Now I’ve been volunteering at the local Chinese breakfast place here [which I call ‘Waffle House’] for over six months.
My customer friend Mr. Gao doesn’t come every day like he was before, but now we have lunch together once a week, which is even better than his daily trips to Waffle House. We still spend much time talking about God, Jesus, & the Bible. He continues to have many doubts and sin that are keeping his heart hardened towards God. I’m daily praying for his salvation.
Two weeks ago for Easter week I gave four Chinese Bibles to the four Waffle House workers. I wrapped each one in a gift bag and my wife prepared Brownies and a flower to put in each bag with the Bible. One of the four Waffle House workers, Mary Wu, was particularly excited about the gift. I told her to start reading in Matthew. I haven’t been able to talk to her any more about it since then. She’s been the most open to spiritual things of the workers. I’m praying for more spiritual conversations with the four of them. Also praying for their salvations.
“Now is the time of God’s favor. Now is the day of salvation!” (2 Cor. 6:2)
Yesterday there was a big meeting in Hainan, China that included current Chairman Xi Jinping.
Below I copied and pasted what the meeting was about:
The reason for the special emphasis was clear: Beijing selected the Boao Forum as the venue to deliver the first in-depth explanation of China’s vision for the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road, collectively known as the “Belt and Road.”
See article here: http://thediplomat.com/2015/03/where-is-chinas-silk-road-actually-going/
I’m not going to go into all the details, but it seems as though China intends to invest heavily financially in all countries from China into Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, & Europe, those places along the ancient silk road. The plan is to help the infrastructures in these countries, so as to better open up these regions for trade with China.
Now China has already signed a big financial deal with Kazakstan for $32 billion to partner in this project.
I don’t know all the details, but certainly my initial thoughts are of great excitement, to think about how the Chinese government is putting billions of dollars into opening the path for easier access into what is known as the 10/40 Window — the least reached, & mostly Muslim — countries in the world.
Not only that, but it’s paving the way for many Chinese believers to travel more easily in these areas and to open up businesses with intent of sharing with the lost in the most unreached parts of the world.
As I think about the handful of Chinese guys I know in this city who profess to be believers, all of them have made a profession of faith in the past either through influence of a foreigner they knew or through a Chinese person.
The problem is, once they make a profession of faith, often nothing else happens after that.
Certainly sometimes it’s hard to know if they are really genuine believers, or they’ve just made a proclamation of faith but don’t really have saving faith.
Whatever the case, there’s a huge need here in China for people to come and to disciple these young ‘believers’, that people would not just make a profession of faith and remain stagnant spiritually for the rest of their life.
But rather, that someone would intensely invest in them & would teach them how to actively live out their faith and how to daily pursue God and how to dive into the local Body and also to share with others.
This is really needed where we are now.
The last few weeks I started a daily workout routine.
I was too out of shape, felt on the brink of getting sick, and just got tired easily.
So I started early each morning having a simple 20 minute workout — two sets of pushups, two sets of sit-ups. I keep track of how many I do each day, so I can gradually increase the reps.
Every time I’m regularly exercising I wonder how I could ever not do that, as I feel much better, I’m physically much stronger, & I don’t get sick.
The problem is, once I stop exercising for whatever reason, I have a really tough time getting back on track, which can last for months or years.
Paul says, “I do not run like a man running aimlessly. I do not fight light a man beating the air. No I beat my body and make it my slave” (1 Cor. 9:26)