In our last update about “Project China and North Korea,” we mentioned about purchasing about 248 SD cards that were loaded with Korean resources and would be taken into the country through a friend on the border. Since then we have the following update:
THE NORTH KOREAN INITIATIVE “UPDATE #2”: All the SD cards have arrived safely into North Korea! Pray! Get involved!
This is a small step to getting the gospel into a closed country. Our goal is to get trained men into the country, but until we can, we are doing what we can with what we have to send some light into the darkness. Will you help?
We would like to purchase more SD cards. The cost is around $3.50 per card (depending on the exchange rate). Everything else is already set in place in China to get the cards into North Korea. So here is an opportunity, if you are able and willing, to get involved in sending some gospel light into a spiritually dark region.
If you want to be involved in purchasing SD cards, you can send donations to the following: Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009 with “The North Korean Initiative” written in the memo.
Thank you for always caring and giving.
Project China is working to do what we can to reach into North Korea.
Here is a recent update:
THE NORTH KOREAN INITIATIVE “UPDATE”: Phase 1—Until the Lord gives us a man to work on the border, we have partnered with a new friend to get the KOREAN AUDIO SCRIPTURES (New Testament and Proverbs) and other resources (preaching, teaching and singing recordings and a gospel video) into the country to be distributed.
We were able to purchase about 248 SD cards that have been loaded with the Korean resources and will be taken into the country soon.
North Koreans often have handheld radios or other digital devices that have SD card slots and the goal is for them to receive these and listen to or watch these resources. (Printed material is more dangerous for a North Korean person to possess—thus digital versus print is better in this scenario.) This is a small part in trying to plant the seed of the gospel in North Korea.
Please pray as they will be faithfully distributed and listened too or watched by the North Korea people who have yet to hear a clear presentation of the gospel!
You can read more about the initiative here:
The North Korean Initiative
The sword we were given at our blessing service representing the Word of God as we fight the Lord’s battle on the frontlines and extend His kingdom to the regions beyond, all for the glory of God.
Q: “Has your sword tasted blood?” – Austin Gardner
A: “Yes! Praise the name of the LORD most high. May the Lamb that was slain continue to receive the reward of His suffering.”
Jeremiah 48:10 “Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.”
2 Samuel 23:10 “He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.”
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”
To know Jesus and to make Him known!
Lord willing, we are going to print 10,000 copies of John and Romans in-country. We have contacted a printer and he has agreed to print them for us. He has already printed one copy and sent us the proof (see picture). The price is $0.26 a copy. So to get 10,000 copies we will need to raise $2,600. If you are interested in helping us with this project, please contact me.
Our goals are to (1) use these copies of John and Romans to freely given them out to anyone who wants one; (2) have a relationship with a printer that will print the Scriptures for us even as the restrictions on Bibles tighten; (3) use these copies in evangelism and spreading the gospel!
Proof of the Scriptures we are going to be printing, Lord willing.
Praise the Lord, the twins were born this past Monday. They are healthy, as well as my wife! Everyone is home and we are adjusting to being a family of seven!
Our little girl was first born.
- Weight: 2460 g (5.42 pounds)
- Height: 48 cm (18.9 inches)
- Birthday: 01/08/2018 11:31 PM
Our little boy was second born.
- Weight: 2960 g (6.53 pounds)
- Height: 50 cm (19.69 inches)
- Birthday: 01/08/2018 11:33 PM
Pray for us as we raise these two new additions and all our children for the glory of God!
Still in the hospital and waiting for these babies to make an appearance. Inducing in China is a different process…a three-day process! Today is day three, so we will see. But mommy and the babies are good and healthy so far, praise the Lord. Please keep praying!
Again, we are thankful for our Chinese and American friends who have been helping take care of our children and filling in for us over the past few days so that we can be here in the hospital and take the necessary precautions to have a safe and healthy delivery, Lord willing.
Thank you for all the support as well!
Okay, looks like the plans have changed. They are going to induce today… stay tuned… pray!
