New Mini-Movie: “China Missions (Never Heard Even Once)”
February 20, 2017
Here is the mini-movie we made from our last China Missions trip! It highlights the incredible need for children in China to hear about Jesus. An estimated 200 million people have never heard the name of Jesus even once in China, and tens of millions of these are children.
If you are stirred in your heart to help these children, you can! Join us on our next missions trip and you will be able to personally make an impact in the next generation of Chinese. Find out more here www.chinamissions.net
Naiah, Janis, and Asa
USA Visit and New Mini-Movie to be Released
October 14, 2016
We’re so excited to be releasing a brand new mini-movie focusing on the ministry to children in China. It will come out on YouTube and Vimeo shortly… so stay tuned. This video definitely took me longer to make than any other. I’m very happy with the result and pray it will inspire action to bring more children to Jesus in China. As always, a video would not be good without content or music… a big thank you to my wife Janis for guiding me to some of the key soundtracks and Jael Fischer for the incredible videography.
After 50 hours of editing… the 4 minute mini-movie has been completed
A few stills from the video
Above are some stills from the video…
Visit to the USA
Janis, Asa and I will be traveling to the USA for our first itinerating trip since returning to Hong Kong in the summer of 2014. We are very excited to be visiting again and will be traveling to a number of different churches and pastors conferences. Our number one goal when itinerating is simply to build quality relationships with everyone we meet. After 13 years of living on the mission field with my family, one thing I’ve seen God do over and over is connect people with a similar heart and vision for the unreached in China.
A recent 2016 article has ranked Hong Kong as the most expensive country in the world for expatriates to live in. This also means it is the most expensive city in the world for missionaries to live in because missionaries are, in essence, expatriates. Yet even as our family continues to grow, (and the Fischer Family now with three separate households), rents (HK also has the highest cost of living in the world), vehicles, etc., God has continued to provide for every need.
We are so thankful for every one of you whom God has placed in our lives. I wished we could see everyone this short 3 week trip, but we’ll just have to keep up on social media until we can make all the rounds :P.
Naiah, Janis, and Asa
September 1, 2016
What an exciting summer it has been! Here is a quick update on some of the things that have been happening over the last few months:
Asa Allen Fischer has arrived!
It was such a joy to finally meet little Asa. He’s officially a “mixed” baby (Caucasian and Asian parents) and we think he is super cute! We can testify that as you walk in faith in God’s plan for your life, He takes care of the important needs that arise. The crib, car seat, stroller, clothing, bottles and much more were all gifts from friends and relatives. There’s nothing better than to be serving God doing what He’s asked you to do. As much as we want to care for the needs of our kids, God wants to take care his kids needs and even more.
China Missions Trips
God loves the orphans! We took a team from Hong Kong and the USA on a trip with us to an incredible orphanage in China. This orphanage only takes special needs children. At first it was hard to overcome communication and relational obstacles, but I soon learned that even special needs children are VERY smart, active and communicative. We had the opportunity to minister to and pray with the special needs children during the week we were there (and some who weren’t able to speak began praying in tongues). Acts 2:17 & 39 came alive: ““‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh…..39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off…”
The highlight mini-movie for this trip will be released very soon!
Created new ministry videos for RHEMA Hong Kong & Mark Hankins Ministries
I was honored to be asked to make a highlight mini-movie for both of these outstanding ministries. They’ve had a tremendous impact on our church here in HK. This summer, about 20 from our leadership just graduated from RHEMA HK and we hosted a week of ministry meetings at our church with Rev. Mark and Trina Hankins here in Hong Kong.
Janis, Asa and I will be making our first trip to the USA since graduating Bible School in 2014. We’ll be in the USA from Oct 17 to Nov 3 itinerating in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and a few other places. We’re looking forward to seeing some of you again soon when we’re back!
