Month: October 2020

Interview with Henry & Betsy

Henry and Betsy share their experiences of coming to Christ after their marriage, how they felt called to bring to gospel to unreached people after hearing just how many places the gospel has yet to go to. They share their experiences of mission in Mozambique, how many of their colleagues struggled with lack of training which caused them to set up Didasko.

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What do you want Jesus to do for you? | Mark 10:46-52

 

 

After many months away from Taiwan, Ross Paterson returns to The Hope Church in Taiwan to preach on the topic of 'What do you want Jesus to do for you?' from Mark 10: 46-52.

 

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

 

Mark 10: 46-52 NIV

 

 

 

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China's Relationship with India

China and India are two of the major regional powers in Asia. They are the two most populous countries and among the fastest growing major economies in the world. Growth in diplomatic and economic influence has increased the significance of their bilateral relationship. The modern relationship between China and India began in 1950 when India was among the first countries to end formal ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and recognise the People's Republic of China as the government of Mainland China.

But recent events have caused a recalibration between the two super-powers. The most obvious evidence of that is the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which is a notional demarcation line that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory in the Sino-Indian border dispute. The issue is a massive one - the entire disputed Sino-Indian border including the western Line of Actual Control is 4,056 km long. In June of this year 20 Indian troops, including a commanding colonel, were killed in hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley along the LAC. India and China have each now stationed tens of thousands of troops – backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets – in the region since the June battle, despite several rounds of talks. Analysts say both sides are digging in for a long, hard winter showdown.

Following the Galwan Valley clash, there were renewed calls across India to boycott Chinese goods. On 29 June, the Indian government banned 59 widely-used Chinese mobile phone and desktop applications. On 19 August, Times of India reported that the ministry of external affairs of India has been told that visas for Chinese businessmen, academics, industry experts, and advocacy groups will need prior security clearance. That is a major change given China’s significant involvement in India’s technological and pharmaceutical companies. China can be expected to roll out reciprocal measures.

Additionally, India remains concerned about China's strong strategic bilateral relations with Pakistan, and China's funding of separatist groups in Northeast India, while China has expressed concerns about Indian military and economic activities in the disputed South China Sea.

India is now seeking closer security ties with other countries who are also wary of China’s growing military power. Some of the Indian government’s recent strategic decisions may be an indication of a wholesale policy change towards Beijing. For a long time, India tended to appease China by taking a  sensitive and cautious approach. Now India is considering stronger ties with the US. There was also a recent surprise announcement that India would expand its trilateral naval exercises with the United States and Japan to include Australia (the group of 4 nations known as the Quad). That action is unusual given Australia’s current highly confrontational relationship with China. It was also reported that India was holding high-level defence and diplomatic dialogue with the US.

Experts said “the winds of policy change might be blowing in New Delhi.”

(Sources: Wikipedia; South China Morning Post; ThePress)

Prayer Points

  • Pray for wisdom for both the Indian and Chinese leaderships in their handling of relationships with each other.
  • Pray for both of these great nations, India and China, to find a fruitful and productive role as superpowers, especially in the region.
  • Pray for the soldiers involved on both sides in the stand-off on the Line Of Actual Control, as they face very difficult conditions in the extreme cold of winter, that Christians amongst them might be able to bring their fellow soldiers to faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
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Interview with James Goss

James Goss is interviewed by Christine Paterson about his experiences of ministry in China, Mongolia and his native Australia.

For more info on Mongolia Care visit their website: www.mongoliacare.org

For more on Chinese Church Support Ministries (CCSM): www.ccsm.amccsm.org

 

James Goss is an old friend and colleague of Ross and Christine Paterson, based in Perth. He used to run Chinese Church Support Ministries (CCSM - founded by Ross Paterson), but now works with Mongolia Care, as well as in end-of-life care in Perth, where he lives. In this interview, James shares stories from his years of mission in China and Mongolia - including an experience of being arrested by the authorities. He encourages us on the topic of heavenly authority, spiritual warfare and the importance of prayer.

 

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Textbook Lies

One of our China team members wrote these words to me recently: “Ross, I am really astonished at seeing these words.” She referred to text taken directly from a Mainland Chinese textbook entitled “Ethics And The Law”, issued to high school students. This book, sanctioned by at least a provincial education authority in China if not by a central authority, referred to John’s Gospel chapter 8. This passage of Scripture describes what happened when the Jewish religious authorities brought to Jesus a woman caught in adultery. They wanted her to be stoned to death and were testing Jesus. After Jesus had challenged them by inviting those who were without sin in their lives to pick up the first stone, one by one they left. Then the Scriptural record says: “And Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’”

However the Chinese textbook, claiming to be using the words of the Bible, writes these words as if they came from John chapter 8: ”When the others had departed, Jesus stoned the woman to death and said: I am also a sinner. If the law can only be executed by a man who has no sin in his life, then the law itself will die.”

The Chinese authorities have discussed the last few years a plan to "sinicize the Bible", “a process intended to shape religious traditions and doctrine to better conform with Chinese society and the Chinese Communist Party objectives”. We do not know if this is part of that approach or a separate perversion of the truth.

We should pray in four ways:

  1. Pray for those responsible for these blasphemous words. Such actions leave the writers in a very dangerous place before the Lord, and thus our attitude should be to cry out to Him for mercy on them. Revelation 22:18-19 says: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Mark 9:42 is also relevant, given that the text book is written for young people: “And whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on Me to stumble, it were better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.”
  2. Pray also for teachers and students who are Christians, that if they are involved in classes where these words are taught they might have courage and wisdom. Pray that they might be able to say that these are not the words of the Christian Bible.
  3. Pray also for students hearing these words, that they might be provoked into finding out what the Bible actually says rather than being deceived by these false words.
  4. Pray also that there should not be more examples of this kind of writing in Chinese textbooks.
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