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It’s been said many times in the past that where the heart and desire of the people are, that’s where the spirit of the Lord will be. Today I believe I can say with assurance that the next, great move of God in these last days will not occur in America, but in China.

Since the upper room, where 120 dedicated believers gathered together in one accord and the greatest revival known to man broke out that started the church, believers have been desiring for, and praying in the hopes that the next great move of God not seen in our time since the Azusa street revival in 1906 would break out somewhere upon the earth that would revitalize the church and see potentially millions come to Christ as a result. Today that move is happening in one of the most hardline nations on earth – China.

Not since the days of Chairman Mao and his killing fields and the many dark prisons he created, could one imagine what’s happening right now within what used to be only a missionaries dream when it came to preaching the gospel to the people. Communist China is literally being transformed right before our very eyes, and it’s all because of the season in which we are living in – the last days.

To be sure, every generation has seen some move of God in some form or fashion. The revivals, the Cane Ridge revival (the Kentucky revival), the Brownsville revival, and the great Welsh revival, they were all significant revivals which literally changed the direction of the church at that particular time, paving the way for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost upon all who would receive.

Yet the church in America, as in other parts of the world, are not seeing significant moves due to many factors, in America that one factor seems to be a reoccurring theme which has hindered the church from seeing any true and genuine move of God – apathy. Never before have we witnessed a spirit of apathy as it relates to the Christian faith as we are seeing within the American church. Failure to rightly divide the word, failure to seek the spirit of God, failure to a transformed life which brings forth sanctification and holiness. These and many more, have become a significant stumbling block within the church in modern America. Not only has this led to falling into scriptural error, but it’s allowed for the growth of false doctrines and false teachers to seduce many within the American church, yet the people love it so. The fact is, we simply have no true hunger for God or his word or for the things of God, and it shows.

Yet within the nation of China there is a growing hunger, a thirst for the spirit of God like never before, and the wonderful news is, this hunger, this deep desire for God is yielding more than just a hunger for God, it’s producing the seeds of what I believe to be the beginning of the greatest move of God upon this earth, and it’s going to come from what for decades the western church considered to be as “untouchable”, and rightly so. For decades the Chinese church was under one of the most tightly controlled, oppressive countries in the world, where Christians had to gather in secret under threats of jail – or worse. Where pastors were routinely arrested and thrown into a Chinese prison cell, to suffer years in a Chinese labor camp. Until the early 1980’s, it was strictly forbidden for visiting foreigners to even bring in a Bible, those who dared to thwart the Government threats by bringing in suitcases of bibles and Christian tracts, were arrested, detained and then quickly deported. For nearly another decade the hope of the gospel seemed all but lost to the rest of the world, even the church when it came to the Chinese people, so the church world turned their focus to other efforts which were not as daunting, such as Africa, India, Russia and South and Central America. So while the rest of the church once again had to simply pray that one day the doors of opportunity to reach the Chinese mainland would have to wait until a more opportune time would arise, God had other plans.

By the 1990’s, the world was beginning to change, and China was right back in the forefront, but this time with a new purpose and a new direction. The China reform began to emerge and the people as well as leadership was beginning to understand that one cannot survive by methods of the wrongs of the past, and with new leadership and a new sense of idea, China began to change not just socially, but both politically as well as economically. Yet with this new change another change was spreading across the country – the gospel. As China began to focus more on its new opportunity to come out of its red past, the church within China was growing, expanding and coming out of their underground hiding – and to the astonishment of many within the outside world as news began to slowly leak out of this news, the church within China was finding itself at the threshold of a new dawn.

In the past 15 years much within China has significantly changed, the current political leader, the provincial Government and its ruling party have become liberal in much of their thinking and their new direction, which is beginning to include human rights. It’s no surprise to say that China today has changed more in the past decade than it has for the past 25 years, and it’s because not of the political structure per se’ but because of the spirit of God upon the hearts and lives of the Chinese people desiring Christ and the cross. The truth is this, the church within China is no longer underground, pastors are preaching openly and freely in much of mainland China, no longer are the fears of being arrested and/or thrown in a Chinese cell. Yes, in some provinces there are still rudiments of the past, but as time is changing past thinking, the overall sentiment within China is good for the church and the church within China is hungry now for the gospel. The problem? The western church world has not been told of this change.

Yet China is experiencing one of the greatest moves of God, where miracles are occurring, believers going into hospitals and laying hands on the sick and they are being made whole, where local churches are experiencing unprecedented growth in people desiring to hear about Christ and the cross, and less about Buddha. The reality is, China is where the next great move of God is about to occur, then the world.

