The Taiwan Initiative

The events of our arrests from China have led us on this emotional journey into Tain, the republic of China. We plan Lord willing to not waste any time saturating local communities with invitations to our first church service. It is my personal goal within a months time to be holding multiple bible studies in our home or elsewhere. I look forward to sending reports of the first fruits of our ministry.

Set Up Costs

In October, we will begin rolling out plans to canvass doors and saturate media with our church plant initiative. God willing this will be the first church plant of many, but this one will represent the first of our ministry and your investments into Chinese souls. Several of our partners have asked for details of what is needed. These are some suggestions for a tangible way for folks to invest:

Needs:
Canvassing Materials $430
Media/Advertisement Costs $1800
Chairs/Pews (to seat 100 people) $2000
Chinese Bibles $200
Nursery Furnishings $500
Office Furnishings $400
Children’s Class Furnishings $280
Church Signs $1200
Home Furnishings $2400
Car $19,000
Moped. $300
Plane tickets $3,000

By Faith

We will trust the Lord with whatever we have as we set off on our own next month. Pray with us as we enter into this new exciting work. Here are the break down of some of the needs if you wish to have a part in getting it off the ground.

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A Missionary Tale: There and Back Again

Jake and I left from Detroit Monday morning to Taiwan with a short layover into Shanghai. It was a 13 hour flight from Detroit to Shanghai, but we never made it to Taiwan… Before leaving for this trip, I could imagine that Chinese authorities would possibly forbid us leaving the airport, but what actually happened is more than what I had anticipated. Once we landed in Shanghai, two police officers boarded the plane and removed us before letting other passengers off. Even though we showed them our trip to Shanghai was just a transit stop to Taiwan they detained us, searched through our stuff and finally boarded us on a plane headed back to Detroit, another 13 hours. By the time I got home it was early Wednesday morning.

We weren’t detained for a long time. For two hours we were placed in a small room with other officers waiting for certain ones to make decisions. They assumed that we could not understand them speaking to one another as I heard two men speaking, “they can’t understand Chinese right?”, “no” the other replies. Even though they had an officer who could speak some English, we were never given a reason for why we were being detained.

We were escorted by four police officer throughout the airport and it drew a considerable amount of attention from other travelers. There seemed to be a certain amount of confusion and indecisiveness as we maneuvered through the airport. At one moment we are treated as though dangerous criminals another the situation relaxed considerably. Jake remembers their superior officer saying to one of them, “stand facing towards them, don’t take your eyes off them.” This reminded me of Harbin police sending a swat team of armored police to one of the churches Easter morning, severe overkill.

On the plane, Delta seized my passport and didn’t return it until we landed in Detroit. I asked why they did this and she said she didn’t know the reason, it’s was just policy when the Chinese police escort somebody onto a plane. It was a little embarrassing to be looked at and treated like a criminal in public, and even by an American company Delta.

Jake and I are definitely disappointed that China seems out of reach for now., we will trust the Lord’s leading in this. We still anticipate trying for visas into China later, but now we can say with some confidence that Taiwan is on our immediate horizon this October Lord willing. Saddened about China, we are still very excited about Taiwan. We visited Taiwan shortly after we were deported the first time and we were surprised to find the mission field that exists there.

Pray with us going into Taiwan, seeking the Lord’s council above all others. There are certainly many things besides loss of liberty that threatens the ministry. We ask The Lord to protect us from all schemes the devil uses to complicate the Gospel message.

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We Ought to Obey God Rather than Men

The high priest and the sect of the Sadducees were filled with indignation against Peter and the apostles for preaching Christ, a crime against the judgement of their lawful council. The officials of government converged on Peter and the apostles throwing them in prison to wait till the morning when they should be questioned according to the laws they had broken. But before the night was over, God opened up the doors of the prison by means of an angel, instructing the men to return to the temple, and again proclaim the words of Christ boldly.

