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One Week From Today

one year

In just one week, we will broadcast our final broadcast in our first year schedule! It seems like just yesterday when we launched with the series “The Deeper Meaning of the Cross.” Over the past year, we’ve seen increases in web traffic, downloads and listener feedback. We will have distributed 1000 flash cards filled with the Audio and Text versions of “An Anchor for the Soul” to pastors and Christian leaders all over China. Here is a breakdown of the final three broadcasts for this year:

  1. 2nd Timothy – Renewing Your Passion
  2. 2nd Timothy – How Will You Be Remembered
  3. 2nd Timothy – The Life that God Blesses

Will you join with us as we pray for those who will hear these messages?

We’re excited as we look forward to the next year of broadcasting in which we’ll broadcast Dr. Pritchard’s series on Romans. It includes some 72 different sermons going verse-by-verse through the book of Romans. We hope that those who listen will be encouraged and equipped to keep believing in Jesus Christ.

As always, thanks for all your support, encouragement and prayer over the past year. We’re excited you’re on board and look forward to many more years of broadcasting the good news and training pastors in China.

KBM China Update – 3/1/13

In just 4 weeks we’ll wrap up our first year of broadcasting sermons into China. Here are some interesting numbers related to this milestone:

  • 6.5 – If you listened to each one of the sermons that were broadcast back to back, you’d be listening for 6.5 days straight. And you’d need some caffeine.
  • 1,371 – Over the past year, we’ve had 1,371 different individuals come and visit our mandarin site.
  • 67 – In that same time frame, we’ve had visits from 67 different countries throughout the world. This includes countries like Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Nigeria, Bahrain, and Venezuela.
  • 28 – We’ve received hits from 28 provinces within China. The only major exceptions are the largely rural areas of the south west of China. See image below.



  • 8 – This is the number of cities in which we receive over ten visits per month (some as high as 60/month). This is important because it shows that our internet audience is growing in at least 8 cities. See images below, the bigger the yellow diamond, the more visits/month. The second image shows visits from cities within China. The larger the name, the more visits from that city.

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When we started broadcasting and posting sermons on the internet, we had no idea what God would do through this ministry. We’re greatly encouraged by these numbers and praise God for the growth he’s given this ministry. As we look forward to another year of broadcasting and pastors conferences, we’re excited to see where and how God will expand his ministry in China through Keep Believing Ministries.

Your constant prayers, encouragement, and support over the past year have been indispensable. We’re grateful for your heart for China, your involvement in our lives, and for your partnership with us. We couldn’t do this without you and wanted to say “thanks” for faithfully praying and supporting our ministry in China.

Report from China – Mark Pritchard

From October 25th to November 13th Keep Believing Ministries had staff and supporters ministering in China and South Korea. Each day this week you’ll be taken on a journey to apartment churches, city walls, and into the heart of Christianity in Asia. We hope you’ll join us back here each day to read the stories, see the pictures, and rejoice in what God is doing on the other side of the world!

Mark Pritchard lives in Dallas, Texas where he is a student at Dallas Theological Seminary while working on staff at Keep Believing Ministries. Join Mark at a table with Chinese missionaries who have a vision to bring the Gospel back to Jerusalem.

An Unlikely Beachhead

Three miles from one of the most visited sections of the Great Wall of China, tucked away in a non-descript office building, twelve twenty-somethings toil away learning English, video editing, web-design, and app design. From all outward appearances, they’d pass for studious employees working hard to fulfill the entrepreneurial dreams of their leaders.

What you wouldn’t realize is that these twelve workers have already spent a year of intense Bible training in hotel rooms, basements, and barns throughout China.

What you also wouldn’t realize is that these twelve workers have left their families, friends, and homes to learn computer programs in a complicated language they can’t yet speak.

Finally, you would have no idea that the training these twelve workers receive will allow them to be “tentmakers” in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.

In an unlikely place, God has established a beachhead just thirty miles from Beijing, where these twelve twenty-somethings are preparing to transform China along with the rest of Asia.

These were the students Vanessa and I met on a hazy November day.

At a Table with Giants 

Aaron is one of the few male employees at the center. He told us how God told him to bring the Gospel to the people of Northeast India. Though he’s never met an Indian or eaten Indian food and can’t speak Hindi, he believes God has called him to India, and He will take care of the rest.

