The Journey Continues

April 2016

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March was a very busy month for us. My youngest daughter and her husband travelled with us to China for a vacation so we were able to spend some time in Hong Kong and Beijing with them. We spent time sight seeing, went to the Hutongs in the old town of Beijing and even hiked on the Great Wall of China. Since returning to Kunming I have been meeting daily with students, young professionals and business men and women, all of which I have developed strong relationships with over the past 15 months. Last week we had 21 people at our underground fellowship meeting and afterwards went with them to a young ladies house and had our Easter dinner with them, it was an amazing time of fellowship. We are very excited about the visiting teams that will be coming from America later this month to help support the local work here and our Annual English Camp where we are hoping to have at least 100 students come out and spend the weekend with us. There will be over 30 foreigners coming to spend a couple of weeks here and just speak into the lives of our young people.
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The Fruit of Labor

Just recently a young girl came to me and Bonnie and said "I know you are believers, I have seen the way you respond to each other. I can see peace, joy, happiness and a genuine love in your hearts for each other as well as for others. I am in a place where I need peace in my life so I have decided to read the Bible." This young girl is now reading the Word and sending me questions, she has even copied things in her own hand writing and sent to Bonnie. I encourage this young lady each and every day to continue searching the scripture for the peace and hope that she is looking for.


I will be meeting with another young lady next week who sent me a message a couple of days ago to discuss the Word. She said that she once tried to believe but became very confused because she was told many negative things about the Word. She has been reading and asked if I could answer some questions for her and show her how to follow Jesus.


We have started up a weekly small group for young women on Mondays (which I will not be leading). I will be cooking pizzas for the girls next week, then probably disappear while the girls begin connecting. This is going to provide an amazing opportunity to teach these young women about value. Encourage them to seek after God, have strong healthy relationships with others, and provide a safe atmosphere for them to discuss some of the things that they may be going through or to answer any question that they may have.

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Getting More and More Comfortable

Even though I have not always been the best student of the Chinese Language, I continue to practice and I am getting more and more comfortable with communicating. Last Friday was a very interesting day for me, I set out to go hiking and about a quarter of the way up the mountain that I have hiked numerous times, I was met by and ran off by the local authorities. I then decided to go register at the police department. When I got there, obviously no one spoke English so my Chinese was put to the test right from the get go. They tried to tell me that my visa was no good and actually took my passport from me, they then moved me from one area of the department to the main part of the station. At one point I had about 5 or 6 police officers all talking to me at the same time. For some reason I had no phone service in the station so I couldn't reach out to anyone for help and couldn't leave. After awhile I became very irritated and tired and was demanding my passport. They had detained me for about two hours when finally the police officer came to me with my passport in his hand and I actually took it from him and showed him that I have a ten year visa, then showed him the multiple stamps from me entering and exiting the country, finally after another 15 minutes, they came in, threw my passport and registration paper down on the table and walked away. Long story short, after 2 intense hours at the police station I walked out with my registration slip and it was all done without a translator. At that time I felt tired but accomplished.
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A Page from a Day

Shang zhou wu, wo wu fan chi le yi xiao wan mi fan, he le yi da wan tang. Wu fan guo hou, wo qu pa le yi xiao hui shan. Zhi hou wo qu le jing cha ju, yin wei wo xu yao ti qian shen qing chu jing qian zheng, dan shi wo gen jing cha ju de gong zuo ren yuan zhi jian de jiao liu cun zai yi xie zhang ai, yin wei wo de zhong wen bu shi hen hao, jing cha ju ye mei you ren hui jiang ying yu. Zai mei you ren fan yi de qing kuang xia, hua le liang ge xiao shi, wo kao zi ji cheng gong shen qing dao chu jing qian zheng.



Translation:

Last Friday, I ate a large bowl of soup and small bowl of rice for lunch, afterwards I went for a short hike. Then I went to register at the police department, because I need to register my exit visa in advance. We had communication obstacles because my Chinese was not excellent and there was no English speaking people at the police department. After two hours I was able to get registered and this was all done without a translator.


As much as I would like to take credit for all my Chinese story, I did have to use a mobile translator app on my phone and my Chinese book along with asking for a little help from one of my dear friends. The cool thing is that usually when you ask for help, they will make you do the work and think of the words yourself.

Prayer Request

  • Please pray about partnering with us financially so that we can continue building relationships with the unreached people groups of Southeast Asia. We are believing for at least 100 people to partner with us financially for as little as $25.00 a month, this will allow us to continue to spread the gospel to the unreached people groups of Southeast China.
  • Please be praying for our Student Camp this April 30th-May2nd
  • We would like to see more of the locals rise up and begin to lead areas of ministry in the local churches, outreach centers, life groups and English corners.
  • We are beginning to really see an outpouring of grace and a hunger in the lives of the students here and are in need of more laborers.
  • Please pray for the health and wholeness for the team here in China.
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