Misguided Identity Fraud

If there is one thing people fear, it is identity fraud and theft. Even here in China, identity theft is very real. There have been stories where one student will steal another high school kid’s identity and entrance exam scores. The thief then uses the stolen identity to...
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Sunday Wrap-Up: First Bible Study in Shanghai!

Had our first Bible study in our home! We had 11 people, double digits! We had a couple from the church in Dalian who were visiting in Shanghai come and bring two people. The others were members out of a church up in Harbin led by a Chinese pastor friend of ours. They moved here...
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How to Become a Christian According to a Registered Church (Part 3)

We have already seen part one, pray the decision prayer and part 2, receive baptism. But now we come to the third part of how to become a Christian according to a registered church. Follow the Bible’s teaching on life and become a true Christian By following the Bible’s...
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How to Become a Christian According to a Registered Church (Part 2 of 3)

According to the last post, the first step according to a registered church to become a Christian is to pray the “Decision Prayer”. As I previously stated, this first step sounds much like what you would read on many Gospel tracts. Although you could hope it to be clearer than it...
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How To Become a Christian According to a Registered Church (Part 1 of 3)

According to The Chinese Constitution, a Chinese person has freedom of religion. However, this freedom is limited to five religions: Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, and Protestantism. Not only are the choices limited, where they can worship is limited as well. China has...
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Theology of the Pond

  Recently, we had a group visit from the States visit our teammates and ourselves here in China. We had one of our assistant pastors from our home church, one of our deacons, and four young men who want to serve God. While they were here, we were pushing them to seriously...
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One Year of Chinese

This month officially puts one year of Chinese learning in the books. It has been an incredible year of learning and it is hard to believe we have come so far, but there is much more work to be done.   I do not think we can say it enough, but our internship really helped us...
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Dear Soon-to-Arrive Missionary

Dear soon-to-arrive missionary, I know you are excited about getting to the field. It is what drives you forward and keeps you going. You look forward to the next step, the new beginning, the new challenge. It’s been one year since we have landed on the field. Much has...
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From Crystal: All Is Not As It Seems

Maybe you have read those blog posts I have: “I’m awesome and here are ten things I do that make me awesome. If you follow these ten things, and with an insane amount of luck, you too, can be awesome like me!” As helpful as those posts can be, it is often more helpful...
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Understanding Buddhism: Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path

Buddhism’s primary goal is to help a person achieve enlightenment and thus escape the cycle of reincarnation. According to Buddhist beliefs, “The first teaching ever given by the Buddha was to five student monks in a deer park. The Buddha spoke of the Four Noble...
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