Tuesday, December 28, 2010


(Pictured above: Aaron, Jim, (Cabbie Dog), Miley, Jenny, Matt, Coletta)
"And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;  Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage."
(Deut. 6:11 - 12)

The picture above was taken yesterday just before our Sunday dinner on Dec. 26th.  I pray that I will not soon forget not just the picture, but the people and the event of this wonderful weekend.  It seems like the older I get the more worrisome I become about some things, and the more grateful I am for life and for my family.  The reason this picture is priceless to me is that this past week end, Coletta and I were able to celebrate our Christmas with both of our sons, our daughter in law and our granddaughter at our home and church. 

Aaron, our youngest son had not been back to U. S. for two years. Thus he had not seen his brother and family for two years.   His only "niece" Miley was one when he last saw her.  She is now three.  I'm the one that insisted on this picture because I know that with Aaron's time back in the states being only one month long, we might not be together again as we were yesterday for years to come.  It's likely that the next time Aaron sees Miley she will be in Kindergarten.  

The thing that makes me feel that God blessed me with such a great Christmas this year is the dark velvet back drop in this year's Christmas scene here in Van Wert, Ohio.  Within just the past two weeks, one young man in a nearby town lost his 50 year old mother, his 25 year old wife and his 3 year old son in a car wreck.  Another young father we know along with his 3 and 5 year old children lost his 34 year old wife to cancer, and several families here in Ohio lost their children in house fires.  I'm also thinking tonight of a little three year old girl who's mother was sent to prison a few days ago.  A pastor friend of mine in Kansas died on Christmas morning and another Pastor friend had to resign his church just a few Sundays before Christmas. 

So now you see why I say, "God has been so good to me, our family and our church this Christmas."  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!   Thank you Lord for not giving me what I deserve but by showering me with such blessings in having a great family and church this Christmas Season!"

I'm Jim Burns and that's something to think about!    Email:  jimmycburns@aol.com

Saturday, December 11, 2010


(Pictured:  My wife, Coletta with our granddaughter, Miley Burns)

In spite of My wife's horrible pain, I think she had a great birthday yesterday.  Her parents drove up from Marion, Ohio and surprised her for lunch and cake.  We sang the B. D. song, and she blew out her candles.  I won't say how many candles!  Since she has been pretty much bed fast due to her pinched sciatic nerve, some of the women from the church have been bringing over food for lunch each day this week.  What a blessing!  With my "lack of" cooking skills and almost daily trips to Wendy's and Balyeat's, the home cooked meals have hit the spot.  Other than my in-laws coming for the afternoon, Coletta's birthday was pretty low key this year since she was not able to leave the house. 

Today, Dave and Shelly Miller, a couple who attend our church got married at a nearby country church and their reception was at Liberty (our church).   As I type this,  we are getting    T. V. and Internet reports that a possible blizzard like snow will be starting in about 3 hours.  Temperatures will be dropping like crazy soon and it presently raining pretty hard.  So, Sunday morning church could be a little challenging.  We have several folks who drive as far as 25 and 30 miles in to fellowship and serve at our church, and I must accept the fact that with ice on the roads topped with drifting snow, many won't be able to come. As dangerous as it could be, I certainly don't want them to take a risk. These are "Sundays" Pastors never order, but get from the Lord to humble us (I guess).

So why don't you come and worship with us tomorrow?   If you can't, then send money.  HA!

This is Jim C. Burns, and that's something to think about!   Email:  jimmycburns@aol.com

PS.  Please pray for our son, Aaron Burns who is flying home from China Dec. 29th.  He has not been home for two years.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I'm the guy on the right in the "black and blue."  I met this Ohio "Buckeye" from Toledo skiing alone like me, so we spent the afternoon going the slopes together.  This was the last time I skied at Winter Park, CO.  For the first time in my life, I skied above the timber line.  JUST SNOW EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK!  It was a blast.  But, I kinda feel like the "Pillsbury Dough Boy" in this picture.  I'm hoping to get a new ski jacket for Christmas this year.  Bright GREEN so the Ski Patrol can see me better in the Avalanche!

I'm Jim Burns and this is "Something to Think About!"       Email:  jimmycburns@aol.com

Friday, December 3, 2010


Coletta,  has a pinched sciatic nerve. We would covet your prayers for her.

