We arrived safely in Toronto on Feb 14 around 3pm. Quite a long flight but our hearts are filled with joy. We participate at our Singapore home church new building dedication celebration. It was indeed a God honoring special event. Ruth served there for 9 years before we came to Canada, she was honored during the celebration as well.
During our stay we had opportunities to preach in our home church, shared our journey and the cross culture mission challenge to small groups, families, Theological College and met with the pastoral staff of our home church.
Meeting with the returned believers in China was another highlight of our trip. 12 came in three vehicles to welcome us and different 12 sent us off at the airport when we left. There were also returned believer who fly as far as 3 hours away from North Eastern China and some took 18 hours train ride from/to inland just to meet with us and of course attend the Chinese New Year gathering. It was just so heartwarming. Many out of towns/provinces believers called us instead, they could not come because they did not have vacation leave or had financial difficulties to come. About 250 -300 came for the Chinese New Year reunion meeting. We had a worship together at church and after that had lunch together followed by group sharing.
Many (we met at least 6 of them) serve as church workers and need to preach weekly at different churches. Many continue to follow the Lord, of course there are some who backslided as well. It was such a joy to visit some of the families, to meet with their family members and prayed for them. One of the returned believer even put the Alliance logo as one of his window grilles!
After they returned some duplicated what we did in Israel. They reached out to the out of province laborers who come to Fujian to work. Now there are 200+ meeting regularly in the city. These believers even sent stm to visit the out of province workers’ home city. The same group of believers build a 4 storeys apartment building and leave ground floor as Sunday school classrooms and second floor as sanctuary and third and fourth floor as their own residential units.
The “Israel Returned Believers’ Fellowship” in this particular city also meet regularly every Wednesday for Bible study, sharing and prayers for many years already. They also inspired other province to do the same as them. Last year Anhui province had started their “Israel Returned Believers’ Fellowship” meetings. Thousands of labor workers and many scholars came from 14 provinces in China, became believers in Israel, now many had returned home to the 14 provinces in China, some go to other parts of the world as well, just imagine the gospel they brought with them wherever they go, it is very encouraging.