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.
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As we close out 2021, there is so much to thank the Almighty for. We just had the opportunity to do so during one of the most blessed holidays in the Western world - Thanksgiving. The Apostle Paul wrote under inspiration that we must be grateful in all circumstances and situations (I Thess.5:18).
So often we ask, “God, what is your will?” And yet Paul reminds us, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you” (I Thess. 5:16-18). We teach our Chinese students that developing the mind of Christ or learning how He thinks will enable one to have a continual spirit of joy, prayer and gratitude which is the best antidote for the true pandemic that has swept this world - fear.
During this past year, we’ve been teaching our Chinese students that throughout the ages, Judeo-Christians have always been in a spiritual battle of immense proportions. Before the foundations of the world when God chose us to be His holy sons and daughters (Eph.1:3-4, Rom.8:29-30), we soon discovered we were born into a military family with a doubled-edged sword in one hand (Word of God) and a shield of faith in the other! Essentially, Jesus is our armor -- our helmet of salvation (Yeshua), breastplate of righteousness, belt of Truth, feet shod with the gospel of peace (shalom) and our prayer language so we can boldly proclaim the gospel (Eph.6:10-19)!
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...