Teresa is 24 years old. With a red face and an embarrassed smile, she asks us to pray for God to bring her a good and godly husband. With great candor and great sadness, she speaks about her loneliness and her sense of feeling incomplete. She is heading to Pakistan husband or not, but she longs to have a partner in life and ministry.

Joy hails from a region in China known as the birthplace of Kung Fu. At the age of 18, she is the youngest of all the students. She tells us that God has laid the people of Burma on her heart. She hopes to relocate there permanently to work with orphans. Through broken English and choking back tears, she asked us to pray for her parents who aren’t Christians and don’t support her calling.

People often call older men and women of faith “giants” because the strength and evidence of their faith so easily dwarfs our own. While we met and prayed with these students, I felt like I was sitting at a table with giants of the faith. Yes, these students are young and have much of life to experience, but it’s not as if their faith was born inside the relative safety and comfort of the American church. Having endured loneliness, loss family, poverty and persecution, these young men and women are still unflinchingly obedient to wherever God calls; even if it means taking up residence in areas that our government is afraid to go.

It’s easy to be impressed with their faith.

It’s easy to be challenged by their faith.

It’s easy to see why God has chosen them for this task.

As our short time wrapped up, I reminded them of the words of Peter to the scattered, lonely, and discouraged believers in Asia Minor from 1 Peter 5:9.

“Stand firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

I told them that though our struggles and trials are not the same, we would remember them in prayer and in our testimony to others about what God is doing in China.

If you’ve read this far, you just realized that I promised your prayers to that small band of eager missionaries.

I hope you’ll remember them often.

I hope you’ll lay their lives, their families, and their ministry at the throne of God.

I hope you’ll join them in transforming Asia for the glory of God.

Three miles from one of the most visited sections of the Great Wall of China, tucked away in a non-descript office building, twelve students eagerly wait for the day they’re sent out to bring the Gospel to those who do not have the hope of eternity with Christ.

I promised to tell their story. Would you join me in praying for them?

Report from China – Mike Maynard

From October 25th to November 13th Keep Believing Ministries had staff and supporters ministering in China and South Korea. Each day this week you’ll be taken on a journey to apartment churches, city walls, and into the heart of Christianity in Asia. We hope you’ll join us back here each day to read the stories, see the pictures, and rejoice in what God is doing on the other side of the world!

Mike Maynard lives in Tupelo, Mississippi and this trip to China was his 45th mission trip including one to Africa with Keep Believing Ministries. Here is his recounting of a worship service in an apartment in Beijing, China.

This was my second Keep Believing Ministries missionary trip and it gave me the opportunity to watch Ray minister to people that face everyday circumstances unlike anything we face. Situations that make it difficult to keep the faith and keep believing in Jesus.

We attended a secret church service in Beijing in an apartment with about 10 adults, both male and female on our first night in China. We met for about 2 hours, singing old hymns which we all knew, like “Amazing Grace” & “Victory In Jesus”. As they passed the hymnal around and they asked us to pick out our favorite hymn and then we all worshipped together accompanied by a piano & violin. I asked them if they were afraid to be heard. They told us that they weren’t afraid because they knew their neighbors who lived next door.

What impressed me most was their enthusiasm for singing. They sang with gusto! Their enthusiasm was infectious and we joined in with loud voices. Then they served us our first “home cooked” Chinese meal and then Ray preached a sermon for about 30 minutes as if he were preaching in a huge church. They loved on us and kept telling us how appreciative they were than we would come all the way to China to worship with them. They told us how they were encouraged to
keep the faith through Ray’s radio ministry and to share Christ with others one on one.

Report from China – Nick Pritchard

From October 25th to November 13th Keep Believing Ministries had staff and supporters ministering in China and South Korea. Each day this week you’ll be taken on a journey to apartment churches, city walls, and into the heart of Christianity in Asia. We hope you’ll join us back here each day to read the stories, see the pictures, and rejoice in what God is doing on the other side of the world!

Nick lives in Chicago, Il and has been to China 3 times including living in the Hebei province for a summer while he taught English. Join him on a bike ride along the city walls of an ancient capital of China.






