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.

8 thoughts on “Harbin Church Update: Bittersweet

  1. Thank you for posting your updates. We’re anxiously following you for news, and I am so encouraged by both the local members reactions and your obedience and faithfulness in the face of these events.

  2. We know God has had His Hand in all things from the beginning. You have been instrumental in getting Him in and now with many feelings including thankfulness, the people are ready to continue His work and plans. And a new God Adventure begins for All. Prayers are with you all. In Christ we pray
    Mama Teresa

  3. Thank you for your witness to God’s goodness through suffering. My heart has been encouraged by your wisdom and foresight in strategy, as well as your evidenced hope in Providence against adversity. My prayer is for the continued grace and peace that only comes from above.

  4. My wife and I are praying for you all.
    Is it really safe to post so much private information about the ministry online? Doesn’t that help alert the government as to what you are doing in their country and possibly hurt your ministry by exposing it?

    1. Good questions, we will answer this in an upcoming blog with more detail later, but here’s a short answer for now: No, we were interrogated by police officers for a week and we know they didn’t get information by the internet. They got it from people who go to our churches and by watching our ministry activity over the last 5 years. Exposing our ministry is what we want to do because a hidden gospel isn’t the Gospel. People should know what got us I trouble is the ministry itself, not posting information about it on the internet.

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