The Team Has Arrived

After many many hours of travel the East Asia team has landed in San Antonio. All team members are doing well and have some amazing stories about God’s work in East Asia. Please continue to pray for the work God is doing in East Asia and pray for our missionary friends who are continuing to labor in the fields even after we have left. Pray for God’s glory to be seen in East Asia.

We Serve A Great God

By the time you read this we will probably be on our long trek home. It has been an amazing trip and we have seen God move in many ways. We can’t wait to share the stories with you.

We are so very thankful for your prayers throughout this journey. Without your prayer covering this mission could not have happened. A few things that we would ask you to remember are:

1.  Please lift up our missionaries who are called to live and serve in East Asia. Pray for provision and protection for them and their families. It is a difficult, dark place full of oppression and idolatry worship, and it would be easy to get discouraged. There is no doubt that their presence is making a great impact!

2.  Lift up the state sanctioned church that they can safely continue sharing the gospel while stepping  outside of the government mandates. Pray that the constraints being put on them by the authorities will be lightened.

3.  Pray for safety and that we will make connections to all of our flights home. We only have 1 1/2 hours in Detroit to get our luggage, go through customs and board our last flight home.  

Again, thank you for your support!  We will see you shortly in the beautiful land of America where we are blessed to be able to worship freely!  We serve a great God!

Preparing For Home

This morning we loaded a bus and headed for the big city for our time of debriefing. We had planned to go to another city for our debrief but there has been flooding in the area so we decided to return to the city which we will fly out of. God has been so gracious to us in that we were never touched by the rain.

Our interpreter is from the city we are in now and works as a tour guide there so we have been in good hands. We were starving for American food so what’s more American than finding a McDonalds in East Asia!  After downing our meals, our interpreter arranged for us to have VIP seating for a program at the city’s Cultural Arts Building. It was beautiful. We spent the rest of the evening prayer walking and enjoying the sites of this city!

Tonight we will rest and tomorrow we will prepare for the trip home.

Please pray for:

  1. Rest and recovery from a hard week of work in the field

  2. The gospel to find fertile soil

  3. The glory of God to be seen in East Asia

God Is At Work

It was a memorable day today as we made a trip into a different city to check up on some friends.

Our first stop was to a Buddhist temple. As we climbed the steps to the top, you could sense the darkness. One team member said it made the hair on her arms stand up. We looked out across the city and asked God to tear down strongholds and to bring His light there. Our missionary friend took the opportunity to share the gospel with a temple groundskeeper and then the groundskeeper allowed us to gather around him to pray. We will never know the outcome of that conversation, but we do know that truth was spoken.

Next, we made a visit to a state church. We met with one of the leaders who is a friend of ours. She told us that they have birthed several new churches since our last visit and are adding to their number weekly. She also shared that the authorities are visiting much more lately, so in the future we may only be able to stop in to say hello. They asked us to please lift them up as they consider searching for a married couple that can come in and help ease  some of their load. It was wonderful to see that God continues to use them in such a powerful way!  

Our last stop before heading back to the hotel was to see another church leader who runs a local computer store. The reunion was so sweet. After we exchanged greetings, our friend told us that the building that her store is housed in has been sold and she has to be out in two days. As of yet, she has no place to go. She shared a location that she would like to move to, and asked that we pray for her as she tries to secure a new place. She uses some earnings from the store to help pay for several church expenses, so she knows that God will provide the right place.

Please continue to pray for us. We have several days left before we make the long journey back.  We have seen God move and we are anxious to share with you the many stories when we return.

Please pray for:

  1. Strongholds to be broken down and the glory of God to be seen in East Asia

  2. Provision for this local church leader

  3. Continual boldness, strength, and perseverance for believers

  4. Energy and perseverance for our team

Hope Is Found in Jesus

We started our day out by going to school!  Our friend, who is an English speaking believer, invited us to visit her classroom where she has opened a school where she teaches elementary age children to speak English. Our team member who is an educator, had the privilege of speaking to the parents of these students. She was able to encourage the parents on the importance of teaching their children to speak a second language. She also provided tips on how to help them in the learning process. The parents soaked up every bit of this time. The goal in opening this school is to use it as an avenue to develop a relationship with the parents so that she may begin to share the gospel.  We are praying that today’s meeting will help generate excitement which will in turn bring more people to Christ.

The children came also. We took them to another room where our interpreter helped in translating the conversation. As we talked about our favorite books, we were able to direct it towards telling the children that our favorite book is the Bible. The story of David and Goliath was told along with some other stories. The kids listened intently. Again, the desire of this school is to weave stories of the word into every day teaching so that children will hear early on in life of the hope that is found in Jesus.

Next, we walked the city streets praying over people who seemingly walk around aimlessly day after day. We prayed around homes, around the hospital, around the government buildings……anything that was in our path was prayed over. Oh, how this place needs Jesus!!  

Tonight we joined with the missionaries and his fellowship. We shared a message with them from Acts 2:41-47 about how a church should function. The night ended in a sweet time of bearing one another’s burdens through praying. The young and the old were encouraged, strengthened and challenged!

Our team is doing great!  We are still full of energy, and excited about the work we are here to do!  Please continue to lift up the church that the missionaries have started. Also, please lift up this newly created school and ask that its mission will be accomplished. Finally, please cover us tomorrow in your prayers. We will be making a visit with a church in another town, and the missionary will be making that trip with us in order to set up some future teaching opportunities.

Please pray for:

  1. Our missionary friend’s church

  2. Our friends school. Pray that it would be used as a platform to share the gospel!

  3. Energy and strength for our team

Our God is Greater!

Today was a special day as we celebrated America’s birthday with the missionaries. They told us that it is important to their family to celebrate American holidays, so they invited us over to share a Fourth of July meal.  One of our missionary friends decorated the tables in red, white and blue and we all crowded into the kitchen to make french fries in a wok, and hamburgers in an cast iron skillet. It was fun to explain the traditions of our country to our translator, and it was even more fun to try and explain to him what a hamburger was!

We had also learned earlier that it is common here for people to not ever know their actual birth dates or how old they really are. This was the case with our translator and because he has never celebrated his birthday, we decided to add one more tradition to the day by throwing  him his first ever surprise birthday party. The celebration was complete with birthday cake, birthday hats and gifts. He was thrilled!

Tomorrow is a big day. We will have the opportunity to speak to the parents of students who attend the english classes. We will also meet with the missionaries church.

So much has happened today and we clearly see that God is at work!  Persecution may be great, but our God IS greater!

Please pray for:

  1. Missionary friends who are laboring in the fields

  2. The persecuted church

  3. The glory of God to be seen in East Asia

  4. Gospel centered conversations with teachers and students tomorrow