So what do we do? Some of us are seeing this move occur and can see that now is the time to begin once again the push back into China while the harvest is clearly white and ready to pick. This next move of God will not occur within the United States, how prideful we are to think everything needs to start with America, this is a result of nationalism at best, but God is not moved by ones patriotic pride, he’s moved by ones hearts desire to be filled, and he’s answering that cry with the people of China. Then the rest of the world.

Christopher

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So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Christ has come to set us free from the law.

Communism: Communism is an ideology of economic equality through the elimination of private property. Throughout my travels and years spent inside China, it became apparent that China was (and is) departing, to a large degree, from their former Communist beliefs. When the new reformation initially began to take place within China in 1978, a major shift began to occur within the Communist stronghold and a new ideology began to occur. Yet, even during this instrumental time of reform within China was birthing, that did not trickle down to the average citizen. Until 1994 people did not, nor could own a car. But in that same year, China reform began to fully be seen among the people, with the Government beginning to not only encourage its citizens to buy a car, but to begin the process of individual economic freedom. China was changing to the betterment of its people and its society. The fact is, nearly Fifteen years ago hardly anyone could afford a car, today everyone can – and a large percentage do.

There are many economic changes taking place within China which proves that the nation is changing from a strict Communist/Socialist country, to a more open (dare I say Capitalist) form of Government. The reason? The past never worked and instead, the people literally starved under Mao’s oppressive regime and ideology. Yet in other ways there are still Communist controlled pillars which have long been put into place, especially when it comes to religion.

China officially permits the three self church, a State run, State monitored religious institution which conforms and subjects itself to the State, including sermons, ideas, beliefs and so on. In China, the State run church impacts the Chinese Christians in such a way that those who attend these State run churches subject themselves to not only a controlled gospel, but a watered down version of the Bible. Yet things are indeed changing in this aspect within China when it comes to Christianity. As I have written about many times in the past month during my second trip into China (and even now preparing for my third and final trip to China where I will stay and live among the Chinese along with my wife) the great restrictions in China are becoming less restrictive and more tolerant, especially in the larger cities. Yet there is an element of religious control which seems to be playing out that not only reflects the Communist mantra, but it is hampering many in their walk. I call it Communist Christianity.

Within many of the travels I took across southern China, near Hong Kong, Thailand, and near Tibet, over 3,000 miles in 30 days, the one thing I noticed within many of the churches, house churches, three self churches and countless home bible studies is the control some are having over the people, very similar to the control the Government has currently over the people of China. There is a great element of influence by not just the Communist ideology within the Chinese church upon the people by men who seek to control the spiritual well being of the people, but there is a segment among the pastors and Seminaries at large who are adopting the western influence of spiritual authority (the Shepherding Movement) in such a way that the people are limited in their scriptural instruction and instead, the gospel is regulated to a “as needed” format. This is the sad aspect of the modern church in China, and while there are other segments within Christianity within China, especially the growing Pentecostal movement within China, the religious reformers are becoming worse than the Communist leaders of the past in that believers are spoon fed the word of God and then spiritually starved until they conform to leaderships demands.

This form of religious control is not just making inroads into the Chinese church, it’s equally made its way into the American church as well, and it has many names it hides behind such as the covering, shepherd, and pastoral authority. In 1974, a meeting took place between four Charismatic leaders that attempted to deal with what they deemed as an answer to moral failure which was occurring within the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement among its members, and the result was called the Shepherding Movement. The men in question, Bob Mumford, Derek Prince, Don Basham, and Charles Simpson felt a need for personal accountability among believers to spiritual authority and in the process developed a new movement within the evangelical segment of the Christian faith that would have lasting effects upon those who would find themselves apart of such an unscriptural aspect of the faith. The result? Only a mere decade later, and countless lives torn apart in the process, the Shepherding movement was a spiritual disaster. In the end, the Shepherding movement proved that man made attempts to do what only the Holy Spirit can do will always have the same result – failure.

But unfortunately the church has not seen this error and even today, although by coming in under another label, the modern church is once again finding itself being subjected to spiritual control by some whose entire desire is to control the personal lives of its members. From the error filled teaching which states the pastor is to be followed without question or even examined by what he preaches from the pulpit, to the unscriptural teaching of the “covering” whereby a Bishop or pastor or Apostle is to be the spiritual covering of their members, even to the point of controlling every aspect of the believers life – even personal life decisions (whom to marry, whom to date) are now under scrutiny by others as many are becoming disillusioned by the spiritual abuse taking place in many church leadership.

