Update: D. & J. (China)

April 14, 2010

Request, as of April 12 . . .

Dear prayer partners,

Thank you for your prayers. In our last prayer letter, I mentioned bringing 20 leaders to Redeemer this Summer (May 31-June 25) for urban CP training with Tim Keller and Redeemer.  This is in preparation for an urban CP movement this is taking place in the urban centers of China where we want to see 2,500 church planted in urban China in the next 5 years.  
 
 How can you pray for this?

1)       Pray for Visas! You’d be surprised, but our biggest obstacle to tackle is not the Chinese government.  In the next few weeks, we have 18 leaders who will interview at the US embassies in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Chengdu, Guangzhou.  Tomorrow morning April 13th Beijing Standard time at 10:15am is our first visa interview US Consulate.  As I was translating their biographies for my recommendation letters to the US embassy, I was moved by how He has been working in China through these humble servants. Let me briefly share a sentence from the first three interviews coming up this week. 

A)      April 13th 10:15am – “Under my leadership, we established churches in 10 different counties within the province with a total of 700 churches planted…. (now) I am currently in charge of training all our networks ministry leaders in 6 different provinces.”

B)      April 15th 12:30pm – “From 1989 onward, our network has trained 15,000-30,000 full-time and part-time workers, planted 20,000 churches…imprisoned for 2 years…now network leader.”

C)      April 21st – “In 2006, I was invited to the White House to meet President Bush as one of the three Christian intellectuals representing the house church movement “ 

Pray especially for A and B as these brothers are coming to the US for the first time.   Pray for the visa officers to show favor this coming week. 

2)       Pray for Provision.  Proposals have been sent to several foundations and churches.  While most have expressed interest, no commitments have come through as of yet.  We are 6 weeks out before our departure date on May 30th.  I have set a May 1st deadline (a month) before our departure to consider plan B (whether downsizing, delaying or canceling).  Pray for foundations and churches to come through in funding this project.

3)       Pray for Protection.  I’m under constant external pressure due to the importance of the individuals involved.  I’m constantly being monitored and followed.  Please pray for joy in the midst of pressure.

With no visas, no funds and constant pressure, how does one plan?   We plan accordingly and pray for his provision.  In the end, “God’s work done in God’s time will never lack God’s supply.”  It’s a good place to be in, the hands of God. 

Please remember to pray for our visas, provision and protection today.

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