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Weekly Mind Dump: Thankful

✪ During our time in Taiwan we were able to meet with ministers working in 6 different countries. According to the CIA Factbook, here is how “Christian” each country is: China 5.1% Christian | Taiwan 4.5% Christian | India 2.3% Christian | Thailand 1.2% Christian | United Kingdom 59.5% Christian | United States 51.3% Protestant Christian. These percentages include the following groupings: Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity. [1]

✪ Chinese Bible Distribution: THANK YOU! Because many of you gave to help us buy Bibles, we were able to spend all the money and buy Bibles in Dalian, Harbin, and Gaoxiong! We emptied out the account this week. If you are interested in helping us buy Bibles in China and Taiwan to reach the Chinese, you can send funds to our Chinese Bible Distribution Fund. 100% of the funds will be used to buy Bibles! No middle man fee! A Chinese pastor asked me to tell those who gave, “Thank you!”

✪ We had a great Thanksgiving service on Sunday. Everyone brought a little something to eat and then after the main service we enjoyed a meal together and then had an afternoon testimony service.

✪ Church Update: During the organization service the church officially voted me in as their pastor. I will be their temporary pastor until the Lord raises up a Chinese man to pastor the church. Please pray with us towards this end.

✪ We had more given towards the different needs that we have! Thank you so much for your generosity!

✪ We have many new ideas for outreach in the city, but we are limited on manpower. Pray that more labourers will come and help us reach this city of millions with the gospel!

✪ We are working on organizing and laying the foundation for our “Bible College”, Dalian Baptist Seminary. We would like to start the first classes sometimes at the beginning of next year. Please pray with us about this!

One of the young men who was recently here on a short-term trip is coming back in the spring of next year for a six-month internship. Pray for him and give to help him come if you can!

✪ I am thankful for my wonderful family and wife. My wife does so much that goes unnoticed, and I am not the best at always thanking her for all that she does. Thank you, my love, I couldn’t do what I do without you!

✪ Thank you Lord Jesus for your many blessings and allowing me to partake in your amazing grace!

Bibles in China?

The question came to me about “where can you buy bibles to take them into China?” The simple answer to this question is China! China prints thousands of Bibles every year, and you can actually buy Bibles in China. Many Christians have also opened up Christian bookstores in China. Many people believe that Bibles are illegal in China, but the truth is that it is illegal to smuggle Bibles into China. Like the group that recently got 300 Bibles confiscated when they tried to smuggle them in for the Olympics.

A person commenting on this story had to say:

“Millions of Bibles are printed in Nanjing by the Amity Printing Co. Any Chinese person who wants to buy a Bible CAN.”

“The president of one of those seminaries did say “Americans do harm when they smuggle Bibles into China like spies, we do not need James Bond for Jesus here, anybody can buy a Bible.”

Now I am for getting as many Bibles as we can to any part of the world, but we need to stop and ask ourselves what is the best way to do that.

The question you might ask is: “If you can buy Bibles in China, then why doesn’t everyone have one?”

Four quick answers:

  1. There might not be enough printed for everyone.
  2. Some can’t afford one.
  3. Some don’t know where to buy one.
  4. Not everyone wants one.

But, you can buy bibles very cheap in China, and if someone wanted one it wouldn’t be too hard to get one.

Also, we need to look at this law on smuggling and customs in China. It isn’t just the Bible, but it is any book that you try to smuggle in at large is going to be confiscated. China wants their books approved buy them and printed in their country for their economy.

Another commentator on this article states:

“Imagine for a moment that the items confiscated weren’t 300 copies of the Bible rather that they were 300 copies of, let’s say, The Joy of Cooking. Not only would this not be a news story, nearly all would understand the concept that countries have different customs laws.”

So on your next short-term trip to China, check the customs laws and with your missionary to find out what is the best way for you to give Bibles out in China. In the end, you may even be a better steward of God’s money by buying them at a cheaper price!