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