After long train rides, flights and grueling roads we made it to our furthest destination in China, but not without challenges. The latter part of the land travel was crazy. We experienced a number of landslides as it was rainy season and some roads have never really ever been finished. God truly protected us on our journey. For the largest landslide, each town drove their buses towards the blocked road. The passengers were then ushered across the landslide in order to board the other bus waiting to return to its town. We always love the rush of crazy travel. We threw our backpacks on and attempted to cross the landslide. All of a sudden there was a major “crack” sound above our heads and before our brains could catch up with the commotion, we had about turned and scarpered back across the rocks. Full of adrenaline, we looked back and realized a boulder the size of a car had fell right on the path we were about to cross. Of course two hours later when things looked fairly calm, we crossed the landslide again. Navigating around the large rocks and debris with hearts pumping we made it safe onto the other side.
A TIBETAN HORSE RACING FESTIVAL
After many days on the road we finally made it to one of the highest towns in the world at an altitude of 14,000 feet. We camped out among Tibetan nomads and spent several days watching and joining in the festivities. The main event was the horse racing. They raced as fast as they could while leaning off their horses and grabbing things off the ground, shooting targets and doing all kinds of crazy stunts.
It was an amazing experience to see the Tibetans in their natural environment. This was a great opportunity to build new relationships. We were very blessed to be invited to some the nomads tents. We spent time fellowshipping with the people, making new relationships, playing with the kids and eating with the nomad families. The Tibetans are steeped in the Buddhist religion and they are one of the most unreached people groups in the world.
We stayed with a number of friends and family throughout China. Most of people we stayed with were local Chinese and Tibetan brothers and sisters. We shared our hearts with each other, pr-yed for each other and encouraged one another.
Our co-worker YM and her new husband SC are now living in their own little two room apartment and are involved with the local city CH. They are also making regular trips with others from their CH to the villages that we had previously worked in. Earlier this year we received a report that 19 children had accepted JC. This village had never heard the g-spl until then. Pr-y for the children that they would truly understand what it is to serve G-d with all their hearts. Also keep our co-workers in your prayers. SC is working 6 days a week, 12-15hrs a day, to support his family and G-d’s work. Their lives are such true examples of sacrifice for the g-spl. Pr-y that G-d will provide for all their needs and help them in this adventure to see the g-spl preached throughout China.
BP our Thai co-worker is now involved with a min of her own. It has been awesome to see our brothers and sisters find their vision for China and move on into G-d’s calling upon their lives. BP has a real heart for campus min work involving outreach to students. She also is getting married. We had the privilege of meeting her future husband and have dinner with his family. Mama and Baba was so sweet that we just wanted to take them home with us. We are so happy to see part of our extended family move out into their own work in Chr-st.
While spending a few days with our Tibetan friends, RB and JN, we were so happy to see that our furniture was still being used. When we relocated last year we blessed them with all we had. They always seem to have someone in need that stays with them.
RB was a Tibetan Monk and a highly respected healing Shaman for 20 years. Miraculously one day he found a B-ble in the temple. For 13 years he read and accepted
j-sus’ teachings as good way of life, but still followed the faith of Buddhism. Then he read in the book of Matthew:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
RB asked himself, "How could G-d love the people who killed his only son and heir to His throne? Only a G-d who is true and real could do such a thing." RB met G-d that day and walked away from Buddhism and with much persecution became a Chr-stian!
A NEW CHAPTER
We really loved being back in China. It was great to reconnect with many brothers and sisters, to share and hear of all the good works of G-d. For now we are living in Thailand but still greatly carry a heart for China and the Chinese around the world. We have thoughts, ideas, vision and plans. Many of us do not like change but the only thing constant in this life is change! We have learned once again, after quite the journey, to make G-d our center, our corner stone, our anchor and foundation. We know we will be back in China one day soon but for now we will dig our heals in deep and plant our roots deep in Chr-st. We look forward to the plans that G-d has laid out for our lives.