Archive for November 2010

Pray for China – Qinghai Province

November 30, 2010

Pray for China – Qinghai Province (“Blue Sea”). Population: 5.1 million (Han, 54.5%; Tibetan, 21.9%; Hui, 15.9%; Tu, 3.9%). Christianity: 2.3% (Protestant – no report available). Other religions: Islam, 16%; Lamaistic Buddhism.

Qinghai’s industries include agriculture, hydropower, salt-chemical, and oil and gas.

Among the province’s natural resources are 30 salt lakes, 125 different minerals, natural gas, oil, and pasture lands.

Three great rivers – the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang (Mekong) Rivers – originate in Qinghai Province.

The level of house church activity in Qinghai is considered to be high.

“Father, as You have blessed the land of Qinghai with many salt lakes and a prosperous salt industry, I pray that believers in the Province will live their lives as Gospel ‘salt of the earth’ and that You will use them to penetrate, flavor, and influence their families and neighborhoods for Your glory and the expansion of Your Kingdom. I also pray that as the great Yangtze, Yellow, and Mekong Rivers originate in and flow from Qinghai Province, bringing life and nourishment to people, fields, and nations, that the Great Gospel of Jesus Christ will flow forth from Your church in Qinghai and bring eternal life to all who hear and believe on His Name.” (Matthew 6:13; Colossians 4:6; Psalm 98:8; Psalm 105:41; Isaiah 41:18; Isaiah 43:19; Acts 1:8; Revelation 21:1,2)

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Korean Ministry: Re-Engaged

November 16, 2010

In September I wrote a couple of posts about an opportunity the Lord was giving me to re-engage with a local Korean congregation in the community. We were very involved with the church from 1997 – 2005 and had a terrific ministry relationship with them. The church was so supportive of our ministry to international students enrolled at Texas A&M University that they made us their eighth, and first American, missionary family to receive monthly financial support.

A&M Korean Christian Fellowship

The church has gone through some changes and is now meeting for Sunday worship services on the campus of Texas A&M. This past Sunday, an alumnus of the seminary that I graduated from (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas), was a guest preacher and I was invited to join the church in worship. At the conclusion of the service many pictures were taken and I joined the church members as a group photo was taken.

Members of the Thursday Night Bible Study

My renewed involvement with the church began when the lead elder contacted me in July and asked me to facilitate an English language Bible study for interested Korean students and families. In September, two Korean families, two single Mainland Chinese men who are students of one of the Korean professors in the church, and I started meeting on Thursday evenings at our home for the study of God’s Word.

When we meet, we read a chapter from the Gospel of John from a simplified English language version of the Bible. As we read we discuss the meaning of the Scripture and its application to our lives. We also discuss the meaning and pronunciation of words the students may have questions about. This gives the students an opportunity to practice their English reading, comprehension, and conversation skills.

A couple of the folks in the mid-week small group will be returning to their homelands in December. The small group will continue and we pray that the Lord will add more to our number for the study of God’s Word.

I am thankful to the Lord for the opportunity that He has given me to be involved in ministry with this very evangelistic and missions-oriented congregation.

~ reach students … disciple the “nations” ~

Pray for China – Yunnan Province

November 10, 2010

Pray for China – Yunnan Province (“Southern Clouds”). Population: 43+ million (Han, 68%; Tibetan, 20.6%; Tai, 7%; Hmong, 2%). Christianity: 5.3% (Protestant – no report). Other religions: Buddhism, animism, polytheism, Islam (1.5%).

Yunnan Province has the highest number of ethnic groups among all of China’s provinces. 25 of China’s 56 officially recognized ethnic groups live in Yunnan.

The level of house church activity in Yunnan is considered to be high.

Major industries include chemical, electronics, machinery, and tobacco.

“LORD of the Nations, my prayer is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be carried to the ethnic minority groups of Yunnan Province and that each one will hear, in their own heart language, the message of salvation that is found in Your Son. I praise You that multitudes from each of Yunnan’s 25 minority groups will be counted among the nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues who will gather before Your throne and ‘cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” ‘ for eternity.” (Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 67:1-7; Isaiah 49:6c; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Revelation 7:9,10)

Pray for China – Hainan Province

November 9, 2010

Pray for China – Hainan Province (“South Sea”). Population: 8 million (Han, 75.7%; Tai, 24%). Christianity: 4.8% (Protestant – 0.6%). Other religions: Buddhism, Daoism, polytheism.

Hainan is an island province that consists of more than 250 islands. It is often referred to as the “Hawaii” of China and is a favorite vacation site for Chinese from the Mainland.

Besides tourism, the major industries of Hainan include petrochemicals, electronics, and fishing.

“LORD, I pray that the inhabitants of Hainan, and all those who visit the islands for entertainment and pleasure purposes, will have the Gospel of Jesus Christ shared with them by Christ-followers who live and serve You in Hainan. I pray that many who hear will respond to the Gospel call and come to know You as their personal Savior. May the ‘islands be glad’ as Jesus Christ is lifted up and may a ‘new song’ of praise rise from the ‘islands and those who dwell on them’ as many enter Your Kingdom.” (Psalm 97:1; Isaiah 42:10)