Hello, my name is Mark and China Ministry is the name of my personal ministry and blog (formerly “China Ramblings! from the life and mind of a missionary”). I am a Christian, Husband, Father, Missionary, and Blogger. My family and I are on an amazing journey to give God the maximum glory with our lives. Our passion is Jesus and our desire is that the world will know Him as Lord!
My family and I serve as church-planting Missionaries to the country of China. This blog is an outflow of our life and ministry. I hope that it will help, encourage, exhort and edify those who read it.
If you are interested in China, missions or staying up-to-date with our family and ministry then this blog is for you! Not everything fits neatly into one of those topics but I hope you will stick around long enough to see what the Lord is doing in China and how He can use you!
I usually post a couple of times a week.
Below are some of the top post from this blog. You can get access to all of my other post by going through the categories or series. Also, you can use the search feature in the top right-hand corner to find something specific.
Missions Articles and Practical Advice:
✪ China & Bible Smuggling
✪ Thoughts from What Happened Sunday
✪ “We’re Missionaries, it’s an occupational hazard.”
Special Blog Series
I have written on several subjects in a series format. Below are the top 15 series. You can find all the series by clicking here.
- Steps to Becoming a Missionary – I am interested in being a missionary, what now?
- China & Bible Smuggling – Do we still need to smuggle Bibles into China?
- “We’re missionaries, it’s an occupational hazard.” – Considering closed country issues.
- Undercover or Under-the-Covers – Being undercover in creative access countries.
- Survey Trip – Informative and practical posts about how to survey a city.
- Culture Shock – What it is and some ways to deal with it.
- Being on the Mission Field with a Kid – A help for parents.
- The Missions Conference Series – A practical guide.
- The Next Step – Thoughts about choosing what city to start your ministry.
- The Missionary Wife – A look at Biblical womanhood and practical ideas.
- Serpents and Doves – Many
misuseand mistranslate this verse to justify their own insecurities.
- Reasons Not to Go – There are tons of reasons that people “can’t” go to the mission field.
- Teamwork – I take three posts to consider teamwork.
- Right Thinking – Missionaries struggle with their thought life.
- Raising a Bilingual Child – Encouragement for those with kids learning two languages.
If you would like to contact me you can send an email.
When I started the blog, I didn’t know what I was doing so my scope was broad and “Ramblings!” seemed like a suitable title as I posted about whatever I wanted. My first few post were quotes by missionaries to China and what the blog was about. But my first real update was on August 22nd, 2008 entitled “Our First Month!“
My goal at first was to post at least once a week. Then I tried to post several times a week. When we were raising funds, I even had a goal to write about every church that we visited (and I did). When we moved to China, I had a goal to post about five times a week, Monday-Friday. This is when I started to really write about things that I was experiencing and thinking through on the mission field.
As time passed, I narrowed my scope and focus down to several main categories that I liked to wrote about. But I needed to revamp and I needed a break. Thus, on May 21, 2012 I pressed the pause button.
I started to make changes to the blog to better fit my new focus. I went through all my old post deleting over 600 post that didn’t meet my new criteria. I changed the name to “China Ramblings!” and simplified its look and use. I also prepared new post and pages for the relaunch
On September 3rd, I relaunched the blog and started posting 2-3 times a week Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday.
Through my time blogging, I have been constantly reminded of the power and influence in writing and communicating through this means. In the future, I hope to continue to do so, Lord willing, and make a difference in the lives of those who read this blog.
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