“Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!” (2 Corinthians 6:11-13 MSG)

As I am writing this we will be landing in the USA after spending a week in Shanghai. I mentioned in one of my last blogs, China has been on our radar for almost 40 years. We felt the call to China way back in our Bible School days. Five years ago, we sent the Weidner’s to Shanghai, the Barnitz’s and 2 single girls are also helping with the work. To say the least one can’t help to be moved by their ministry. I can relate to the Queen of Sheba when she said, “And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.” I Kings 10:6 If you are a human your heart will be moved seeing orphaned babies cared for at the healing home (Chinese can have only one child so some abandon the ones with birth defects). One baby stands out because he is “blue”- born with his heart on the wrong side, he too awaits a family to care for him. You can’t imagine the bill every month! The whole purpose of our trip was to hold a Holy Spirit Revival Conference at their church but God had other plans. I guess you could say we got Holy Ghost Shanghaied (to abduct, kidnap, nobble, snatch – take away to an undisclosed location against their will). We ended up having a very historical weekend of services throughout Shanghai with precious believers who were stirred up to “make their calling and election sure”. The Chinese church is growing very rapidly, more than any other nation at this moment. Christians worldwide are being persecuted but the Apostle Paul said, “the Word of God cannot be bound”. First Cor 6:11 tells us we are not being fenced in, but are learning to live openly and expansively despite the restrictions in the natural realm. Christina is speaking Mandarin like she was born there, along with Jamie and their precious children. Spending the sabbath worshipping with our Victory team watching them interact was amazing. No the half is not being told. Their world just gets larger everyday. I find myself chuckling knowing who is really getting “SHANGHAIED IN SHANGHAI”!

5 Replies to “SHANGHAIED”

  1. Wonderful ms Paris 🙂 may the scarf remind you of how we were all like hinds feet on high places! Jia you!

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  2. WOW, your blog has touched my heart. Thank You Jesus. Sounds like a successful trip for the LORD’S work. I know you two had an awesome time, Love You two. Blessings Pastor Parris 🙂

  3. Wow! What an amazing time it must have been! Love to hear more about the children who are there, 🙂 will be praying for them to be placed in christian loving homes! Believeing the lord to continue to have his will in shanghai!! Welcome home! !;)

  4. Good Merry Wednesday, Glad You Pastors are Home Again, but Believing You will Often Return to Shanghai!!! Hope You will Soon Visit Riverwalk Again. We want to hear first-hand accounts of your travels as well. Thank You Lord for Pastors Bailey and for my Pastors Solomon, In Jesus’ Precious Holy Name, Amen.

  5. Dear Parris, it was indeed a historical weekend for SCC. It has become one of my precious milestones in my walk in spirit. One day, I will remember the Word of God is shared even more when there is trouble time. I will rememeber prayers have been answered and little sheep were delivered in my connect group. I will remember how God uses this weekend to stir up but also strengthen us. I am proud of being part of acts chapter 29! Bless you!

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