To be clear, at no time has Jesus ever given spiritual leaders power over another believer – ever. Matthew 20:25 makes it clear that we are to serve one another, not control one another. What one believer does in the privacy of their own home, their own life, even the very decisions that they make are to be just that – personal and not to be subjected to some spiritual dictator who touts himself as a pastor. The truth is, in Christ there are no greater servants over others, we are all the same, but power and influence, especially in the realm of the church has made some drunk on power and pride. The truth is this, anything which seeks to control, dictate, and rule over another person is not Christianity but a spirit of Satan, it is antichrist. This includes manipulation in financial giving (the tithe), the demands to return to the covenants of the old testament and the demand to submit to a spiritual authority such as a pastor. These are counter to the gospel and one which the believer must reject and if the demands do not change, one in which the believer must weigh heavily to reconsider whether that church and that leader is properly operating under the word and instead, operating under the spirit of control, which is witchcraft. If it does not change, then the believer needs to simply pack up and leave that church and go somewhere else.

The church does not need dictators and control freaks, the church is a place, or group of people who love others, who require no allegiance, no submission, no demands of loyalty, a true pastor who is truly called of God will never demand submission by others, but instead will submit himself to others and serve the lesser of the brethren. That is the true mark of a genuine servant of God, not a spiritual Communist thug.

In this hour of continued straying from the word, it is important that the believer continues to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in all matters pertaining to their life and seek to do God’s perfect will, not the will of others. If not, the believer will find themselves being subject to the demands of a mere man and not the will of the Father, the result will always be the same – bondage.

Christopher

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“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” (John 4:35)

Never before has the opportunity to reach the nation of China with the gospel of Jesus Christ has been open as it is right now. Currently I am now back in the United States, preparing for my third and final trip back into China after living in China for a month. This next and final trip will be not only my last, but one that I will then remain in China to raise up a church that will not only grow in the kingdom of God, but equip the many of believers that they too will ‘go out and preach the gospel’.

After traveling over 2,000 miles in just 30 days, visiting church after church, sitting down with not only Pastors and leaders, but also Government authorities, the reality was clear, China is ready to receive the gospel. Yet while the doors into China are quickly opening, so are the daunting task of not only winning the Chinese to Christ, but also equipping them with the gospel itself that they too can understand just what the cross means. For years, the Chinese believer has been subjected to State controlled theology, it is this control which has greatly limited their ability to understand the gospel in such a way which would bring about true liberty from religious bondage. The fact is, the Chinese church is experiencing a shift in such a way that many are becoming tired of the powerless gospel message they have been presented with, and instead, they want more – much more. They want Pentecost. They want the full power and authority of the Holy Spirit in which they too can do exactly what Christ said we would do, lay hands on the sick and see them recover, cast out demons, raise the dead, prophesy, all of these the Chinese church desires and more. But who will tell them? Who will train them?

The sad thing is, many within the United States has long wrote China off as unreachable, unable to preach the gospel due to fears of Communist reprisals, the reality is, the Chinese Government itself is not persecuting Christians as they once did for several factors, one in particular is due to the overall economic expansion China is experiencing. The truth is, the more China grows economically, the less they desire to move militarily against what once was considered illegal. The reality is, with the current President – Xi, who has become very open minded in many areas of Western influence, the change taking place in China is rapidly making the gospel message to be taken into all of China without fear of reprisal. Not only do I see China becoming more and more tolerant of Christianity, the truth is that within the next 25 years, China will become more Christian, more open and more acceptable toward that which Mao once described as an “enemy of the State”.

But let me warn you, Satan is always recognizing this trend and he is equally sending his missionaries, his false prophets, false teachers and ministers of darkness deep into China. Why? Because Satan knows we are nearing the end. Already throughout China, the church of Mormon is spreading slowly but quickly in China, ours is to recognize this warning and make haste while we can, for while China is opening up her borders, allowing bibles into the nation, permitting unregistered churches to operate without persecution or fear of jail, the reality is sooner or later a greater threat will come which will turn the world into complete darkness under the man of sin – antichrist.

