As I said in my last blog, I would share some more developments in the training center for Eastern Asia. The need is growing day by day. The attempt to stamp out Christianity by several countries only emphasizes the importance of this effort. I considered why these countries would fight so hard to eliminate the church and I came up with a few considerations. First, the number of Christians is growing dramatically. In China alone there are somewhere in the neighborhood of a million or more Christians. That is one in fourteen of the people in China are professing Christians. That is a serious block of people who could potentially threaten the government’s power. This “threat” would make any government uncomfortable by itself. What the governments fail to recognize is that the Christians will only make the government stronger when they are seeking to do what is right. Christianity stabilizes the people. Yet the genocide and persecution of Christians to death , is alarming. There have been more martyrs in the last 10 years than in all of the previous years of recorded time, and the rate is increasing every year.
Secondly, historically speaking, every government that has set out to destroy the church and its people, have incurred God’s wrath and have fallen as a result of their error. Governments were established by God to be a blessing to the people but when they reject God and His ways, they are removed by God. The Christians are not the ones that they should fear but rather, God who set them up to begin with for he sets up kingdoms and also removes them. If they truly want to do what is right then they should embrace them.
There is a hunger for Bible Training that must be met. I saw this in China last year and again in Japan this year. People are willing to make great sacrifice of time, resources and personal suffering in order to satisfy this hunger. I saw people endure long sessions on small plastic stools night after night, taking notes as thought their lives depended on it; and do it night after night. Stories abound of the cost to satisfy this need. People are crying out for help and God is listening and has already begun to answer their prayers.
My burden is to set in motion the working of a Bible Training Center that will be available for God’s people to get that training that is so needed. I have already begun to contact key people who are in a position to be a part of supplying this need. I have talked with at least two different schools that presently have online courses available as well as many of the colleges and universities that also have such opportunities. I have talked with a couple of individuals that have financial resources that are willing to help. I am personally in contact with some professors and educational institutions that are willing to step up and be a part of this effort. I will be in a meeting in December with two key people who will be praying and working with me to outline such a program.
Would you make it a matter of prayer to support this effort? As I look around I see God’s fingerprints on each part of this work. I did not choose it but it was placed upon me and I can do nothing but move forward with it as the Lord leads. Please understand that this is not my project, but the Lord’s. We are seeing God at work.