A great and monumentous event has just occurred. An event that is rocking three provinces in western China.
My earthly Father and brother and another friend arrived to do some tract bombing in three different provinces.
OK. Maybe it is not as great and monumentous as I made it out to be. But they are all seasoned warriors and will I am sure with the Father’s guidance cause no small stir over here. May the King be glorified and His will be done in all things. May He bring sinners to repentance.
Their travels will take them thru Qinghai, Gansu and Ningxia provinces. The other fellow who came over with Dad and gabriel is named Thory. He will be going solo as I have been thru most of the trip other than a few nights I will be able to join him. I will also be spending a few nights with my father and brother.
Their coming is a real encouragement to me and the other workers over here.
A new development that I ask you to keep in prayer is the situation with Jose, a fellow laborer, and his family. They run a restaurant that is owned by Eugene. They use this as a way to be in china and have the ability to witness over here. The problem is that they are having a hard time getting back home after being kicked out a few weeks ago. The Tibetan rebellions of a few years ago still have the authorities on edge and every time an anniversary of the riots rolls around foreigners end up getting the boot from tibetan areas which is where the restaurant happens to be. So prayer would be appreciated that they would be able to get back to their home. They are currently living with me at Eugene’s house as they are back in Peru now.
On another note teaching has begun for me. Last weekend was the first and this will go on until I leave for the states in late april. It is reasonably enjoyable and I am getting into the groove already(I think… or is it the rut?). I have six classes a day so I am glad it is just on the weekends. They consist of kids ages 5-15 and are quite well behaved actually.
One more thought I will share and then I will leave you to go on with your more important activities. I have given a little thought recently to the difference in moral standards over here in China and comparing that to the states. It is a crazy comparison that defies what I would expect. Think about this. America is a nation that has had heavy christian influence for all of its history. Because of this out of our populace a great majority would believe in a God similar to the Biblical one. Yet immorality is rampant and is flaunted shamelessly in the streets. Noone (used in a general sense) dares to speak again the status quo and the “Christians” are ashamed to defend the God that they claim to believe so strongly in.
On the other hand China has no such strong Christian heritage. Though it can be traced back to around three hundred years after Christ they have never been a huge moving force in the nation. And on top of that the prevailing system of the day is an atheistic materialism that gives no foundation for any strong moral system. Yet in spite of this immorality is largely kept under wraps over here. The open flaunting of sin is almost entirey absent and is in fact heavily frowned upon.
When walking thru a city in the states everything screams out darkness to me and makes me long to be out in the country again. In china however I get no such feeling.
Don’t get me wrong. There is tons of darkness over here. They need Christ just as much as a westerner does. But the darkness is not as obvious as in the states and in the west.
Why this is I will not venture to say. I am sure someone more acquainted with the culture could explain this to me. But for now it must remain a mystery.
All I can say is…
When affluence comes along look down the path. Her brother wickedness usually follows soon after.
I will be posting a short review of C. S. Lewis shortly. While here I have read two of his books and desire to throw a few thoughts out there about the man and his work.
All for the King!!!
It is His due.