2020 has been challenging to say the least. However, through both the difficult times and the bright spots, China Partner saw God working. As the new year begins, the ministry looks to continue faithfully serving brothers and sisters in Christ on the other side of the world.
The lockdowns throughout the year meant no groups went to serve in the country and no in-person training took place. However, Erik Burklin of China Partner says technology still made ministry possible. The team made a lot of phone calls and video calls throughout the year, enabling them to continue equipping ministry partners. Though challenging, this year brought about fruit as well; the shared hardships had a unifying effect.
“Several pastors contacted me after they learned that America was really spiking big-time in March, and they were worried for us. In January and February, that’s when they had their big surge. We had been reaching out to them and had some wonderful prayer times with them over the phone. Then they turned [to] us and said, ‘We’re praying for you,’” Burklin explains.
As the year has worn on, Burklin has heard many positive reports, especially once restrictions in China began to ease.
“We [heard] reports that churches already reopened in the summer, and so many things have settled down over there. When I talked with [one] pastor, he told me, ‘we have all our students back in seminary,’” Burklin says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for China Partner’s ministry in the new year.
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