Merry Christmas 2018!

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support as we continue our deputation to take the good news of Christ to the Chinese people!

The Chinese text in the above image is taken from Isaiah 9:6:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

This Christmas season, please remember to pray that the Lord would raise up more laborers to go to China and tell the Chinese people about the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Weekly Devotion: Luke 6:12

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

Jesus will choose the twelve apostles the very next day (v13). As He approaches this major decision that will affect His ministry and its reach, He carves out some alone time to pray and talk with God. The Lord understood the importance of such a milestone in ministry, and more than that He understood the importance of praying before taking this step.

Lord, help me to identify similar milestones and major decisions in my life and ministry and teach me to devote much time leading up to such decisions to prayer. To make these sorts of decisions and to make them in alignment with Your will, I need Your guidance, Your wisdom, and Your help. Help me to be fervent in prayer as I walk with and serve You. Amen.

Coming Soon! “A Thousand Lives” Book Launch

The Vision For China team is excited to announce the publication of our first book, A Thousand Lives. This has been a major project for our team over the past few months as we have been collaborating from our various locations in America and China to pull the book together in time for publication. Each member of our team wrote  one chapter, with our pastors and mission director making contributions as well. The book is a passionate plea for a pipeline of unashamed believers boldly advancing the gospel in China.

We have officially sent everything off to be published, and we intend to launch the book on December 28, 2018, at the Our Generation Summit. Lord willing, it will be also be available in ebook and audiobook formats in the near future. 

Included below is the preface of the book:

In 1885, Dr. Randal of the China Inland Mission was passing through Canada and gave a copy of China’s Spiritual Need 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.

It is in this spirit and with this history in mind that the idea for our own book project, A Thousand Lives, was birthed. Like in the days of Taylor and Goforth, we too live in a day in which many are desirous to be used of the Lord in China and around the world, but few know how to get from where they are to where they would like to be–being used greatly of the Lord on the mission field.

It is our prayer that this book, like China’s Spiritual Need and Claims will stir to action the hearts of a thousand lives that will surrender to the Lord’s service and motivate them to join our cause to both raise up more laborers and become laborers themselves in the great harvest field of China and the many other harvest fields around the world.

“If I had a thousand pounds China should have it.
If I had a thousand lives, China should have them.
No! Not China, but Christ.
Can we do too much for Him?
Can we do enough for such a precious Saviour?”
– Hudson Taylor, Missionary to China –

Please join us in praying for the publication of this book. Please pray that this book would be used of the Lord in mighty ways to raise up an army of both goers and senders to reach China with the gospel message. To learn more about A Thousand Lives, please visit www.visionforchina.org/a-thousand-lives-book-project. To preorder a copy, please email us at info@visionforchina.org.