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DEAR FRIENDS,

BECAUSE CHINA IS GETTING A LOT OF


NEGATIVE PRESS THESE DAYS, IT
SEEMS APPROPRIATE TO UPDATE YOU

with some positive reports from our recent trip there.


Prior to the China trip however, Bret and I traveled to
Burma and Laos. While in Burma we visited Shwee and
were pleased to see what God is doing in her life.
She is walking now care the beginning of June. The clinic will provide medical
without crutches and care for more than 12,000 people living in the village. Please
is very happy. Her left pray that God will use the clinic to demonstrate His love to
foot still has a the many people in this village.
tendency to turn
After visiting Burma and dropping off 250 Burmese Bibles,
outward and may
seeds and clothes, we made a quick trip into Laos where we
require some minor
delivered more Bibles and hymnals. As always, our contact
surgery to correct this
was very grateful for the help. From there we flew to
problem. Please pray
Northern China and met up with the other 17 team members.
that God would totally
By the grace of God we all made it safely through customs
heal her feet and that
and delivered over 1,000 Pastor Study Bibles to the contacts.
she would be able to
Then 13 of us travelled to the southern part of China to carry
walk normal.
in more Bibles.
It was a real treat to
It is reported that over 30,000 people a day are coming to
hear her laugh while
faith in Jesus Christ, and there are now estimated to be more
we were visiting. I had
than 130 million Christians making up the Church in China.
never heard her laugh
Having carried Bibles to China for over twenty years, I was
before and it brought
surprised at how tight the borders are now. There are so
such joy to my heart.
many police everywhere; it seems that they are very
She laughed twice
concerned about the upcoming Olympics.
while we were there,
and when we left she The resistance to the Word of God on this trip was the most I
was playing with the have ever seen. The first few days we met much resistance,
other kids and and our success rate at the border was very low. While in
laughing with them. prayer I sensed the Lord saying that there needed to be more
They were enjoying prayer going up. We decided to have at least one team
her and she was member stay back while the others were crossing the borders.
having fun. Our It was amazing to see the Lord open the borders in answer to
contact, who has worked with us from the beginning with the many prayers that were being lifted from ourselves,
Shwee, said she never played with other kids before, so he people at home and in China.
was pleased as well.
Our success rate quickly climbed back up and we all could
On this trip we discovered there is a pastor in that village. testify how God would create distractions and diversions as
VBB will begin assisting him and his church with whatever is we went through customs. We felt that if we were stopped we
needed in an outreach to their village. The medical clinic is should look at it as an opportunity to share the Gospel with
almost finished and the plans are to begin providing health the customs officials.
Please do not be fooled by the propaganda that is coming out
of China. They are presenting an image to the Western media
that China is prosperous and free. While they are prospering,
many of our brothers and sisters are suffering for their faith in
Jesus Christ. One pastor, who was arrested for printing
Christian literature legally and then released after 37 days, has
been rearrested and is facing espionage charges of supposedly
selling military secrets to the West. He has taken foreigners to
the villages to see what God is doing and this may cost him
his life. Please pray that God will intervene, the charges
against him will be proven false, and he will be released.
There are many reports being circulated that many Bibles are
being printed in China, giving the impression that there is no
need for more Bibles. This is completely false. There is
tremendous need for the Word of God in China. The house
Church leaders are crying out for Bibles. While some Bibles
make it to the cities, very few make it to the villages where
the revival is the greatest. We asked our contact if Bibles are
available in Beijing. He reported that only 2-3 bookstores
have them in Beijing, and each bookstore may have a couple
copies. Beijing is a city of more than 12 million people.
We found a few Bibles for sale in a southern city of more
than 9 million people, but this is a drop in the bucket
compared to the need. Some people report that Bibles are
available through the Government Church. If a Chinese
Christian goes to buy one copy there wouldn’t be a problem
(if they are available). But if they try to purchase a larger
quantity, they could be endangering themselves and other
believers. As a result, the Underground Church is hesitant to
buy them.
At the current
ONE DAY, FOUR TEAM rate of
MEMBERS WERE STOPPED AND growth in the
Chinese
INTERROGATED FOR ALMOST Church, there
AN HOUR AND A HALF. The man in is a need for
charge was very angry, and they videotaped the team and one million
harassed them. Later that night we moved all the materials additional
to a safer place in another city as we were concerned that Bibles each
the Bibles that had been successfully carried across the month just to
border would all be lost. Thankfully God’s hand of keep up.
protection was upon us, and we were able to deliver Many of the
everything safely to the contact. 130 million
Christians do
The group returned a couple days later to pick up their Bibles not even have
from that border crossing. The man working in the one Bible while many of us at home have 5-10 Bibles in our
confiscation area couldn’t speak English and called another houses, most of which we haven’t read for years. Please pray
man on the phone to translate for him. One of our team about joining a Bible delivery trip or helping us to purchase
members told the translator his frustration with the way that more Bibles for China and other countries desperate for the
they had been harassed when the materials had been Word of God.
confiscated, and were now being hassled when trying to
collect the Bibles. The translator responded, “You don’t GOD SPOKE TO MY HEART ONE
understand, China is a Communist country. Things are not
good here.” The team member then asked him if he wanted
DAY AND SAID, “If you don’t love the Word of
him to go back to America and tell people that China is not God, you won’t care if others get it or not.” I’m thankful for
an open place, that Christians are not welcome, that the Word God’s Word and that is why VBB is committed to get as
of God is not wanted in China, and people should not come many Bibles as possible around the world. Pastor Allen Yuan
to the Olympics. He then said in a dejected tone, “Please do.” said “We are desperate for Bibles. Please bring us Bibles! That
Abruptly the call was ended and the customs officials day I promised the Lord that I would do everything I could to
immediately returned the Bibles and told the team to leave. get more Bibles to our brothers and sisters in China. Please
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Please keep our Chinese brothers and sisters in prayer during
this time of persecution:
On February 28th eleven young people, between the ages of
16 and 17, along with two leaders were detained while
attending a house church Bible study.
On April 13th 46 house church Christians were arrested in
XinJiang’s Kashi City for holding a Bible class and worship in
a private home without government permission.
A Uyghur man named Alimjan has been accused of
endangering national security by preaching God’s Word to
other people. He has been branded a separatist and terrorist
by the Chinese government and is possibly facing punishment
by death.
God Bless You!
Patrick and Staff

Please keep our Chinese brothers and sisters in prayer


during this time of persecution