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Jack MaBack in September 2014, Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba Holding Company, spoke on China’s internet Taobao regarding his thoughts on Christianity and America’s founding.  He highlighted the strength of America as a young nation and her commanding power as a world leader today, attributing these qualities to her Christian heritage, and not her legal system, a position widely held by a majority of Chinese intellectuals.

Now the richest man in China, Mr. Ma states that America’s strength was built upon her Christian cultural heritage.  From her belief system came her legal system and from her legal system came her political system.  China is searching for such a belief system and it behooves the nation to study how America evolved from her Christian foundation…

This is a must read interview.

Chinese version: http://www.taola.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=35961

English translation: Christianity and America's Founding

Let us know your thoughts: egmi@eastgates.org

 

 

MER - Hangzhou - couple huggingIn this issue, you can read about the following:

1)  The challenges Chinese face today in a culture where rules are viewed as suggestions and how this problem potentially affects Chinese Christians.

2)  How providing Chinese believers with more biblical knowledge (as most assume) does not ensure resolving their more deep-seeded issues.

3)  Incredibly fruitful Marriage Enrichment Seminars that were conducted in Shanghai, Wenzhou and Guangzhou.

4) What to pray for East Gates as we enter 2015.

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Blessing Your Spirit - CD coverEver feel like a wilted flower that needs the refreshment that comes from just a few drops of morning dew? God's Word says that King David craved the Lord's presence like a parched deer pants for water (Psalms 42:1).

East Gates has just produced a CD, Blessing Your Spirit.  It's composed of 21 blessings (in Mandarin Chinese) taken from Sylvia Gunter and Arthur Burke's popular book, Blessing Your Spirit.

This project came about through the inspiration of Lotus Buds International.  They work to encourage, support and educate families in China to adopt their own orphans. Having worked in the country for a number of years, they observed how nannies and caregivers in orphanages needed spiritual food to nourish their soul.  After reading Blessing Your Spirit, they thought it would be a good idea for a CD to be produced with that very idea in mind.  They approached East Gates on the project.

Some of the blessings cover topics such as: Knowing Your Purpose, Freedom from the Fear of Man, Sound of Heaven, Kingdom of Peace, Seeing God's Fingerprints and more...

To download The 21 Mandarin Chinese MP3 files for free, please click here

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Most people find it difficult to pray.  You'd think it would be easy but interestingly, it's not.  In this age of instant stimulation, social networking and immediate feedback, the habit of praying just doesn't do it for many.  

Most Christians know that it's a spiritual discipline and something one should naturally do, but invested input doesn't always equal expected output.  Nor does answered prayer come in the Pentium or Thunderbold speed we're used to in the 21st century.  Therefore, prayer is oftentimes viewed more as a burden than a privilege.  A chore versus a blessing.  

If you're one of the many who honestly feel this way, realize you're being conditioned by another spirit (Ephesians 2:2).  Prayer is just talking to God.  Like with every relationship, the more you know and understand God, the easier it becomes to engage with Him.  

Most Chinese believers share with us that they were never taught how to have an intimate relationship with their physical father, so initially, it is difficult to know what to say to their heavenly Father.  That's totally understandable.

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Israeli tourism targets US Chinese evangelicals and China's interest in the Holy Land.

China's debt in question.

Walmart and food safety in China.

China's economic growth at an environmental expense.

Chinese rush for Seattle homes.

100 millioneth Bible printed in China.

Chinese Law requiring children to visit elderly parents.

Building the Body of Christ in China

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China

In partnership with our faithful donors and other ministries, God has seen fit to use our limited staff and funds to reach every province in China with Bibles, Christian literature, discipleship training, elderly homes and resources to build new churches and meeting points.

One In A Billion

In God’s economy, you have infinite worth.  Millions of Chinese now grasp this profound reality and they’ve been released to live out their new identity with growing faith and joy.  It doesn’t mean that life won’t have its challenges but when you know why you’ve been created, every day is a moment in eternity and it takes on far greater purpose and meaning.  So here, you’re going to see why you have invaluable worth and the amazing transformations in Chinese peoples’ lives.  We welcome any insights or contributions you have in this area too!  This week, see how although you may feel “tiny” in the world’s eyes, you’re “mighty” from God’s perspective and that’s what counts.    

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Bibles

In the past 20 years, East Gates has legally distributed 3.5 million Bibles to Chinese around the country. It increases daily.

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Training

Today the ratio of Chinese pastor to believer is 1 in 10,000 so there is a great need for quality Christian leaders.

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Building Churches

Chinese understand the value of community and meeting together with one mind and one spirit.

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Social Welfare

Assisting those in greatest need in China’s society, thereby improving the spiritual and moral fabric of the country.

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In the beginning was the Word...

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Love

The most significant words in Chinese all have deep meaning, much like in Hebrew.

In the center of this Chinese character for “love” is the character for—heart.

Insights between Chinese & Hebraic Culture

Born to Pray

Genesis 2:7

“Then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed in to his nostrils the breath or spirit of life; and man became a living being.”

Hebraic scholars say the essence of the Hebrew written in this passage implies that when the Lord God created man (Heb. adam = human being) from the dust of the earth, and breathed into the human being the breath or spirit of life, not only did He fill us with pure oxygen but more importantly, his divine intellect.

Therefore, through the “breath of life” came the spiritual capacity to develop an intimate relationship with God through prayer.  Have you ever thought about the fact that there is no other creature on the face on earth that has the ability or desire to pray except human beings?

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