“We will live, if you will die.”

Brother Han sat on my couch and shared his burden to help orphans in this Muslim region of his vast country. He and his bride of four months began their married life hundreds of miles from friends and family, called to serve the unreached peoples of these mountains. I recalled that some months previously I…

During our first year in China we loved venturing out into the city to try the local food. After a while, we made a point to return to locations so we could build relationships with the locals. One such place we nicknamed the “Old Lady Restaurant.” It was run by three older women who made…

If you ever visit a small city in Asia, there is a good chance you’ll be one of a handful of foreigners in the whole city. This fact will draw a lot of attention to you when walking around town, grocery shopping, riding the bus, eating out, or basically going anywhere. All eyes are on you…

A lot of people can debate on the effectiveness of short term trip overseas.  I personally think they can do more good than harm if a team is prepared and trained beforehand properly.  But too many times we see teams return to their homes after an intense week of serving and showing God’s love only…

When living in a closed country you have to be creative in finding ways to share the truth.  You learn to find topics or activities that are accepted there that can be used to bridge the person to the gospel. One such topic is holidays.  Many Western holidays are not only allowed to be taught…

If you didn’t know already, basketball is huge in China. It’s probably the number one-played sport of any kid growing up. Every school has numerous basketball courts, and you can expect them to always be full during recess. When you make a new friend, don’t be surprised if the English name they chose for themselves is either…

Many times when doing ministry in Asia we can get caught up in the “work” more than the people.  It’s at these times we need to stop and reassess “what’s our purpose here?” We had experienced just that working at our ministry and realized we had slacked on our relationships with our local friends.  So…

“Welcome to China!  Please come to our home tonight!” We had met April and her mother while living in China and teaching at the local school.  April’s mother Mae had invited us over to dinner multiple times during the school year and we quickly became good family friends.  Many times during the year April’s family…

During our time as teachers one year my wife and I decided we wanted to visit the capital of China.  In order to save some money we chose to take the train, a 50 hour ride altogether.  It was our first year in China so we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. …

One aspect of living long term in China, especially when living in a mountainous region, is seeing the amount of backpackers that frequently travel there. They come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and religions.  But one thing they have in common, at least from my experience interacting with them, is that they’re all on a…

One beautiful sunny afternoon my Chinese student Mike asked if he could take me up to the Blessing Tower.  It was a huge traditional style pagoda built on one of the highest hills over looking the valley of the city.  Residents would climb it’s eight stories, saying a prayer at the Buddha on every level…

We had been serving with our team of Chinese staff workers at our business for eight months without a holiday and you could tell everyone needed a break. During a daily staff meeting we told our team that we would be treating everybody to a three day retreat up into a mountain city so we…

In 2001 we were invited to consider helping in a distant village in the Himalayan foothills. The Director of Education in our area heard about our service with the local orphanage and wondered if we’d consider partnering with them to help build a primary school. I was very excited for this open door and we…

With the number of teams we host every year, we are always looking for honest and trusted drivers to assist us with transport as we tend to have more people than our jeep can accommodate. One day, in need of several taxis my wife Susan flagged down a Muslim Hui driver. Mr Bai not only…

Sometimes when you live overseas you get the opportunity to share the gospel with someone you didn’t expect to. We had been serving at our ministry in China for a couple months when one of the staff members named Boran, who wasn’t a believer, developed a good friendship with me. He was a young college…

I had just finished my Chinese language class then had to go straight to our ministry and begin my shift managing the floor. Class had been difficult and I was upset after the drive over as traffic was hectic and I had been cut off once or twice on my scooter. Needless to say I…

In Southwest China where the elevation begins to climb near the foothills of the Himalayas my wife and I found ourselves walking a dirt trail through a dense forest park. We were walking to a family picnic near a local lake that our Chinese friend Ben had invited us to. We had quickly become friends…

When we were in far west China last April we had time to walk around and explore the Muslim quarter. Apparently they were a conglomeration of the several Chinese Muslim people groups, as we started a conversation with a vendor about the different hats and the culture behind them. Interestingly, every minority group has a…

During the third year of our first term in China after learning Chinese sign language, we had a worker from another organization approach my wife and asked if she or anyone we knew could speak Chinese sign language. To her amazement, my wife said, “Actually I do!” As it turns out a couple members of…

Anyone with experience living in Asia knows that almost every college age student wants to learn English. So as my wife and I taught English in a city in China, I was able to meet with some of my students for one-on-one tutoring. One student I met with regularly was Mike. I taught him English and…

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