Qinghai Province Outreach
Healing Broken Hearts in Jesus' Name
In Western China’s Qinghai province, on the Tibetan plateau, Harmony Outreach began a relationship with China Association of Social Work to provide hope, love and medical care to poor and minority group families. One of our biggest outreaches was our heart surgery project for children who suffered from complex heart problems. Harmony funded dozens of surgeries to help these children—and a few adults.
I vividly remember being in a crowded room with scores of families whose children were struggling with the effects of heart disease. They came believing that, as the leader of an American Non-Government Organization, I had significant financial resources which could save their child. I candidly confessed that Harmony was little more than my family’s own private ministry and we had zero financial resources—but I served a God who had all the resources of the universe. I explained that I served Jesus Christ who cared about them – but that we needed to call out to Him and ask for His power and provision for their hurting children.
And then a beautiful thing happened. For the first time in their lives, Buddhists, Muslims and communists took hands and joined me in praying to Jesus that He would look down upon this situation, that He would take note of our poverty and inability, and that He would supply what was needed to help these children—His strength flowing through our weakness.
He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:9-10)
Over the course of the next year, God began to supply what we needed to fund surgery after surgery. This project became almost too successful, in that so many of our supporters were donating to help the heart children that we were not getting enough to keep Harmony itself afloat. That was a learning experience, but in the end it turned out all right. I will never forget this beautiful time of ministry.
For most Asians who have never heard about Jesus—they need to “see” Christianity before they can “hear” about it. Often faith comes only after they have personally experienced selfless love.