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 assisting 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.
East Gates News
Since our last newsletter, a major lockdown that began March 24th in Shanghai continues, although six of its 16 districts have COVID-19 restrictions slightly eased since they’ve “basically” achieved Zero-COVID status at the community level. What this means is that for three-consecutive days, the number of daily COVID-19 positive cases has been less than 1/100,000 of the district’s total population. Given these stringent standards, major districts in Beijing have also been under lockdown affecting governmental offices, businesses, all educational institutions and more. In Chaoyang, Beijing’s largest and most populous district, all workers who can, have been ordered to work from home.
Our East Gates staff and co-workers in Shanghai are still in lockdown mode but doing well. Despite their inability to travel, they’ve been able to accomplish much through the internet and other safe social media platforms. As usual, they’ve been able to stay connected with our co-workers throughout China who are not in the same lockdown mode and able to be their “hands and feet” on the ground.
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...