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Revisiting “On the Edge”

After I had surrendered to go to China as a missionary, I was taught that one of the ways to reach China was to live in a neighboring country. Our original name for our team strategy wasn’t “Project China,” but “On the Edge”. With recent events, I decided to revisit our original strategy. Here is how we defined ourselves:

What is On the Edge?

– On the Edge is a passion… for the millions living in Communist or former-Soviet nations.
– On the Edge is a team… committed to do whatever it takes to reach them.
– On the Edge is a strategy… to make an impact in China by training leaders outside of China.

Below is a basic summary of some of our ideas:

1. To plant vibrant, missions-hearted churches in _________?

The first stage of the plan involves building a stronghold outside of China from which we can export prepared Chinese laborers.

2. To disciple young men to become passionate leaders.

…Chinese students who are planning to return to their homeland after completing their education. What do you think would happen if these students could be reached for Christ and trained to do the work of the ministry? What if they could be prepared to make an impact when they return to their homes in China? This is the second stage, the very heart of our plan.

Please pray for our training center, which will be the center of all our operations on the border. Pray that God will fill it with students set apart to glorify His name. Pray that He will energize and equip them for His work. And pray that He will help them to make a difference when they return to China with the Gospel.

3. To conduct leaders safely into China.

Importation of trained leaders is the key to reaching China with the Gospel. As we train converts outside China’s borders to be leaders of leaders, we must support them as they return home to preach their Gospel to their own people. The Chinese that are trained for the ministry create much better channels for the Lord to work as they perfectly look, speak, and act Chinese. They will be able to work in underground situations much more secretively than foreign missionaries.

4. To develop means to transport new students to _________?

The greatest strategic challenge that we face is that of getting Chinese converts from mainland China to our training center in _________.

5. To involve American students in the world-plan of God.

God wants to raise from the forces of our churches a capable army mobilized to carry the Gospel to the lost of this world. We want to give every Christian the opportunity to make a personal impact in China.

If you have been burdened for the Chinese people and have been looking for an outlet of service, then I invite you to pray with us for the ministry to the border of _________ and China. We have some great dreams! Come and dream with us!  

Originally, the blank was filled in with Russia, but in today’s world, Russia is not ideal, and it would seem Taiwan would be the best option available. (I think at the time of the original strategy, there was no direct flights from China to Taiwan, but now there is.)

Our original ideas was preparing Chinese pastors out of the country:

Many missionaries are beginning to search for more strategic and effective methods for ministry in China. For On the Edge, this means building an exterior training center to prepare Chinese pastors.

I think there is a lot of truth in the original plan, especially when it comes to being able to “setup a base” to work from. There is a great loss in stability working only in the mainland. I think our original strategy, and what we have learned since then, will lead us into an even more effective strategy.

As we are working these things out and finding your role in all this, one things remains to be true:

Until we have young men and young women of God who are willing to do anything necessary to see God’s name glorified, there will be no city-taking. Until there is a generation willing to suffer, willing to bleed, and willing to die for the glory of God, there will be no conquering of the land God has promised us. We may watch walls fall and doors open, but it is our hearts that determine whether or not the cities of this world will be taken.

All quotes taken from “On the Edge: A Strategy for China in Our Generation”

Church, you made a difference!

When I was asked to speak on Sunday night, I wanted to say “Thank You” to the church. My family and I moved there when I was in the fourth grade. This is the church I was saved in, baptized in, and called into the ministry. This is the church that knew me as a little terror and rebellious teenager. But now, for the first time, I was given the privilege to stand before them as a missionary to China, preacher of the Gospel and say “thank you.” You know, they probably felt like giving up on me or thought I would never turn out to be a preacher but they continued to invest in me and to be faithful to God and His service.

Here are a few people that had an impact upon me while I was there.

  • Dad and Mom – You will never realize the impact you had on me by faithfully taking me to church, reading your Bibles at home, and when I would wake up early in the morning to go the restroom, to see you on your knees praying before a Holy God.
  • Sheri McConaughey – She was my first Sunday school teacher here, and I remember her Bible stories with the flannel graphs, her smile and singing.
  • Paul Johnson – He was the preacher for Super Church (a.k.a. Children’s Church), and he would preach each week and give an invitation. I remember when God got a hold of my heart; an invitation would come, and I would get so nervous and scared week after week and finally, I went forward and got saved.
  • Donnie Prince, Steve Pointer, and Bill Johanon – They were my Jr. Boys Sunday school teachers, and I was a handful, but they were faithful, took us on activities, taught the bible, and prayed for us.
  • Doug Kraus – I can not say enough about this man. He was my youth pastor. Besides God and my pastor now, Austin Gardner, he probably has influenced me more than any other person. I spent about six years under this man, and those six years were probably the most crucial parts of my life and what I was going to do with it. He was there through that bad and good. Thank You!
  • Mike Grey – He was my pastor. He stood in the pulpit and faithfully preached the Word of God. I remember during one of the missions conferences that he would say he was praying that God would call a missionary out of that church. I remember in my early teens sitting in the pew thinking, “that’s me!” Now I can testify that it truly was an answered prayer.

Thank you Baptist Tabernacle in Carlisle, Ohio for investing in me.

Let me not forget to say, the reason for it all is GOD. He saved me, loved me, and redeemed me! Thank You LORD Jesus Christ for everything, You deserve all praise!

A Band of Men

In 1 Samuel 10:26 the Bible reads “And Saul went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.” I have a little note written in my Bible next to this verse that says “God is going to have to touch men’s hearts to follow you.” I believe I wrote that note there when my pastor, Austin Gardner, was preaching out of this text. What is going on in the surrounding verses is that Saul is being anointed king. And as he was the God chosen leader at the time, God also touched other men’s hearts to follow him. I ask that you will pray with me that God will touch men’s heart to get involved in His work. Pray in two ways:

  1. Pray that God will touch men’s hearts as we travel around the United States and preach in hundreds of churches. Pray that souls will be saved and that God will touch men’s hearts and allow us to band together to take the Gospel to the world.
  2. Pray that God will touch men’s hearts in China. Ones that we can raise up, train, and send out to plant other churches with a heart to not only reach the 1.3 billion in China, but the 6.5 billion around this world.

I have been privileged to work with such men whom God has banded together to get the Gospel to the world. As we branch off I pray that it will grow stronger, and we can see more fruit and men; as a result.