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February 21, 2018 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“As for you, what you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. Now this is the promise that he himself made to us: eternal life.”   I John 2:24-25

The passage above tells us that Jesus has promised us eternal life!  That is wonderful!  The passage also tells us of our relationship with the Father and the Son.  They are based on our remaining faithful to the truth we have been taught concerning the Father and the Son.  Without this relationship there would be no eternal life offered to us.  This relationship is built and continues as we are willing to spend time with the Father, Son, and the truth about them.  Join us in committing to “remain” in the Father, Son, and the truth.

We are excited to share with you that our co-workers Chris & Samantha Sanford were blessed with the birth of their son, Malachi, on Feb. 2nd.  We have had the opportunity to help take care of their children as well as assist in other ways as well.  We ask that you pray for their family as they rejoice over Malachi, but also are reminded of the loss of their son Benjamin last year.

Please pray as well for Samantha’s mom, Chio Gie, as she comes to stay with their family for several weeks.  The Sanfords are excited that they will have several weeks to speak into her life God’s truth.  We are also hoping and planning to spend time in God’s Word with Chio Gie while she is in Luo-tung.  Please pray for us all to have wisdom as we have the opportunity to help in her discipleship.

Please pray for Andrew and Moriah as they both have their final basketball tournament for the year.  Moriah will be traveling to Chiangmai, Thailand for her tournament.  Andrew’s tournament will be here in Taiwan this time.  Please pray for all of those involved as they travel and play.

Andrew is very busy at this time.  Besides his basketball tournament, he also has to keep up on his homework and continue to apply for college scholarships.  Their other things that vie for his time as well.  Please pray for him to receive wisdom from God as he makes many decisions in the near future.


Thank you for praying.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will choose to spend time building our relationships with Father and the Son.

2.  Please pray for the Sanford family concerning their new son and the emotions that are involved.

3.  Please pray for Samantha’s mom to joyfully receive the truth that is shared with her these next several weeks.

4.  Please pray for Andrew, Moriah, and the rest of those competing this coming week.

5.  Please continue to pray for Andrew as he finishes a very busy school year and makes decisions about college.

February 7, 2018 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble. For this reason we do not fear when the earth shakes, and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, when its waves crash and foam, and the mountains shake before the surging sea.”  Psalm 46:1-3

There are certainly times in life that challenge our faith and those that give us cause to fear at least in the first moments.  We recently have had a series of earthquakes in Taiwan.  One of those being between 6 & 7 on the richter scale.  It caused quite a bit of damage in the Hualien area especially with buildings that were not constructed as well as they should have been.  There were people killed and injured and possibly some still trapped.  You can certainly understand why people are fearful.  It is scary at times when what is usually solid and secure rocks, shakes, and possibly tumbles.  We who place our faith in Christ for eternity are able to endure these scary times on this earth, because we know that this life is temporary.  Those that do not have a faith in Christ are often shaken to their core.  Pray with us for those who have lost loved ones and property during this time.  Pray as well for the opportunity for Christians to reach out to those that are hurting and despairing at this time.

We praise the Lord that we personally are safe and have not had any damage from the earthquakes.  All of our Formosa Christian Mission and Team Expansion families and individuals are safe as well.

Cheryl’s pre-school outreach has been postponed until after Chinese New Year.  There have been sick children and everyone is really busy at this time.  Please continue to pray for this opportunity to meet people and share the gospel with them.

The first two meetings of John’s discipleship class has gone really well.  The boys are remembering the lessons being taught.  Please pray that they will be wiling to act upon the truth in these lessons.

We are beginning to make plans for our visit to the US this summer.  We hope to visit several of our churches as well as get Andrew settled into to college.  Please be praying with us about our schedule, a vehicle, and Andrew’s college choice.

Thank you for keeping us lifted up in prayer to the Father.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray for those affected by the earthquakes and for people to be drawn to Christ through this.