So what can YOU do? Go to China. Pray for China, pray that God will send more MIssionaries into Asia and pray that God will open more doors for churches to declare the gospel to. You say “I can’t go to China” then I can offer you this offer – support this ministry who IS going into China. For the next decade, me and my wife Liu (ruth) (who is Chinese) will be spending our lives working in China developing the people, raising up churches, planting churches and discipling believers so that they too can grow and reach others. So you can help and that help is greatly needed. Already I have seen in this last trip, souls come to Christ, many hearing the gospel for the first time, and it’s all fruit which is proving God is in this work. So how can you send me? By donating to HERE, then praying for me and my wife as we seek to do his will in proclaiming the cross to all those who would hear. That is the Macedonian call that is happening in China, let us seek after it while we can.

Christopher

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“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. – Arabian proverb

I have an enemy in China. He is tall in stature that might reach 8 ft tall in height, yet on other days he might stand only 8 inches in height. This enemy of mine is not only popular among the people, to many he is a god. His fame is only outdone by his enormous appetite to be the center of every home and every workplace throughout China. His name? Buddha. And he is a powerful foe.

Gautama Buddha lived between 563BCE or 480BCE in India. Most believe Buddha died around 400BCE (80yrs). Buddhism is a direct branch of Hinduism. In and throughout China it is almost impossible not to see a small or large statue of Buddha along the many street venders or shopping stores one might venture in. The reason is simple, although China is for the most part Communist and adheres to a form of atheism, the truth is, even atheists believe in a god of sorts. In other words, many claim there is no “god” in speaking terms, however, they are and do participate in praying to Buddha or one of the many idols found throughout China. When asked if this is a contradiction of ideology, they have no answer. The truth is, the power of the Buddha within China is a stronghold that is only masked by the real source of this idol worship – Satan.

Currently (at the time of this writing) I am staying at my present hotel in one of the most powerful spiritual areas in Chengdu, for within just a mere 5 minute walk from the hotel I can venture to one of this areas most oldest and known Buddhist temples in China. I have actually been inside this large temple, and it is indeed impressive, with over 12 different types of idols, all covered in gold, are placed within this large complex of idolatry as people regularly go inside and worship the temple gods. The problem is, what they are really worshiping is demons.

I recall sitting in the hotel lobby Sunday morning waiting for my friend to arrive to take me to the church I would be speaking at that morning. Before Alec had arrived, I was seated next to a small table, when suddenly there was a knock on the table itself, as if someone (or some thing) had walked up and simply tapped it. 3 times this occurred and 3 times I felt in my spirit “ignore it” come to mind. The word says if we resist the enemy he will flee from us. There is no question in my mind and spirit that what was occurring was a spiritual contention being waged, it was as if a spirit was informing me “I am here too, this is my area.” Yet the truth is, and while it is true strongholds of demonic activity do have certain “rights” when it comes to territories, still, we as believers have the full right by the power of the word to bind  those same spirits as Paul explained in his word to the church, that because of the cross, what Christ did, we have the authority to bind and even cast out demons (Mark 16:17-18). The problem is, not enough Christians either want to or know how to.

That particular morning I preached a message God had given to me for the people, and as people came up for prayer, many were bound by spirit beings (demons), when pressed for understanding, the fact is, many were all once Buddha worshipers. They practiced the worship of Buddha and his idols. This led them to become spiritual victims to the enemy, thereby giving Satan the spiritual legal right to come into their lives, and if desired, even possess them. Yet how great is was to lay hands on many of them and literally speak to those demons and in the name of Jesus, cast them out and off the people.

The power of the cross, the work Christ did on the cross is a powerful thing and one the church needs to re-claim if they are ever going to move within this world as the early church did. Too long the church has rejected the anointed preaching of the word and instead, focused on gimmicks, intellectualism – everything  but the cross (the gospel). The church has sadly done more to defeat itself than anything Communism could ever do, all because for the most part, the church has found a way to substitute the gospel for man made theology. Friend, man made theology will never save anyone, it will never heal anyone, it will never deliver a single soul from the bondage of sin and the power of the occult. The only answer to the world, to the power of idol worship, the worship of Buddha or any other worldly attraction is the cross. We’ve written enough books, we’ve got enough degrees, we have reached great intellectual heights, and the result is that the church has become more powerless, more prayer-less, less anointed than at any other time in our history since the formation of the early church. The reason? We have forsaken the cross and instead, replaced it with foolishness that will never touch a single life today.