Thank you.  Jim C. Burns, Van Wert, Ohio

Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Friday, November 12, 2010


This is something to think about. Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. (James 4:14)

We are sad to learn of the death of the founder and president of Reformers Unanimous, Steven Curington from Rockford, Illinois. Steve walked in the presence of His Savior for the first time around 4:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. He had an apparent heart attack.

Steve was just 45 and was being mightily used of God in helping thousands of men, women, and young people come to Christ and find victory over their addictions. Steve developed a ten principle plan that was implemented for local Baptist Churches to use in a two hour Friday night recovery program to help people who struggle with drugs, alcohol, pornography and any other addictions.

Our church started Reformer's Unanimous 5 years ago. Our former Director, Dennis Dull and I drove up to Saginaw, Michigan in Sept. 2006 to an R. U. training conference and had the privilege of hearing Steve Curington preach at that rally. I shook his hand and briefly greeted him as he passed down our aisle after one of the services.

He leaves behind a young wife, Lori, and five young children. I'm having a difficult time understanding this death. On this side of heaven, we would call this an "untimely death." A young, great leader, moving mountains for God, changing lives by the thousands around the world, author of some of the most practical Christian books to help people be liberated from not only addictions but church legalism, and now, he's gone.

But, there is a reason for this. And, as much as we will miss Steve and his family and close friends and his ministry will miss him, the bottom line is it "was his divine appointment" which God already had settled long before the world was ever created.

His work will follow him and the ministry will continue and probably grow even more now. Please pray for his wife and children as well as his parents and brothers. He died doing what he loved doing. He was busy preaching and serving the Lord. No doubt when Steve Curington entered Heaven, His lord said unto him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matt. 25:21).

Learn more about the ministry Steve founded at: reformu.com

Monday, October 11, 2010


(Pictured: The 12 men from Liberty Baptist attending retreat)
Due to the days and many hours our men invested to put the finishing touches on our new church auditorium this year, we were not able to spend much planning time working on our annual retreat. Rather than having several church groups involved, this year we felt we needed to just get away as a group of men from our church. With limited funds available, the Lord used David and Janice Lichtensteiger of Convoy, OH to offer their cabin at Coldwater Lake, Michigan for free! The cabin was just the right size for our group, and with Deacon Jerry Miller organizing the meals, we had a grand ole time in the best "Indian Summer" autumn weather one could ask for.

Sunny skies from Thurs. to Saturday, and temperatures in the 60's and 70's, fishing and just sight seeing on the Lichtensteiger's pontoon boat were the highlights of the 2 day stay. For me, the fellowship was awesome, the campfire was warm, but seeing 11 men from our church Saturday morning sitting out in the Lord's creation alone during their "30 minute God and I Time" brought tears of joy to my eyes.

"Thank you Lord for putting this together for us this year! We all needed the rest and the fellowship in Your beautiful autumn weather and your scenic creation! What a blessing!"

Thursday, September 30, 2010


(Pictured: Jim & Coletta Burns, Beneth Jones, Bob Jones III)

Pastoring God's people in a local church is filled with tremendous blessings. It is also hard work because our sinful nature does not like doing spiritual things. Also,because the Devil is always against you, it can sometimes be brutal. Our pain and pressure as Pastors and Pastor's wives are not like the pain our good people at Liberty Baptist suffered with for nearly three years of striving to physically convert a school building into a church building. Our pain is not like the agony of a broken bone or pulled muscle. Our pain is often invisible to the human eye. Our pain is usually from the temptations of the world trying to pull us away from the will of God, and from a Devil and demons who would be thrilled to see us get washed out.

But the Bible still says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9). Satan fought our church's building program about as hard as I have ever seen him fight. He did not want this to happen. He did not want that last drop of paint brushed on. Satan did not want the final light bulb screwed in. He didn't want the pulpit placed on the platform. He didn't want the church choir to sing their first song in our new auditorium. But, Satan lost this battle and Jesus won.

Every now and then, a special gift or event takes place that we know has to be God saying,"You've past another test,so, here's your reward for a good grade." For me as the Pastor here, my reward for what our church has been through these past three years was having Dr. Bob Jones III and his wife, Beneth Jones come to Van Wert to help us celebrate this great victory. This is probably the greatest honor Coletta and I have ever had in 34 years of ministering at five different churches in four different states.