After doing so the officers came to the prison to find it empty and discover the men had not fled, but have returned to “the scene of the crime” preaching the name of Christ Jesus. Being brought again before the council their accusers question them, “Did we not straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?” Peter’s response to the authorities would forever set in motion a principle for the ministry of the Church, saying, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

“We Ought to Obey God Rather Than Men”

Throughout the history of Christians in the face of persecution, Peter’s example has been a pattern for all to follow. It concerns us to avoid using Peter’s words in the wrong attitude but in the manner as a harmless dove. But what is more concerning in modern trends of missions is to deny this principle altogether; to turn it on its head and say in effect, “We ought to obey men rather than God.” Somehow either because of fear or ignorance of where man’s authority comes from, we stop proclaiming Christ when its “against the rules”.

In Acts 4 and 5 we see both the command and the approval of God to preach Christ in places where it is illegal. “Go and speak in the temple” God said to the disciples as He divinely opened the prison doors for them. Where human government in their earthly authority closes doors to the proclaiming of the Gospel, God’s authority remains superior to keeping them propped open. Christians have to decide who they will obey, and who’s wrath will they suffer, God’s or man’s. May we be reminded where authority of men ultimately comes from (John 19:11). Men do overstep their God given authority when they forbid the preaching of Christ. There is no decree of men, king, or emperor that may overrule the absolute authority given to Christ Jesus, and therefore Christ’s people have all authority to proclaim its message anywhere and everywhere.

Because we are so far culturally removed from the early church, lets unpack the scene a little more. Backing up to chapter four, the thing that impressed the rulers was the boldness of the apostles proclaimation. The rulers then devised a plan to directly threaten them that the Gospel would “spread no further”. In spite of the threat, the apostles returned with the same message and same boldness they were warned to cease preaching. The result led to their arrest, incarceration, and beating, but is that all? It wasn’t the end for these missionaries. Before their lives would be taken from them, the church multiplied and so did their boldness in their converts. Bold Stephen preached, bold Philip evangelized, James slain for boldly preaching Christ, persecutor Saul became the persecuted Paul boldly preaching in council after council appealing to Caesar himself.

These men hazarded their lives for Christ not with mousy voices but with bold proclaimations. Certainly these men knew precautions could have been taken to avoid persecution, but the goal isn’t do all that you can to avoid persecution, there is plenty of scripture that teach the inevitability of persecution for anyone living godly in Christ Jesus.

“Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

I’ve often heard this verse misquoted by a few to somehow defend a more cautious preaching of the Gospel–as though wisdom somehow means for us to be less bold with the Gospel, so we cave into man’s rules not wanting to offend the beast. Nay, the wisdom alluded to is the same that disciples exhibited while boldly taking the Gospel into often hostile territory. The wisdom the Lord Jesus referred to is not to avoid persecution so as to preserve one’s life a little longer, but to preach the Gospel in the most effective way possible. We are to use wisdom to broaden the scope of our preaching to the most hearers as possible. Sometimes this meant for Paul to get back up after being stoned and returned into the very same city, or other times claim Roman citizenship, a move which made certain his death, but brought the Gospel to heart of Rome.

On Tent-Making

Falling under the “wise as serpents” category we consider the modern tent making ministry. I can imagine some situations where business and the gospel might be joined together so my comments here have to be carefully chosen. Too often in my opinion is tent making chosen as the primary form of missions strategy. The strategies we utilize should exhibit the wisdom Jesus spoke about, and so whatever is the most effective way to preach the Gospel is valued as viable strategy.

With that being established, there is no substitution for the straightforward full-time ministry in the word, prayer, disciple making missionary. This is the model of Acts first demonstrated by Jerusalem and again by Antioch. The church agreed that “serving tables” was not the best use of time for the apostles who had the responsibility of getting the Gospel to the world. Their main objectives and greatest strengths rested in the preaching of the word and prayer. In action produced disciples, spending hours privately together reproducing strong Christ like leaders for the multitudes to follow. This isn’t to say serving tables is beneath full time Christian workers, as I am sure the foot washing Christ did for them made lasting impressions on their future work.

There can be no substitute for the ministry of starting churches to train disciples of Christ that will reach future generations, far beyond the life-span of the missionary who began it all. So often tent-making becomes exactly that, a substitute. I’ve spoken to a number of future missionaries in seminary whom present to me a grand plan of starting a career in a foreign field doing some professional service for the people there. Like these young hopefuls I have done the same things planning my service into China far in the future with grand schemes of English teaching, Martial arts, and Karate for Christ tournaments. I intended to be loved by Chinese students and families far and wide all for the Gospels sake.

