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While we were in the States recently someone asked us,“Why China?”

We were a bit surprised by the question. We felt we were being asked to give a logical reason for working in this country.

In many ways we do feel at home here. We love the food, appreciate the culture of the Uygur region, have friends here, and are part of a community.

It takes a very short time, however, to dispel any romantic reasons for living here. The noise pollution is constant, there are pickpockets on the bus, trash lies scattered everywhere, rats run through the courtyard, and we constantly stumble over difficult language barriers.

The simple fact is this: out of nine million Uygurs, perhaps 300 know Jesus. Most Uygurs have never held a Bible in their hands or heard about Jesus’ life and teachings on earth.

In short, we are not here because the food is delicious and cheap (though it is!) but because we feel this is God’s will for us at this time. Our weaknesses and shortcomings are ever before us, but we hope that God will use us as mirrors to reflect his tremendous light to everyone we meet

God has given us the grace to be able to call this place “home,” and we pray that we might continue to do so for many years to come. Thank you for your loving support, for your prayers, and for the money you sacrificially give so that we may continue to make our home here.

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