What a View!

7 10 2015

I have had the privilege over the past 16 years of traveling around the province of Guangxi, and one of my favorite places to visit there is in the northeastern corner of the province – the city of Guilin.  At the end of September I was able to travel there with a family friend (and grandson of a pioneer missionary to Guangxi), and show him the amazing scenery there, including a trip down the Li River from Guilin to YangShuo.

With that in mind, we thought it would be nice to share some of our pictures from that area as well as a few other parts of Guangxi with you here.

Tour boats sailing down the Li River (Guilin to YangShuo)

Tour boats sailing down the Li River (Guilin to YangShuo)

Terraced rice fields and mountains in central Guangxi

Terraced rice fields and mountains in central Guangxi

Cattle grazing along the Li River between Guilin & YangShuo

Cattle grazing along the Li River between Guilin & YangShuo

Bamboo raft floating down the Li River

Bamboo raft floating down the Li River

Mountains surrounding the town of LiGao—central Guangxi

Mountains surrounding the town of LiGao—central Guangxi

Mountains on the Li River outside of YangShuo

Mountains on the Li River outside of YangShuo

If these photos whet your interest in the scenery of the area, check out this amazing video.  If you’re interested in making your own plans to visit Guilin, contact us – we’d be glad to show you the beauty of the area, and what God is doing in this part of Guangxi.

Often when traveling across Guangxi and seeing these magnificent mountains and amazing scenery, my mind goes back to the words of King David in Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Pray with us that the people of Guangxi would come to experience the personal love and care of the God who created these amazing mountains.

Until next time,
Joel & Debbie Chute

PRAY WITH US
PRAISE God for providing leaders for all 15 discipleship groups within the middle school at ICS.  These groups will involve 100+ students (approximately one third of the middle school). Some of these are continuing from last year – new groups will start to meet the first week of October. PRAY that relationships of trust will be developed, the Holy Spirit would guide conversations and that faith would be encouraged and strengthened.

With the end of a week-long holiday in China for their Mid-Autumn festival and National Day celebrations, students attending training classes at numerous locations in south central China returned to the classroom on October 5th. These training classes are focused on training and equipping local believers to give leadership as lay leaders and pastors for the church in southern central China.  PRAY that these men and women would not only develop a deeper understanding of the Scriptures through these times of instruction, but would also move to a deeper level of commitment in their walk with God.

Many of heard of the deadly explosions in LiuCheng, Guangxi at the end of September that killed seven people and injured at least another fifty individuals. PRAY that believers in LiuCheng and surrounding areas would be messengers of God’s peace and compassion to those who have impacted by these terrifying events.