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25 Years of Ministry

1993 -2018

God is moving in China. Despite what you may have heard about the systematic suppression of Christianity by the government, openness to Christ exists among the Chinese people. Christian churches are thriving. Our church overflow area has hundreds of people standing at the front door trying to hear. People start to arrive at 4:30 am and by 6 am the sanctuary is full with people praying for the 8:30 am service. If only churches at home were so full of spiritually hungry men and women!

Rolf is going back late spring 2019 to increase the number of local outreach teams to continue the dramatic growth. All that is needed now are the resources to get them into the hands of those who desire to know the Lord. This is truly an incredible opportunity while the doors are still open to reach the people hungry for the truth. Would you be willing to help?

You may be like one of our supporter who said, “Rolf and Sherri, we get your ministry letter every month and were are praying for you…but you need to be more specific when you say you need money for the ministry!”

Well, that’s an invitation we hardly can refuse. When all is set and done, it costs us $6000 each month to keep the ministry going. Yes, it costs money to travel to China twice a year and stay each time for four months to serve the Lord and work the neglected fields with our local co-workers. That’s everything, from air travels, conference/training meetings, equipment and supplies, materials for discipleship/evangelism, salaries, health insurances, apartment rental and auto/rail expenses to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with men and women to impact their lives for eternity.

I don’t know about you, but it’s always easier for us to see support in bite-size pieces. For instance, if 60 people commit $100 per month it would cover all our expenses for the coming year. It gets even easier to reach the budget goal if 120 people participate each with a monthly gift of $50. Maybe you can only give a gift of $25 or $10 a month. That is also great. With God’s blessing, together we can make it happen every month. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with so little when we all rally around God’s projects.

God provides for the ministry of International Ambassadors for Christ through “gift giving strategies.” If God is leading you to make a special end of the year contribution, or if you would like to begin monthly investments in our ministry please make your tax deductible check payable to “International Ambassadors for Christ” and mail it before December 31 to: P.O. Box 545, Saint Charles, IL 60174-0545 USA. It will make a large impact in China. We appreciate your prayerful consideration.

God is working in China. We could never have imagined the day would come celebrating 25 Years of Ministry training, teaching, mentoring, motivating and encouraging leaders. Please prayerfully consider how you might be a part owner in reaching spiritually hungry men and women in China. Thank you for your faithful prayers, encouragements and sacrificial support to make this all possible.

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China Bans Children from Church

In one of its more drastic moves to date, China’s ruling Communist Party has issued notices warning Christian parents not to take their children to church or they “will be dealt with severely.”

In their latest attack on Christianity, authorities have told more than a hundred Christian churches that children are now forbidden from attending church services and joining Christian groups. The latest move may respond in part to a new study from the University of Shanghai, which found that more than 60 percent of students are interested in learning more about Christianity and that young catechumens in official and underground Christian communities have been steadily increasing in number.

In August, communist officials issued notices to over a hundred churches in Wenzhou, within the largely Christian Zhejiang province, informing Christians that children are no longer permitted to enter any church. The notices stated that minors attempting to enter a church would be turned away at the door, even if accompanied by their parents.

Along with students, school teachers have also been banned from attending church. The Yonglin district instructed schools that “the higher authorities strictly forbid all secondary and primary school teachers, students and toddlers to join Catholic or Protestant churches.”

Chinese authorities have justified their action by alleging that church attendance and religious instruction keep young persons from developing “a correct worldview and set of values.”

“Minors receiving religious education and formation too early in churches would seriously affect the normal implementation of the education system,” the Ouhai district’s notice declared.

Authorities further warned church leaders that government inspectors will “launch open and undercover investigations” on Sundays in both state-sanctioned churches and underground communities to enforce the ban.

“There have also been attacks on Sunday school,” a pastor told the Vision Times. “It is very serious… This is very disrespectful to human rights, and we are firmly opposed… We really don’t know why authorities are doing this.”

The new norms not only forbid children from attending church service, but also prohibit minors from joining any Christian group, taking part in any religious activities or listening to sermons. The Communist authorities have also ruled that Christians may no longer run summer camps for children.

The new measures are part and parcel of China’s draconian policy on religion, and against Christianity in particular.

According to the International Religious Freedom Report (IRFP) released in August, the Chinese Communist government “physically abused, detained, arrested, tortured, sentenced to prison, or harassed adherents of both registered and unregistered religious groups” throughout 2016.

The abuse of people of faith in their religious practice included members of unregistered Christian churches (also known as “house churches”), the State Department’s annual report added.

The IRPF noted that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to exert absolute control over religious activities in the country. “Only religious groups belonging to one of the five state-sanctioned ‘patriotic religious associations’ (Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant) were permitted to register with the government and officially permitted to hold worship services,” the report stated.

This means that any religious group that does not submit to state control, such as the Roman Catholic Church or Christian “house churches,” has no official status in the country and is subject to regular sanctions and arbitrary harassment.

Since 1999, the U.S. State Department has designated China as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) under the International Religious Freedom Act for having engaged in or tolerated “particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”

We mustpray” for those in China who fight against “religious persecution” as the government attempts to erase any knowledge of the “one true God” of the universe.

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