China Update 4

The journey we take in life (be it on the whole or on a daily basis) does not always turn out the way we plan. Granted, some of our intensions are realized but others are not. Thankfully, for those of us who are redeemed, we are not in control of the outcome.
As has been our pattern, the team went about its way – dividing and conquering. One group went deep into the countryside to fulfill a prearranged appointment, while the other group stayed in Joe City to fellowship and to let the Spirit direct the path. Traveling roughly three hours one way to a village, Jim’s team met with a family who had been visited with by two previous teams. This particular couple had prayed for their salvation back in June and we wanted to continue to develop that relationship. They spent time again going over the plan of salvation; and, with the interpreter’s help, a few questions were answered. One of our main goals was to provide them with copies of their own Scriptures and to outline for them key passages for future reading. While with this couple, neighbors and other family members looked on as the interpreter spoke. Who knows what will become of those seeds.
Walking throughout Joe City, my team encountered a group of blind men that a local had been sharing with. Despite, not knowing exactly how the conversation would go, there was, nonetheless, divinely inspired intent to somehow weave into the discussion a presentation of the gospel. What more appropriate subject than Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus, being blinded and receiving redemption by the One whom he sought to persecute. It was a beautiful story that I was able to tell these men and no doubt the story resonated with them. May their eyes be opened and may they, at the end of their journey, find peace and contentment in Him who met them on the road. 

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About @jonaheasley

I serve as the pastor of Awakening Church in Bellevue, WA. It's been a blessing to have been surrounded by such great leaders and men of God who have invested in my life from such an early age. Being raised a pastor kid, I have been saturated with the word of God since day one. At the age of 7, God showed me that it was through a relationship with Jesus Christ alone that my life could be made righteous. From the mountain tops to the valleys, God continues to give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to lead and guide those around me. Understanding that I am following the leadership of Christ. My wife and I have a passion and love for people and are privileged to be able to serve people for His Glory. Kathy and I were married on August 2, 2003 in Atlanta, GA. God has blessed us with three amazing children, Evan, Adele, and Elijah.

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