Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

May 2016

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A Glimpse at Chinese Culture

I'm not sure how much is recognized in current Chinese tradition or if there is any truth to it, but last week I spent the day with 4 men that I have known for about a year now. They took me to the Expo Garden in the city and one of the men began to tell me about the Chinese Zodiac and how it related to ancient tradition. In history the symbol of the dragon and the tiger have had many battles. One of the translation for the tiger means ferocity or ferocious. I was told that in times past if a person who is a tiger and a person who is a dragon wanted to marry that they were advised not to because of the superstitious belief that they would have many battles and struggles in their marriage.

It's kind of interesting that when my friend asked the birth dates of me and Bonnie that according to the Chinese symbols, Bonnie is the Tiger and I am the Dragon. I'm just saying....could this be the reason for some of our Battles over the past 34 years?

I sure hope Bonnie doesn't read this one, because this Dragon may have to go into hiding from that Crouching Tiger.

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Just a Thought

For all my friends who have travelled to Liberia, doesn't that compound in the photo below look exactly like something you would see in Africa.
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Doing Life Together

Over the past year or so, one of the ways that I connect with students is through outdoor activities and other interest groups such as hiking. I have gone hiking all around Kunming many many times and it always provides such a great time of fellowship. I will spend hours walking the hilltops with young people and simply talk about life, culture, beliefs, food, family and many other things. I recently hiked the Golden Temple Mountain with 8 of my friends, we spent 9 hours hiking over 15 miles through the hilltops. We walked through maybe 8 different mountain top villages, at one point we had the girls jump over an 8 foot brick wall, we all got sunburned, but at the end of the day the relationships we have grew even stronger. Just seeing the smile on their faces as they played in the swings on the side of the mountain was priceless.
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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.
  • 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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