Archive for July 2010

Dumplings Fest (Reposted)

July 26, 2010

Back in May we had a special dumpling and video night at our house with Chinese students enrolled at Texas A&M University. I wrote and posted on that evening on May 25. This afternoon I discovered that the post (along with a couple of other May posts) was missing from my blog. Fortunately, I had the post saved at another location and wanted to put it back onto tangiblethoughts.


We had a great small group meeting this past Saturday. We were joined by ten new Chinese PhD and post-doctoral students for an evening of making home-made dumplings, getting to meet and know new friends, and viewing a video about Chinese history, culture, and Christianity.

Several of the new folks asked to be added to our group’s email list for notices about future activities and meeting times.

We pray that many of these new friends will come to know Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.

Here are some pictures from that night.


Making dumplings is a group event.

We’re excited and getting hungry.

Dumplings are served!

One of our new friends.

Old and new friends.

~ reach students … disciple the “nations” ~


Pray for China – Jiangxi Province

July 24, 2010

Pray for China – Jiangxi Province (“West of the River”). Population: 42 million (Han 99%). Christianity: 4.8% (Protestant – 1.2%). Other religions: atheism. Mao Zedong’s “Long March” started in Jiangxi and it served as the revolutionary base for the Chinese Communist Party.

“LORD, as Mao sought to create a ‘new socialist man” and a socialist China, I pray that You will work in the hearts of the people of Jiangxi, make them ‘new creatures’ in Christ, and grant them citizenship in Your eternal Kingdom. Amen.” (II Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 6:10, I Peter 2:9)

Pray for China – Zhejiang Province

July 21, 2010

Pray for China: Zhejiang Province (“Silent River”). Population 45M (Han 99.6%). Christianity: 12.4% (Protestant – 5.6%). Other religions: secularism, traditional Chinese religions, Islam. Major industries: textiles, electronics,  pharmaceuticals. Natural resources: minerals, pertroleum, natural gas.

“LORD, I pray that the Christ-followers in Zhejiang will be bold in the sharing of the Gospel and their faith with those who are in need of Christ as Savior.” (Mark 5:19; Acts 4:19,20)

Friends, Food and Vision

July 18, 2010

My wife and I visited a young Chinese couple last night. They live in the Texas A&M apartment housing complex known as University Housing. They were very gracious hosts, preparing and serving us a delicious snack of steamed rolls and fried dumplings. “Hao chi!”

These friends, “Kelly” and Lynn”, are both Christ-followers, passionate about prayer and evangelism, and are very active in the local Mandarin congregation that we are associated with.  They are also involved in the Bible study fellowship small group that meets at our home most Saturday nights. In fact, many of the people who have participated in the Saturday evening meal and Bible study group have been invited and brought by this couple.

It was a blessing to spend time with “Kelly” and “Lynn” last night … to see pictures of their family, friends, and homes in China, but most of all, to hear them talk about Christ and reaching their fellow Chinese with the Gospel.

Pray For China – Anhui Province

July 16, 2010

Pray for China: Anhui Province (“Peace and Honor”). Population 64 million (99.5% Han). Christianity: 11.6% (Protestant – 4.8-8%). Major industries: household appliances, electronics, textiles, chemicals. 52 minority people groups live in Anhui.

“Lord, I pray that Your ways and salvation will be known among the 52 ethno-linguistic people groups (‘nations’) of Anhui.” (Psalm 67, esp. v.2)

Pray For China – Jiangsu Province

July 13, 2010

Pray for China: Jiangsu Province (“Land of Rivers and Lakes”). China’s smallest and most densely populated province. Population: 73M (Han 99.7%). Christianity: 7.6% (Protestant – 1.7%). Home of 94 universities and colleges and 2,800 scientific and technology institutes.

“Lord, I pray that the students, intellectuals, and scientists of Jiangsu who seek knowledge will come to know Christ Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 8:31,32,36; 14:6)

Pray for China – Shandong Province

July 11, 2010

Pray for China: Shandong Province (“East of the Mountains”). Population: 90M (Han, 99.6%). Christianity: 4.6% (Protestant – 1%). Other religions: Buddhism, Islam. Home of China’s oldest city, Longshan City, and Mount Tai, one of China’s five sacred mountains.

“Lord of eternity and creation, I pray that the people of Shandong will be told of You, the Ancient of Days, will accept You as their Lord and Savior, and will enter into Your presence, worshipping You in spirit and in truth.” (Daniel 7:9, 13, 14, 22;  John 4:24)