Bibles for China – May 2014
By Wendell Rovenstine – Bibles for China
– The following letter was written just weeks before the team headed out to where they are right now.. distributing Bibles in rural China. Be watching for further updates from their amazing trip and outreach.
I pray that you are doing well! Can you feel the excitement?! We are so close to our May distribution trip! Like the journeys of others in the past, this distribution has the potential to expose thousands and thousands of souls to God’s Word, truth and love. Our fellow Christians traveling to China will experience incredible things. They will meet men and women who have been praying for years for their arrival so that they can receive their first Bible.
They will witness non-believers become believers through the evangelism of the equipped Chinese Christians. Children will come to know more about Jesus because they can finally read about the amazing sacrifice He made for us. Lives will be saved! Praise God! We hope that you will continue to join us in prayer as we ask God to provide additional resources for Bibles.
“We didn’t have enough…”
The following is a story from a recent Bible distribution trip to a rural church in China:
“Heartbreaking and encouraging. That is how I would describe the experience I had at that one church. All day we had visited churches celebrating and distributing Bibles to Chinese Christians.
We saw hundreds and hundreds of Bibles make their way into the dirt encrusted hands of our Chinese brothers and sisters. We always had enough…always. But that one church was different. At that one church…we didn’t have enough.
We walked into the doors of the tiny church sanctuary. There were already 200 people sitting on the tiny church benches waiting for us to arrive and bring with us the answer to their prayers, the Bible. As we gathered on the stage, we noticed that the room became crowded quickly.
The cases of Bibles were stacked neatly in front of us much like the other churches and the Chinese Christians clamored in excitement as they stacked higher and higher. It was at that moment the excitement I had with them was shattered. Our translator leaned over to me and told me the bad news. He shared that the church leaders were planning for 200 Christians to arrive, 500 showed up…500.
We didn’t have enough Bibles. Unlike the other churches that day, not everyone was going to receive a Bible in that room. It brought tears to my eyes as I looked across the room at the excited smiling faces. The feeling was crushing. But God is God and He showed His hand in the actions of HIs loyal Chinese servants. As the Pastor announced that more people had showed up than planned and that not everyone would receive a Bible, the room became silent.
Faces went from elated to burdened. Then the crippling silence was broken by one older woman. “We will give the new Christians our Bibles!” (through the translator) she said. The “mature” Christians, some waiting 40+ years, gave up their Bibles for the newest believers in the room. They wanted to provide for the young in spirit and serve through their sacrifice.
Through shaking hands, we distributed the available Bibles and eventually made our way to the van. As we left, all the Christians began singing hymns in joy and victory. I left in tears. Tears of joy, hope and desire. When I collected my composure in the van, I told my fellow distributors that we must always pray that we have enough the next time we go. But even if we don’t, we know God will take care of His people…we saw it happen.”
A Special Request
This month we are praying and asking God for the final Bible support we need for the May distribution trip. One of the ways we seek support is through support letters and written communications. Check out the May support letter we just distributed to various partners by clicking the link below. If you are encouraged by what was shared, will you consider partnering with us financially and help us deliver more Bibles in China? You can do so by clicking the “Donate Now” button above.
Would you be willing to share our story with your family, friends, small group and/or church? One way you can do that is by sharing this eBlast and letter with others! Help us get the Word out by bringing others into the mission of providing God’s Word to others. Thank you for your love and consideration!
An Encouragement Found In China
Have you ever struggled with faith? As Christians, we are always being challenged by the enemy and his evil tactics. It is often difficult for us to have absolute faith at all times because this world is so heavy. It is a burden. However, Jesus gives us an example in Matthew 19:13-14 of how we can always work back towards a strong faith in Him.
In China, we have seen thousands of children devote their hearts and lives to Christ. They love Him with all of their hearts and show their full reliance on His deep love and provision for us. Often, we must look to children and strive to have the faith such as they do. When we are crushed we can look to the freedom children have through their faith in Christ Jesus.
Friend, your prayers are felt in China and you are always with us when we are over there. Thank you so much for being The Body and providing for our family around the world! God bless you and yours!
In His Service,
Bibles for China
In 2014, Bibles for China’s “in-country” partners are offering a Bible for Bible match on the first 20,000 Bibles.
Let’s join their efforts as this doubles the impact of each $5 gift and provides two Bibles for rural China>>>