2.  Praise God for the safety of our mission family.

3.  Please pray that after Chinese New Year there will be a good start to the pre-school class.

4.  Please pray that the boys in the discipleship class will be drawn to Jesus more and more.

5.  Please pray for our summer plans and for Andrew as he makes plans for college.

January 22, 2018 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“And a leper approached, and bowed low before him, saying,   ‘Lord, if  you are willing, you can make me clean.’  He stretched out his hand and touched him saying, ‘I am willing. Be clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”  Matthew 8:2-3

When reading this account of the leper being healed, are you challenged by the simpleness of the healing.  It seems too easy.  All the leper did was approach Jesus and through a statement made his request.  How easy it should be for us as well to ask for help when we need it.  But a closer look causes us to realize that the difficult part is the faith that went into the request and the willingness to take the risk of being told no.  Jesus has no limit to his power nor His willingness to help us.  So it is up to us to ask in faith for the help we need.  Join us in asking for the help we need with faith of a willing God.

John’s first discipleship class with two of the boys from The Home of God’s Love went well.  There are some scheduling difficulties, so please pray that we work out a good time for both boys.

Cheryl begins an outreach this Wednesday morning.  She will be using the Bible to teach English to pre-schoolers.  At least one of the moms will be staying for the class time.  She hopes to be able to build relationships with these moms and their families as she serves them in this way.  These ladies and their children are all non-Christians.  Please pray for Cheryl as she makes plans and builds relationships with these moms and children.

Please pray for our co-worker, Samantha Sanford, as she is in her last 3 three weeks of pregnancy.  She is scheduled for a c-section on February 9th.  Please pray for all to go well with the delivery and for the rest of the family as well.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Pray that we will ask in faith for the help we need.

2.  Pray that John’s discipleship class will continue to go well.

3.  Pray for Cheryl’s outreach as it begins Wednesday.

4.  Pray for our co-worker, Samantha Sanford, as she prepares for delivery on February 9th.

January 15, 2018 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“‘Sir,’ the official said to him, ‘come down before my child dies.’  Jesus told him, ‘Go home; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home.”   John 4:49-50  NET

The official came from about 40 miles to ask Jesus to come to his home to heal his child.  He was very committed to bringing Jesus home with him to heal his son, but Jesus did not go, instead he told the man the man, “Go home; your son will live.”  The man then demonstrated the true extent of his faith by believing Jesus and returning home.  Jesus gives us many directives in the Bible.  Do we express our faith in Jesus by acting on them as this father?  Many times I do not.  I wait, looking for more signs from Him that this is His will.  Join us in committing to act in faith upon God’s Word.

This coming Sunday John is going to begin working to disciple at least two of the boys at The Home of God’s Love.  One is Yi-fa, who was baptized recently.  The other is Jing-wei.  He is a second grader, and has expressed an interest in being baptized.

Thank you for praying for Jin-li. He continues to improve little by little, but he still is very weak.  He has had a hard time eating anything solid.  Please continue to pray for his healing and for a family member who is willing to donate part of their liver.

Please pray for the family of Edna Kidd.  Edna was the mother of John’s brother-in-law, William Kidd.  She went to be in the presence of her Lord and Savior on Sunday in the US.  She was a great Christian lady who always had a smile.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray for us to live by faith as we seek to follow Jesus.

2.  Please pray for the new discipleship class that will begin this coming Sunday afternoon.

3.  Please continue to pray for Jin-li’s healing from liver failure.

4.  Please pray for the family of Edna Kidd, as they grieve over her passing and rejoice in her going to heaven.

January 6, 2018 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“‘Return to me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.  ‘But you say, “How should we return?” … Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse … You have criticized me sharply, … You have said, “It is useless to serve God.”’”  Malachi 3:7b – 14a

As a new year gets under way we often think about how we might improve ourselves.  We make resolutions.  Sometimes we even make promises to ourselves and others.  What about our relationship with God?  Have we considered how we might improve our relationship to God?  He tells the people of Malachi’s day that they need to return to Him through bringing the whole tithe to Him.  He wants them to trust Him.  He calls on them to stop criticizing how He cares for them and uses their service.  They think they do not need God’s help or care.  They are proud.  We should ask ourselves, “Is God trustworthy?  Do I need His care?”  If we are to draw close to God we must first consider Him trustworthy.  We must also give up our foolish pride and recognize our need for His continual care and provision.  Join us in admitting our pride and seeking to trust God with all we need.