Although hated and misunderstood by many, Dr. Bob Jones, III is one of the most sincere, genuine, compassionate and friendly men I have ever met. Beneth is equally the same as a Christian lady. Let me say the Devil hates this couple also. But Jesus loves them and has used them for many years.

Back in the 80's when a very well known Pastor of a large church fell, I heard Dr. Bob Jones, III say, "Maybe now we have finally learned that in Fundamentalism, our only hero should be Jesus Christ!" Well, Dr. Bob, I know your right about this. But I must confess, I have loved and admired you and your wife as a man of God and she a women of God since the day I met you, and you're still my hero in the ministry!

(Pictured: Me shaking hands with Bob Jones, III in new auditorium).

Thanks to both of you as well as the BJ pilots, Pete and Morgan for coming to our church Sept. 18 & 19, 2010. It made it worth it all. May God bless you.

(BJU Pilots, Morgan and Pete standing with Dr. and Mrs. Bob Jones, III)

Sunday, September 26, 2010


This photo was taken Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 on our Dedication Sunday. Most of our members stayed for the photo shooting. To the far right, my wife, Coletta and I are pictured with Van Wert City School Superintendent, Ken Anstutz and his family along with guest speaker, Dr. Bob Jones, III and his wife, Beneth. It was a glorious week end and a great victory for our church to be able to dedicate the facility the Lord gave us.

Friday, September 24, 2010


It's almost midnight on Friday night, Sept. 24, 2010, and I'm feeling guilty. Whenever I was out of town, sick, making church visits or entertaining my 3 year old granddaughter on Sat. morning, I would have an underlying "guilt trip" going on for not being at the Sat. work day at our church. I'm sure I can testify for myself as well as about 20 faithful church men and women from Liberty Baptist. "Tomorrow's Saturday and I don't have to go to work on the church building!" It's weird. When you add the hundreds of building committee meetings, praying and working to get needed funds, votes and decisions to make on what to do and "how to do it," (or, what color it should be), we are all drained, beat down and tired. But, as my son Aaron in China would say, "It's a GOOD tired!" And that it is.

There's no way I can thank the hard workers in our church for working on turning the Horace Mann School into a church building to house the Liberty Baptist Ministries. I just pray God will richly reward all of you. Very soon, I will type up a blog post about last week end's ribbon cutting, Dedication Service with Dr. Bob Jones, III and his wife, Beneth as our guests, and how the first two Sundays in our new auditorium went. Officially, this coming Sunday will be my first Sunday to preach behind the pulpit the church bought me 2 years ago. But, that's O. K., cos we saved it for NOW!

So, after over two years of work days, work nights, literal blood, literal sweat, and literal "tears," it's over. But, really, it will never be over until Jesus comes! Cos, we have tons of souls to reach for Christ, and plenty of roof leaks. Maybe doing those two maintenance projects will keep us out of trouble until the rapture!

I'm tired Jim C. Burns, along with a tired wife and a tired church . . . . . AND THAT'S SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Dr. Bob Jones, III, Chancellor and former President of Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC will be the featured speaker at the Building Dedication of the Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third Street in Van Wert. The Dedication Service will be Saturday, September 18th at 2:00 pm in the church’s new auditorium. An open house and reception will begin at 3:30 pm.

Dr. Bob Jones, III and his wife, Beneth will also be speaking at Liberty Baptist Sunday morning, Sept. 19th. At 9:30 am, Mrs. Jones will teach a Bible lesson to the teen girls and adult women in the Youth Department, and Dr. Jones will address the teen boys and adult men in the church’s new auditorium. Dr. Jones’ final message of the day will be during the Sunday Morning worship service at 10:45 am. Liberty Baptist Church is now located at the former Horace Mann School.

You are all invited to come join us for this very special week end!

Jim C. Burns, Pastor - Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


(My youngest son, Aaron Burns with me in Hong Kong in December, 2009).

Our son, Aaron has served in China now for six years. August 24 was his 31st birthday. He was able to spend the week end with some friends in Hong Kong and visit Hong Kong Disney. Our hopes are that Aaron can fly home for a brief visit next January. It has been two years since he has been back in the U. S.
We love you and miss you Aaron! Happy Birthday!


Here's Miley Burns the Birthday girl! We met up with her parents and Miley's other grandparents who came in from Kansas for her birthday party at Yellow Springs, OH. We went to Young's Jersey Dairy. It's quite the place and a great place for a party.

