiction” classes. And are you ready for this……they have already lined up 149 people that want to take the class!! PRAISE BE TO GOD!! We could not be more excited although Rolf wishes he could be there with them. Please continue to PRAY for them and their students for God’s protection.

Wish we could be praising about out living situation but as of today we still have not been approved for the apartments we have applied for. In fact the last time Sherri talked to the management company no one had yet been approved! Don’t know what the holdup is and can’t seem to get any real answers. They are still telling us the building will be completed April/May and driving by there, workers are working but completion doesn’t look that near done. Meanwhile we have people that have been waiting patiently, and hopefully continue to wait patiently to buy our townhouse. They will have a house to sell and no one can move forward until we get an answer! So please PRAY for a favorable answer and SOON so we all can make some steps forward.

Meanwhile at this Easter season we celebrate and remember the hope, joy and victory that is ours in Christ! We pray for you “the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

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February 2018 Update

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21.

February has been a challenging month for us.We are very grateful we were able to get away for our annual trip to Florida and leave it all here for a couple of weeks. We enjoyed family, friends, warm weather and a time to relax and refresh.

We are still waiting to be approved for the apartments we want to move to. It is a long process and a lot of waiting! The application is in. They were to be submitted no earlier than Feb 1 and we emailed it in at 12:03am on the 1st so we are near the top of the list for “first come first serve.” The hold-up is for them getting answers back for background and financial checks. There shouldn’t be any known reason why we wouldn’t qualify but until we get that official word accepted we wait and it has been a long one since we started this! Keep those prayers coming please! (We just spoke with the apartment management company and it seems our bank is holding up the works by not getting back to them in a timely fashion!)

Meanwhile Sherri is going to be having surgery on March 15th for a total hysterectomy. This of course was not part of our plans especially with the hope to be getting ready to move in April or May. This all started back in mid-November with some hip issues and an MRI to see what was going on. It revealed some arthritis and wearing of the hip but also some cysts on her ovary. So then an ultrasound was recommended. From there it went to being referred to an oncology gynecologist, who tried to get a pelvic biopsy (and we won’t go into that!) to another MRI. The MRI showed some questionable issues so surgery is where we are at right now. Please PRAY for biopsies to be negative and good healing.

Before we even knew for certain Sherri would need surgery to be fair to Rolf’s school in China he had to make the hard decision to delay his return until fall rather than having to inform them at the last minute he wouldn’t be able to return end of March as planned. This was very difficult for him. He was very much looking forward to getting back to the ministry there and anxious to train a new leader that has been waiting for him to come back. We do PRAISE God that the ministry continues even without him being there. He has four leaders in place who have been teaching and discipling with the “Faith or Fiction” curriculum. Please PRAY God’s protection on them as they continue the classes. And PRAY the school will look forward to Rolf returning in the fall.

A lot of changes and a lot of things up in the air for us. We really need your prayers and support right now as we work through all this. We have done all we can do in preparation of these situations and have been made very much aware that in the end we are not the ones in control! And we thank God that He is!! We are very grateful, too, He has put you, our team, alongside us. Thank you for being there for us.

“Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:4 NASB.

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January 2018 Update

January is National “Thank You” month. We are thankful for your prayers, encouragements, emails, phone calls, notes, cards, text messages and generosity responding to our year end ask. You gave sacrificial and we are humbled and grateful to continue taking His message of hope to those who need to hear and receive His saving grace.

This is also the special time of the year between the western New Year on January 1 and the Chinese New Year which begins this year on February 16. For China this is a new era with leader Xi Jinping having laid out an aggressive set of goals and plans for “China 2050.” This is a new era where China is increasingly playing a global role in almost every area of activity.

China is embracing “mega-projects” at an unprecedented rate and will – over the course of a few decades – complete a phase of infrastructure that will rival what the United States has built in its entire history. We encourage you to watch the fascinating 22 minute video.

This is also a new era where the Party seeks to lead all segments of society. In summing up the speeches and policies of Chinese leader Xi Jinping over the past five years, a former Politburo member Wang Qishan pointed to one line from Xi’s speeches that has been recently added to the Party’s charter: “the Party, government, military, society, education, north, south, east, west—the Party leads everything.”

For us, this is the start of sixteen years of ministry in China. In 2017 we spent time praying and celebrating all that God has done in China and how he used us to play a part in supporting the efforts of our team members to reach thousands of people making the decision to follow Christ. We spent time reflecting on the changes in China, for the church in China and the lives of Chinese Christians.

