“What is Bible?”

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Early this month my wife and I led a short term trip to China called the Goforth China Tour! This trip was both a missions trip and vision tour. Our desire was that the Lord would use this trip to stir up the hearts of the students on our team to get more involved in the cause of world evangelism. We believe that He has in fact opened eyes and is stirring hearts to GO. Here is one story based on the testimony of Austin, one of the students who came on the trip, who came face to face with the fact that so few in China teach the Word of God:

“What is Bible?” Albert had a puzzled look on his face as he looked around the room. He was always very proud of his English ability. Would any of his Chinese friends notice that he didn’t understand a word?

He shuffled his feet uneasily and continued to shoot glances at others in the apartment. No one seemed to notice thankfully. How embarrassing to not understand a word that seemed simple enough. Everyone was here to practice speaking English with these Americans, after all. Had these Chinese friends overheard his confusion what would they think?

What that word mean? What is “Bible”? he pondered to himself.

Albert had just met Austin and asked him what he wanted to do one day. When Austin said he wanted to teach the Bible, Albert’s confusion began. At first, he wasn’t even sure of what a Bible was. After hearing the Chinese word for “Bible” he was still visibly puzzled as he squinted his eyes.

Then it suddenly hit him. It was as though a light came on.

“Oh! It is a book, right?” he exclaimed, relieved to have finally figured out this word.

“Yes! Do you know anything about the Bible?” Austin asked. “No. In China no one teaches about the Bible so I don’t know anything about this book.”

Can you imagine, friend? Can you imagine growing up in a place with no one to teach you the Bible? Can you imagine having no preacher to tell you of Christ’s death for sinners? No church to be a light in your town? Can you imagine living in ignorance of the words of your Creator?

To not have the Words of Life! To not have a lamp unto your feet! To not have a light unto your path!

For us who have grown up in America hearing the gospel weekly, hearing biblical preaching and teaching week in and week out, hearing the name of Christ and His saving work on the cross multiple times each week, for us it is almost unimaginable!

Could it be that we are entrusted with this message not to hoard it but to herald it? Not to store it but to share it? Not to place it under a bushel but proclaim it unto the nations?

In China, there are millions of Alberts who, like the Ethiopian eunuch, have no hope of understanding the word of God except some man should guide them.

Friend, will you, like Philip, heed the command of the Lord to “Arise, and go”? Will you, like Philip, heed the prompting of the Spirit to “Go near, and join thyself” to them?

Would you please join us in praying for the Lord to raise up more laborers to get the gospel to the people living in darkness in China? Will you pray that He would send more workers into this vast harvest field?

Will you please go to China? Will you please heed the Lord’s command to GO?

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Friend, thank you for praying for the trip! Please pray for Albert’s salvation! Please pray for the Lord to raise up young people like Austin to devote their lives to laboring in China! The harvest truly is plenteous and the laborers are so few! Would you join us in asking the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers into His harvest? Will you join us laboring in His harvest?

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“Jesus is my favorite myth!”

Early this month my wife and I led a short term trip to China called the Goforth China Tour! This trip was both a missions trip and vision tour. Our desire was that the Lord would use this trip to stir up the hearts of the students on our team to get more involved in the cause of world evangelism. We believe that He has in fact opened eyes and is stirring hearts to GO. Here is one story based on the testimony of Greg, one of the students who came on the trip, who quickly learned that many in China are ignorant of the gospel of Christ:

“Jesus is my favorite myth!” exclaimed Sarah. She seemed beyond excited to finally meet someone who also liked this “myth”.

“He’s not a myth – He’s God! He’s real!” Greg replied after recovering from the initial shock brought on by such a statement. He picked his jaw up from the floor of the bullet train.

Sarah seemed as unable to believe her ears as Greg. She had just asked if she could hold his Bible, and Greg had granted her permission. She was fascinated to actually hold a copy of this “myth book” in her hand.

Greg was equally fascinated by her fascination. She’s so curious to hold a Bible? he thought. Wow, she’s never seen one!

Greg explained the truth of God’s Word to Sarah, briefly shared the gospel with her, and gave her a Chinese audio Bible before reaching his stop and having to part ways with her.

She seemed interested, but it was a lot to take in at once. The hardest part of course being that the story isn’t a myth. She’d have to think on it.

Saying goodbye, Greg hopped off the train and found the rest of our group waiting for him on the platform. He quickly shared with us how he was in awe at this opportunity the Lord gave him to share his faith. He told us of how he wished he had more time with her.

Onward the train – and Sarah with it – went. On to the next stop, the next city. There she is one of millions of people who just like her think nothing more of our Lord than that He is some made up fairytale!

Can you imagine it, friend? Can you imagine a such a scene? Can you imagine such an encounter? Can you imagine such ignorance of our Lord?

To call the Creator of one’s very soul a myth! To call Him nothing more than an interesting fable! To not know of sin, righteousness, and judgement! To not know of the Way, the Truth, and the Life! To not know of the Father and how to get to the Father through Him!

It is certainly almost incomprehensible! And yet, they truly do not know!

We, His ambassadors, have a standing command to preach the gospel to every creature. And yet in China there are millions upon millions who know next to nothing of Christ!

We, His heralds and priests, have had this message for some 2,000 years. And yet this very account transpired just a few short weeks ago!

We have a job to do!

Will you not, as our Lord, be moved with compassion? Will you not, as He commanded, pray for more laborers? Will you not heed our Lord’s command to GO?

Friend, thank you for praying for the trip! Please pray for Sarah’s salvation! Please pray for the Lord to raise up young people like Greg to devote their lives to laboring in China! The harvest truly is plenteous and the laborers are so few! Would you join us in asking the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers into His harvest?

For more information about the Goforth China Tour and future tours, please click here.

July 2019 Prayer Letter

Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,

Thank you all for praying for the Goforth China Tour! Anny Grace and I had the wonderful opportunity to lead a group of five young people on a ten day trip to China. It was both a mission trip and vision tour. These young people came because they are seriously considering becoming full-time missionaries to China in the future. Thank you all for praying for this trip! The Lord worked and hearts were stirred as the team had many opportunities to both see the great need for more laborers in China as well as actually labor alongside missionaries by sharing the gospel with Chinese people.

Over the course of the trip, we took them to five Chinese cities. These five cities have a combined population of 30,000,000 people – at least 28,500,000 of which are lost and headed for hell! Friend, do you know that 28,500,000 is about the population of the state of Texas! Oh that the Lord would raise up more laborers to go into the great harvest fields of China! Please pray with us!

We praise the Lord for all that he did in June to get us closer to moving back to China! For starters, the Lord allowed us to see a sizable increase in our support level! We are now at just over 44% of our needed support! What’s more, a church that we were with in KS early in June notified us saying that two children, ages 11 and 7, were saved in response to a message I preached. God is so good! We give Him all the praise for what He is doing in and through our ministry! The first week and a half of July was spent in China, and we are excited about our meetings for the rest of the month! We have meetings scheduled at churches in NC, AL, GA, MS, and TX, and we are also excited about our church’s annual marriage retreat and this opportunity for us to focus on our marriage! Thank you all for your continued prayers!

 Interested in joining us on a future Goforth China Tour?

Please visit us online: reachingchina.org/goforthchinatour