Happy Birthday Granddaughter Miley! Papa Burns loves you!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Liberty Baptist Church of Van Wert, Ohio voted on this Sunday night, ordered it Monday, and it was started and finished in six hours on Tuesday! Summer Sealers wanted to do our double sealing and re-striping on Monday, but could not due to a ladies volley ball game our church had on Monday evening. Our parking lot looks like new with twice as many handicap spaces and two new visitor's spaces. This Sunday will be better thanks to Summer Sealers. What a blessing also to know how sharp this will look for our Building Dedication Service on Saturday, Sept. 18!

(Pictured above, Church Member, Larry Nighswander)
Thank you Steve and Ben Laudick and crew for an A+ job!

I'm Jim C. Burns and this is something to think about! Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Thursday, July 15, 2010


This is me and my only grandchild, Miley Burns at the Columbus, Ohio Zoo in May of this year. We spent a day there and it was a lot of fun. There's an elephant behind us trying to hide behind a tree. My wife, Coletta snapped this picture.

This is something to think about!

Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Friday, July 9, 2010


(Pictured above: me at St. Augustine, Florida on Father's Day, 2010)
Our church only has ten weeks to complete our new auditorium in time for our Building Dedication on Sept. 18th. Please pray for us as we sail into Victory Harbor by our church volunteers enduring unto the end of this 3 year project!

(Pictured above: Coletta Burns in front of the Freedom Boat, June 20, 2010)

This is something to think about!

Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Friday, July 2, 2010


(Pictured: Mike Ramser)

Thanks to Mike Ramser, Fred Heimann, Steve Mengerink, and Larry Nighswander our four new auditorium air conditioners are up and running!

As of last Saturday, the former Horace Mann School Gym which was built in 1953 has air conditioning for the very first time! This is the new Liberty Baptist Church auditorium, and this summer, it is all coming together! Today, all 30 of the ceiling light bulbs were installed and the pulpit platform is being built. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the tireless volunteer workers and to all of you who have given sacrificially to see this project through. I really believe we will be worshipping in this beautifully remodeled room by the first Sunday of September,2010.

(Pictured: Steve Mengerink, Project Manager)

Stop by and take a look! It's not only exciting, it's "something to think about!"

(Pictured: Larry Nighswander, and Fred Heimann, Building Supervisor)

Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

PS. Another big thanks goes out to Mark and Chris Bayus of M & M Sound from Ohio City for running the wires and hooking up the electricity for our new lights.
(Pictured: Mike Ramser outside of auditorium)

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Coletta (my wife) and I just got back this Tuesday from a week at Florida. We were at Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach, on the Atlantic side. Very relaxing and refreshing. Here I am getting my picture taken by Coletta with the Atlantic Ocean behind me. No tar balls. It was hot and humid, but very nice. I thank the Lord for a safe flight down and back. Below is a picture of my wife and me on our 34th anniversary.

We sure will be thinking about this trip for a long time. After flying down and back from Dayton to Daytona, my arms sure are tired.

Jim C. Burns, Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


This is the front of our school that we bought that we are converting into a church building. This coming December will be our second year in our new building. Our church has capable men and women who have worked tirelessly day and night to provide materials and labor to finish the job. Many sacrifices have been made by God's people to get this project completed. This summer, we are on our last lap striving to complete the old gym to make it our future main auditorium.

Please pray with us that God will miraculously provide the needed funds to complete this task. Our Building Dedication will be Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 at 2 pm. Our speaker is Dr. Bob Jones, III, Chancellor of Bob Jones University.

This is Jim C. Burns, Sr. Pastor of the Liberty Baptist Church of Van Wert,OH and
that's something to think about.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Last Tuesday was history for the Liberty Baptist Church men of Van Wert, Ohio. To my knowledge, this was "a first" in the 28 years of our church's existence. With just one week's notice, we invited our church men by Emails, a church announcement, and a few phone calls to drop everything and go to a campground to spend a week day fishing, eating, sitting around the campfire, and fellowshipping.

12 men journeyed out to Grover Hill, Ohio to Bluewater Campground during the day, with an additional four men coming in the evening to make our total attendance 16. Travis Kittle and I were burdened to try and encourage the men of our church who where laid off, and also invite men who could take a day off work or come after their work day for some Christian "R & R." A couple of the guys actually got out at our camper in time to throw some sausage on the open fire for breakfast. The other men enjoyed lunch and supper again, cooked over an open fire.

