The Fragrance of Christ
the Chinese service of World Christian Broadcasting, May began with a trip
to California. World Christian Broadcasting was asked to prepare three
classes for the Pepperdine Bible Lectures, so Gayle Crowe, Vice-president of
Programming, designed a special program for this event. He wanted to include
some father-son combinations that would show comparisons and contrasts of
mission work in various parts of the world. Gayle invited John and Danny
Reese to speak one day and Lewis and Edward Short to speak another day. The
theme was “Shedding Light Amid Darkness.” John and Danny spoke about The
Fragrance of Christ in Angola and Throughout the World. Lewis and I spoke
about “The Fragrance of Christ in China and East Africa—Comparisons and
Reese was born in Zimbabwe (called Rhodesia at that time) and was a
missionary in both Zimbabwe and South Africa. Additionally, as President of
World Bible School, he has traveled and preached in many countries of the
world. Danny Reese is a missionary in Angola. Lewis Short was a missionary
in Italy for thirteen years and has now been in Tanzania for almost three
years. These men, along with their dear wives and families, have served the
Lord under some difficult circumstances, thus they were well-equipped to
discuss the topic that was assigned.
Dr. Gayle Crowe himself also prepared a class—an excellent presentation of
Islam in the world today. He discussed both the challenges and the
opportunities that recent tragic events provide for Christians to interact
positively with Muslims.
You can listen to these three programs for free by going to:
. If the link does not work, go to your search engine and type: pepperdine
bible lectures 2017 crowe . Scroll down for items 141 (Crowe) and 185
(Short). (As of this writing, it seems that the John and Danny Reese session
has not yet been added to the list.)
you have iTunes this will be easier; if you do not have iTunes you will have
to install it, so it may be more complicated. Good luck!
I began our class by asking how many in the audience had been to Africa
and to China. I was surprised that a high percentage of the attendees had
been to Africa, whereas but a few had visited China.
Edward Ho’s scripts during May discussed how God’s revelation becomes our
world view and then our way of life. God’s word helps human beings to
realize their place in the world and teaches people how to live.
Ho also told our audience that the most important plan and the longest
plan on earth is God’s plan of salvation. The script helps listeners to see
this plan from Abraham to Jesus Christ.
wrote a series of three scripts about Lois and Eunice—Timothy’s grandmother
and mother. The more I think about these ladies, the more impressed I become
with them! In the articles I tried to think what all probably took place in
order for young Timothy to end up with Paul on his mission trips. Would you
want your twenty-year-old son going off with a preacher whose life was
constantly threatened and who sometimes ended up in jail? Of Lois and Eunice
I said that…
taught their faith to the next generation
- They were open-minded
- They encouraged Timothy to study and to be adventurous
- They respected Timothy’s decisions
- They overcame obstacles
- They supported Timothy’s desire to serve God
and Eunice help us know more about how to rear our own children and how to
prepare them to serve God in a society that is full of uncertainty, unbelief
(The Chinese items you see were used on the website to go along with the
articles about Lois and Eunice.)
Interviews in May included one with Marsha Shih, a Chinese lady who
became a Christian over forty years ago when she worked as a church
secretary. She reminisced about her duties and about the missionaries for
whom she worked. Two of these were Enoch and Jeannine Thweatt. Their office
was in their home at the time, so Marsha saw this Christian family up close
every day—the way they interacted with each other, the way they reared their
children and the way they faced problems. Marsha was very impressed!
Eventually she realized that the Bible was not just an ordinary book as she
had formerly thought, but was a special book like no other she had ever
read. Eventually, she said, “I want to become a Christian. Will you baptize
Another interview was with George Xia, an aeronautical design engineer.
He answered questions about modern airplane design. For example, he
explained why airplane wings now have the curves at their tips.
The third interview was with Ji Yin, the minister of a Chinese church. Ji
explained why he believes in God and why he believes that Jesus is divine.
He told about his own background and how he became a Christian.
fourth interview was with Coral Lee. Formerly a magazine editor, I asked her
to give our listeners tips to improve their writing skills. She also talked
about the influence of Christianity on her own life and on her home.
Soon after this article is published, Edward and Salina Ho will be in
Singapore, God willing. They were invited by the Pasir Panjang church to
visit and speak. Edward will hold classes at the church building and also
speak at a retreat sponsored by the church. Before returning to the USA, the
Hos will visit Taiwan where they grew up. Christians there will be delighted
to see them again and to hear Edward speak.
As I write this report, the month is not quite over, but with two more
days to go, the website statistics look about like last month’s. We had well
over 208,000 hits on
www.smzg.org . Some 7,600 unique visitors made about 17,000 visits and
accessed over 66,000 items on our website.
Thanks for reading!