Jason (our guide for the trip): “We’re going to ride bikes on the city wall.” (said in a plain and matter-of-fact tone)

Nick: “What?” (trying to find a frame of reference for this statement)

Jason: “We will rent bicycles and you will ride around the city wall.” (same matter-of-fact tone…apparently he wasn’t joking)

Nick: “What?” (currently expressing some incredulity)

This exchange pretty much sums up my experience in China. It is a country that constantly laughs at our US frame of reference. There are more people, buildings, cars, mopeds, and flashing lights in China than you could imagine. On top of that, it has a history that dwarfs anything in the western world. Seeing and experiencing the vast expanse of China firsthand is what makes explaining it to those who have never been so difficult. Where and how do you even begin? Given that, it should not have been surprising when we were told that we were going to be riding bikes on one of the oldest and most intact city walls in the world. And yet, it was.

The current wall around the city of Xi’An has been around, in some form or another, since the Ming Dynasty in 1370. The wall measures about 8.5 miles in circumference, 39 feet in height, and between 49-59 feet in thickness at the base. No matter where you stand within the confines of the city wall you can feel its imposing presence. And there we were, standing on top of this massive, ancient structure about to go for a bike ride.

It cost us about 8 US Dollars to rent and ride bicycles on top of the wall. The first thing you notice, besides the hundreds of uniformly white bikes waiting to be rented, is the cobble stone paving across the top of the wall. The second thing you notice is the lack of shock absorbers on any of the hundreds of uniformly white bikes waiting to be rented. You wouldn’t realize it at first, but you’d be wishing you had the shock absorbers by the time you made the final turn to head back to the rental office.

About a mile into the ride I realized that this was one of the coolest things I had ever done and that I would likely never do anything this unique ever again. The beauty of the ride was that it gave me a passing view of some of the more unexplainable things about China.

  1. The ride around the city only reinforced the size and sheer expanse of China. The total area within the wall is about 5.4 square miles but what stuck out to me during the ride was how many square miles the city of Xi’An expanded beyond the city wall. Every direction outside the wall boasted tall buildings as far as the eye could see. So what if some of the vision was blocked by the haze that constantly covers the city?  There are so many buildings everywhere that you constantly find yourself playing the skeptic. There cannot possibly be enough people to inhabit these buildings. China currently has 94 cities with over 1 million residents – compared to the 9 in the United States. Sound ridiculous? By 2025, that number is supposed to jump from 94 to 221 cities. According to, by 2025 nearly 1 billion people will live in China’s cities. Maybe if that isn’t completely mind boggling then this might be:  Conservative estimates show that approximately 25% of the world’s cranes are located in China. Very liberal estimates put this number closer to 50%. It is all so absolutely incomprehensible.
  2. You cannot visit Xi’An and not be immediately hit with China’s storied history. Xi’An is China’s former capital and has a history dating back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). In the middle of the city are both a drum tower and a bell tower. Both towers were erected in the late 14th century and were used to tell the citizens of Xi’An what time of day it was. Both towers were visible throughout the entire ride. There is also a museum on the east side of the city that boasts ancient stone tablets that are over 1,000 years old. The stories on the tablets range from the mundane (a draft of a letter) to the historical (a Nestorian tablet on the history of Christianity in China). These towers and tablets have been around and preserved longer than anything we, in the US, can claim. And this is just the tip of the iceberg in China — to speak nothing of the Terracotta Soldiers or the Great Wall. So when people ask what China is like I always hesitate because I am not sure there is an answer that would do the country justice.
  3. There was something spiritually moving about biking around the city of Xi’An. As we made slow right turns around the wall I kept thinking about God’s statement to Paul in Acts 18:9-10:

     “And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”

It was encouraging to think that God also has His people in Xi’An. In a city that expands beyond where the eye can see and in a country with people too numerous to count, it was a great reminder that God is doing work in a complex and unexplainable land. As we rode I prayed that God would continue to raise up more people from within those city walls. To raise up men and women that would call Him “Lord.” To raise up men and women that didn’t put their hope in historical structures or a vast history but who put their hope and trust in a God that sustains those things with a breath.

The ride concluded without much incident. It would take days for my body to recover from the constant shock of the wheels over the cobble stones. The lasting image from the wall, however, was not one of pain but one of hope. God has his people inside those walls. Let us rejoice at such an awesome thought. Then let us ask God to use us to make His glory known to a people in an unexplainable land.

