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A Note From Pastor James...

Weidner Ministries is nearing our 1st decade celebration. The past ten years have been an adventure filled with fruitful ministry, many wonderful and challenging surprises, and much supernatural provision. Our initiatives continue to grow and affect change in people's lives. Our mission is to R.E.A.C.H. people with good news and offer hope for their future. Check out some of our exciting opportunities and maybe you would like to partner or re-partner with us once again. We are so appreciative for all the support over the years and are looking forward to what the next ten years have in store. P. James
Our Vision...

To build a collaboration of mission-driven initiatives seeking to R.E.A.C.H. people with the life-giving message of Jesus Christ & Creating intentional communities of devoted followers who are passionate about making disciples who make disciples. 
Our Mission...

R evival... reviving people with the life transforming message of the Gospel.  
 
E quipping... the saints for works of ministry.
A ctivating... ministry gifts to serve.
C aring... for people.
H ealing... the sick with the love of God.

An Important Partnership Opportunity...
Our new China Foundation registration needs your support!

We have been presented with an open door to launch a registered Foundation in Shanghai, China. This is an amazing opportunity that we cannot pass up. We are moving forward believing for the needed provision. This Foundation will support the services of Shanghai Healing Home and Learning & Therapy Center as well as additional charitable opportunities. In addition, this Foundation will have the ability to issue charitable receipts (fapiaos) within China, which is huge.  This is a break through we have been believing for! The time to step out is now with an imminent capital increase on the horizon.   We are seeking generous partners to support the effort in raising the capital registration fee of $300,000USDReceipts and fapiaos can be issued for this partnership. Email us about the details. foundation@charitydreamshanghai.com
Fast Facts...
Getting to know us...
  • James & Christina Weidner have lived and ministered in Asia for over 15 years. 
  • Weidner Ministries launched June 2008.
  • City Connect launched in January 2009.
  • Shanghai Healing Home launched October 2010. 
  • Learning Beyond Academy launched September 2011. 
  • English Language Studies launched 2012.
  • Creative Arts Academy launched February 2014.
  • Over 130 full-time team members.
  • Over 150 babies cared for.
  • Over 450 students enrolled.
  • Engaging hundreds of volunteers each month. 
  • 20+ gatherings and groups meeting weekly.
  • Full time employment opportunities available each year.
  • Cost approximately $750USD each month to care for each special needs baby in our care. 
  • We need your support!

EQUIP: Bible & Ministry Training...



EQUIP is a ministry training initiative with a focus on raising up Pastors, Worshipers, and Leaders who will engage in local Church ministry.
 
Equip's
online platform allows access to anyone, any where, at any time through our remote classes and  
podcast.
 
- Ministry internships  
- Weekly Bible Training
- Music & Worship Training  
- Leadership Training  
- Marriage & Family Workshops 
- Counseling & Coaching Services 
 
China Mission Opportunities 


Participate in one of our weekly groups ... 

Join our English summer program...

 


 
Each summer the campers, staff and volunteers enjoy an awesome summer program in Shanghai. This past summer our camp was a 4-week Egyptian journey, discovering Respect, Perseverance, Faithfulness, and Forgiveness.  Our campers worked so hard and gave their best in the final production, "Joseph, From The Pit To The Palace".   It is always amazing to watch our campers transformed from the  first day of camp to our final production.  There are many group and individual volunteer and paid positions available for 2018 summer camp. Our camp will be extending next year from July 9 to August 17. Register to volunteer TODAY. 

Visit our babies in the Healing Home and Learning & Therapy Center...
   

 
SHH  is a non-profit foster home assisting the local Chinese Children's Welfare Institutes by providing pre and post-surgical care to abandoned Chinese orphan babies born with surgically correctable deformities. SHH provides a home-like environment that meets our babies' physical, emotional and developmental needs.

Since 2009
139 babies cared for
267 surgeries performed
78 babies adopted
32 babies in our home today
28 full time care givers
$750  monthly avg. cost to care for each baby
$1,500 avg. cost of each cleft lip or palate surgery
100% funded by donations of private donors  
SHH Learning and Therapy Center Complete! 
We are so thankful to our sponsors who have made this day possible! The SHH Learning and Therapy Center has been completed, and we are ready to begin classes. This new facility will give our children a place where their minds can grow, and their bodies can be strengthened. 
 
 
 


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Join our Learning Beyond Academy teaching team...
Interviewing for full-time, mission-minded teachers.  

OUR MISSION: LEARNING BEYOND ACADEMY PROVIDES A HOLISTIC, CHARACTER BUILDING, LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT PROMOTES A LOVE FOR LEARNING. WE ENDEAVOR TO ENHANCE EACH CHILD'S EXPERIENCE BY GIVING THEM EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED AND BECOME RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS WITH A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.

