Dear (Bob and Sue),
Every day is a new, exciting adventure in China, and I’m eager to be back there! The Navigators gave the go-ahead (by faith) for me to purchase my one-way ticket, so on August 12 at 7:10a.m., I’ll be boarding a plane to China where I’ll study and serve for the next two years. I’m writing today to invite you to partner with me in my third missionary journey to this spiritually needy part of the world.
I think back to a Friday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. when my friend “Hua Xin” (changed for her protection) was taking me to the market. My body is plastered against the bus window, and I’m clutching the handle that hangs from the ceiling so I don’t fall over. Even if we did crash, I wasn’t going anywhere; I’m crammed in place by at least 50 Chinese people! All I can smell is a combination of sweat and Chinese food. The bus dodges potholes, swerves in and out of traffic, and since we’re in a large bus, the driver believes he owns the road. Every 10 seconds, the driver pounds his fist on the horn, blaring a warning for the others to get out of the way. After this ride, we had to jump on two more buses to get to the market.
Over all the commotion, Hua Xin leans over and yells into my ear, “I talked to my mom last night. I told her what I’ve been learning about in the ‘book.’” (That was our code word for the Bible.) “She’s angry with me. I have so much pressure on my heart from my parents.” She tells me how her parents want her to find a boyfriend, get married soon, get straight As, and train up to join the political party.
I can tell Hua Xin is really upset and that all I should do is listen. We get off the bus and wait at the next stop. “My mom says I shouldn’t waste my time reading the book and learning about the other God, because Buddha will take care of me.” Hua Xin looked straight in my eyes and asked, “Do you think this Jesus can help me?”
In order to keep reaching out to women like Hua Xin, I need to be in China.
Saying goodbye to this dear friend was one of the most difficult things in my life, and I never want to have to do that again. We still stay in contact through email, and I’ll get to see her when I return to China.
In order for me to move back to China, I need to God to provide an additional $1,953 in monthly financial support. These funds will help pay for my tuition (I’ll be a full-time student studying Chinese in order to get on campus and in the classrooms to meet students), my rent and living expenses, ministry expenses, and health insurance.
Would you pray about partnering with me in this ministry with a regular gift in the range of $75 to $150 a month? To get to China, I also need special gifts of $500, $1,000, or more to anchor the project. The amount and the frequency are up to you. All gifts will be cheerfully and gratefully received. I’ll phone you in the next 7 to 10 days to answer any questions you may have and to see how God is leading you regarding your giving decision. And I also want to hear how I can be praying for you.
Thank you in advance for whatever the Lord leads you to do. I can’t wait to send you updates about how God is working…in China!
再见 (Zaijian: See you later),
P.S. To give, please fill out the enclosed response card and return it with your check, payable to The Navigators,by May 5. The Navigators gave me special permission to buy my plane ticket early because of increasing airfare, but I need to be assured of full funding so I can complete the rest of my preparation and training and actually get on the plane.
(NOTE: Remember to include the Navigator logo, your first and last name, address, phone, and e-mail.)