We are rejoicing over two recent baptisms.  First, Mr. Jang from Taichung was baptized on the 31st of December.  John led a discipleship group in the Jang home while in Taichung.  Then just today on the 6th, Yi-fa from the Home of God’s Love was baptized.  Yi-fa is in 6th grade.  We praise the Lord for these two brothers in Christ.

We ask that you pray for Gin-li.  His liver is failing.  He retired early from the police department in order to become a preacher.  He lived at The HoGL about 40 years ago.  His condition was so bad this past week that he was in intensive care.  After lots of prayer by many people is out of intensive care, but he is still in need of a liver transplant.  In Taiwan only blood relatives may provide organs.  No one at this time in his family is able to do so.  Please pray that God will heal Gin-li by His own hand or through providing a donor to help Gin-li.

We have enjoyed having Andrew & Moriah home the past two weeks.  Please pray for them as they return to the dorm tomorrow afternoon.  They both have basketball games this week and a tournament on the weekend, as well as getting started with a new semester of classes, Andrew’s last semester of high school.

Thank you for continuing to be part of our ministry through your prayer support.

God Bless

John & Cheryl

1.  Pray that we will seek to be humble before God.

2.  Praise God for Mr. Jang and Yi-fa’s baptims.

3.  Pray for Gin-li to be healed and for God to receive the glory.

4.  Pray for Andrew and Moriah as they return to a busy schedule at school this week.

December 18, 2017 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“He began to speak out fearlessly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately.”  Acts 18:26

This passage was part of message from John’s sermon on Sunday.  This verse shows that Apollos apparently had a humble spirit.  Even though he was evidently very well versed in the old testament scriptures concerning the Messiah, he was still willing to be corrected.  Priscilla and Aquila were humble as well as being sensitive to the situation and pulled him aside to teach him.  They evidently proved to him that Jesus was the Messiah he taught about.  There is another point that many of us can learn from Pricilla & Aquila.  They were older, more mature believers with good training of their own, but they continued to seek to be taught from God’s Word.  They also realized that God had placed them in this place to support the work of the evangelists, pastors, and teachers that God sent their place of worship.  Join with us as we try to learn to have a humble spirit as we both continue to learn and to teach.

This past weekend our team spent three evenings in the night market spreading some Christmas cheer.  We offered free hot chocolate, green tea, and cookies to passersby as we passed out flyers about the upcoming Christmas activity this Saturday evening.  We also passed out a booklet  from Book of Hope, that emphasized the coming of Jesus to the earth.  The booklet also contained a set of stories telling about God’s plan of salvation from creation to Christ.  Please pray that those who accepted the booklets will consider what it says.  Pray as well that they will come to enjoy the Christmas activity and hear more about Jesus.

We ask that you pray for Andrew’s health and future.  He has been having trouble with asthma more this year.  The pollution in Taichung has been much worse these past few years and many people are having more and more trouble.  We also ask that you pray that he gain wisdom concerning how to care for himself.  We hope he can understand his body and tell when he is need of using his inhaler before it gets too bad.  He will be heading back to the states for college this coming summer, and we covet prayers on his behalf and our behalf for help in making wise decisions as to what college to attend studying computer science and how we can best help him at this time in his life as his parents.

We appreciate your loving concern and support especially at this holiday season.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will have humble spirits as we learn and teach.

2.  Please pray for the Christmas Outreach this coming Saturday evening, as well as many other events during this holiday season.

3.  Please pray for Andrew as he learns to deal with asthma and makes important decisions about his future.

December 3, 2017 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus.  He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is translated Christ).  Andrew brought Simon to Jesus.”  John 1:40-42a

Andrew is not mentioned as often in the scriptures as Peter, John, or a few of the other apostles, but think of what he did.  Andrew gives us an example that is worth following.  After meeting Jesus, he tells his brother about Him and introduces Peter to Jesus.  Such a simple act, but so important.  This is what we as disciples of Jesus are to do as well.  We are to introduce our family, friends, or anyone we meet to Jesus so that they too may come to be His disciples.  Join us in following Andrew’s example of introducing Jesus our savior to someone that has not met Him yet.

This past Sunday afternoon we assisted the Sanfords with an outreach in the park next to our community.  We set up a table with drinks and kites and handed them out to those who came by.  Many people were willing to enjoy flying a kite and talking with us for a while.  The purpose was to meet people and let them know that the Sanfords were beginning a Sunday worship service in their home.  There were a few people who seemed interested and some interesting responses by some as well.  One lady asked Samantha, “Is this a safe place?”  Later she showed Sam bruises on her arms from being beaten.  Please pray for this lady and others that were invited to accept the invitation to hear about the true and living God.

We ask that you pray for another outreach that is being planned.  We don’t know exactly how it will happen, but Chris would like to rent a space in the night market area for a week or so before Christmas to share about the coming of Jesus to the earth.  He is investigating the logistical possibilities presently.  Pray for us to receive wisdom from God concerning the night market outreach.

We continue to ask you to pray for the McGill family as they grieve over Sharon.  We also ask that you pray for Moriah’s dorm family as they try to find a new normal without Sharon’s presence.  We also hope that the dorm family will be a source of encouragement and strength for Terry & his son, Josh!

Jon Ralls, our former Taiwan co-worker, just recently finished his last round of chemotherapy.  He is waiting to see how tests come back to know the present situation.  He has been fighting through fatigue, so pray for strength and endurance.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Pray with us to be active in introducing others to Jesus.

2.  Pray for those who came to last week’s outreach to desire to know more about Jesus!

3.  Pray for us to know God’s will concerning the night market outreach.

4.  Pray for the McGill family as they continue to grieve.

5.  Pray for Jon Ralls and his family as he continues to battle cancer.

November 19, 2017 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.  Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight.  Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him.”  II Cor. 5:4-9  NET

Life is filled with joys and hardships.  This is the reality of life.  When we compare what we experience here on earth to what we believe heaven will be like we all long to be in heaven.  We think of verses such as above when our loved ones are ill or pass away.  We sing about heaven in our songs.  We want to make sure our loved ones know Jesus so that they can be with us one day in heaven with the Lord.  These are all true, but there is another truth.  When our loved ones do put on their spiritual bodies and leave us for heaven, we cry.  We hurt.  We have pain.  We stand as Jesus did before the tomb of Lazarus and weep.  Why?  We know they have gone to be with Jesus.  We know they will not suffer from the hardships and troubles of this life, but we cry.  We cry because we miss them.  We hurt because their blessing has become a hole in our lives for a period of time.  We are in pain because we are still in this tent that is burdened and mortal.  So what shall we do?  We will continue to live by faith and not by sight.  We will make it our ambition to please Him everyday.  We will continue to hope for the day of our homecoming as well.  Pray with us to learn to live everyday with a desire to please Him!

Our dear friend Sharon McGill has gone to be with the Lord.  She gained her heavenly reward on the evening of the 16th with several of her family and some friends around her.  Please pray for her family, friends, & all of her dorm students, of which Moriah is one.  She has left an amazing legacy behind in her family as well as all those who called her Aunt Sharon through the dorm.

We ask that you pray for our friend and fellow minister, Nate Schnautz, who lives in southern Illinois.  He has been fighting cancer and was told that treatment will only extend his days here on earth, but not cure him.  Please pray for his healing whether through God’s hand on his body, or through taking him home to heaven.

We ask that you pray for our mission family here on island.  Everyone needs encouragement at times.  Holidays, like Thanksgiving that is coming this week, are fun and happy, but we also miss our family and friends who are not here with us.  Satan can use this and so much more to put stress in our lives or discourage us.

Thank you!

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we learn to live each day for Jesus.