But there is good news. That good news is, Christ is raising up a new generation of believers who have realized their mistakes, realized that without prayer, without a steady diet of the word daily, without the anointing, we will never make a difference in this life, but they have realized the true meaning of their power source – the cross. It is by the power of Christ and what he did on the cross which will challenge the spiritual darkness of this world, put demons to flight and heal the sick and set free the broken hearted. The only answer to the idolatry in China, the blindness in Islam, the foolishness of Rome is the power of the cross and what Christ did there. That is the answer, that is the source of our strength and the only thing we can ever present to the rest of the world – the cross. Anything other is another gospel, another way and another Jesus.

Christopher

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There is a genuine hunger taking place in China. It’s not a hunger for food, nor drink, nor other enticements, the hunger that is occurring within the Chinese church is the complete full and overwhelming thirst for Pentecost. I had met with a new couple who have only been saved for about 2 years now, we met in a coffee house and as I sat and began to share my faith with these new converts in Christ, they began to speak about how much they have desired more of the Holy Spirit. Theirs are not the only Chinese people I’ve met whom have inquired about what Pentecostalism is, but more and more within many of the Chinese churches have begun to seek questions as to what exactly is Pentecost and how can they receive it?

For almost 20+ years, many of the churches who are led by certain types of pastors have never desired nor even wanted to share with the people all of the Bible, the truth is, much of what is occurring within the Chinese church is a tragic example of what happens when people are not fed the full word of God, but instead, are given nuggets, or crumbs of God’s word, leaving them spiritually starving for all of God’s word. Then word began to leak out over time about Pentecost and how that Pentecostalism swept not only America, but the rest of the world, where men and women not only become baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, but signs and wonders, miracles and healings were occurring. Now the Chinese desired something they were not getting in their 3 self churches, and a quest began, a journey into finding out what Pentecostalism is and how to receive it.

It amazes me how much of a hunger these people have here in China compared to the rest of the world, how they desire to fully know and experience all of what God has for them, the problem is, no one is teaching them the very basics of the faith, no one is telling them that by the authority of God’s word, they have the right to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. Just yesterday (at the time of this writing) I relayed a dream about this very same couple whom I had just met for the first time, how that only 5 nights prior, God had given me a dream about this woman, whom I had never met nor knew anything about, and how that in the dream I saw that she would have a child. I began to relay this dream and a word God had given to me concerning her, her eyes began to fill with tears as she told me that yes, they were struggling to have a baby and that everything I explained to her and her husband was exactly what they were facing. God began to move in their lives that evening, proving the gifts are indeed for today.

So what is the answer? Evangelizing the Chinese people with the full gospel, which includes the teaching about Pentecost. Let it be understood, there can be no power in the church unless the Holy Spirit is being allowed to move, and he moves through the gifts. I see a hunger for Pentecost in China and the Chinese church like never before, and already signs and wonders are occurring, where Chinese believers, armed with the word of God, are going into hospitals and laying hands on the sick (many of them have cancer) and they are being instantly healed. Miracles are occurring here, and it’s all because the people want more of God and less of religion.

Only until we put aside our fear and self righteous attitudes about the gifts and Pentecost, will we begin to see the mighty move of God which is coming across this world, producing exactly what Christ said would occur in Mark 16:17-18. I stand to see this as my work grows in China.

Christopher

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Since China has increasingly been opening up her borders to both economic as well as intellectual growth, the one thing which seems to remain the same with what I’ve experienced here while in China is the desire to imitate the west in both ideas as well as in behaviors. One of those aspects of change which is not only effecting China from a cultural stand point, but as well as a spiritual standpoint is their growth in the internet and its fundamental ability to drastically change ones behavior, for good or bad, it’s happening right now in China.

It’s no secret of China’s great “firewall” and while China still actively attempts to block some western content (mainly social media sites such as Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter) China has opened up the gates wide and clear when it comes to getting information, be it news from around the world from such sites as FOX NEWS, or CNN, China is becoming known for its achievements in social progress even at the risk of changing its very culture – which is drastically changing in ways never before seen.

In China everyone has a cell phone which grants them complete independence to not only grow socially and economically, but the overall internet development taking place in China is only limited by ones personal limits. The more one seeks information from the web, the more one desires what one is seeing, and this is no doubt causing China’s social change which can best be described as limitless possibilities. Men and women and even teens in China have been thrust into a world of the digital age which holds no boundaries for them, and since China’s economic growth is rivaling the United States, the indicators are such that within just 20 years from now, China stands to not only become the next world power in economic terms, but also in social terms, but at what cost? That remains to be seen. But one thing is clear, China’s past imagery of social Communist control over its people is losing its grip and the Government knows it and a more commonsense approach is developing.

