Ancient Chinese Proverb (Tut-Tut, 1095)
China, a place of variation and contradiction; a country vast in magnitude overflowing with incongruous standards and ways of life. The Lord has laid upon my heart, at this time, a burden to learn more about China. I may never serve there and I may never go there, but my heart is open to wherever the Lord leads.
China comes in at the fourth largest country, covering 3.7 million square miles, in the world, behind only the United States, Canada, and Russia, and is home to about one-fourth of the world’s population (British Museum) ("China Geography"). This vast country has a wide variety of terrains. Southern China is tropical. It is home to rainforests, giving it a warmer temperature base. Northwest China is arid in nature. Desert-like terrain characterizes this area. Extreme northeastern China has temperatures and terrain similar to that of Russia. Home to the Himalayas, western China has some of the highest altitudes in the world. Also in western China is its lowest point called the Turfan Depression which is over five hundred feet below sea level. Uneven plateaus, foothills, and mountains, these three physical features are very common in China covering about two-thirds of the landmass. There are a couple notable rivers in China as well. The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia, and the third-longest river in the entire world ("China Geography"). Another important river in China is the Yellow River, which deri...
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...joyed working with the English language here in the United States and may be able to use that skill in order to spend time in China. If I had the occasion to serve in China long-term, I would begin with a city ministry. Teaching English is an open door that I want to take advantage of in order to build relationships with the Chinese people and have the chance to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them!
I have been told, more than once, that serving in China is difficult and not something to be undertaken lightly, but as the Ancient Chinese Proverb states, “On occasions of great or difficult crisis, you see a man’s stature…” (Tut-Tut, 1096). If it is God’s will for me to serve in China, He will give me the “stature” to bear the hardships. God’s power is much stronger than mine, and reliance upon it will bring me through the direst of circumstances.
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