On Thursday morning, my wife wasn’t feeling well and had a pretty severe headache. I took her to see the doctor that morning and they decided to admit her. She had high blood pressure and since that could cause complications with the twins, they wanted to take precautions.
After everything was fine (the headache was gone), they wanted to do a CT scan to make sure that the headache wasn’t caused by something else. The results came back fine. (We had to be taken to a different hospital to get this done.)
They also started to give her shots that help the babies develop in case they decided to come early. My wife is 37 weeks along but the babies are still pretty small (between 4-5 pounds).
She has been having contractions on and off over the past three days (two nights) but it doesn’t seem to be progressing at a fast pace, so they should be dismissing us to go home in the next couple of hours or so…(at least that is the plan as I am writing this update).
My wife is doing good. She is just tired from it all. She has done an amazing job with the twins this pregnancy.
We have had a great experience here at the hospital and are so blessed to have good healthcare in our city. They have taken great care of us. (Note: I say “us” because in China when you stay in the hospital, you have to have someone to stay with you to wait on you, the nurses don’t wait on your like they do in the USA.)
We have also been blessed with a great team. We know that our girls are in great hands as our friends have helped watch them over the past three days.
Please continue to pray for our family and my wife as she delivers the twins sometime this month, Lord willing!
Our weekly scheduled ministry events:
- Tuesday-Friday morning from 8:30-12:30 we host seminary classes (Chinese) at the church.
- Wednesday evening from 18:30-20:00 we have midweek worship. This includes a meal, 2 songs, a 20 min. sermon and then 30 min. small group Bible studies (Chinese/English) at the church.
- Friday night outreach. Every Friday night from 19:00-20:00 we have an English corner outreach (English), except for the last Friday of the month we are trying to host a young people’s event (Chinese).
- Saturday is our a work day at the church preparing for Sunday (Chinese).
- Sunday is broken down as the following:
- From 9:30-10:15 we have Kids’ Club (Chinese/English).
- From 10:30-11:30 we have morning worship (Chinese).
- From 11:30-12:00 we have a quick lunch at the church.
- From 12:00-1:00 we have afternoon worship/teacher and worker’s meeting/prayer Groups (Chinese).
- (Monday is our day off now.)
✪ We had another great week. Our Kids’ Club has started back, but it has been very slow. Each week there are more kids, but it looks like we might have lost some along the way. Time to go out and find some more!
✪ We visited a Chinese city on the border of North Korea and took a big boat into North Korean waters. We used binoculars to get a better look at everything. It was really sad. People washing their clothes in the river. The soldiers (I am guessing guarding the border) were fishing with nets up and down the river. The hard part of these tours (I have taken many) is that we can do nothing. Here I am on a nice boat with a bunch of Chinese tourists gawking at the North Koreans (like a zoo) and can do nothing to reach or help them. At least when we have taken the small boats in before, we were able to give out some Chinese tracts (even though they didn’t read Chinese) to the North Koreans who met us in the middle of the river on their boats. Pray for North Korea.
✪ In a previous update I mentioned about starting a new church plant in October, but we are holding off on that for now. One of the Chinese men who was going to go out and start it wants/needs more time and training before he steps out. I think this is a wise decision.
✪ Although we aren’t starting a new church this October, one of the American men who has been serving in our church for the past couple years is stepping out to start a church in October and one fo the Chinese men in our church who is a faithful member will be going to help him as they get things started. We will be having a send-off time for them this Sunday.
✪ One of the church members recently commented on our three girls personalities and I thought it was interesting and almost spot on. She said our oldest daughter was 透明 transparent (she really likes to talk about everything), our middle daughter was 温柔 gentle and soft (she loves to smile and cuddle), and the youngest was 淘气 mischievous (yep, she likes to laugh and cause trouble in a playful way).
A busy airport in the mornings! Seeing our friends off…glad they came!
About a 20-minute drive outside the city and you see this…
Going to the local mall for dinner, a busy time of the day.
One of the men practicing music as he looks out over the city from the church window.
Looking into North Korea with binoculars… a mom and child washing clothes in the river with a guard nearby.