So how does this effect the church in China? Significantly. Not only has China become open to embracing everything western society has been accustomed to for decades and grew in, China’s tolerance to faith, namely Christianity has allowed more access to worship in the open, no more are churches gathering in secret these days in what I call “New China” they are operating not just out in the open, they are building and growing their congregations to numbers the western nations have only been use to in the past 20 years. The fact is, the church in China is growing so fast and so quick that the issue is no longer “Where can we meet” but WHEN. No longer is the church in dire circumstances, but the church in China is fastly outpacing the western church and for good reason – they have a hunger here far greater than the west. The fact is, as China changes in social norms, so is the church, what was absent 20 years ago is now becoming sought after today – teaching. And the internet is paving this change in the church as well.

Yet while the internet is playing a significant part in China’s social advances, so it is playing a part in China’s religious segment as well, and not for always the better. Lately I’ve preached in churches here in China that are being indoctrinated by false teachings which have been damaging the western church for the past 15 years but through the world of the web, podcasts and internet chat rooms where content can be freely downloaded and emailed out to potentially millions of Christians, so comes the destructive seed of false teachings and their false prophets. I won’t name names, but many of these snakes and wolves are Charismatic preachers who are the top line within the American Charismatic circles, their imprint into mainland China is becoming well known now, and 2 of these popular teachers (and one prophet) is shaping the Chinese church in such a way that it’s going to take a year in me trying to guide these believers back to the cross.

There are so many changes happening in China, some good, some bad, but all in all it’s yet another sign that we are indeed living in the last days, and how we deal with these changes which are happening throughout China will determine the church in China’s long term growth or it being swallowed by the evils of another gospel, another Christ. I might be only 1 man, but I for one will do my best to stand in the gap for my Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ.

Christopher

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Today I witnessed and shared the gospel with an old man, he told me he was 81 years old, thankfully I spent time learning some Chinese which allowed me to know what he was saying, even if it was very limited at best, yet the good thing was that even though the language barrier was as tall and wide as China’s great wall, there is no barrier to the gospel when it’s presented in such a way that they can understand – through tracts. China has been a real test for me, spiritually as well as physically. The demands upon me have been great because the needs are great, and along with it comes the trials we all go through, for me it is alone, not so much loneliness, but the fact that for right now I’m bearing a lot of the weight of this calling to establish myself among the people for a work that when I return, will allow me to become even more established among the people.

The truth is, China is rapidly changing, one can see that change from less than 2 years ago when I was last here, it amazes me how quickly a society can develop itself to build and create such enormous undertakings and still keep it’s culture in ling with its ideology. However, since being here this three weeks, the reality is, China is facing the same dilemmas the rest of the world is facing, social problems, morality, political corruption and unhealthy lifestyles, all of which brings me back to my original point, that although there is a gap between our culture (U.S.) and China, the truth is, the answer to what China is facing, and will face even greater within the next 20 years is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The simple gospel message which says God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes upon him shall not perish but have everlasting life, still resonates today than it did nearly 2,000 years ago when it was first uttered by Christ himself.

Our cultures might have its differences, people might be different, social qualms might be different, languages might be different, but the one thing that links us all together is we are all souls, and we will all dwell in an eternal place once we have ended our time here on earth, be it in heaven or in hell, the common denominator between us all is that Christ loves us and wants to share his greatest gift, the gift of eternal life to whomever will receive it – himself. We can be lost in translation, but the truth is, when the Holy Spirit is allowed to move freely, he will prick the heart to bring about a decision when the gospel is presented and hopefully it’s the right one. I can’t say if that 81 yr old man whom could not speak english will accept the truth that was given to him, only God knows his future now since he was given the gospel. But I know this, either way, he was given the gospel, told of Christ’s great love for him and should he go into eternity and perish, he will stand before God knowing that at some point in the past and young American man stopped by his side at a street crossing and shared the love of Jesus to him.

But I believe God allowed that man and I to meet on that particular day and that particular time to hopefully change a direction which needed to be changed, will he accept the gift of life Christ has to offer? Only God knows that answer, but I know this much, when the seed is sown, all we do is water it, but God will bring forth the increase. Yet maybe in the pages of eternity future, as I walk the streets of glory eons from now, I will meet a man who will look at me and he will remember me and I will remember him and together we will embrace one another knowing that he gave his life to Christ in the past to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I can only hope.

Christopher

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