Naiah, Janis, and Asa
Winter in Hong Kong
Jan. 16, 2016
Wintertime is here, and it is cold! Our home, with concrete walls and tile floors, is colder inside that it is outdoors. The only relief is a blanket or sitting directly in front of a small floor heater (which we try not to run that often because the electricity gets very expensive, fast). As modern and rich as Hong Kong is, this is pretty much the way most homes are here. So you try to get used to inside temps being as low as 50s and 60s for a couple months.
I wanted to write this update to give a glimpse into the winter months of Hong Kong. The changing seasons bring new opportunities to lead people to a closer relationship with God, which is our personal mission. It can also bring challenges to overcome (as stated in paragraph 1, above) as missionaries. But I can testify that the peace and joy of obeying God’s purpose for your life FAR outweighs anything else.
A huge part of winter is Christmas. We believe Christmas traditions are good traditions and we try to instill them into the new believers in our church. Most here know that Christmas is about Jesus as they learn at a young age in one of the many Christian or Catholic schools founded in HK under the British rule. Every year during Christmas week Faith Family Church (FFC) has done a Christmas drama about the birth of Jesus and had a Christmas party. Both are designed for people to invite their friends and be exposed to the Gospel. I’m pleased to say that a number of people received Jesus and much joy and excitement were added to the church. A combined total of 225 people came to the two events making it the largest week for FFC yet.
Although Christmas is not celebrated in the homes of most Hong Kong people, it is a big hit in the malls and skylines. This past Christmas while visiting some of the MANY lustrous shopping malls HK offers, I tried to take a few pictures of their main attractions. Christmas is not celebrated in the homes of most HK Chinese. They typically go out to eat or maybe even catch up on sleep Christmas Day.
In February we’ll hit the main winter holiday: Chinese New Year. Everything pretty much shuts down as all are out visiting family and friends for three days. Throughout the time Janis and I will be focusing on leading our Small Group and FFC to a closer relationship with God. Pastors Steve & Sharmin had a vision this year for our entire church to read through the Bible. We’ve all downloaded the YouVersion Bible App, connected as friends, and started a one year Bible plan. It has been amazing to see how the app and accountability has created a surge of Bible readers.
As missionaries, the majority of the people we minister to are new believers who have gotten saved in our church. This is why we are here! God is pioneering a church here that reaches out to this city of 7 million people. Hong Kong works longer hours per year than any other country– by far. But slowly and steadily these young adults are making God the center of their life.
Doris, a sister in FFC, travels nearly 2 hours to church (one way). But she shared how it is worth it because “there is something special about FFC, it’s a home with love”.
Sabrina, one of our Small Group members, chose not to take a job because it would not allow her to go to church on Sunday. She said she didn’t have peace in her heart about it. Only shortly after God blessed her with a better job that did.
Last week, Gary, another Small Group member who’s been saved just over a year, shared how he confessed healing scriptures over his sick body and was healed before he went to bed that night.
Thank you… you who have prayed and invested in what God is doing here. We are so excited about the transformation in the lives of the Chinese people. January, February and March can be some of the coldest and dreary months, but lets continue to do what God has called us to do. There is always purpose and fulfillment when following His plan.
We’re Having a Baby!
Dec. 25, 2015
We are overjoyed to announce that Janis and I will be having a baby! The current due date is mid-July 2016. We’re so excited to begin this new phase of our lives and step into parenthood. Right now we are looking at a lot of different names and thinking about what to do for the baby’s room. Hopefully we’ll know if it’s a boy or girl by mid February…
We will keep everyone as updated as possible!
Naiah and Janis
Life in Hong Kong
Nov. 10, 2015
I just felt like sharing a little bit of what life is like living as missionaries in the metropolis of Hong Kong. I’ll do the best I can as there is so many different aspects to talk about.
First off, our home. Real Estate in Hong Kong rates easily top 10 most expensive in the world. When we returned to Hong Kong after graduating from Rhema Bible College in the USA, we realized there would be a faith challenge as Janis and I found our first home as a married couple in Hong Kong. Upon returning, we moved into a 700sq. ft. apartment that some of our ministry interns were renting before we arrived. This apartment is very unique as it has two bathrooms (something I know God arranged). Since then we have been sharing this apartment with our ministry interns from the USA, and as of this writing it’s been nearly a year and a half.
