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  1. Potatochip, We are native Americans. Both my wife and I are from Missouri, our home chuch is in Michigan, and all except one of our children, are grown and live in the States. One of our children has returned back here to Taiwan as a missionary also. One of the Air Force (Chinese), bases that I was stationed at during the Vietnam War was here on Taiwan. I had just gotten saved and God called me to come back to Taiwan as a missionary. We have been in Taiwan since 1989 and go back to the States every four years to report to our supporting churches. The next time we return to the States is in November 2016. Your friend is correct. The Far East, specificly, Japan, Taiwan (Taiwan is Free, or Democratic, China), and Thailand, are devout Buddhists (idolatrous), and Taoist, (also a idolatrous religion), and both are not very reseptive to the gospel. The Orientals, especially the Chinese, also follow the teachings of Confucious. Confucianism (which is also idolatrous), teaches ancestor worship, and, except for a few concepts, is not compatible with Christianity. There are also other problems too numerous to mention that make it a challenge in seeing souls saved and converted to Christianity in the Far East. Mainland China is now communist and the background of the Chinese there is also Buddhist. Buddhism is a very satanic religion (that originated in India), and there is close to nothing compatible (in our religious beliefs), with any denomination of Christianity. The Chinese and Japanese are hard to reach. The Philippine people are primarily Catholic, but are more open to the Gospel and many souls are being saved in that country. Malaysia is Muslim and they are hard to reach also. Maybe soon I will do a witnessing situation in this thread to let all know how, and what passages that we use in our personal witnessing, in leading people to Christ. Alan
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  2. Your closer to my age then. I am from Mi. Originally. Here where I am you see Asians. However its kind of in streaks. They are kind of hard to have tracts ready for. Because sometimes you see many and sometimes not. We have one guy that was in Vietnam. U.S. Military. That goes with us. Your commitment is great. Staying away from home for so long. I try reaching in-town people. (In the city) Atlanta. I would like to see a witnessing scenario. That would be interesting. Some of my friends and I admire. The number of missionaries the IFB Church's seem to have. Their commitment to them. They seem to take overseas missionaries very seriously. It seems like a deeper level of commitment. Not to denigrate what I do. I look at people like you and well...
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  3. I was at an event last night May 7, 2015. A suburban festival. You could sample food from local restaurants. There were about I an estimated 50k people there. Very rare you have that many teens in one place. They just seemed to be there many with adults. There are many schools around there. We handed out tracts and talked with them. As many as we could. It was rare a opportunity. Teens can talk to other teens of course. However they were really willing to listen to us. It seemed. How many of you get soulwinning opportunities with teens and young people?
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  4. Well in talking with that Japanese brother. I was commenting. Japan, well Tokyo is considered the safest city on earth. Statistically for crime. They are very fastidious in work. Seem to obey the law, same manner. I'd think they would make great Christians lol. They don't put up with a lot of malarkey it seems. He was telling me that its not so great. Like sin. Things that are "legal" etc. I really like those people. In that you can't keep up with them when it comes to work lol. It seems. I worked for them long ago. They are sticklers for getting it right to. Thrifty and law abiding. The barrier for me and many is the language. Which I am not very good at. Seems very complicated. The Japanese brother was telling me they will agree with you and walk on. Not meaning it. Another thing they are very close knit culturally. Not many outsiders. I seem to recognize they are law abiding, hard working. I really like them. What would seem to be a "strange" culture to us. Is a really well organized society seems to me.
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  5. I know a missionary couple who work with the Japanese speaking people in LA. Nearly all those they work with return to Japan so whatever seeds are planted here end up in Japan. They speak of the difficulty in reaching the Japanese with the Gospel. The only Japanese "Christian" I've met turned out to be a Mormon. I know some Korean and Filipino Christians. It's easier to speak with people from Korea and the Philippines about Christ. Koreans came to have a favorable view of Christians because the Christian missionaries in Korea didn't submit to the Japanese who took over Korea in the early 20th century until the end of WWII. The Christian missionaries refusing to forsake Christ and refusing to side with the Japanese against the Koreans left a deep impression. One problems I've noticed with some Korean Christians is they try to mix some of their ancestral practices into their Christianity. They also have the same problem we have here, there being many professing Christians who are secular Christians only; not born again. These folks are among those who mix a lot of their ancestral things in their Christianity which can make things confusing for the unsaved. The Filipinos, being mostly Catholic, are at least open to hearing and speaking of things Christian. Most often what seems to really hold them back is family connections and traditions tied to the RCC. We know a Christian pastor in the Philippines, he has a small church, and while it's slow going he is seeing some progress for Christ after many years service there. As already mentioned, the Chinese and Japanese (and some other Orientals) are especially resistant to the Gospel. The false religions they are connected with are deeply entwined in their lives, families, culture and society. It takes much prayer and patience to take the Gospel these people.
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  6. ​Uh, its called 'discussion'. And Daniel was studying about Jeremiahs prophesy, and I think he was clearly looking at the 70 years getting to a finish. So when I read this following verse or two, I assume when the Angel came and said he was there to explain to him his concerns, he did. So Daniel says: 2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. 3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:And when the angel Gabriel comes on the scene he says: 21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
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  7. ​Every Christian man needs to have a PhD (Post hole Digger) and start posting.
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  8. ​Maybe you should make a trip to the post office and get some new ones. You should probably pick up some post holes too.
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  9. This was made all the more difficult since Patti needed to make life decisions for Frank and was so disoriented that she was not able to understand enough about his condition to make rational choices. After working with her a few days while her medical condition started to improve, she was then able to understand and finally make the decisions she needed to make for her husband. This is something that I hope I never have to go through again. It was a rat race from 6 am every day of the week until late at night for seven whole days. It really drove home the necessity of having advanced directives and living wills in place so that family doesn't have to go through this kind of nightmare. P.S. My sister and I ended up flying instead of driving. She was able to get a "next day" flight and it turned into a blessing since conditions there were a lot worse than we thought. Thank you all for your prayers, each day presented us with new problems that we were able to resolve. It was only through God's grace and prayers for our family that we were able to accomplish what we set out to do.
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