2.  Please pray for the McGill family as well as all of the dorm students.

3.  Please pray for Nate Schnautz and family as he fights cancer.

4.  Please pray for our mission family’s strength and encouragement.

November 11, 2017 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praises. Is anyone among you ill? He should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up – and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.”

James 5:13-16

Prayers of the righteous as pronounced here are having great effectiveness in the lives of those who believe.  It seems that everything is covered whether it be emotional, physical, or spiritual need.  We are called to pray.  We are also told to set people apart for God as we pray.  It seems that when we come together as God’s people setting ourselves on His purposes not our own He will act according to His will.  We want to set ourselves apart for His purposes to do His will.  We also want to pray with this same attitude.  Will you join us in committing yourselves in the same way that God might be glorified and that our prayers might be effective.

Please pray for Moriah’s dorm mom, Sharon McGill, and her family; Sharon is also the wife of Andrew’s soccer coach.  She is in the States now continuing to fight cancer that she has been taking chemo treatments for these past 8 months.  Barring God’s intervention she will most likely go home to heaven before being able to return to Taiwan.  We ask that you pray for God to remove the cancer from her body.  We also ask that you lift up her family and the Morrison school community for strength and encouragement.  This is a link to a blog about Sharon’s condition.  https://carinforsharon.blogspot.com

We ask that you pray for John as he preaches on Sunday and leads the youth Sunday school class.  John also continues to lead devotions on Monday evenings at The Home of God’s Love.

The HoGL also just went through another semi annual inspection.  We are praying for a high score.  A high score is needed in order to be able to eventually apply for the international adoption license again.

We thank you for praying for our ministry and our family.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.   Please pray for us to set ourselves apart to God’s will and purposes as we serve and pray.

2.  Please pray for Sharon McGill as she fights cancer.  Pray for the family and the school community too.

3.  Please pray for John as he preaches and teaches this week.

4.  Please pray for The HoGL as she strives to serve God through serving children and families.

October 14, 2017 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.  At the same time pray for us too, that God may open a door for the message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may make it known as I should.”  Co. 4:2-4

Paul is seen by many as the premier evangelist in the scriptures.  One of the major reasons might be found in these verses.  He asks for prayer for two specifics items.  First, that God would provide opportunities to proclaim Christ.  Second, he asks for prayer that he would present the Gospel message as he should.  These two prayer requests show both his recognition of the need for God’s help in evangelism and his personal need to speak it forth properly.  This could mean that his method and tone are both received well by his audience.  It could also mean something else, but it certainly gives us reason to consider whether we are as concerned about how we present the Gospel as Paul.  Pray with us that God would open doors of opportunity for the Gospel and that we would present the Gospel as we ought.

John hopes to be able to visit Mr. Jiang in at his home this coming week.  John and he talked the past week and the previous week.  God continues to work on Mr. Jiang’s heart.  Please pray that God will provide an opportunity for both John & Cheryl to build trust with the whole Jiang family.

We are slowly building stronger relationships with the children and staff at the Home of God’s Love.  Some of the youth have very soft hearts, while others have built up larger walls to protect themselves from hurt.  Please pray that God will give wisdom to everyone involved a the HoGL as to how to help all the children to realize the love of God.

Thank you for praying for our family.  Cheryl had a good and safe trip with the school board to Cambodia.  God provided and opportunity for her to conect a staff person at the hotel with a young Chinese believer there.  Please pray that his interest in Christianity will grow.

We just had a few days of R&R at the beach with Andrew & Moriah.  We had two days of great beach weather and a day of game playing while it rained.  PTL!

Thank you for praying for the ministry in Taiwan.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray for an open door for the Gospel and that we will speak the truth well.

2.  Please pray for an opportunity to visit the Jiang family in their home.

3.  Please pray for wisdom for everyone working at the HoGL.

4.  Thank you for praying for Cheryl’s travel to Cambodia.  Pray as well for the gentleman she met at hotel.

5.  Praise the Lord for the opportunity to spend time with Andrew & Moriah.