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Our Listeners In Their Own Words, Part 3

Shaanxi

This is the third post in our series answering the question, “Have you heard anything back from your radio broadcasts in China?” So far we’ve met two believers from Ningxia, Zhu He and Wu Xia. This week we head to Shaanxi where we meet Bao Dan who was encouraged by what God had to say through one of our broadcasts.

Shaanxi was once home to the Tang Dynasty and is probably best known for the discovery of the Terra Cotta Soldiers. Along with its rich cultural heritage, Shaanxi is also known for welcoming early Nestorian Christian Missionaries into China. That heritage continues in Shaanxi as the church continues to grow alongside persecution and cult influences.

One of those believers, Bao Dan, listens to our broadcasts and had this to say of a recent broadcast:

I think the programs fit into the need of Christians who seek for truth. The word of God has power, and has left me a deeper impression by the explanations.

We’re always honored to receive feedback like this. Our goal is to provide sound biblical materials that aid in encouraging our brothers and sisters to keep believing. We’re just a part of what the God promised his children through Jeremiah the prophet:

 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:12-13

We’re thankful for our brother Bao Dan and thankful for your partnership in the Gospel. Without your prayers, support and encouragement we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing. Thanks for standing with us, shoulder to shoulder, as we work to encourage and equip the church of China to keep believing in Jesus.

Will you take 30 seconds right now to pray for Bao Dan?

  • Pray that he would continue to seek the Lord and find understanding
  • Pray that he would proclaim the Gospel boldly among his people
  • Pray that he and the other believers in Shaanxi would be protected from persecution

Our Listeners, In Their Own Words – Part 2

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This is the second post in our series answering the question, “Have you heard anything back from your radio broadcasts in China?” Last week, we met Zhu He who was encouraged by what God had to say through one of our broadcasts.

This week we’ll meet another believer from Ningxia. Wu Xia hails from Ningxia and listens to our weekly broadcasts and had this to say about our programs:

“These programs spoke well. Things that I didn’t understand have been made clear now. We are all ordinary human. Let’s study the Bible together.”

One of our driving desires with these broadcasts is to deliver content that is compelling, biblical and clear. In a land with open opposition to the Gospel and cults that look and sound similar to Christianity we hope to bring clarity to those who are confused about Jesus, faith and eternity. So that, when eternity comes and we’re all a part of that beautiful vision in Revelation 7:9-10, we’ll see the fruit of our labor and God’s work in the hearts of our Chinese brothers and sisters.

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”” – Revelation 7:9-10

As always, thanks for your partnership in strengthening and equipping the Chinese church. We couldn’t do this without you!

Will you take 30 seconds right now to pray for Wu Xia?

  • Thank God for his faithfulness to Wu Xia
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to continue to illuminate the truths of Scripture to him.
  • Ask God to bring him a community in which he can study the Bible with others.

Our Listeners, In Their Own Words – Part 1

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Some of you have asked us the question, “Have you heard anything back from your radio broadcasts in China?” It’s a great question and one we’re excited to answer! Instead of answering the question ourselves, we’ll let our listeners answer in their own words. Over the next four weeks, we’ll share a few of the responses that were received from real listeners who listen faithfully to our shortwave radio broadcasts.

Today, our listener, Zhu He, hails from Ningxia, a primarily Muslim province within China. The believers in Ningxia not only contend with the secular humanism of China but also with the strong Muslim presence throughout the province. It’s in this context that Zhu He said:

“Keep Believing has given me very big help, making me understand much in the truth of faith.”

We know there are many others throughout Ningxia and the rest of China who contend daily with ideals and philosophies that are in direct conflict with the Word of God. We’re honored to support our brothers and sisters in China in their pursuit of Christ. It’s like the prophet Isaiah says:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10-11

The Word of God does not return void and Zhu He is just one of many examples of this truth. Thank you for partnering with us to reach Zhu He and there rest of China for the glory of God. We couldn’t do it without your prayers, encouragement and sacrificial giving.

Will you take 30 seconds right now to pray for Zhu He?

  • Thank God for his faithfulness to her.
  • Ask God to strengthen her faith.
  • As God to make her a witness to her lost Chinese brothers.

If you’d like to donate to our China ministry, click HERE.

Report from China – Wesley Wildmon

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! 

Wesley Wildmon lives in Tupelo, Mississippi and attends Mississippi State University. This is Wesley’s second missions trip, join him as he recounts meeting a house church pastor in a hotel room.

I am back home from China and could not be any more excited in what I experienced and could not be any more thrilled with the blessings that our trip to China will bring to the people we came in contact with.  This trip means so much in my everyday life and for what my future holds. Because you and other friends and family made this trip possible, I wanted to write you this brief letter and let you know what happened.

We serve a God who understands every language, different cultures and different races because he created them all. In the words of Dr. Ray Pritchard, who lead our trip, “The things that unite us are far better, more important and outweigh the things that divide us.” To hear testimonies in person from people that are being touched by Ray’s radio ministry in China via Trans World Radio was an immense blessing. The church of Jesus Christ is growing inside China despite being an atheistic country.

While in China, I wrote a personal journal each day. To give you sample, here is what I wrote on Day Four:

“We woke up in Xi’an and went to see the Terra-Cotta soldiers. Then we meet in secret (in a hotel) with Chinese Christians from all over China. I learned that for every 7,000 Christians there is only one bible teacher and he is most likely untrained, works at least two jobs because they get paid hardly anything (if anything) as a pastor. In that hotel room meeting, one guy who listens to Ray, in his early 20s, had a mother-in-law who was telling him to quit pastoring and get a job so they could afford to have a kid and begin a family with his newlywed. Then after she overheard him listening to Ray’s sermons that were translated (on the radio) she told him keep preaching and also placed her faith in Christ. She even told her son-in-law that she would try and pick up the slack so he could keep pastoring.

“Another guy who came to meet us was a school teacher who rode a bus 15 hours just to meet us at our hotel room. He too listened to Ray’s broadcast. We had to come into the hotel room two at a time so we did not become suspicious to government authorities. This man had shared about the Lord with two other teachers at school who overheard him listening to Keep Believing Ministries and they both came to faith in Christ and KBM has been their number one tool in their discipleship. It was a special night and sweet time in Xi’an.”

The one major thing that I learned from being with my Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ is that with all the reasons in the world to complain because of their persecution, government, etc. they never complained as if to say Gods grace is sufficient. They even went so far to not just avoid complaining, they were thankful for what they did have and that being their salvation. They were content with their salvation and you could see their joy stemmed from that. They understood that what made them weak is what also made them strong. This was hard to understand at first but brought to mind the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:1-10.

Well, that gives you a little taste of our time in China from my Journal. It was a true missions trip. Thanks so much for all your prayers and for being a part both in spirit and in truth in the movement of Jesus in China.

From Dallas To Jeju!

This is a busy time for Keep Believing Ministries!

Right now there are two teams from KBM ministering in Asia. One of the groups, led by Dr. Pritchard, is in China visiting with, praying with, and worshipping with the folks in China who listen to our broadcasts. The other team, myself and Vanessa, are in Jeju, South Korea teaching the book of 1st Peter at the Word of Life Bible Institute.

We arrived in Jeju last Saturday, I preached on Sunday, we did some sight seeing on Monday and then today we just finished our first two sessions on 1st Peter.

After two hours of teaching, we’re only to 1st Peter 1:13 — we’ve got quite a bit to cover between now and Friday. The students are fantastic, the food is fantastic, the campus is fantastic. Things are pretty fantastic.

Enjoy this short video of our time here so far!

Check back tomorrow for teaching updates and student interviews!

Mark