September was another exciting month to be serving in the ministry here in China. Since late spring God has really been blessing our outreach efforts and building His church. We are just blessed to be able to be a part of it.
Fruitful Ministry: The school year is back in session so everyone is back to a normal pattern of life. After a fruitful summer, we were hopeful looking into the next season. The church has continued to grow and we even tore down two more walls in our building to expand the auditorium. Also, we saw another man saved. He had been coming to our different events but never had come to church. He decided to believed in God and wanted to become a Christian. He didn’t really know what it meant, but He knew he wanted to know God. He came to my house and I shared the gospel with Him. He didn’t know much about Jesus, but He knew that if Jesus was the way to know God then he was willing to trust in Him. He got saved that day and has been doing weekly discipleship with me since then. Praise the Lord. We are planning another baptism service this month for him and others. Finally, we had another young man (who is married) show interest in full-time ministry. Please pray for him as he makes the necessary steps for his training.
New School: We have a new opportunity for schooling our children this year. All three of our daughters are attending a newly formed bilingual school where all the teachers of the school are Christian. My wife is also working at the school this year to help teach and direct the kindergarten. Our two youngest daughters are in her class. (She even has a government official’s son in her class.) I have the opportunity to teach chapel there several times a semester. Pray for wisdom with this opportunity to influence these children.
Visas: Renewing visas is always a stressful time of the year. You never know what is going to happen. This year we had do something a little different from last year to get our visas, but the Lord blessed and our whole family was granted visas for another year. Praise the Lord. While on our visa run, we were able to take the kids to the new Disney Resort in China for a one-day vacation. We had a great time as a family.
New Outreach: We started a new Bible study outreach on Wednesday evenings. We have a meal, sing a song and then break into small groups for about an hour Bible study where we use a mix of Chinese and English. So far the response has been great and there are several unbelievers studying the Bible because of it. Pray that we will see fruit from this new outreach.
Visitors: We were blessed to be able to assist Ed and Beth de los Reyes on their survey trip last month. They are currently on deputation and have raised over 50% of their support. They are a great couple and we are looking forward to them getting their ministry started in China. If you are interested in more information about them or would like to have them visit your church, please contact us. Also, we hosted some Chinese friends (who pastor a church in Harbin) over a recent Chinese holiday. We enjoyed our time with them and are thankful for the friendships God has given us here.
Support and Offerings: As the ministry grows and the opportunities to invest more of our funds into the ministry here are growing, we could use more monthly support. Please pray that we could raise additional support to meet the growing needs. Also, we are looking to raise some one-time gifts to help us purchase more Chinese Bibles ($500), books we use for outreach ($150) and Christians books and material to stock our church library ($500).
Thank you! We know that we couldn’t do anything without the help of God’s people. Thank you for giving, praying and being a part of our team, Project China.