Pastor Ray on American Family Radio Today

KBM: China is On Air!

At 10-11 AM CDT today Pastor Ray will go live on air to talk about Keep Believing Ministries and our China project.

You can listen/watch live >>>HERE<<<

Join Pastor Ray for an hour of conversation and information on China you’ll get nowhere else!

See you there!


P.S. Please, pass this email along to anyone you know who may be interested in China!

The Savior From South Beach

“Chicago,” said one eager student.

“No, not even in the right country,” I answered.

“New York?” said another eager but equally confused student.

“No, try again,” (laughing and drawing a map on the board) I answered.

“Miami, with Dwayne Wade!” said one student enthusiastically from the back row.

“No, still in the wrong country.” I said, as I pointed to my hastily drawn map of the world.

Then, like an avalanche, cities from all over the world were blurted out.


The map hadn’t helped.

As easy the answer is to most of us, most Chinese people can’t tell you where Jesus Christ was born.

Jesus of Nazareth

I had asked the question, “Where was Jesus born?” during a culture class about Christmas. To be sure, the answers they gave were not what I expected. However, these questions led into a lengthy discussion about Jesus, creation, the Bible, and salvation. They were shocked to hear that Christianity didn’t start in New York City but in a small village in Israel. To most of my students, Jesus was as real as Santa Claus or as plausible as the creation narrative. To them he was a candy bar, a Buick, or Pizza Hut — he was imported from the West.

Jesus for China

Just yesterday we broadcast the sermon, “Does Jesus Live In China” from the series “Truth on Fire.” This message focuses on Galatians 5:19-26 and the choice Christians have to live according to the flesh or according to the Spirit. We hope this broadcast reaches Christians throughout the nation and encourages them to live in such a way that Christ would be seen in China. May our brothers and sisters live in the Spirit and by doing so bring their co-workers, classmates and family closer to the carpenter from Nazareth.


Will you take 30 seconds to pray for our brothers and sisters in China?

  • Pray that Christians would live boldly by the Spirit for all to see.
  • Pray that the proclamation of the Gospel would be accompanied by lives that reflect inner transformation.
  • Pray that God would continue to raise up godly young men and women to testify that Jesus is not the savior from South Beach but the Savior of the whole world.

KBM: China – Ministry Update

Our 67th Broadcast!

Today marks our 67th broadcast into China, as well as the start of our new series “Galatians: Truth on Fire.” This series will walk listeners through the book of Galatians verse by verse over the course of 16 different broadcasts. After broadcasting, the sermons are then stored for streaming and download at our mandarin language website,

From time to time, we receive emails and text message from our listeners in China giving feedback and asking for prayer. We wanted to share a couple responses with you today so you can get a sense of the response and need within China.

From a listener in Zhejiang:

“Greetings! I often log on to the website ‘Keep Believing’ and gain lots of help from Pastor Ray. May I ask what help can I offer for ‘Ministry in China’? Lord be with you!”

From another listener in China:

“This is the first time I had contact with you. Thank God that I had the opportunity of listening to gospel radio station since I was a teenager. Formerly, there were no churches here. Occasionally, someone would drop by to preach the “gospel” but not according to the truth of the Bible. Some people still believed in the message though. I am very weak in spirit. I only got a Bible indirectly by God. I thank God for that. When I worked out of town at my young age, I was not cautious enough and was inflicted with Hepatitis B disease. Several years ago, I was found to have the symptoms of hepatocirrhosis. Since then, I have no longer had health inspection with respect to my liver. I have already failed one marriage. Perhaps it was because my spouse discovered my liver disease and deserted me. That was the time when I was smitten to an extremely painful state due to the divorce. Yet I thank God, for He has not deserted me. Two years ago, I met my present wife whom I love. She was married before and has one daughter. I love her and her daughter. She also loves me. However, I have not disclosed to her about my liver disease because I am afraid that our marriage may be affected. Ever since she has become pregnant, I felt a bit regretful. I feel that I should not have married her. I am really sorry for her. She should have found another man better than I. Besides, I am afraid that my liver disease may have been transferred to her and the fetus. I feel myself very irresponsible and sorry for her. I really should not have married her.”

We continue to be encouraged by the feedback we receive and hope that you’ll be encouraged by it as well.

Keep checking back for more updates from the field!