Many subscribers may have already noticed our team’s announcement of our new name: Vision For China!
What exactly is Vision For China? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Vision For China is a team of church planting missionaries serving with Vision Baptist Missions who have voluntarily joined themselves together with a vision to see China and the world reached with the gospel through the making of disciples, the planting of churches and the training of men.
To learn more about the Vision For China team, please visit us online at www.visionforchina.org.
“For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
The Lord brought Israel out of the land of Egypt to be their God. He delivered them to show Himself strong and to bless all of the families of the earth through them. So He requires that they be holy, just as He is holy. He wants them to be different, to stand out and be set apart to service to Him.
Lord, thank You for delivering Israel out of the land of Egypt, giving them Your law, setting them apart, and bringing Your Son, Jesus Christ, into this world through them. Thank You for making them a peculiar people and a light to us Gentiles. Thank You also for saving me. Thank You for wanting to use people like me to get the message of Jesus Christ to the world. Use me, Lord, to advance the gospel, and make me holy. Thank You for the holiness that You have given me in Christ. Help me to live it out. I love You, Lord.
In 1885, Dr. Randal of the China Inland Mission was passing through Canada and gave a copy of China’s Spiritual Needs and Claims, written by Hudson Taylor, to a certain young man by the name of Jonathan Goforth. Though Jonathan had previously surrendered to be a missionary to China, this book opened his eyes to the greatness of the need and the importance of a mission board. Won over to the cause of the China Inland Mission, Jonathan bought hundreds of copies of the book at his own personal expense and mailed them to pastors. This practice eventually developed into the practice of mailing out “packets” of books and pamphlets on China and the great need.
“We cannot doubt but this work was an important agency in forwarding and feeding the remarkable tide of interest in foreign missions of this period and also that it paved the way for the visit of Dr. Hudson Taylor to Canada in 1888.” – Rosalind Goforth, wife of missionary Jonathan Goforth
Jonathan Goforth was to become the first North American Missionary with the China Inland Mission and was used greatly of the Lord in China for decades, bringing countless hundreds to a saving knowledge of Christ.