But the method of missions does not have to be re-invented, and I found within my own schemes a certain amount of sinful pride which perverted the message of the Gospel. Just as we submit to Christ in everything, we need to submit to His way of doing missions. I needed a Paul to come and tell me my hypocritical way of living did not coincide with the Gospel given to me. While no missionary admits a job is more important than the gospel we begin to live hypocritically, sacrificing a bold witness for Christ to protect the career we’ve built in the name of missions. For example as an English teacher in China we would refrain speaking Christ’s name and preaching Him to students because it was against the rules as an English teacher–church planting was simply out of the question, as I couldn’t risk my teaching job, or my visa being revoked. Missions is not an accessory to a prospering career. If indeed the tent making becomes more important than proclaiming the Gospel itself, then missionaries often take measures to protect the tent making at the expense of bold Gospel proclamation.

The question isn’t whether or not the New Testament believers possessed boldness while proclaiming the Gospel, but do we? Boldness comes from inside the soul that has a fierce love for the Savior, grateful for His goodness and ready to avenge against all former disobedience. Zealous for the name of God, bold proclaimers are ready to charge into foreign nations or when our actions do not coincide with the Gospel, make seasoned judgements within the camp, all for the sake of God’s great glory. Don’t let somebody tell you can’t go and preach Christ boldly, directly, effectively. And if they do simply say, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye”. Just know there may be a high price to pay, so count the cost.

“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus and being made right with God we escape the eternal wrath of God. Shall we not endure the temporal wrath of the beast for Christ’s name sake? Being completely converted by the Gospel that ensures our salvation no matter what men do to us, how can we do anything beside proclaiming it? We do not fear the one who has the power to kill the body, but the One who has power of the body and soul.

Paul says, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” When you are consumed and converted by the Gospel, then boldness comes naturally as an outpouring charismata of the Holy Spirit in times of need. Your converts will need to you be an example of boldness when its their turn to face the wrath of the beast.

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Dear Missionary Candidate

There are many skills and tools a missionary in China or elsewhere  can utilize in the discipling of men for the ministry. When talking about the tools however, its important to acquire the right tools for the job. I recently met a young lady who was genuinely excited about the report I had just given in their church. I explained in the report that one of the tools of ministry in China is using English to make contacts with people that will lead to bible studies, gospel presentations, and one on one discipling relationships. Many young people like her come up to me with joyful expressions telling me how they’ve heard of english being this wonderful tool to use for the Gospel. This young lady and many like her are so enthused about this one tool, they spend four years in college honing the skills and later achieving the proper certifications to teach English as a Second Language.

I admit the idea of using English as an inroad into places for the Gospel seems like the sensible thing to do, but allow me to make some adjustments to this thinking. Let’s say I have just completed my four year degree in ESL and now have been ministering in China for several years. I have seen the beginnings of a Chinese believer’s life and how it forms into maturity even into leadership of a church. Assuming that my efforts has been the primary role in discipling this believer to maturity, how much of a part did ESL play in this young believers life, in his pastoral training? The answer is, it wasn’t worth the four years I spent training in ESL.

The point of using English or any other “platform” is just to make the initial contact. After the contact is made, I never use English with the new contact again. The young man is then trained in his own language, his heart language.

It is said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” This is a true statement in the world of missions. Bringing an ESL degree into a church planting ministry is like bringing a sledge hammer when you only need a tac hammer, or maybe just your shoe. Assuming your understanding of missions is correct, that is making disciples of Christ is your ultimate goal, then you will find the right tools you need for the job. You will find some tools are too heavy or too light, others are just not necessary, but some can’t be done without. I’m afraid the most necessary tools of bible literacy, foreign language, and ability to teach are the most lacking in modern missions especially in China.

Now you could become an astronaut and spend all the years in school and training just for the noble goal of witnessing to the handful of astronauts that live in the space stations that orbit the earth. And after all the hard work you manage to train one of the astronauts to take the leadership of the space station church you’ve spent years and years of schooling, money, and efforts into building. The story would be legend, but not because your work was effective or fruitful, but for it’s novelty. Now as absurd as this sounds, this is just want some folks amount to doing with platforms like English.

