Dear Pastors, Partners, & Praying Friends,
Happy Chinese New Year! This time of the year the Chinese celebrate what is one of their largest holidays. Everyone gets time off work and school. Shops and restaurants close. People spend time with family. And fireworks seem to be ever crackling in the air.
It is during this time, especially on Chinese New Year we asked for churches and individuals to pray for the Chinese. Thank you to those who participated in the “Global Day of Prayer for the Chinese.” Next year this day will be held on January 23, 2012. Go ahead and put this on your calendar and plan to participate.
We have had a good start to the new year and I want to update you in a several areas and ask for your continued prayer.
Hong Kong & Shenzhen – We recently returned from a seven day trip Hong Kong and Shenzhen. We planned the trip for a visa run and was able to visit each of these places. Both were modern cities, one being in mainland China and the other outside the mainland. One has religious freedom and the other doesn’t. They speak different languages. Both need more Churches and missionaries. Pray for laborers.
Language School – In January we were able to take our first testing in Chinese. This helped us to identify our strengths and weaknesses and show the progress we have made over the past four months. We have a week break for the Chinese Holiday and will resume classes after that. Pray for our language abilities to increase.
Laborers Needed – We need more missionaries in China. We need more church planters in China. We need more Churches in China. The need is so great. This is a call for laborers! Let me challenge you to seek the Lord and ask if He would have you join us in this adventure to reach China with the Gospel. Will you be willing to put everything on the line and come and labour through language school to tell a lost and dying world about the Gospel? Will you glorify the God of heaven by allowing Him to accomplish His purpose through you? Consider your life! Pray!
Praises – In January we were also able to purchase a car, thanks to the gifts of many. It has made traveling around the city much easier. Also, we are continuing to see churches partnering with us and truly are blessed by their generosity.
Thank you for being a part of our team, Project China, with your prayers and financial support! We are humbled every time we hear of those praying for us, each month we see our support report, and simply being able to be on the front lines of what God is doing around the world!
The Tolson Family
Check out projectchina.org/blog to keep up with the Tolsons!