We are extremely thankful for what we have in this home. A family in our church shared how they are living with 12 people in an apartment the same size! All this is not because everyone is poor in HK, but because of the extreme hike in rental prices.
Here are some pictures of the house:
Secondly, travel. Public transportation in Hong Kong is very good. They boast probably the best metro railway system in the world… transporting millions of people daily. But, travel can take a long time. The average time it takes someone to come to our church from their home is 30-45 minutes. It is not uncommon for daily commutes to be an hour or two. For Janis to travel roundtrip from our home to downtown HK to interpret at the Bible School, she has to travel 4 hours! It takes us an hour of driving to get to church (or an hour and a half on public transportation). The incredible part is that all of HK would fit into a 50 mile square radius. It just takes time to get around.
Fortunately, we are extremely grateful to own a car here. It basically cuts travel times in half. The downside to a car is gas costs $9USD a gallon, paying for parking EVERYWHERE you go, expensive government taxes… but it is a life saver for us. God has worked a miracle for us, my parents and brother to each own a car. It is also a necessity as we the use the vehicles all the time in transporting ministry gear (instruments etc.), our missions teams, guest ministers and in many other ways. My car was a surprise gift from my dad on my 19th birthday!
Thirdly, ministry. We primarily reach youth and young adults in our ministry in Hong Kong. What makes it easy is how open the hearts of the young people are to God. They are very responsive to the Gospel and do not have a lot “baggage” to work through. What we have found though is the next steps of discipleship are hard for new Christians of any age to take here. The driving force for Hong Kong is to make more money, thus their philosophy on life sums up to this: better education = better job = more money. As a result, for young people, school and education take precedence over everything,including God and going to church. Once they establish careers, many work on Sunday or have long overtime hours (unpaid) that limit their ability to commit more of their life to God. It is our challenge as missionaries and pastors here to show how much God truly cares about their life and has a wonderful plan for them already laid out. And it is so rewarding to see the people at Faith Family Church put God first in their life. It takes a long time though… years… for the process of discipleship to fully take root.
I hope this has given a little insight into life in Hong Kong. It’s truly by God’s faithfulness that we’ve had the privilege of living here for over 12 years now. If you feel a tug in your heart to be a part… then act! You can join a missions trip, give, and of course PRAY! As I can testify from firsthand experience, missions work is a team effort where success is only possible when we’re working together!
New Film Released- The Children of China
Oct. 3, 2015
I’m very excited to announce the release our newest film, highlighting the events from our last two China Missions Trips. From having the privilege of leading many missions trips with my wife Janis, each trip seems to have it’s own flavor and set of experiences. This last trip was no exception! In fact, we had a rare opportunity to actually hold an outreach in a public square in a village that was literally hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. It was reminisce of the village in the movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.
On the technical side, this video took me about 30 hours to make. It was probably the most difficult film I’ve made for the ministry. Halfway through I really ran into a dead-end, not knowing how to filter through the thousands of video clips and piece them in a logical flow. But thank God, step by step, it began to form. A very helpful aspect was gathering feedback from the rest our ministry team. It is so insightful to receive ideas and correction when working on something like this.
Some of the highlights from the events in the film were:
- The entire village in southwest China being exposed to the Gospel
- Roughly 80 children from this village hearing about and receiving Jesus for the first time
- The children in the orphanage continue to grow in the things of God to be missionaries to the towns they came from
- Visiting a kindergarten for the first time
- A strong response from Faith Family Church Hong Kong with team members and support for both trips
If you’re heart was moved for the children of China, then this is just the beginning! I encourage you to act on what God is stirring in you. Some obvious action points are prayer, giving, and going on a missions trip. All three are a necessity for the work like what you saw in the film to be accomplished. As you act on what God is leading you in, not only will you be blessed but you will have a part in the Gospel spreading in the great nation of China.