Tonight we stayed at a fabulous place that is now a hotel resort but Chairman Mao Tse Tung, the leader Communist Party built it as a retreat for himself. I slept in a big king sized bed that Mao TseTung had slept in. I took a bath in the biggest bathtub I have ever seen, you could almost swim in it. And I put my cross in the living room. Praise God. What glory. After Mao Tse Tung had tried to destroy all remembrances and all witness of Christianity and the message of Christ, the cross was in his living room and an evangelist slept in his bed. Hallelujah!
My bed is ten by seven feet, with an overhanging canopy. The room is at least 30 by 50 feet. The bathroom is larger than most bedrooms. The bath is about 10 foot long by 5 foot wide, with a 50-foot high ceiling. Chairman Mao Tse Tung slept here and also Chou En-Lai. All the team is staying in the other rooms or the chambers. It is just unbelievable. The biggest place I have ever seen anywhere with thick red carpet. It must be seen to be believed. We had a great Bible Study this afternoon with Harry, Lee, Benji, Mama and Jack. I taught the new converts the basics of the gospel. It is awesome, I must write a new book that is completely geared for the convert who has absolutely no knowledge of the gospel of the cross or anything.
This was just one of the greatest days of walking ever, we had some good witness to the people along the way, but today was quite dramatic. Lee, Chin and Benji carried the cross a total of 22 kms today - the Chinese Team. Jack and I carried the cross 25 kms for a total of 47 kms, of course I walked all the way even when I was not carrying the cross. Our fellows are just not ashamed of the cross or of their faith or being a public witness to Jesus. This is along the main highway of Hainan Island.
Praise the Lord - we made it - all the way to the end of Hainan Island to Sanya. We walked on Mainland China, a total of 1000 kms, which equals 621 miles. All Glory to God.
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Tomorrow we leave China. I am filled with deep, deep emotion. The cross came, it was carried openly, and it leaves freely. Luke: 16 6-10 - The impossible is possible. Oh God unto thee be all the Glory and Praise. I am not just thrilled beyond words. I am changed too. I leave so much of myself here, and take away so much of these people. Oh I weep inside it is so wonderful. Oh God it is done, I can never be the same. This morning at about 4:00 a.m. the Glory of God came upon me after I had awakened at about 2:00 a.m. and read about the Glory of God coming into the temple by the way of the East. It was just awesome - beyond words, for two and a half hours - Oh I Praise the Lord it has been a glorious, but tough trip and I am tired but I am smiling and praising God.
In 1987 when we carried the cross very few people even knew that we were carrying a cross. They thought we were sportsmen! But the cross for Jesus did come into China. It was carried in China and people came to know Jesus in China. Thank you Jesus for this glorious and humbling honor to lift up the cross in this country.
Jesus did it. All glory to God.
Pilgrim followers of Jesus
Arthur and Denise Blessitt