There are so many things in everyday life here that you just do. You just do them and you don’t know why. But you know, they are the Chinese way and you do them. They are simple things like language. Where you would say in English that ‘you live next to something’; in Chinese you would say ‘you live to something next to.’ Simple enough, right? Then, it gets a little more “complicated.” You’re offered a fruit that you have never seen before and even though you don’t care to have one, it is extremely rude to refuse so you say yes to such a nice offer. Still simple enough, right? Then, you start serving with an English corner where youth are asking questions about the Word because they know that westerners have this book and read it; and all you can tell them are the small facts because, after all, you are a foreigner. Then, these ever-so-curious youth want to know why you would help in an orphanage in China or why your family would want a Chinese boy with white skin; and you tell them that it’s because you love these people. You love them because you have been loved. But then you don’t know what else to say because you just found out that it’s illegal to share the Good News with anyone, even if they ask.
That’s where the Chinese way gets a little tricky. The line gets a little fuzzy.
As I was meeting with some of Westerners around town, we started talking about the local Brothers & Sisters. It is permitted, although not promoted, for them to share the Good News. I think it is kind of obvious in this kind of work that you have to train up locals. I mean, if you leave (or get kicked out), what happens if you’re the only one that knows how to shepherd these people. The sheep are left unattended and become misguided. You have to pour into the local family, training them and discipling them to love their city and the lost that are in it.
What I have been missing was what to train them in and when to start letting them lead. I have wanted to come here and train these women to raise these babies in a nurturing way. And although that would be a phenomenal outcome, that is not enough. The point is for them to know their Creator. To know Him intimately. To know Him & see the importance of others knowing Him too. This may sound simple, but another American pointed this out to me: We have to let the locals share the Good News. Let them be a witness and testimony of His glory.
Not only because it’s legal, but because it is necessary. It is commanded.
Direct them to the people with questions and guide them in wisdom. Disciple them. Help them cultivate their passions and refine their hearts to better reflect His. Show them how to love the least of these and intercede on behalf of the lost. By them seeing you filled with Him, it will pour out onto them and into their hearts. And I promise you, that in all of this, your heart will be refined. You will be more humble because of it. You will see His glory better displayed as you are able to look at it unfolding before your eyes. You will hear His story proclaimed in a language that tries so desperately to refuse Him. You will be able to witness His people rising up to be His hands in feet. You will be f
This is where the way gets a little bit clearer. This is where you realize that it’s not about numbers. It’s not about culture. It’s not about you. It’s not about the Eastern way and it’s not about the Western way.
It’s all about His way. And that way; that way is good, pleasing and perfect.