I am in love with Jesus and I am not ashamed of Him or His Glory of His way of life. I glory in the cross, I choose Jesus as my Lord and Savior - Hallelujah! Oh, oh, oh I am exhausted, hurting everywhere. That long four and a half month layoff is killing me. I hurt from my neck to the tip of my toes, my feet feel like fire, so sore I can hardly stand on them. My leg muscles are sore. Oh, oh my right knee is in pain, my back hurts, my shoulder is numb, sore and tender and I just feel totally in pain and I'm exhausted. Can you believe it - 18 years, 84 countries on and on in pain and tiredness. I must be a saint or crazy! Ha! But I am smiling and hurting and it's glory to be in China and on the road.
The people were so lovely today. Jack led the driver of the bus, Mr. Lee to Jesus. Jack prayed for him as Benji translated and also used scripture verses in English and Chinese. It was so wonderful. After he was saved he wanted to put a Jesus sticker on. It was his way of saying he wanted to be a witness. His smile became so radiant. Benji is exploding with Jesus and witnessing everywhere. The people are so eager, even grabbing for the stickers at one place.
Oh what a blessing after Mr. Lee was saved. He said Jesus told him to give me a massage today! He is a sports masseur. He and the other driver gave me a massage. The two men at the same time - Oh it was glory. As I lay here in bed I cannot think of a better place to be hurting than in China.
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Jack Hunter and I are becoming greater friends - real buddies. Praise God. I like his friendship. Today I was reading Luke 17, verses 6 through 10. And these words came to me, "The impossible is possible". The cross is being carried in China. This walk will be a tough one to beat. Just the fact of it is overwhelming. Haven't seen one religious thing since we left the city five days ago. No churches, no Buddhist temples, nothing. Just very kind, friendly, hard working people. Jack and I walk on and on.
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We had a long and wonderful day today, lots of miles and lots of pain. Ha! And lots of results. Jack and I are very tired tonight. I was strong through the day, but now I am a bit tired. Each day I am getting stronger and stronger. Poor Jack hurts so much, I feel sorry for him. My feet still burn hours later. We had a good witness to some of the people. There are many poor here. The first days we went through the areas where people were working in fishponds and rice paddies. Now its an area of tea and rice fields. There are also a lot of geese and pigs. The people carry a pole with a colored rag tied on the end, they shake it and the geese follow the rag. There will be 20 to 50 geese following one pole and a rag, then another batch following them. I didn't know geese were so smart, they lead them right up to the side of the highway, stand there shaking the stick and the geese all stop until the traffic clears, then he shakes the stick and they all follow him across the highway. I guess if the Bible had been written in China rather than in the Middle East, instead of using sheep they would have used geese as Biblical examples.
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Well today was a long one. Jack's feet are so bad and I feel so sorry for him, I really do. He is a great help and a friend, I am so proud of him. As we were going along the road Jack saw a dead man about ten feet off the road alongside the highway. He looked like a truck or something had hit him. I went down and felt him but he was obviously dead and had been dead for a long while. We walked on until we got to the bus and we told them. The driver got very upset at us, drove back, looked at the body and immediately wanted to take us out of the area. He said that they would contact the police and so that ended our day of walking. They were very concerned that we not be involved in the death of this person.
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We met a man today who rode up on his bicycle so excited. He was trying to talk to me. Benji came back on his bicycle and translated for us. The man had been listening to the gospel on his radio every night and was a believer. I went through the way of salvation with him and the man prayed aloud to receive Jesus as His Savior. He said many people listen to the radio programs about Jesus and believed. From time to time we met believers. Praise God. Oh yes, that dead man we saw beside the roadside yesterday. When we came back to begin today we noticed that he was still there and he hadn't been moved, no one had touched him. So strange, I wonder why he had not been moved.
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What a joy today to see people's eagerness to get Jesus stickers and to talk. Benji said that they were waiting for the cross in the town. A teacher came up and said he had seen a Bible one time. He wanted to know about the cross and what is meant. Through Benji, we told him as a big crowd gathered. We then explained to them about Jesus. It was great. Many of the people had never seen a cross or heard about the cross and Jesus, and only a few people had ever seen a white man in this area. What a tremendous blessing to carry the cross and bring the first symbol of hope and salvation here. Whatever pain I bear it is nothing compared to the sacrifice of those who have laid their lives down for Christ. There is no church or teacher of religion in this countryside.
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Praise God, this is the 10th day on the road in China. What a wonderful walk - just go, go, go. My feet feel much better now, walking stronger on my feet. No pain just tired. But more in shape and more powerful - all Glory to God. A good witness talking to the people. Also met the first two road girls as they call themselves. They are local hookers or prostitutes - got them here too in China.
As I was walking along the road today, thinking of the people, seeing the people I wrote a song that fills my heart, I sing it and cry and smile all at the same time.
"Millions, Millions, Millions have never heard.
There are millions, millions, and millions who have never heard.
They are crying, crying, crying,
dying, dying, dying."
I tell you it is so sad how lost, how lost are the lost. And I am so proud to be here with the cross and the glory of God. Oh yes, thank you Jesus, thank you, thank you, thank you. A nation so in need of Jesus as Savior.
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I lay here somewhere in China at 3.00 a.m. - awake. Something is eating me up. From my waist up to my neck are bites. It started yesterday morning, something must be crawling around biting me, but I cannot find it. Big welts, I feel better now. My back - Lee gave me a massage last night. The water is pouring through the bathroom in such a loud rush. This is truly a dump hotel. All lights are off in the city. The electricity is turned off except for a few hours. Could use some good biscuits and syrup for breakfast. Last night I bought a piece of bread in a market and made a vegetable sandwich. Bread isn't served in restaurants. It was great. Also ate two bits of chicken. I think I can make it on that I have only a small light to write by. Jesus please heal me from the itching bites. Oh my heart is filled with love for you, My Lord and God, I overflow with the Holy Spirit and thy Holy Glory. Oh my God, my Love and My All and my Redeemer. I grieve at the millions of lost people around me, forever lost, lost, and lost. Oh the lost, Lord keep China free before me, so we can come again and again. So we can tell everybody about Jesus.
Another day of great walking. Jack was talking to Lee and he wanted to carry the cross as a testimony to Christ as His Savior and a witness to the team in China. He carried the cross four kilometers as I walked beside him.
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All Glory to God. Today I walked 52 kilometers - 32.5 miles. Praise the Lord! During the day, it was really wonderful because Lee carried the cross four kilometers and then Chen carried the cross for four kilometers, then Benji carried the cross one kilometer. So I had a total of nine kilometers from Chinese believers. Just great, glorious. Because it's the Chinese who must ultimately win China to Christ. God will use them to inspire, to preach the gospel throughout China. I am so excited.
Chinese New Year's Eve
This is Chinese New Years Eve, tonight at midnight is New Year. Many fire crackers blast and it's party time in China. Four big days of festivals. All the Chinese with us wanted to take the day off, so I stayed in bed until 1:00 p.m. - ate and returned to bed until 7.00 p.m. Had a big Chinese New Years dinner with the Chinese. Came back to the room and lay down on the bed. My heart is not in the festive New Years Eve party, but full of deep thoughts and emotions that fill my being. Aloneness is the best friend I have - except for the glorious awesome presence of the eternal God. I will let the others have a party, I'll live mine each day. Ha! So I will just enjoy missing you! And sleep into the Chinese New Year. After all these years, I have become a strange person in many ways. My beliefs, my lifestyle, my feelings, my attitude seem so out of touch in most surroundings. Of course I have always felt that way, but now it is more obvious than ever. But I enjoy being me and thank you Lord for showing me your Mercy and your Grace and your great Love.
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I didn't sleep through the New Year's celebration. You have to be in China to know what I mean, as the midnight time approached the city absolutely exploded, explosions by the thousands and thousands rocketed the city, every building looked like it was almost on fire with not just single fire crackers but long streams of fire crackers exploding for one or two minutes in a row, just constant.... and rockets were shooting into the air. I was in Beirut, Lebanon, at the height of the fighting but the Chinese New Year makes Beirut look like a Sunday School Class. Of course they are not blowing buildings down its just entertaining fireworks but I have never seen anything like it. The entire city was red with smoke pouring every where, you would have to be totally deaf to sleep through that.
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This morning during the walk I had an awesome moment. A man had come into town on his bicycle to get some vegetables. He was about 60 - 65 years old. He saw the cross, turned around and followed us. Finally when I stopped to wave at the people, he spoke to me in English. I suppose he assumed I spoke English. When I asked him why he spoke to me in English, he said, "I learned it years ago as a child and young man." Benji said, "Do you understand the meaning of the cross?" "Yes, " the man replied in excellent British English, "It is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ". When he used those words 'Our Lord' I knew he was a believer. I said, "You believe in Jesus as your Savior?" "Yes," he said and his eyes were bright and wet with tears.
See Arthur's diary of the events in China.
He told us, "I saw the cross - I was stunned - I could not believe it." He was so moved with emotion, "This is the first cross I have seen in 40 years, it's the first time I have spoken English in 40 years". He could not believe Benji was from Shanghai and was walking openly with the cross. This man lives in a farming area far away and thought that all Christians were dead, that they had been killed or had been gone from China or stopped believing. He thought he was the only Christian left. As we shared with him about Jesus, a large crowd gathered around. I gave the man my address and he will write to me and I also gave him a gospel tract that I had in Chinese. This one man was worth the trip, how many more are like him. When I told him I was walking with the cross with Government permission he said he knew it to be true, otherwise it could not be done. He was just thrilled and shocked beyond words. Also a short distance later another man came up, a young man, though he did not believe in God, but he spoke in English and we had a great witness to him.
Praise the Lord. Today Harry gave his heart to Jesus. Jack prayed with him and he was truly converted. After 22 days of real struggle he finally accepted Jesus as his Savior and Lord.
On the road today Benji took a photograph and a crowd gathered. Then a young girl about 20 years old with eyes alive, emotions overflowing as Benji tried to interpret she asked, "Was this like the cross Jesus died on?" She was a believer, a Christian and she was so excited she wanted us to come to her House-Church.
Well, you wouldn't believe where we are staying tonight - at the Xinglong Hot Springs Guest House, a lovely place. We moved to the Presidential Building, a large palace- like place, five rooms with a huge lounge.