★ Current Status: Deputation
★ Field: Mainland China
★ Fluent In: Mandarin Chinese
★ Serving Since: August 2017
★ Serving With: Vision Baptist Missions
★ Ministry Type: Church Planting & Leader Training
★ Social Media: Facebook
About Reaching China
Hello everyone, my name is Austin. I am a Christian who desires nothing more than to make Jesus Christ and His love for the world known among the nations. Reaching China is my place online to record all that Jesus Christ has done and is doing to publish His awesome glory in the great nation of China.
My family and I serve with Vision Baptist Missions and are a part of the Vision For China team. We are currently on deputation and raise funds to get back to China full-time. Would you please pray for us that the Lord would guide and grow us as we strive to live our lives in the center of His will?
When I was 12 years old, I put my faith in Jesus Christ and He saved me and changed my life! A few years later I felt His call upon my life to full-time service to Him, going overseas preaching the good news of His death on the cross for sinners.
It was while I was in pursuit of this call that the Lord opened a door for me to move to China. After finishing college, I moved to Fujian, China as an English teacher. Though I didn’t know how someone like me could preach in China, I was trusting that if I went and learned the language, the Lord would open a way for me to do so.
I moved to China in December of 2010 and spent the next five years teaching English, learning to speak Chinese, absorbing the culture, and involving myself in a local national church.
It was during those five years that I met Anny Grace, the love of my life. I invited her to church where she heard the gospel and eventually too was saved! Our relationship grew and we got married in China in April of 2015.
We loved being involved in the local church there in China and were constantly seeking more opportunities to serve and preach the gospel. My work as an English teacher, however, was no small hindrance to our goals. It consumed much of my time and limited opportunities to preach, teach, and share the good news of our Savior.
As my wife and I prayed for a way to do full-time ministry in China, I was reminded of a team of missionaries that I had previously discovered online. Upon reaching out to the team, one of the missionaries called me and explained how he received training and raised funds to get to the field and serve as a full-time church-planting missionary in China.
Our prayers were answered! There was a way for me to do full-time ministry in China after all! Within six months, the Lord allowed us to make arrangements to come back to the States and train. We currently are on deputation to head back to China for the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“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?” –James Hudson Taylor, Missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission