Here's a (slightly edited) update from our good friend Denny Green, sharing some of his experiences during the last 10 days of travel and Gospel seed-sewing: Please continue to pray for Gabriel and I as we distribute Gospel literature in northwestern China. Most days include many hours of bus rides and not much sleep. Much literature is going out so pray for those who read it. All has been going well. Two nights ago, Gabriel and I were [distributing tracts in] lots of dark alleys in an area with much housing. After we had worked for approx. 2 hours, we walked toward the end of one of the alleys and a man and woman turned into the end that we were heading toward. We turned around and headed in the opposite direction. The couple followed us out to the main street. We crossed the street and [the man] began to yell at us. We ignored and after a while crossed to the other side again. They followed. We jumped in a cab and went about 4 or 5 blocks before getting out to continue our work. After about ten minutes we noticed that a cab was slowly following us at a distance. We turned a corner and then down an alley and the cab followed. We walked past a road obstruction and the couple got out of the cab to follow us on foot again. We jumped in another cab and as we pulled away, the couple jumped into a cab to pursue. With a little distance between us, the pursuing cab didn't see us do a U-turn around a corner and head back toward them. We passed them and directed the cab to our hotel where we quickly hopped out and entered without being seen. All praise to YHWH for His protection and help! For China and the Savior who spilled His blood for her, Denny http://www.lifeandlibertyministries.comhttp://www.remnantbooks.org





Second, during the past 4-5 months, while in the midst of teaching full-time in China, then traveling around the world, and trying to raise my family, I have also been officially enrolled full time in online classes at Liberty University Online. This first semester is coming to an end on Friday. I just spent 7 hours this morning (500-Noon) finishing last week's homework before the weekly deadline. So that has been an added dimension to our lives since January 18th of this year. I won't be taking any classes this summer, but then i'll be back taking a full load of classes again in the fall (although probably at Luther-Rice University, not Liberty). I am hoping to finish a bachelors degree in the next 2-3 years so that I can teach at the University level here in China in the future. This will open quite a few more doors for us. Thanks to a grant I am receiving, this degree is going to cost me almost nothing. I truly thank God for that!







Gospel Help for the Yushu Earthquake
Posted in To the Ends of the Earth by Brother Eugene on 4/19/2010

This is a guest post by Paul Hattaway, director of Asia Harvest and author of numerous books including ¨Operation China¨, which details all of China´s 500+ people groups. We support their ministry and recommend supporting their current earthquake relief work among the unreached Northern Kham Tibetans of Yushu! They will not only share aid, but share the Gospel as well!
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Dear Friends,

No doubt you have heard about the huge earthquake that struck a remote area of Qinghai Province, northwest China, last Wednesday.
The damage is centered on the town of Yushu, home to 85,000 people (see picture taken before the quake). More than 90% of the buildings in Yushu have collapsed. The latest reports from China have the death toll at almost 2,000, with many people still missing. The area has experienced more than 1,200 aftershocks in the last five days.
It is hard to imagine a more difficult and remote location for such a disaster to strike. Many of the villages that have been devastated lie at high altitude, and temperatures are below freezing at night. Some of the Chinese soldiers that were sent to help in Yushu have suffered from potentially-fatal altitude sickness. This part of China is home to the Northern Khampa Tibetan people. Most of them lead nomadic lives, herding sheep, yaks and goats on the plateau. In the past we have written about this unreached group in our prayer books. Here is a link to one of our profiles on the Northern Khampa people: http://asiaharvest.org/pages/profiles/china/chinaPeoples/K/Khampa,%20Northern%20(B).pdf
Within hours of the earthquake striking, a team of Chinese and a few foreign Christians travelled to the disaster zone to help. Most of these believers were involved with the earthquake relief efforts in Sichuan Province in 2008. The combination of their loving help and bold witness for Jesus Christ saw thousands of people in Sichuan come to faith in the living God.
In Yushu they have initially provided blankets and warm coats to the people, and now they have put together 500 emergency aid kits to help the worst-affected families. The kits include:
1 Solar panel and battery lighting system and USB charger (pictured below)
1 USB heated blanket
10 pound (5kg) bag of rice
1 liter of cooking oil
1 First aid kit with guaze, medicine, and bandages
1 cooking pan
external image panel.1.jpgEach kit costs $100 for the items and delivery into the hands of the most needy families in Yushu Prefecture.
If you would like to help with the urgent need to provide emergency aid kits your donation would be greatly appreciated. You can do so either by donating by credit card to the Asia Disaster Relief fund on our secure website: http://asiaharvest.org/pages/projects.html, via Paypal (our address is paypal@asiaharvest.org) or by sending a gift by post, with a note that it is for the Asia Disaster Relief fund, to any of the Asia Harvest addresses listed at the bottom of this message.
If you are familiar with our work you will know that 100% of gifts to the Asia Disaster Relief fund will go directly to the need. Not a cent will be deducted for administration or any other expense. We cover such expenses ourselves as it is the least we can do during such a time of need. All donations in the United States are tax-deductible.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at this email address.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would be interested in praying or helping. Please pray for the Northern Khampa and all people affected by this earthquake. Pray the Lord Jesus will be lifted up in this needy area, so many people will gain help not only physically but also spiritually.
For the Lord of the Harvest,
Paul Hattaway

www.asiaharvest.org

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Please Pray for Golden Dragon Monastery


external image remote.nq.monastery.jpgPlease help us to pray for this small community, which is part of the very remote Golden Dragon (Tibetan Buddhist) Monastery hidden in the mountains of western China.
I first stumbled upon this monastery in April of 2006, when travelling by motorcycle with a couple other short-term missionaries through a very remote region of east-central Tibet. On that short visit to this monastery, which sits perched on this remote mountain-side, we were able to plant numerous seeds in the form of Tibetan-language Bibles and other literature. I also remember well a conversation I had with a young monk about who the Creator of the Universe is and how important it is to know Truth. He had learned some Mandarin Chinese (as opposed to his native Tibetan) from some Buddhist missionaries from Taiwan. I share this with you because this place is on my heart right now. Hopefully, I will soon be able to post a blog with the complete story surrounding my first visit to this place. It was one of the wildest, scariest, and coldest trips of my life! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This is a slightly edited version of something I originally posted back on September 16, 2008









Here's the basic info for a mid-term missions opportunity that we've been thinking about trying to implement recently. It would be great to receive some feedback on this idea!

China Challenge
Travel to more than 100 cities in 11 provinces in 11 months.
Learn to read, speak, and write Chinese naturally, through immersion

Share the Gospel every day using English and Chinese (after a few months)

Personally deliver thousands of Bibles and tracts to Christians and the unreached

Evangelize Chinese Muslims & other upgs who live scattered throughout China

Blog about each city visited to raise more prayer support and more laborers

Pray and fast for China while living and traveling and ministering in China!
Each team of 2-4 people would visit 10 different provinces for about 1 month at a time, and all teams would travel to Tibet together mid-way through the year for fellowship and debrief and more strategic ministry.
Total cost would amount to about $10/day for 12 months ($3600) plus $1000 airfare and $400 visa fees ($1400) for a total of about: $5000
Please write me anytime (eugene at cotse dot net) if you'd be interested in a "challenge" such as this one! Here are the three projected routes that teams would take during their 11 month challenge:
Western Route: (10 provinces + Tibet)
external image i-china-map.gifGansu
Ningxia
Xinjiang
Qinghai
Sichuan
Yunnan
Guangxi
Hainan
Guizhou
Chongqing
Northeastern Route:
(10 provinces + Tibet)
Beijing
Tianjin
Hebei
Shanxi
Shaanxi
Inner Mongolia
Heilongjiang
Jilin
Liaoning
Shandong
Southeastern Route: (10 provinces + Tibet)
Shanghai
Jiangsu
Anhui
Henan
Hubei
Hunan
Guangdong
Jiangxi
Fujian
Zhejiang







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1 Posted by Denny Green on 2/13/2010 2:39:52 AM

Can I go! Can I go! Pleeeaaassseee!2 Posted by Eugene on 2/13/2010 8:01:15 AM

You've got quite a few children God just might send our way someday! I just had dinner with the oldest!

For His Glory,

Eugene3 Posted by Drew Mery on 4/10/2010 4:13:24 PM

When do you plan on doing this trip?4 Posted by Eugene on 4/10/2010 7:24:38 PM

I´ve already done something quite like it way back in 2003. I´m just throwing it out there to see if I get any real response to it. So far, the response has been relatively minimal. Just a few people saying it sounds interesting. We´ll see what happens...5 Posted by Drew Mery on 4/10/2010 7:45:43 PM

Thanks for the email. I'll be sure to check back daily to see if you have any updates about it. If you want, I can post something about it on my blog as well.6 Posted by Terrye Shirley on 4/11/2010 6:22:52 AM

Though I will not be able to travel on such a journey, I will certainly be praying for you as you go. My daughter was born in Guangxi, China 5 1/2 years ago, and I pray every day that her birth=parents will be recipients of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for putting feet to my prayers.7 Posted by jing wang on 5/29/2010 6:13:42 PM

it surprised me to see someone had come up with this daring, bold, interesting plan; and it suprised to see that not many people showed interest in it...

how was your trip? was it successful?

this website came up randomly while i was searching for the poorest villages in china.

i am a chinese who has spent the past nine years in london, studied, worked, lived, now wanted to contribute a little to my mother land.

keep me updated.

jing



A week ago today, I had the opportunity to visit the Boyu Tibetans, a very small unreached people group that exists in a remote valley in northwest China. The total population for the group is only around 4,000 or so people. They live in a few scattered villages along a very rutted out road near the end of a 25 mile long valley. external image jzg.1.jpgMy goal in visiting this small, almost unknown people group, was to try to find out if there are any Christians among them (or living in nearby towns) as well as to get an idea how the Boyu live and what language(s) they currently use at home and in their trade with surrounding (mostly Chinese) towns and counties. I was also determined to make the most of my visit by trying to share the Gospel with somebody! Well, I am thankful to God to be able to report that although I did not locate or find any information about Christians among the Boyu, one Boyu man in particular did hear the Gospel and receive a Chinese New Testament (which he is able to read). A number of other people in the main Boyu village will also eventually read the tracts that we left behind for them to find after we had left. I learned that the Boyu still speak their own unique dialect of Tibetan at home, but most are bilingual in the regional dialect of Mandarin Chinese as well. This is good news because it means external image jzg.2.jpgpeople (that's the biggest problem! who is going to spend any time there!!!???) can begin to share the Gospel immediately with the Boyu Tibetans using Chinese. It's hard to say precisely, but I think it would be very, very difficult for a missionary like myself to learn to speak the Boyu Tibetan dialect fluently at this stage, primarily because the Boyu have long been accustomed to speaking Chinese to any outsiders. There would be almost NO opportunities for someone to even begin to learn and practice speaking that dialect. I think that Chinese will most likely be the language that God uses to bring the first Boyu to Christ. Hopefully then that person would then be able to communicate the Gospel in the native language (heart language) to the rest of the Boyu people. As a side note, we also discovered a nearby town that is almost entirely populated by Chinese Muslims. This was a surprise, because we didn't know there were any Chinese Muslims in that region at all. As we drove through that town on our way out of the rural valley, we stopped for a few moments to talk to some Muslim guys on the side of the road. A short conversation ensued where I was able to explain the Gospel and give a Chinese New Testament to a young Muslim man who had just finished worshipping at the local mosque. Praise God for these kinds of divine appointments! Please pray for the Boyu Tibetans as well as the Muslims of China (of which there are 10s of millions)! Pray that we would be bold as we share the Gospel and full of grace towards all men!
(I'm sorry that there are no actual pictures of the Boyu Tibetan valley at the moment. My friend took the pics with his camera and he's currently travelling in another province! The pictures above are of another, more scenic, nearby valley that is also home to unreached Tibetans.)


The Doors Are Open


Posted in To the Ends of the Earth by Brother Eugene on 1/4/2010
UPDATE: I've posted an update of my trip to visit the Boyu Tibetans. Find it here.------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please pray for us! In the next few days I'll be visiting an unreached Tibetan people group (Tibetan, Boyu) for the first time.

external image hilltopshrineandridgetopmonastery.jpgAccording to Joshua Project, there has never been any work done or any Christians among these people. I am hoping to find that the Chinese believers have begun working in the region. We will see.

Either way, I will arrive there and begin researching and sharing the Gospel as of about Noon on Thursday, China Time (Wednesday, 10 pm Central Time).

If you are discovering this blog for the first time (very likely, as this is not a highly trafficked blog!), please know that we have numerous opportunities available in our region of China for work to begin among completely unreached people groups! We desperately need laborers! The doors ARE OPEN!

All to the glory of Jesus Christ,

Eugene

e-mail: eugene@cotse.net
twitter: @chinaadventures




My Burden for the Truly Unreached

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Posted in To the Ends of the Earth by Brother Eugene on 12/17/2009


external image rural.chinese.muslim.jpgAfter spending my first 3 years as a Christian in the States involved in tons of personal evangelism and now after having spent nearly 7 years living in some of the most Gospel-deprived regions in the world, I am very frustrated by the amount of Gospel preaching that takes place in the West compared to the complete ignorance of the Gospel that exists all around me over here.

Let me explain myself a little better. Although it seems that the laborers are so very few even in America, it is impossible to even compare the amount of Gospel-knowledge available to the average American with the utter lack of the Gospel found in certain areas around the world.

external image souls2.jpgI happen to live in one of those places. In brief, within a few hundred miles of where I am sitting right now, there are millions of Tibetan Buddhists and Chinese Muslims scattered throughout tens of thousands of towns and villages. The vast majority of these people have never heard anything true about Christianity, and (with the exception of just a handful) the villages have never, in the history of mankind, been graced by the presence of a minister of the Gospel.

The lack of the Gospel in this place is overwhelming and I truly believe that God will call more people out into these far flung corners of the world if only they have the chance to hear about the need and are shown how they can do something about it.

external image day_in_the_life_of_an_unreached_town.jpgI simply want to encourage the Western Church to wake up and realize that dozens of regions around the world are still completely devoid of the Gospel AND most of these places are difficult places for even 'native missionaries' to work. It is going to take people like you and me (ie, Western, cross-cultural missionaries) to be sent to go and learn these languages and share the Gospel with these people.

For instance, the large number of Christians in China are primarily located in the eastern half of the country and their culture is radically different from that of the Tibetans and Chinese Muslims. Much of the time, Western missionaries do a better job of reaching out to these minorities than do the Chinese, especially with the raciscm that exists in China and the recent wars that the minorities have often fought against the ruling Chinese.

I hope I have explained my burden clearly enough. Please let me know if anybody has any thoughts, comments, or questions. For God's glory, we want to see more laborers raised up to reach these millions with the Gospel! How to contact me: E-mail: eugene@cotse.net
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1 Posted by Adam Leu on 5/8/2008 12:51:53 AM

Great post! It is amazing to see the stark difference between the west and here. We take for granted the abundance of resources in the west. My wife and I are living in southern China and keep up with your blog. You hadn't posted for awhile and I was wondering how thing were going there with all that's been going on. Maybe someday we'll try to make it up to see you guys!2 Posted by Brother Eugene on 5/8/2008 1:29:07 AM

Thanks! I am glad that somebody is reading this blog. How did you find our blog anyways?

3 Posted by Deb W on 12/15/2009 11:07:02 PM

Hi Eugene! I have two 19 year old homestay students from China living with me in the U.S. They are both from village areas and have never been exposed to anything about the gospel before coming here.

It was amazing to speak with someone who has had no exposure to the things of God or Jesus Christ. It's hard not to have this be a huge burden on my heart!

Thanks for your service for the Lord's kingdom. Blessings in Christ,

Deb4 Posted by Brother Eugene on 12/16/2009 9:53:18 PM

Thanks for your words of encouragement, Deb! And God bless you in your ministry to the young Chinese students!5 Posted by SR on 12/31/2009 9:25:44 PM

John Piper just read this moments ago to a 1600 CCC college students in Mpls6 Posted by Tim on 12/31/2009 10:24:52 PM

I was just going to tell you about John piper but SR beat me to it. It's truely amazing the heart that some of these students have for foreign minestry and I want you to know that you and all of the people in eastern china are in our prayers.7 Posted by Noel on 1/4/2010 4:57:32 PM

Sorry for the comment misfires. Problem with trying to write on my mobile. Just wanted to let you know my husband read this today to hundreds of college students--maybe a couple thousand--in a breakout at Passion 2010. Now your address has been tweeted n retweeted. Hope that's ok.8 Posted by Eugene on 1/4/2010 6:29:03 PM

Thanks, Noel!

I'm on twitter too (@chinaadventures) and I see a lot of what's happening in these conferences. I only wish I could be there every now and then in person. The fellowship is probably amazing!

Praise God for answering our prayers and raising up God-centered laborers to reach the nations!9 Posted by Eugene on 1/4/2010 7:03:30 PM

Please pray for us! In the next few days I'll be visiting an unreached Tibetan people group (Tibetan, Boyu) for the first time.

According to Joshua Project, there has never been any work done or any Christians among these people. I am hoping to find that the Chinese believers have begun working in the region. We will see.

Either way, I will arrive there and begin researching and sharing the Gospel as of about Noon on Thursday, China Time (Wednesday, 10 pm Central Time).

If you are discovering this blog for the first time (very likely, as this is not a highly trafficked blog!), please know that we have numerous opportunities available in our region of China for work to begin among completely unreached people groups! We desperately need laborers! The doors ARE OPEN!

All to the glory of Jesus Christ,

Eugene

eugene@cotse.net
@chinaadventures10 Posted by noel on 1/6/2010 7:22:35 PM

I assume you saw this Twitter mention, referring to the letter read at Passion 2010:
christensnavely
4:06pm, Jan 06 from Web
thankful to @NoelPiper for the letter from @chinaadventures read Monday. God is using it HUGELY in our lives. Praying for sure...11 Posted by Eugene on 1/7/2010 10:20:39 AM

Thanks Noel! Yes, I did see it and I'm so encouraged that God is raising up more laborers and senders. We pray and trust that God hears those prayers for more workers, but its such a blessing to be able to SEE him working!
12 Posted by jamie on 1/7/2010 2:30:24 PM

God Bless you in your work. I have a heart for the unreached of the world, but with a young family am not able to go right now. I want my life to count for the spread of the gospel in the world, and am inspired by men like you who are living the adventure. Keep going hard for Christ, and may God bless your work!13 Posted by Elizabeth on 1/8/2010 11:23:02 PM

Hi Eugene! I also heard your blog mentioned by John Piper at Passion, and from the blog name, hoped you were with AIM! I just got back from the World Race. I sympathize with the burden you feel, it is one that has also brought me to tears. While we were in China, I felt the Lord especially burdening my heart for Tibetan people. Know that I'm praying big prayers over you, and the presence of the Lord that you carry in that place. When I was there a woman who didn't know English came to know Jesus just by LOOKING at me...praying you will see the Holy Spirit move in similar ways!14 Posted by Rishel on 1/13/2010 12:55:19 AM

Thanks for posting this very important need. Yes, there is indeed a great imbalance in the way the Gospel is being preached around the world. So many missionaries are working in areas wherein "Christ has already been named."

I am convinced that our sovereign God has called me to minister to the unreached and I am preparing myself for this future ministry by God's grace. Please include me in your prayers as the vision for the unreached Tibetans continue to burn in my heart. I have been praying for this since 2003 and I am excited on how God will unfold His working in my life and in the lives of the lost. Glory be to God!15 Posted by Karen on 1/18/2010 12:50:12 AM

You and your family are in my prayers daily. Remember it is Gods' work....you do sound like W.W. and I love you all the more for it...your sister in Christ16 Posted by Wendy Morales on 1/23/2010 10:04:35 PM

What a powerful post. I would love to hear more about the trials and tribulations you face sharing the gospel in your area of China, if you are able to mention them. We will have the Liberty University Online ministry team praying for you and your family and that God blesses your efforts in sharing the message of Jesus Christ in China!


Midnight Chase in China http://china.myadventures.org/?last=1/4/2010&uid=71073


Posted in To the Ends of the Earth by Brother Eugene on 11/9/2009
Here's a (slightly edited) update from our good friend Denny Green, sharing some of his experiences during the last 10 days of travel and Gospel seed-sewing: Please continue to pray for Gabriel and I as we distribute Gospel literature in northwestern China. Most days include many hours of bus rides and not much sleep. Much literature is going out so pray for those who read it. All has been going well. Two nights ago, Gabriel and I were [distributing tracts in] lots of dark alleys in an area with much housing. After we had worked for approx. 2 hours, we walked toward the end of one of the alleys and a man and woman turned into the end that we were heading toward. We turned around and headed in the opposite direction. The couple followed us out to the main street. We crossed the street and [the man] began to yell at us. We ignored and after a while crossed to the other side again. They followed. We jumped in a cab and went about 4 or 5 blocks before getting out to continue our work. After about ten minutes we noticed that a cab was slowly following us at a distance. We turned a corner and then down an alley and the cab followed. We walked past a road obstruction and the couple got out of the cab to follow us on foot again. We jumped in another cab and as we pulled away, the couple jumped into a cab to pursue. With a little distance between us, the pursuing cab didn't see us do a U-turn around a corner and head back toward them. We passed them and directed the cab to our hotel where we quickly hopped out and entered without being seen. All praise to YHWH for His protection and help! For China and the Savior who spilled His blood for her, Denny http://www.lifeandlibertyministries.comhttp://www.remnantbooks.org


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Posted in Day by Day by Brother Eugene on 4/16/2009

It has ben a little more than a month since I last posted an update on this blog. Things have been busier than I had expected, and look to be even busier in the month to come. Here are a few highlights from the past month: external image ariel.bday.jpg- Ariel turned 2 on March 26th. We had a birthday party with a bunch of our friends and coworkers. She is a beautiful young girl who looks and acts quite a bit older than a (barely!) 2 year old, especially when compared to her older brother. Gabriel and Ariel are very nearly the same size, and Ariel is not far behind Gabriel (who is 15 months older) in speech and other cognitive abilities. (Ariel has her mouth full of a special Brazilian chocolate candy in the above picture) external image english.teacher.jpg- I have been teaching English on the weekends at two local English schools. These are private schools who offer classes on weekends and during the summer and winter holiday seasons to students who want to learn more advanced English. It has been fun teaching, and the work is currently providing for our family's residence permits to live in this city, as well as extra cash to help cover the cost of living in this larger city. (Which is a huge blessing especially now that we have our 3rd child!)
As I mentioned above, things are looking to be extremely busy in the coming month. Along with teaching English on the weekends, and my wife studying Chinese during the week, and taking care of our 3 kids, we are going to have a total of 35-40 visitors coming through town between April 20-May 20. We will be helping to facilitate these people's journeys through our area and on into more unreached towns in surrounding regions. Please keep us, and them, in your prayers!



I'm a racist, I suppose. http://china.myadventures.org/?last=11/16/2008&uid=42080


Posted in Day by Day by Brother Eugene on 11/11/2008


I just read something at The Thirsty Theologian blog that I heartily agree with. It is something that has passed through my mind at some point or another in the past few weeks, but I have not been able to articulate it. Well, The Thirsty Theologian has done a good enough job that I thought I'd share his (and mine) thoughts with you. He writes (click here to read the original blog):

I'm a racist, I suppose.

I am not the least bit excited that Obama is black. I couldn't care less. I don't think this is a wonderful day in American history because we have elected a black President. This in no way indicates any improvement in "race" relations. The very fact that people are making a big deal about it proves that. The fact that vast numbers of people, by their own admission, voted for Obama because of his color, and that others who could not vote for him wish that they could have because of his color tells me that color holds a place of significance that it should not. When the day comes when people no longer speak of "race" at all, especially as a factor in making choices between individuals, then I will recognize that something important has happened. I do not think of Obama as a black man. I think of him as an extraordinarily evil man. There's nothing exciting about that.






Lamb Over Me http://china.myadventures.org/?last=10/16/2008&uid=40458


Posted in Biblical Evangelism by Brother Eugene on 9/29/2008


I just found out that Tony the Lawman, who is the director of the Ambassadors' Academy that I just finished attending, wrote about me in his blog on Sunday. I have posted his full article below. ----
external image lamboverme.jpgThis is my brother in Christ, Benjamin. He and his wife and children are missionaries in Tibet. They have been there for five years. Prior to that, Benjamin served as a missionary in South America, where he met his future bride. When in Tibet, Benjamin goes by the moniker **Brother Eugene**. In addition to English, Benjamin is fluent in both Spanish and Chinese.

One of the many things I love about leading the Ambassadors' Academy is getting to meet so many interesting and diverse brothers and sisters in Christ, from literally around the world. I love the creative and innovative ways they share the gospel. I have yet to lead an academy in which I haven't learned something from one or more of the participants. Ambassadors' Academy #6 was no exception.

One way Benjamin communicated the gospel this weekend was by positioning himself in a place where people would see him as they walked by. Using a dry erase board, Benjamin would sit and write out Bible verses in Chinese. The fascinating characters of the Chinese written language would catch the attention of people. When they stopped to inquire about what Benjamin was doing, he would first read the verse in Chinese and then translate it into English, thus providing him with a springboard into spiritual conversations.

In the above photo, Benjamin is displaying the Chinese characters for a very important word: "righteous." Even more fascinating than the characters themselves is what each character represents.

On the dry erase board in the picture, there are characters that represent two different words, which together comprise one word. The characters are separated by a horizontal line. Many of the words in Chinese are a combination of two or more words.

The top character in the picture represents the word "lamb." The bottom word represents the word "me." The compound word is pronounced "ee" (as in "me"). The Chinese word for "righteous" is "lamb over me." Amazing!

God is sovereign over His creation. In the early generations of mankind, the people tried to exert their independence from God and to engage in the idolatry of self by erecting the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). In response God confused the people by creating many different languages and by dispersing them. As a result, the sovereignty of God and His plan of redemption for members of the human race can now be seen in the intricacies of the Chinese language.

The Chinese word for "righteous" is packed with biblical theology. "Lamb over me." Do you hear it? Do you see it?

The Bible makes it clear that there is none who is righteous (Romans 3:10-12). Only God is good (Matt. 19:17). Even on our best day, all of our deeds are like filthy garments to the Holy One who created the universe (Isa. 64:6). All have sinned and have fallen short of God's glory (Rom. 3:23). And all sin is against God (Psalm 51:3-4).

If you are reading this and you are not sure what sin is, the Bible defines sin as transgression of God's Law (Rom. 4:15; James 2:10). And what is the Law of God? Here is a sampling. Don't lie. Don't steal. Don't take God's name in vain. Don't commit adultery.

If you have ever lied, stolen, taken God's name in vain, or looked at another person and had a lustful thought then according to God's standard you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. When you die and stand before God to be judged (Heb. 9:27), He will find you guilty of breaking His Law, and you will one-day be eternally punished when He sentences you to hell (Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8).

God has provided but one way of escape from His just and holy wrath--the wrath every person deserves for breaking God's Law. The provision was and is a spotless, sinless Lamb (John 1:27; 1 Cor. 5:7; Rev. 5:12). Jesus Christ (fully God and fully man), the Lamb of God, suffered and died on the cross--taking upon Himself the punishment every person rightly deserves for breaking God's Law. He allowed His blood to be shed for those who would repent and believe the Gospel. Three days after shedding his innocent blood He rose from the dead, forever defeating death.

Before going to the cross, Jesus told a man named Nicodemus the following. "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). In order to receive the free gift of eternal life, in order to have the blood of the Lamb cover and wash away your sin, you must be born again. And the first fruits of that salvation, the first evidence that God has miraculously intervened on your behalf is that you will, by faith and by faith alone, repent (turn away from and forsake your sins) and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

"Lamb over me": the judicial act by which God declares a sinner righteous--not on the basis of anything the sinner has done to earn or deserve God's gracious pardon (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7), but because God causes the sinner to be born again (1 Peter 1:3) and thus covering and washing the sinner clean with the precious blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ the Righteous One.

If God, by His sovereign and perfect will, causes you to be born again then when you stand before God, instead of receiving what you deserve for breaking God's Law (eternity in hell), you will receive what you do not deserve, which is grace and mercy and everlasting life. When you stand before God He will see you covered in the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ, instead of seeing you clothed in your unrighteousness.

Your only hope for eternal life is to have the Lamb of God and His precious blood over you. Repent and believe the Gospel.