Pragmatically, anyone with the goal of church planting and discipleship would not go about it this way. Experienced church planters know that the platforms they use are just ways to connect with people, and not means to an end in themselves. Our English clubs were very dispensable, and they served us well when we needed to make a few new fresh contacts. We never signed contracts with schools or entered agreements that would burden us further than the usefulness of the platform.

I am definitely not a survival expert but I do love studying and practicing the skills in wilderness survival. When you are all alone out in the wilderness nearing evening hours, shelter is a priority. If your food source is low then you can’t spend the calories erecting a palace to sleep in for the night, but rather you want to conserve energy by making a simple shelter using what nature has already provided. It may be a over-hanging rock, cave, or fallen tree, but the survivalist knows that the shelter is not the main thing, being rescued is. Spending unnecessary energy on a grand shelter could be a fatal mistake. Over emphasizing a platform in missions is like building a castle out in the wilderness when you are only going to stay a night or two. In China, it is super easy to begin an English corner whenever and wherever you like, no ESL degree necessary. You make contacts very quickly and then can move on to more important things from there.  The quality of the English corner that you host is irrelevant, especially if your first a language is English. The English corner becomes no longer necessary after you’ve filled your contact list with people to invite for bible study.  It will only become an unnecessary burden if what you really want to do is make disciples.

Experienced church planters and men trainers will give you a much different picture of what to prepare for and what tools are better suited for the job. The majority of the work in missions is not fine tuning the platform, although it is important to have effective platforms, but majority of work is loving the people you are discipling, and teaching them the Bible as well as how to study it. In the case of training leaders for church, they must be taught the doctrines of the Bible and learn the guidelines for the New Testament Church so they can continue to protect it from heresies after the missionary is gone. My recent trip revealed the fault of many past well-meaning missionaries that failed to pass on the leadership and doctrinal grounding. Many of the churches left behind have now been infiltrated by cults and “another” gospel.

For serious church planters who pattern missions after the works of Paul, the tools they would say to bring with you are the most practical ones intended for teaching, training, and loving disciples until they are mature and able to make disciples of their own. The platforms we use are often so over emphasized, they steal the spotlight of missions for their novelty and romanticism. They make a good story a lot of times, but lack any fruit that remains. For church planters, fruit isn’t seen immediately and people like seeing fast results. Persecution can often be a catalyst for maturity in believers as we have experienced, but either way, a young disciple needs time of mentoring in the Word of God before they bear true spiritual fruit.

My advice to young people or anyone praying about serving as missionaries is to speak with experience church planting missionaries before making decisions that will affect the next few years of your life. You may find in their wisdom a more direct and practical route to the joy of serving Jesus Christ in missions.

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Skype-a-Missionary

There is a trend in missions using Skype that provides a new inexpensive way for both churches and missionaries to get connected.

My wife and I are seeking to return to China or Taiwan by September the first, which does not give us a lot of time to visit new churches and raise the additional support we are recommended to raise. A simple solution is Skyping with churches who have the ability to do so. With the pastor or staff member’s help, we could share our burden, speak with teens, adult classes, small groups, show videos, answer questions, and even preach. We would be able to continue to schedule meetings even after we’ve returned to the field. For our provision, we will pray and trust the Lord like its all up to Him, but we also work and use our resources like it is all up to us.

So if you are a pastor reading this contact us and we’ll see about scheduling a meeting in the near future. We would like to get back to China fully supported, but willing to go with whatever the Lord provides us with.

walzinchina@gmail.com
740 407-4942

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House of Mirrors

 Every mirror offers a new slant to reality and after a while one begins to get lost in the conflicting perceptions of the same truth.

What will you change?

This is a question that has come up from namely an American audience, but also other fellow co-workers in China. Sometimes this question is handed to us in a mild form of rebuke for possessing a bolder approach to missions in China. Often, our open use internet including this blog is flagged by our critics (not by the Chinese police) as being the culprit of our deportation.

So I am writing a response for those young men who desire to serve God in China. Really, who or what is to blame for us getting kicked out of China, and what would we do different?

