Seeing Beyond the Impossible
East Gates International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Church in China as well as other entities that best serve China’s future growth and development.
We fulfill this by working at all levels in China from engagement in government diplomatic activities to assistance with grassroots rural projects. In this decade, East-West relations will have a significant impact on the world and will impact China's geo-political, socio-economic and religious activities and their contribution to society. East Gates is humbled to be a small part of what is happening in the Church in China.
Miss You Dad
On February 21, 2018, my dad passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was released from this earthly realm and entered where he always wanted to be -- his forever home. We can only imagine how he was gloriously greeted by His Savior, Jesus the Messiah, whom he so faithfully served for 99 full years. I know he heard, “Well done good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Master” (Matthew 25:21). Perhaps dad is now seated at the wedding banquet with mom, surrounded by a heavenly host, waiting for all of us to join them!
Rev. Billy Graham's first visit to China
On April 22, 1988, for the first time in his life, the Rev. Billy Graham had the opportunity to visit Ruth’s homeland -- China. By this time, Billy was a world renown evangelist and was naturally welcomed by China’s Head of State and diplomats. He not only wanted to engage with governmental officials at the highest echelons in Beijing but most importantly, he wanted to fellowship and learn from China’s greatest resource – the common people.
Remembering the Chinese Christian
Herald Crusades Benefit Concert
Honoring Billy and Ruth Graham
Just the other day, about a week after my dad’s passing, a Chinese friend reminded Christina and I of the special Chinese Christian Herald Crusades Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on June 4, 2004, where they chose to honor mom and dad for their mission outreach to the Chinese. This honor was initiated by an invitation letter written by the late Dr. Charlotte Tan Hsu.
East Gates News
I hope your summer has been productive and fruitful. Unbelievably, in a few more months, we’ll be heading into harvest season! When most of the world lived closer to the land, a time of harvest had greater value and meaning. Not anymore. Like most of the world, for the first time in China’s history, there are more people living in the cities than in the rural villages. Since 2005, 100 million more migrant workers or mingong have moved into China’s largest urban centers. 160 cities in China now have a population over one million. This hemorrhaging from the countryside to the urban jungle continues despite the fact that even though personal incomes have increased five-fold over the past 25 years, the average Chinese today is far less happy. Reason being, economic reforms have decimated job security and their social safety net (i.e. Social Insurance Law, welfare, pension etc.).
As China’s agrarian-based population flows into what they believe will be the ‘‘promised land of plastic and concrete’’ East Gates continues its work in China’s rural villages and townships where there is a genuine thirst and heart for God’s Word. The Pu’er or Simao District in Yunnan province is an excellent example.
Blessing Your Spirit
Ever 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...
Seven years ago, Mrs. Petty, an elderly Christian lady, approached me at a potluck holding a scrumptious piece of apple pie and asked, “Christina, if I ask God to bless this apple pie, will He?” I said, “Why not?” In a loud whisper, she said, “Because, I’m diabetic.” I thought to myself, “Hmm. I need to consult Yeshua (Jesus) on this one.”
I knew Mrs. Petty wanted me to say “yes” but instead, I gently responded, “Um. I don’t think God will bless it.” Before I could say another word, she stammered, “Well, why not!” I quietly replied, “If you eat that sugar-laced piece of apple pie and have an insulin reaction, I might have to call 911. In God’s dictionary, a blessing is anything that benefits your eternal welfare. Since you’re diabetic, I don’t think that piece of pie falls into that category.” Her response? “Well, I’m just going to share it with my husband then” and walked off. Today, she has Alzheimer’s Disease and many other ailments...