China Update 6 – His work continues

When Hezekiah was king, Israel was in a very dark place spiritually.  He called the Levites and Priests together and told them to be diligent to cleanse the House of the Lord from all of its uncleanness.  We find eight Levites and a few priests who commit themselves to the task.  It took them 16 days to remove all the idols and cleanse the temple.  Cleaning up the temple wasn’t a glamorous or appealing job, yet it laid the foundation for the work God was going to do.  This week 10 people felt compelled by our King and Savior Jesus Christ to go to the people of China.  We’ve truly seen the movement and activity of God all around us.  The work that God has done through our team is the foundation for what He has in store.  God is still mightily working in all of the students, translators, house church pastors and us too.  We pray God will harvest these souls for his Kingdom! Please pray for them.  The nations won’t be won by Mega-Churches and programs.  The nations will be won one heart at a time.  As these seeds come to bear fruit, their families and friends will be impacted!  The kingdom of God should grow by multiplication not addition.  These lives will touch others.  The Chinese Christians we have met are the first believers in their families.  God is using them to bring their families to Him!  What a great reminder for the church around the world to get back to sharing the life-changing gospel.

In China, I’ve found that most people are either hot or cold.  I rarely see a lukewarm follower.  So when God is at work it’s clearly observable.  In America, the church as a whole feels lukewarm and it is oftentimes challenging to identify the activity of God.  The church of America is so rich in resources, programs, and business, they often operate outside of the Holy Spirit’s power.  Our prayer life is often the true indicator of our dependence on the living God.  For the Christians in China, God is all they have and they are in absolute dependence on him.  One of our students is a believer.  With a sense of loneliness, he told us that the closest church is 2 hours away.  He has had no support system that the body of Christ provides…until now. Kavanah is now that place!

It’s been evident that God has been working in our team as well as those we have been able to serve.  This trip has changed each of our lives and how we see the world.  More importantly we have come to see how God sees the world!  The work of God is alive and active around the globe….Join the movement.  Thank you for your continued prayer for our team and those God has allowed us to impact.

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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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