 

Deportation Through Our Eyes

Firstly, we knew being deported was and is a real possibility for anyone church planting in China.  It is illegal. For us, there are some things about missions and ministry that are not negotiable, like doing ministry out of a local church body. If there is not a local church body, then one must be planted before God’s biblical requirements are met to do anymore Gospel ministry. In China, there is no such thing as a missionary visa that will allow you to start churches. But there is enough room in China that will allow somebody to begin starting churches and training men. It can be done, it has been done. The four churches had seven years of history before we were expelled. Our experience tells us that is enough time to plant Gospel seeds in men who will withstand the sun of persecution and still be found faithful.

We do not consider deportation as failure. But I need to clarify what I mean. If we were deported for anything other than preaching the Gospel, I would head back to the drawing board to recalculate where we failed, but that is not the case. Our expulsion, I promise you, is not the result of deception on our part, nor was it because we failed to fulfill some condition in a contractual agreement, nor our presence on the internet. If deportation or incarceration is equivalent to failure then Paul was the worst failure on the planet. So if its for the Gospel, don’t worry about it. Paul didn’t.

 

Joy that Cannot be Manufactured

Paul died a happy man because of his spiritual sons like Timothy that he had trained. Paul left all for the sake of growing Christ’s church and raising up sons in the ministry like Timothy. Paul in a Roman prison cell, a direct result of his obedience to the Gospel, expressed his thankfulness and joy over Timothy. The Christian faith was born in a place where it was illegal and it has always flourished in places of severe adversity. Real joy and faith cannot be taken by man, because it does not come from man.

I feel like my time had been cut short in Harbin, but God blessed our time in Harbin. We are much more confident to do ministry today than the first day we landed in China. God used us while in language school to mature a young man to spiritual faith. The Lord did the same for my wife who experienced real ministry teaching young ladies in our home. The experiences in Harbin has persuaded us the ministry that was done was blessed without question. After losing our home and most of our material possessions as result, we have great joy from what we left in Harbin and what we have in Christ. Yes, our God can do that.

 

If It Aint Broke….

Why under heaven would we want to change something that God mandates and blesses? Someone says, “because of your presence, the poor Chinese people are in danger.” They were it a lot more danger before they got saved. Perhaps you think it’s better to leave to the wrath of a Holy God? “You guys got kicked out because of putting stuff on the internet.” We spent more than enough hours in a police station and years on the field to know that our presence on the internet had nothing to do with it. The police knew everything about us and the churches. They knew our names, phone numbers, and where the churches were located. They were happy to brag on their wealth of knowledge about us and how they got it. Nothing of our internet presence was ever mentioned. They did not know about our websites or blogs. It never came up in the interrogation sessions we sat through. If we had not started churches and if we had not done any ministry, we would still be there today. The verdict was clear, Jake and I are out because we are preachers of the Gospel.

Why blog? We want to help others serve the Lord. I love to fish and I love it when someone who is catching the fish tell me how their doing it. Friends, they are biting in China, but there is a price to pay to catch them. But let me say this when about our blogs and internet presence. Unlike church planting and training men, a blog is negotiable. We would take it down if we thought it would of helped our cause in anyway. If China had the persecution such as the kind in N. Korea or in some Muslim countries, our approach to church planting would look different, but it would remain a church planting ministry.

I do not want to give the impression that our spirit is unteachable and shut down to outside advice. Even negative criticism is considered if it merits any true and thoughtful provocation. We are not likely to bend to the non-negotiables, but we’re all ears to everything outside of it.

 

Back To the Drawing Board?

Missions doesn’t need to be reinvented for every new generation that comes on the scene. Again, I am speaking of the non-negotiables of the Gospel mandate: Discipling men, church planting, being unashamed of the Gospel, boldness in preaching. Expect more of the same from us, church planting that is. Wherever the Lord might open a door for the Gospel, Lord willing, we will be over-joyed to repeat Harbin a thousand times over.   

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The Harbin Church’s Response to Persecution

I have a video here that I am using while on furlough which features what you would normally see in a missions video. But near the end I’ve added the incredible response and heart attitude that Pastor Liu has towards those that arrested him. I believe this is the Christianity in China that should be promoted over a Christianity that operated in fear and in the shadows.

