Worship service at the gospel center

Worship service at the gospel center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being part of an international missions agency with colleagues from places other than the USA and being in Taiwan, it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving time that we grew up in.  Jeanette misses her family especially this time of year because she has fond childhood memories of watching and helping her father cook most of their Thanksgiving Day feast.  Her mother, who cooked most of the time, gladly took to being his sous chef for the day.  We don’t have the same gathering of family and friends, sitting around a table of turkey and fixings and all the delicious sides like cranberry sauce (my favorite is the canned jelly kind), the game on TV, etc.  Nevertheless, every year this time we really stop to reflect on what we are most thankful for this year.   We praise God for He is the Giver of good & perfect gifts.

The local Taiwanese church we are helping with is one of those gifts.  It has been a source of encouragement to us in numerous ways.  Their humble service, their heartfelt praise, their openness to people and our community lift our spirits.  What I love the most about this church is their heart for missions & evangelism.  It is because they believe being a Christian & doing missions/evangelism cannot be separated.  They understand that it is a biblical mandate.

Our church has a gospel center at a rural area to minister to the unreached.  The building is actually a house offered by our church member’s father that has been turned into a house church.  A worship service is held every Saturday.  Jeanette & I were asked to share a message with the teens once a month.  My first message given last Saturday was not easy, but I was very encouraged by the fact that these teenagers were at a church meeting on a Saturday evening.  Why would they come?  It would be a lot easier to stay home & watch TV or go out & play with friends.  Most of them come on their own.  They are not from Christian families, their parents don’t come, and some may not even understand what’s being said at church.  It can only be explained by God’s power & grace.  We are certain that every person who comes is led by the Lord whether he or she understands it or not.

With the teenagers

With the teenagers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I often say this, but missions is something that God does, is already doing in our world, and He invites us to join in & experience lives being forever changed.  In our chaotic world full of disappointment & pain, there is nothing more beautiful & more powerful than the lost finding his or her loving Father in heaven.

One of our constant prayers is that we may finish our race here in Taiwan.  To that end, I earnestly ask for your continual prayers. 

Prayer requests for the month of December.

  1. Our church has asked me to deliver the Christmas Eve sermon. It is our aim to invite as many non-Christians as possible.  It is a great opportunity to share the gospel with those who have never heard of it.  Please pray that the message will be prepared & proclaimed by the Holy Spirit’s guidance & power, and that some will come to know our Savior Christ Jesus.
  2. Jeanette received a message that her father who has been ill will probably not make it past the end of the year.  Therefore, she is preparing to go for a few weeks before her father passes away & to comfort her mother & family.  We need your prayers for Jeanette & her family as they go through this difficult period.