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Weekly Mind Dump: Renovations

✪ It has been a busy week! The new commercial space we rented needed some fixing up to do, nearly spent the entire week, morning-to-night, working to fix the place up. All the major projects are done, and we are excited about using this as a means to assemble as a church.

✪ I think one of the mistakes I might have made is starting out too cheap or at least staying too cheap. So we are going to try a different route by making things nicer and more family friendly. So our new building reflects those changes.

✪ Of course, with a new building that needs work done, comes with a financial cost. If you are interested in knowing what these costs are and are willing and able to help, please let me know.

✪ If you somehow missed the latest update with our new direction, you can read that post here: At a Crossroads – Direction Known

✪ We are still raising funds to help the church as it grows: $4,800 – First Year’s Rent at $400 a month (Can you give one month’s rent?); $308 – 44 Extra Chairs at $7 each (Can you purchase some chairs?); $150 – Nursery/Kids Tables, Chairs, Furnishings (Can you give?); $1,100 for the house church who had their offerings confiscated.

✪ We are thankful for a new church who financially partnered with us. We are in need of more support if you know of a church who would be interested in supporting a church-planter in mainland China, please pass along our information.

EasySlides – This is Worship Projection software that is free and for those working in China, it includes the Chinese Bible and over 1,000 Chinese song lyrics! Now they just need to make a mac version.

✪ I met with an Australian pastor of an international church here in the city yesterday. They have foreigners and Chinese both attending their church. They are about an hour away from where we are. It was encouraging to see God doing a work there!

✪ Our church has taken many bold steps forward, pray for God’s continued blessings! We are excited about what He is going to do!

✪ Hopefully, I will be able to give more of an update when things slow down here. God bless!

Weekly Mind Dump: Beijing & More!

✪ 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.

Weekly Mind Dump: Good to Go!

✪ Our visas have been approved! We are good to go! We will be leaving according to schedule, Lord willing. We are looking forward to returning home. We have all our paperwork, passports, and visas in hand. Praise the Lord!

✪ This past Wednesday I was able to give an update and preach at one of our supporting churches in Dawsonville, GA. Thank you church family for your continued financial and prayer support.

✪ Also, I was able to meet with the Pastor to discuss an opportunity that he is making available to us through a ministry that they have started and partnered with to get Chinese preaching into China via satellite. We are excited to see how this door of opportunity will work out.

✪ The opportunity is simple: We provide the Chinese preaching; they will take care of producing the videos and getting it aired in China via satellite. The opportunity is difficult: How do we get Chinese preachers in a studio for the proper quality of recording to use? Considerations: We are still considering the place, time, and finances of this opportunity.

✪ An extra benefit of this opportunity is that not only would the preaching be made available via satellite, but we could use the content on the internet, DVDs and even USB drives to spread the content around China. Please be in prayer about this.

✪ As we stated last week, we are raising funds for the following three areas: (1) 10% more support or around ten more churches to partner with us or increase their current level of support. (2) One-time cost of $2,000 to help cover the cost of the new visas and passports. (3) $1,600 for the house churches who had their offerings confiscated by the police.

✪ Sunday evening, we presented and preached at a supporting church in Atlanta, GA. They were an encouragement to us; especially those who let us know they have prayed for us. Thank you church family!

✪ China Video: 100 Fun at the Mall – China in the Raw (SD)

✪ Repost: Moving in China: Our Experience

✪ Pray for us as we prepare to return home this week. We have already said goodbye to many of our family members and will be working to get everything ready to head back. Thank you, we couldn’t do this without you!