A lot of the guys fished all day, a few played mini-golf, and my main fun was just hanging out with "the church guys," keeping some fresh coffee on all day and drinking plenty of coffee myself! This was great healing for our souls, and I believe a great victory for the Lord and the Liberty men to help draw us closer to the Lord and more united as the "Men of Liberty."

Thanks to all of you who helped last Tuesday be a one day camp success.

I'm Pastor Jim Burns and that's something to think about!
Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Now here we are on Monday after Easter, 2010 at the Tractor Supply Store in Van Wert, Ohio.

That's Something to Think About !

Go ahead and Email me at: jimmycburns@aol.com

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Thank God, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day! Due to Christ's resurrection, we have the hope of heaven by putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. (John 14:6, Romans 6:23).

We had a great day at church with 163 in attendance, a good spirit, several visitors. Our son, Matt, Jenny, and granddaughter, Miley joined us for the day. Praise God for His wonderful goodness to the Liberty Baptist Church of Van Wert, Ohio, and His goodness to our family. Our second son, Aaron Burns celebrated Easter with friends in China where he lives. Once again, we miss Aaron dearly during the Holidays and every day, but we thank God that He is protecting and providing for Aaron, and that God is using Aaron to be a testimony for Him!

I'm Jim Burns and that's something to think about!

Email me at: jimmycburns@aol.com

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


"Thank you Lord and thank you family for the time and health to get out and enjoy God's beautiful creation in the winter of 2010!"
(See story two articles below).

This is something to think about!

Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Saturday, March 6, 2010

J. C. B.'s Birthday Date with Miley

On this my 57th Birthday, Miley Burns, my 2 and 1/2 year old granddaughter came to Van Wert for a date with Papa. This morning we went to McDonald's for breakfast, the Family Video to get the movie (musical) "Annie" to watch, and stopped by our Van Wert Co. Airport to meet some pilot friends and watch a Piper Comanche take off. Thank you Miley for our special time together on my Birthday today!

Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


My wife, son Matt, Jenny and our granddaughter, Miley gave me a day to remember by Matt taking a vacation day to ski with his "old man" at Mad River Mountain, Ohio. This was the first time in over 4 years I had skied with Matt and his wife, Jenny, and the first time little Miley had ever been to a ski resort. Miss Coletta helped with arrangements, and baby sat her only granddaughter, Miley who is now 2 and 1/2 years old. This was Miley's first time "on skis." Her dad placed her on his skis for this picture. It's days like this, we really miss our other son, Aaron being with us. He is still in China. Thank you family for loving and caring for me during my "special day."

Saturday, February 13, 2010


(Pictured: Matt, Jim, Coletta, and Aaron Burns 1989 give or take a year or two).

(2 Cor. 5:14) “For the love of Christ constraineth us.”
Genuine love should motivate us in all we do. Loving Christ with all your heart will create a passion to love the Bible, the Church, Christians and lost souls. A man or woman filled with the love of Christ will not be void of proper love for your spouse, children, and other relatives and friends. On this Valentine’s Day, let us allow our Lord to renew His love in our lives that He may love others through our hearts.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Pastor Jim and Coletta Burns

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This picture was taken just 3 weeks ago the day after my plane arrived in Hong Kong. The city sky line and Victorian Harbor is in the background. Our youngest son, Aaron lives about two hours away from Hong Kong and goes there often. He has been in China for six years. It was such a blessing to see him again and awfully hard to say good bye when we returned home last week. But, God's grace is always sufficient when we are in His will and living out His plan for our lives.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


(Pictured above: Me with my son Aaron Sunday night down a dark narrow alley standing in front of a "closed" registered church in China).
My wife and I are presently on our final two days on what is my second visit to China. It was not that we just had a bag of extra money and tons of free time on our hands that brought us here. Basically, there were two main motivators which caused us to borrow money and come to China for the Christmas and New Year's Holiday. First, we have a son who was commissioned to come to this country six years ago, and he lives here. We have not seen Aaron for a year, and he could not come home for Christmas. Secondly, God gave us peace that we were to make this trip.

The truth is that even though Aaron is surrounded by millions of Asian people, he still gets home sick for his family and friends from the States. If the Lord ever moves one of your children or grandchildren half way around the world to serve Him, I know you would want to do the same thing we did.

