Dear Praying friends,
Reaching over 300 kids and parents in China with the Great News – wow! That’s exciting!
Most people who know me know that I’ve had a heart for the beautiful Chinese people for many many years. Even before I was married, I felt a calling to adopt a baby girl from China. And praise God Shelby and I were able to do that in 2006.
So when a colleague of mine asked me if I’d be willing to give a full Gospel Magic Show that would be live-streamed in Zoom over the Internet to China, my answer was “YES YES YES!!!”
And Jesus really blessed it!!! There were over 100 logins to our Zoom meeting. And each one had at least 3 people (maybe more). Kids were reached, and their parents and other family members too. Hallelujah!!!
We had two terrific translators who took everything I said and translated it on-the-spot to Mandarin (even my corny jokes!!!)
At the end of the program, there was a Question and Answer time and that just slayed me. Sweet voices of Chinese children asking me questions in Mandarin. I’m very thankful we had two translators! I wanted to fly the 14 hours over there to give these kiddos hugs! ❤️
People took risks to make this happen. The Chinese Government monitors Internet Activity, and preaching the Gospel message is illegal. Our translator changed her name and covered her camera. Many of the families attending the Zoom meeting also covered their cameras.
I actually hope our meeting was monitored by Government Officials. If they were listening in, then they heard a very clear Gospel Message! Woo hoo!!!
To the right are the posters the Event Organizers developed in English and Chinese. (They named me “Mark the Magnificent.” I would have chosen “Mediocre” for myself 😮😉)
I have done Gospel Magic Tricks for years, but always just one or two to introduce the lesson I’m about to teach. This was my first time doing tricks for an hour to teach. I was scared. But God was GREAT!
The magic tricks were used to teach:
- who God is
- what is the Bible
- God’s power in Creation
- what sin is
- what sin does to us
- who Jesus is
- what Jesus can do and what He did do
- God’s plan for people to be Born Again.
What a night!
This comment I received from one of the kiddos made it all worth it!!!
I’m very thankful for the kiddos who helped me here in the US. They did super! And I hope they got a taste for God’s desire to reach all nations. And I’m thankful for my Home Church, because they allowed me to use their facilities and Internet connection.
Please please please pray for the many Gospel seeds planted, and that perhaps I’d continue to be used to teach Chinese families should the Lord open that door.
Here are some photos for you to see how it went…
This event was not recorded to protect the privacy of the Chinese Citizens who attended. But if you want to see a playlist of a bunch of Gospel Magic Tricks I’ve done in the past, I invite you to do that below…
We love you and thank Jesus for you!
Thank you so much for your prayers, financial support, and notes of encouragement, without which we would not be able to reach the Lost for Jesus Christ!
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For Christ and His gospel,
Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella