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On Our Way Home

Ray Pritchard pastored in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. Married to Marlene for 38 years, he enjoys being a husband, a father and a grandfather, riding his bike, and playing with Dudley and Gary, beloved basset hounds.

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This morning we start our journey home.

The Great Circle Mapper says that starting in Taipei, Taiwan, we will travel 8075 miles to Memphis, Tennessee. We go from Taipei to Narita, Japan to Seattle to Salt Lake City and then to Memphis. Nick will travel from Seattle to Detroit and then to Chicago. All told, we will be en route for about 28 hours, including a six-hour layover in Seattle.

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This has been a whirlwind trip that has taken us a total of 16,684 miles in 10 days, a truly amazing journey when you think about it. But modern technology makes the amazing seem commonplace. In 1807 it took Robert Morrison, the first Protestant missionary to China, 113 days to travel by ship from America to China. We did it in less than 30 hours by flying over the North Pole.

In reflecting on this, I remember Morrison’s famous comment when asked shortly after his arrival if he expected to have any impact on the Chinese:

“No sir, but I expect God will!"

Two hundred years later, the fruit of his labor can be seen in the vibrant Chinese church. When I was asked this week why we broadcast into China, I gave a simple reply. For a long time, the “face” of Christianity has been a Western face. Within 20 years the “face” of Christianity will be a Chinese university student. If this is where God is moving, we want to be a part of it. 

As a result of this trip, we have some dreams of what God may be calling us to do in the future. A Chinese leader said to us on Friday morning, “There is plenty of work to do in China.” I’ve often thought that I’d rather have a small part in something big than a big part in something small. At KBM, we’re joining hearts and hands with our brothers and sisters in China to help move the Great Commission forward.

On behalf of Nick, Mike and Wesley and myself, we thank you for your gifts and prayers that made this trip possible. If you read this before Saturday night, please pray for journey mercies as we come home. 

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