 
S tarted in September 2010 with one teacher and 7 students, LBA has grown to be a full academic program with over 450 students in our Pre-Kindergarten, Primary, High School, and English studies tracks. LBA celebrated our first senior graduating class in the 2016/2017 school year.
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New Resources...

 
Audio Messages & Worship Podcast 
 
Now you can listen to sermons, teachings, workshops, and worship from Pastors James and Christina and Weidner Ministries. 
 
 
 

 


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Pastor's Blog
 
This is a new, raw, intentional blog by Pastors James and Christina Weidner, opening up their lives and thoughts about their relationship with Jesus, church, family and life. 







Upcoming Opportunities...
 
Winter EQUIP Class Revival & Revivalist
December & January Tuesday @ 7pm. (China Time) 
 
Spring Bethesda Class on Leadership
January - May 2018 Monday's at 6pm. (Central Standard Time)  
 
Israel Tour 
February 19 - March 3, 2018
A couple seats remaining.  
 
USA NOLA Summer Tour   
June 25 - July 6, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
 
Shanghai Summer 2018 Mission Trip Opportunities
July & August 2018 
 
Interviewing Now For Full-Time Employment Opportunities for 18'/19' School Year 
Applications are being accepted now. Learn more and   fill out an application today!  
 
Partners online meeting coming soon! 

Mission Trips & Tours...

Israel Tour 2018
February 19 - March 3, 2018

Join Pastor James Weidner on the Israel Tour 2018. City Connect Church is partnering with Cathedral of Praise - Philippines on this well organized, unforgettable Israel experience.



USA English Summer Tour 2018
June 25 - July 6, 2018

Join Pastor James and Christina Weidner on an English Learning Tour through the culturally rich region of Greater New Orleans, Louisiana. Experience the culture, food, and history as well as participating in special annual events with the Weidner's home church Victory Fellowship.  

Team Member Spotlight...
Paul and Lauren Schweizer

From the beginning, God's call has been evident in our journey with the Weidner Family. 
 
My husband Paul and I first met the Weidners in Shanghai in 2011, after relocating there for Paul's job as a Marine Engineer.  As a "trailing spouse", I was looking for ways to volunteer and had heard about the Shanghai Healing Home which was run by a family who was also starting a school.  I met Christina when interviewing with her for a teaching position.  We immediately connected and knew that the Lord had planned our meeting and I became the first PK2 teacher at Learning Beyond Academy. 
 
The first time we visited a the gathering on a Sunday morning...there were many people squeezed into a living room, with people stacked on the stairs. In that crowded room, singing praise songs in a foreign language, the presence of Lord was so obvious that we never doubted for a second that this was the community we were called to. It was easy to see the work that was happening in China and that He was using the Weidners and we wanted to be a part of it. 
 
After 2 years of fellowship and serving in the community, Paul's career brought us back to the US and we found ourselves having to say goodbye to our precious friends, but we knew we had more to do in China. 
 
God confirmed His plan to  Paul and I  through a verse in Matthew 16: Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."  We both agreed that we wanted to "follow" and that, for this season, Jesus had a place for us in Shanghai. After careful consideration, we decided to leave Paul's professional career directly and sell all our worldly possessions to make a commitment for our family to join the team in Shanghai.
 
These 3 years have been an ever-transitioning time for our day-to-day responsibilities.  We have seen the gatherings go from ballrooms to living rooms and everything in between, participated with LBA when it was a school of 60 students to now 300+, and SHH grow from a few bedrooms to it's own 3-story building and Learning & Therapy center. We depend on God's grace daily, but there has never been any wavering in our commitment to His call on our lives and the joy we receive in following Him. How happy we are that He chose us to partner with these dear friends and the amazing work happening here! 


HIGHLIGHT: Our English Language Studies (ELS) Team Dinner

Our wonderful ELS team gathered together for a dinner to celebrate and show appreciation for all the hard work and dedication of our ELS family. 

Employment  Opportunities ...
Mission-minded opportunities

Join the Team or Short-term Missions.
"Do what you love and make a difference doing it"

Some Positions:
Admin Positions
Program Administrators
Lead Teachers
Learning Assistants  
Summer Camp Positions
Long Term Volunteers
Community Care Roles
Outreach Coordinators
Short Term Mission Teams
Internships
Music Teachers
Baby Care/Nurses
Marketing & Graphic Design


Become a Partner...
Make *End of Year* contributions.

God has done wonderful things through all of our ministry initiatives this year. We cannot all go live in other parts of the world but we can all send our generous donations to empower these initiatives to continue to grow and impact lives. As 2017 is soon coming to a close, you can begin preparing your year-end contributions now. Help us finish the year strong and prayerfully considering choosing Weidner Ministries.

Become a $25, $50, or $100 a month PARTNER. (Select: Make this a monthly donation) More donation options...



"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency, in all things, at all times, you may abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8  

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