We challenged ourselves to think about these changes and how we can continue to serve those mentoring in the local churches. In China this will be a year with great uncertainty for the church as new religious regulations are set to go into effect February 2018.  We want to continue to provide support that will enable our teams to work effectively for the unchurched and with Christians in China.

This will also be a year of transition and growth. We are developing and training additional leadership staff to help with operations, growth, and change. We have a unique ministry role to expand our work to keep up with the challenges and opportunities presented to us in China.

We want to thank each of our ministry friends, prayer partners and supporters for your journey with us into this new era of service to a growing and changing China.

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Year of the Fire Dog

A word of advice to progressives: when you see angels with trumpets…do not think “apocalypse.” Rather think “Hallelujah.”

It is , after all, the year of the TRUMP-et.

2018 is also the “Year of the Dog” in the Chinese New Year which begins on February. And guess who is a big “fire” Dog: Donald Trump! And that’s a good thing.

Chinese play tribute to The Donald in the Year of the Dog with this giant statue

Born in 1946, Donald Trump was born in the year of the Dog—the “Fire Dog” to be specific—according to the Chinese horoscope.

It is believed that the “Fire Dog” is naturally charismatic and easily attracts attention.

Ya’ think?

At the beginning of 2017 Chinese astrologers reading President Trump’s “Rooster Year Four Pillars” chart determined him to be an Earth person and predicted that he would be doing things differently.

As the Rooster carries a metal element which represents expression and creativity they also predicted that Trump, being an Earth persona, might have a year of “sharp” words.

Again, ya’ think?

As far as 2018 goes, the anniversary year of an individual’s “birth” sign is said to bring good “fortune so I predict a whole lot more WINNING! for Donald Trump and America.

All I can say is “Hallelujah!” And have a “blessed” Happy New Year.

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New Year Prayer

A Prayer to Keep God First This New Year
By Debbie McDaniel

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17

Dear God,

Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you’ve allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day.

We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts.

We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you.

We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.

We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands. We pray that you would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.

We ask that you would keep our footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with you.

Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting our need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive us for letting fear and worry control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following your ways and for living distant from your presence.

We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, for this coming year. We pray for your refreshing over us.

Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind us we are safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.

We ask that you would provide for our needs, we ask for your grace and favor. We pray for your blessings to cover us, we pray that you would help us to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in our heart to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of your goodness and could not help but to say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”

Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own. May we be lovers of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in our lives – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Year End 2017 Update

Back in 1993 Sherri and I answered God’s call on our lives to join Him in His work with executives and the leadership community. In the process, the Lord has blessed us with the opportunity to focus His efforts toward the people of China. We have had the privilege of witnessing firsthand God’s provisions in our lives. He has moved in the hearts of many people to financially partner with us in this strategic ministry to share Christ with influencers here in Chicago and China. We count it a blessing and honor to be part of a ministry that is making an eternal difference in people lives. September of 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of that decision.

Over these last 25 years, God has blessed our efforts with the results of thousands of people making the decision to follow Christ.  Without the sacrificial, generous support of many, these results would never have been possible… and for which Sherri and I are eternally grateful.

Unfortunately, the work is not done. Though there are now over 100 Million believers in China, that is only a fraction of the population of 1.4 Billion people. But, the exciting thing is that we have recently begun developing a leadership team to multiply our efforts and associated results. Rolf will return to China at the end February 2018 to continue to develop and train leadership teams so that the impact of this ministry will carry on for generations. 

If this sounds exciting and you have a heart for the lost people of China, this is where we come to the difficult part of this communication. Maintaining the expenses of two apartments, health insurance, ministry materials, air fare and the work Sherri does locally for our church’s women’s ministry and providing weekly child care, without continuing and additional support, it will be impossible to seize the remarkable opportunities before us.

Though our ministry efforts show continuously, ever increasing, exciting results, our financial position has weakened in recent years. This is probably because we have focused on winning souls to Christ rather than on raising support. Now we find ourselves in desperate need of additional support. Our short fall required that we have to sell our townhouse and move to an apartment to cut expenses.

Our need is great, our need is now and when those of you who hear this call for help respond, we will know that God has answered our prayers so that we can continue to make this huge impact on the largest country in the world containing millions of lost souls. Would you prayerfully consider sharing this letter with anyone you know who might have a heart for the people of China or who would like to see their generosity multiplied thousand fold?

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2. Thank you for prayerfully considering to begin a monthly commitment or making a generous end of the year contribution. Together, we serve a holy, sovereign and gracious God. We pray that you have a wonderful season celebrating the birth of Jesus. May God’s grace and peace be with you.

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