Looking Up to See Ahead

It has been several days since my last post and I don’t like to have such gaps in my posting but I have had a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with my host from China and we have rejoiced in what the Lord did in China last fall. They will be making a report to our church on Wednesday and as I read the report I rejoiced to hear that their work has been blessed so extensively.

They also brought a number of copies of my book that was translated into Chinese for me to autograph. Their plan is to distribute them among the other Chinese churches here in America. This brings me to a prayer request to each of you. I am searching for a publisher to print the various translations for distribution. The Lord has not begun this work to just allow it to falter now. I believe that if you are reading this post that it is not an accident and God intends to use you to further this work. You may be a prayer warrior, or you may be a contact point or you may be part of the means to enable this work to be accomplished. Please pray about what the Lord would have you to do.

We also spent several hours praying about and planning ahead to see if the Lord would have us to make another trip into China this year. One of the main considerations is the state of the persecutions of the church in China. We do not want to draw attention from the government but we do want to minister to the church there. Our purpose is to edify the people and to encourage them in doing good to all men. Thereby they will be a blessing to one another and to those who have not come to be a part of the church. Another consideration is what we should plan that will meet the needs of the people. We do not want to just present a program but rather give them knowledge that will aid them in their spiritual growth. We must find what the Lord is doing and simply join Him. To do this we must remove our personal aspirations and worldly wisdom and follow His leading.

One of the important considerations that we discussed is the use of my book, “The Mystery of Faith”, as we move forward. On the one hand we want for it to be used extensively in training. The Bible declares in Romans 14:23 that ‘. . . whatsoever is not of faith is sin.’ Also, in Hebrews 11:6 it says ‘. . . without faith it is impossible to please Him.’ Since it holds such an important role in the life of the believer and because it is one of the overlooked doctrines of the Bible, it is essential that the new believer is grounded in faith. The second consideration is that we are not looking to create issues for the Government but rather want to under-gird the fabric of a healthy society. In this aspect we are not looking to make a show but to build the quality of life for the people. This is a tight rope situation and requires the Lord to guide us in it. Again please pray for us that we will be sensitive to God’s leading.

They also brought a number of copies of my book that was translated into Chinese for me to autograph. Their plan is to distribute them among the other Chinese churches here in America. This brings me to a prayer request to each of you. I am searching for a publisher to print the various translations for distribution. The Lord has not begun this work to just allow it to falter now. I believe that if you are reading this post that it is not an accident and God intends to use you to further this work. You may be a prayer warrior, or you may be a contact point or you may be part of the means to enable this work to be accomplished. Please pray about what the Lord would have you to do.

We also spent several hours praying about and planning ahead to see if the Lord would have us to make another trip into China this year. One of the main considerations is the state of the persecutions of the church in China. We do not want to draw attention from the government but we do want to minister to the church there. Our purpose is to edify the people and to encourage them in doing good to all men. Thereby they will be a blessing to one another and to those who have not come to be a part of the church. Another consideration is what we should plan that will meet the needs of the people. We do not want to just present a program but rather give them knowledge that will aid them in their spiritual growth. We must find what the Lord is doing and simply join Him. To do this we must remove our personal aspirations and worldly wisdom and follow His leading.

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