When the door closed for us in China, God opened another in Tel Aviv to work through God’s Plan for His Disciples (GPHD) and God’s Plan for His Church (GPHC) with Chinese brothers and sisters from there. We were also able to meet with a Chinese House Church and a traditional Church, making many connections with various Chinese leaders who were involved with several universities as students and teachers along with some migrant workers. They are working through GPHD and Lord willing, Tim plans on a follow-up meeting with them in Israel in August.
It is always so encouraging to see them grasp and learn God's Word. From this meeting, we are connecting with several more Chinese leaders in Taiwan. What a joy to work with the Chinese who are so hungry for the Word and desire to serve and go on mission without any material support because they love Jesus. This is so refreshing!
Paul was not discouraged by closed doors. He and Silas planned traveling to Bithynia to preach the gospel, “but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” (Acts 16:7). Rather than being disheartened, they pushed on in a different direction. Then it happened; “A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Acts 16:9–10).
God is never stopped by the schemes of man. If we let Him, He will redirect us into the path that He has already provided so His work will continue – often with better results than we had planned.
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