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Looking down at my watch and then back at my boarding pass it became clear that we would not be making our connecting flight. The first leg of our journey home had been delayed 30 minutes due to air traffic. After sitting on the tarmac for two hours our group had accepted the fact that we would probably remain in East Asia for a little while longer. After landing and sprinting through the terminal we arrived at the check-in counter as our plane ride back to the states had just taken off. Disappointed but determined that God was not done with us yet our leaders quickly sprung into action securing us the next available flights and a place to sleep for two more nights. What impressed me the most was how our group responded to the adversity. No complaint was heard, rather quite the contrary. A buzz rang out among the group that since we would remain here for another two days it would give us a chance to visit the Great Wall. It was also spoken that maybe God wasn’t quite finished with us in East Asia yet. What a perfect way to end the trip. The opportunity to see one of the seven wonders of the world, and to continue to show God’s love in East Asia. I don’t even know where to begin my story of what God has done through and within our group on this trip. I know personally that these past 10 days have been an opportunity to refocus and shed distractions that so easily entangle us in everyday life. Just before I left for China, one of my best friends Tyson Lee, shared a verse with me that has become my life verse during this trip. It’s found in Acts 20:24. Luke writes “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” These past 10 days has allowed me to focus in on the most important task and calling of being a believer, sharing the good news of Jesus. I can’t thank my parents, the Fairview family, and our entire team for their love and support during this trip. The opportunity to be the hands and feet is something that I encourage everyone who has the chance to go and do. God will show up and use you and you will be blessed in so many ways. Thank you again to the Fairview family for the support you give to mission teams, which allow us to spread the good news to people groups who have never heard the gospel.
From Kent Walker
We have had an amazing start to our mission trip to East Asia. Although it took us 36 hours to get here, all the team would agree that is was worth whatever time it took. I have been blessed with the special privilege to share the Gospel with the people after they receive their medical care. Although it is hard to believe, many of these people have never heard of Jesus and they have been taught from birth that there is no God. They are taught that science alone explains the creation of the world and that the only thing that matters is leaving a better world for their children. Most are Atheists that believe there is nothing after death. It reminds me of the passage that the harvest is ready but the laborer’s are few. I am so thankful that Fairview has a heart for missions and that we are part of the laborer’s God is using. I am so thankful for the prayer warriors that have prayed for us and this mission trip. You are just as big of a laborer as those of us who travel. We could not accomplish anything without God’s power being with us and we know that you have been faithful in prayer and we see God’s hand move here among these people.
There is nothing that compares to the experience of sharing the Gospel and having the person’s face light up when you share the wonderful love that God has for them. One of the highlights I will always treasure was seeing a man today in his 70’s break into a smile and when I asked him if he would like to accept Jesus as his Savior and Lord. We were able to give him a Bible and he walked away a new creature in Christ Jesus. In the last two days we have seen over 25 people of all ages give their heart to Christ – God loves his people and the Holy Spirit is working here in a powerful way.
We also had the opportunity to worship today with the Christian brothers and sisters in the city we are working in. It was so special to hear them sing, read scripture, and pray in their native language. They have a zeal and a passion that the church in America once had. We went to encourage them but it was really us who walked away encouraged and challenged to realize how special that coming together as a body of believers really is.
Please pray that God will continue to pour out His Spirit on the people as we conduct the medical clinics this week. Pray that our team will stay healthy and that the enemy will be bound and that many more souls will be added to His Kingdom.
The blog updates from East Asia are in code due to restrictions in the area where the team is serving. However, it should not take you long to decipher what they are saying. Please continue to keep them in your discussions with the Father.
Brother Breck sends the following:
Greetings from East Asia! After 36 hours of travel time that included a single 14 hour plane ride we arrived at our destination. We were all exhausted but also encouraged. We arrived around midnight local time and drove a couple of hours to our hotel in the city where we would be working. Our first day was filled with preparation. We met our translators from the local community. Many of them were members of the family, others were not. That is exciting! All week long as we share about the Father we will have students from the local university around us hearing His story as well. Please talk to Dad about them specifically.
Yesterday we split into two teams and saw over 100 in our medical and eye clinics. We helped them with their physical needs and helped them learn about our family and our Father. We were so blessed to see several become a part of the family!!! Continue to talk to Dad about our needs. Today we will be meeting with different family groups around the city to learn about them and how their work is going.
The culture here is vastly different from America. However, the people are the same as us. They work hard, love their families, and are hungry for the truth and peace that we know. Continue to talk to Dad for us and our family in East Asia.
The East Asia mission team safely landed around 3:30 this morning Fairview time.