The leadership that Pastor Liu has for the people there is encouraging to me as we iron out new plans to return to China with a renewed passions for Jesus Christ and His glory in the earth.

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Providential Furlough

After an emotional week of services and powerful message by Jake Taube in Monday nights special service, we bought tickets to fly back to America where will regroup and try to re-enter China on a new passport.

Originally we had plans next year to visit churches looking for new support for our own independent church planting ministry in China. But it looks like we are advancing those plans. We will at least spend a couple months in the States depending on circumstances.

So if your church would be interested in having us on such a short notice, please contact me by email.

WALZINCHINA@GMAIL.COM

We would love to spend time to get to know you and share our heart to serve the Lord Jesus in China. Regardless if we are able to regain entry into China (though gut is telling me we will), we will move on to set up a church planting ministry where Chinese people and language is the majority, a Taiwan being first on the list.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers, love, and support. We “get” to!

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Harbin Church Update: New Direction

The decision to deport us has been finalized and we have ten days to leave. Our families are blessed to be kicked out for Jesus’ sake. Our time in Harbin has been profitable in our training towards training men and church planting in cultures outside of own. We are near language independence, confidence in preaching, and capable of hosting bible studies. Being deported from China doesn’t mean we cannot plant churches in other Chinese speaking countries, Taiwan for starters.

Concerning our approach to ministry, there are some things we could change, but boldness to train men and start churches openly isn’t one of them. We’ve seen the results of faithful, bold, and wise preaching of the Gospel. No one on our team sees our expulsion as a failure, but the result of faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the example of biblical missions. I am thankful for their reminders and encouragement through the whole ordeal.

We will spend these last days with the pastors and interns, encouraging them to press on. Jake will make it clear to them he’s not “leaving” them, but will use whatever means necessary to stay connected with them.

After this week is over we may fly to Taiwan to survey five different cities each with populations over 1.5 people. According to statics there are less than 3% Christian population in Taiwan’s 23 million people, that’s a lower percentage than mainland China. During our time there we will finish our last semester of language study and Lord willing begin a new work of church planting and men training there, all the while looking for ways to renter China on a permanent basis.

Lastly, we are planning between two options, one to return to the US for a short time to have the baby and meet a few more new churches, or secondly stay for an extended period of time in Taiwan. I realize that scheduling new meetings maybe impossible for a lot of churches this suddenly, but we weren’t considering on being home under these circumstances. We trust the Lord is orchestrating these event and we’re just along for the ride! Let me know if my family could be a blessing your church in these next few months, we would love to come and share our experience and our burden for the Chinese people.

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Harbin Church Update: Bittersweet

The more important of the recent developments is not what will happen to us, the missionaries, rather the spotlight belongs to what God is doing in the church here in Harbin. It is apparent, yet not totally certain that we will be deported in the next few few days. This means we would most likely be unwelcome in China for several years, but what belongs to God is the reaction of His church in Harbin. God should be praised for work He has done in these young men’s lives, creating in their hearts an unshakable faith.

The pastors remain undeterred, the group of five interns have not quit and continue towards full time ministry. The result of God using the Taube’s in the last 7 years are four churches in mainland China that are being managed by full time pastors. This Wednesday night we attended services again wanting to encourage believers, but it resulted in the missionary being encouraged instead. It is evident if our departure is necessary, then these churches will endure both financially and spiritually. God is saying, “the missionary isn’t that important”, God is and always has been running the show, building His church.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

Success for a missionary isn’t weighed in being able to stay in places of persecution as long as one can, but rather obedience to the biblical command that we call “missions”. Paul, our missionary example frequently knew what it was to be ousted and pressured on every side. Missionaries and frankly anyone who names the name of Christ should know what it means to be persecuted, because it is inevitable for anyone carrying a Holy message to a sinful world.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
what desolations he hath made in the earth.
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth;
he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder;
he burneth the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

I expect we will know within a couple days what will become of us, and then we will need to decide as missionaries where the next church planting field will be if it cannot be mainland China. I am certain we will continue to work where there are Chinese and in places where Chinese is a major language. We need wisdom reading God’s Word and looking for our answers for the future decisions. We will let you know what happens and which road we will eventually take.

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