In my second visit to China, at the beginning of November, I had the opportunity to meet with Robin, our brother in the Lord who was instrumental in starting the audio Bible production and distribution, back in 2007. He shared a bit about the situation in the mainland and it seems he is sort of on the watch list, so he has to be careful. We talked about the old days, when we had more freedom to meet together in the golden age of the “House Church” – a blessed time. I also met with mr. Hao, our audio Bible developer. He was eager to meet us, and he was also hopeful we could place a large order of audio Bibles . Due to financial limitations, we could not place a large order, as we planned to, but we did place an order for 200 units, which we had promised to send to the blind people’s ministry in Kenya and a ministry in Congo. Also, we had some extra audio Bibles in Macau, and I brought them with me to China, in order to be shipped to Nairobi, and eventually sent to Tanzania, to the Masai ministry there. The images we received from our friend Jack, who works with the Masai, are very compelling and almost makes us feel like we live in a different planet.
We are thankful to be able to share resources with some ministries in Africa, as no matter how bad things are looking for us here, they are a shadow of the realities they face there. Another ministry we are trying to support, as much as possible, is Patrick’s mission with the peoples of East Africa, including Northern Mozambique. Funds are helpful, and we try to send some, but audio Bibles last longer and have a deeper impact. This seems to be an idea expressed by the leaders of those communities themselves.
We also received news and shocking images from Pakistan, where real persecution to Christians is taking place.
India and Sri Lanka are also in contact with us. They are very much in need of our prayers. They frequently asking for audio Bibles. We have encourafed Raj, our dear brother from India who works now with shipping from China, to help with the difficult task of bringing audio Bibles into these two countries. We hope this will succeed.
The audio Bible and the online Bible are really an answer to prayer in these difficult countries. In Pakistan, for example, we hear that they attack churches and burn Bible books. Also, having a personal Bible book is incriminating. A digital online access is much safer in the majority of situations. That could be one reason why we have so much online traffic from India, (and increasingly so from China).
Our online stats show the constant demand for Bibles, all over the world, as people seek guidance and encouragement in times of global crises:
The world is changing right in front of our eyes and as evil seems to thrive in world, with its cult of death, we also should abide more and more in the work of God, sharing and spreading the life that comes from Jesus’. “…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63) .
Thank you for your support and your prayers.