In the past month I’ve started to get back into running again.
In 8th grade I was on the cross country team. And while I was a freshman in college, I would go on very long 6, 8, or 10 mile runs during the summer.
But since then, I’ve really done no kind of long-distance running, including my ten years living in China.
But at the end of last semester we had a physical challenge among our team’s guys. I ran a very embarrassing and out-of-shape 18-minute 2 miles.
After that, I’ve vowed to improve on that for our spring physical challenge.
So beginning in March I’m trying to run about 30 or 40 miles per month. I keep track on Nike+ and our guy teammates have monthly competitions.
At first my body hurt like crazy, but now it’s slowly getting used to it.
And I’m really enjoying running again. I’ve been running right along the Yellow River most of the time. Quite relaxing.
Certainly I’ve seen how much regular physical exercise can help or hurt us in the ministry. If we have none, our bodies will often break down, we’ll be tired always & our bellies will grow. But if we have regular exercise, our bodies stay healthy, we have more energy to serve Him, & we can have a stronger body.
In December I sent in my PhD [Intercultural Studies] application to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School [TEDS].
I thought probably only if I got a decent scholarship would I end up going there to do the PhD at all.
I really wasn’t expecting that to happen, & was happy to continue living in China.
But a few weeks ago I received an email from TEDS saying that I’d been offered the 2nd largest PhD scholarship they have, which covers 2/3 of the tuition for two years spent on-campus. And I must begin this fall.
I’ve had to pray for guidance on this over the past few weeks. It’s not what we planned, but it seems the Lord has opened a big door for us to do this.
After our two years in the U.S., we’d plan to return to NW China to continue in the ministry here.
“I know, O’ Lord, that a man’s life is not his own. It is not for man to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23)
My article that was posted a couple weeks ago [titled ‘Thoughts on Theological Education for Chinese Believers’ – click here] on China Source was referenced by another writer Brent Fulton on China Source in his article titled ‘Beyond Theological Education’. Click here for Fulton’s article.
Brent Fulton is the President of China Source and author of China’s Urban Christians.
On March 1st I turned in the final draft of my manuscript. I also had to fill out two questionnaires to turn in to the publisher Wipf & Stock.
Now all my writing should be officially done.
I just need to wait for a few months until the book is ready to be published.