✪ We had a good visit in Beijing over the weekend. We needed to get out-of-town and make three doctor’s appointments, so everything lined up right. We were able to get all of our doctor’s appointments in on Monday.
✪ The amount of foreigners in Beijing is amazing when you aren’t use to seeing many foreigners. We ate at a few restaurants where it seemed the majority of the people there were foreigners. We were in a Mexican restaurant and this Chinese family walked in and the little Chinese kid said, “Look, everyone here is a foreigner!”
✪ We visited Zion Church in Beijing. This is a “house church” in the sense that it is not a registered three-self church, but they seem to have many freedoms that other churches don’t have. They rent the third floor of a building and have an auditorium that can seat 500 people with tons of class rooms, children’s classes, and a book/coffee shop. Everything is first class. The had an equal amount of men and woman who were young to middle-aged. There church seems to be the exception instead of the rule, but we are excited about the freedom that they have.
✪ I was able to meet with a new missionary family in Beijing. We enjoy being over there house and discussing ministry in China. He grew up as an MK in China had many great insights. He gave me some great ideas that, Lord willing, we would like to incorporate into our outreach in the future.
✪ Police Update: The police didn’t come to any of our services over the weekend. On Saturday, some from our church went to the police station to try to explain our situation, letting them know that we believe in “orthodox christianity” and are not a cult or a political party. The meeting seemed to go okay, though they did ask for extra information about me. At the end of the meetings, our guy asked if they could continue to have services and study and they said yes!
✪ Our pastor turned his blog into a joint blog where many missionaries and pastors are writing articles to help train others for world evangelism. There have been some great articles written and many people getting involved in the comments. If you are interested in learning more about missions then this is a great blog to subscribe to: www.worldevangelism.net
✪ I am writing this from the speed train. I am using the 3G from my phone to get on the internet. Since we are going through cities and the country side the signal comes and goes. The trip is about 6 hours from Beijing to Dalian. The cost one way is RMB 261 or $43.00
✪ The speed trains are nice because it is like taking a plane, but without all the security and rules. When you get to the train station you only go through one scanner. Then you find your boarding deck and wait until boarding time. Once you arrive at the train station until you get to your gate is maybe 10 minutes. Once it is time to board you carry your luggage on and store it. The seating is just like a plane (smaller seats than an American plane), but they don’t have seat belts. You can get up when you want. They have food and snacks for purchase. You can buy meals. You don’t have to turn any of you electronics off or put your seat or tray up. You can carry on food and drinks from outside the station. The one downside is, you can only take with you what you can carry, so pack light!
✪ Our teammates have landed in Taiwan and are getting their house and lives setup there. There is also a family interning with them that is already there. Over the next couple months there is another missionary family moving there and another internship family moving there. Pray as everyone gets settled in, they find out where to start a church and that God will bless their ministry.
✪ Next year we are planning to have an intern and a missionary family move to the mainland, Lord willing. Pray for our Project China team as it continues to grow and spread out, reaching more Chinese with the gospel of Jesus Christ! We had one Project China family recently leave our Project China team because they changed mission fields, but we are excited about those who are interning with the interest to work with Project China long-term.