China Update from Jana
I recently returned from China, and I’ve been bursting to tell you all about my trip! I came home to Botswana with over 700 photos, countless stories, and a heart that’s full! I returned home rejoicing over the ways God moved and the lives He touched—and thankful for your support, that made that possible.
My travel there turned out to be pretty wild, complete with delayed flights, lost rings, a debit card forgotten at the ATM, and getting myself lost in a not-so-great neighborhood—all in the first 24 hours! Thankfully, it was all uphill from there.
We had the opportunity to visit a local orphanage. You know my heart for the little ones, so I soaked up this opportunity to love on some precious babies. The American Kingdom worker who runs it has been there for 15 years, and has radically transformed it into a source of hope and life. It was amazing to get to visit and to hold and pray for the sweet infants there.
The absolute highlight of the whole trip was the retreat—three full days were spent ministering to almost 100 women serving throughout China. I was privileged to counsel and pray with women who desperately needed encouragement and a listening ear. I taught three workshops and spoke at a main session. I spoke on:
Grit and Glory: Facing Health Issues on the Field
Learning to be an overcomer, not just a survivor, through the hard times
Fantasy vs Reality: On Marriage and Family
Excelling as a wife and mom even on the mission field
“M” is for “Misfit”
Challenges and victories of being a Kingdom worker overseas.
What a joy it was to teach these incredible women, whose hearts were hungry for a fresh touch from Heaven. Worshiping together with them is something I will never forget.
Here are some testimonies from women who attended:
“I have really missed laughing and being with women. Because of the scholarship, I could come. Thank you!”
“I don’t know how long it has been since I’ve spent this much time leaning into the heartbeat of Jesus.”
“I’ve been writing a children’s book and struggling with the last illustration. While Jana shared her story and spoke about birthing, the Holy Spirit gave me a vision and I painted the last painting for my book!”
“I received a double privilege through the scholarships—Thank you! The Lord has filled me up so much!”
“I’ve been in China for eight years, and have had many dry times. I am so happy I could be here and be fed. I was encouraged to keep going and keep giving, even though it feels like so little. Thanks for reminding us it isn’t us, but Jesus through us.”
Seeing these women being spoiled and loved like they haven’t been in a long time made the whole trip worth it. These women are worth it! And they left with a renewed commitment and passion for sharing the Gospel. Their work will be enhanced because of what God did in those three days.
Thank you for partnering with me to touch these incredible women and, through them, the communities they serve. I am so grateful!
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