This world is truly not our home, but while we are here, Asia is the next best thing. Smile. We have been in the States for almost 8 months raising funds so that we can return to our "Home" in China. We long to be where we have been called and we dearly miss being on "Mission"!
Our time in America has stirred in us a mix of emotions and strengthened our resolve to return as soon as possible. We have travelled quite extensively and visited numerous friends, churches and small groups. There has been plenty of interest in and excitement for the vision and mission in China. Many have affirmed the wisdom of a self-sustaining guesthouse that gives us a permanent presence in the country.
Perplexing though, is that few have responded with any financial commitment. The need is great! The workers (us) are ready! So, we are pressing toward China with the realization that we may need to support ourselves while there.
Recently we met a couple who share our passion for Asia and have been waiting and praying for God to open the right door for them to partner in what God is doing in China. Our hearts were all drawn together in an amazing way and we have been dreaming together with them about what ministry might look like as a team. Please pray for them as they consider when and how to be part of the X-stream Adventures family. We are very excited to have them be apart of our lives and this ministry. We have been praying for ministry partners like this for quite some time.
In May, they will join us in Asia for a few weeks to experience the culture, the people and the opportunities to serve. We will introduce them to Asian life. If possible, they will join us where we serve in the mountainous region of Tibet and South China; meeting the people and seeing the ministry first hand. We are all excited for what God is going to call us to during this time.
In April, we will be returning to Asia even though we have not raised the necessary funds for either the guesthouse or our monthly needs. To fill the support gap, we will be taking a TEFL course and teaching in Thailand part time. Our prayer is that during this season of tent making, hearts will be stirred to join us in giving for the guesthouse project. We will be saving every penny we can for the guesthouse fund too! As soon as the financial goal has been reached, the Chinese government will grant us work visas and we can establish a permanent base of operations to fulfill the X-Stream vision to bring living water to the unreached in Tibet.
TY was a high lama monk of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. He had become addicted to gambling and ended up loses all of his family’s life savings. Embarrassed and ashamed of his life, he became very distressed. It was against his Buddhist faith to do such a thing. He not only had lost his family’s money but even more so his family’s honor. He thought it best to end his life and in doing so would restore the family’s honor.
One day he decided that he would cast himself into the river. Just before he was about to jump in someone from behind tapped him on his shoulder. An overwhelming feeling of peace came over him, none like he had ever felt before. He suddenly turned around and saw a man in white standing in front of him. The man told him that His name was Jesus! He told him not to jump and that his life was precious and worth saving. Then the man clothed in white disappeared.
TY ran to find the missionaries who had spoken of this Jesus and asked if they could tell him more about this bright light of a man. A few months later he was sovereignly saved. Since then he has become a strong man of God and works with the church daily. This is but one of the stories of our brothers and sisters living and working in the mountains of China.
We currently have 5 people who have pledged toward the guesthouse project. Thank You guys so much for getting on board and partnering with us!. We believe for another 378 people to donate into this project. We are so grateful too for those of you who have committed to support us each month. Your gifts will support the travel costs into China and help us supply the needed resources for our brothers and sisters in country who need Bibles and study materials. We have all the pieces in place: the team, the connections, the location, the calling, the desire, and the dream. What we lack is the necessary funds to fully jump into the Adventure. Please join with us in prayer to see God’s work accomplished. In a field on 1.4 billion, the work is immense and the opportunities endless…Until All Have Heard,