Although these are the main reasons Coletta and I went to China, God used this trip in many other ways to really grip our hearts. I have seen thousands of needy people. A few days ago was New Year's Day. Our son took us to a nice restaurant, a foot massage, then, we walked to a huge supermarket up town about 3 stories high to pick up a few groceries. Every ounce of the escalators' both going up and coming down were packed shoulder to shoulder with Asian people. When we left the store to cross the busy city streets of Dongguan City (population, 7 million), It was like the whole town of Van Wert was all crossing the same road at the same time. As our side of the "crowd" hit the street at the flashing of the green light and "walk" sign, so did the other side. Most all of these people need the Lord, have never heard about salvation, and most have never seen a Bible.

The adrenaline rush (to me anyway) New Year's Day was what I would think the Knights in Shining Armor must have felt when they were meeting in the center of a battlefield with their enemy. Only here, we just all walked right by each other. Hundreds at the same time! Everyone we meet here seems very gentle, and non-violent. When we walked forever trying to find a taxi on this first of the year Chinese Holiday, I told Aaron, "I would even ride a city bus to get back to your apartment!" Until I looked up and saw a city bus and it looked so full I would think one would be squeezed to death inside. We walked the city streets all the way to our son's apartment. This is the place God has placed our youngest son. He has been here six years now.

And then, there's the "Fellowships." Last Wed. night I was asked to give my testimony of salvation at the fellowship where Aaron attends. With the help of an interpreter, I also briefly explained some principles from the Bible. I asked if any desired to know the details of these principles for their lives to stay after the service was dismissed and I would stay at the building to talk with them. 18 young adults stayed for over an hour, and when Aaron had to turn the lights out, the people didn't want to stop hearing the Word of God.

This past Sunday, Aaron took us to an ALL KOREAN Church, where the whole service (music and message was all in the Korean language. (about 300 people). Sunday afternoon, we went to the Fellowship where our son lives, and listened to someone else preach. The song service was in both English and Chinese, and Coletta and I stand there crying as we watched and listened and sensed the sincerity of faith in their singing.

At the conclusion of the service (they stand around and fellowship for about an hour after church is dismissed). I listened to 2 boys and 2 girls who are university students who started coming going to this "Fellowship" as the result of the English Corner Class Aaron's group goes to every Tues. night at the University. The two girls I Interviewed just received HIM, one in Nov and the other on Christmas Eve while we were here. One night I want to show our church these brief testimonies. They ride a bus one way over an hour from another city to come hear the Word of God, and they are thrilled to do it!

Anyway, I think my wife and I needed this trip much more than Aaron did. In church ministry, the sinful depraved nature in all of us as believers (especially in the American culture) seems to constantly gravitate towards being "inward centered." I struggle with this constantly. At church, it's all about "what we want." It's "our church, our class, our teacher, our pastor, our building, and it's all for us!" If "our agenda" gets derailed, we pout and want to take our toys and go home!

I get so drained and empty after trying to help people with life's problems and the every day stress of the ministry, that getting away to get a fresh vision and fresh oil from the Lord is a must for me. This trip was my "Pastor's Seminar" and "Continued Education Course!"

So, God used our 2009 - 2010 trip to China for all of the above. I will return to Van Wert and to Liberty with more spiritual fire and passion. I have been firmly reminded of "why I am here" and why the "church is here." So once again, Jesus has brought me back to a proper balance with a Christ centered focus. Now, due to this trip, our church, class, teachers, pastor, and yes, the building is all about Jesus and others.

Thank you Jesus for letting Coletta and I go visit our son and see his city and place of service. I hope Aaron and his "Fellowship Friends" were as encouraged in our coming as we have been in visiting them!

Today, we weathered the subways, went across the border, looked back after crossing into Hong Kong and saw a tall barbed wire fence and a long "mote" which divides Communism from "Freedom." I could see a red Communist flag waving in the distance flying over a tall building. Aaron took two days off for some R and R, and to bring us to the Hong Kong Airport. We are staying in a hotel close to the airport. Aaron will see us off Wed. night your time, send us to the airport, and take the subway back to China, (alone).

Please pray for his safety as he returns to mainland China, and ours as we fly home.

Thanks for your love and support.


Jim C. Burns, Sr. Pastor
Liberty Baptist Church
(Typing from Hong Kong)