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October 18, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“…for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through him and for him. He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him.”

Col. 1:16-17

Paul has been explaining and proving Christ’s position and involvement in the creation of all things.  He establishes that all things whether spiritual, or physical have their existence through Him and in Him.  This universe would fall into chaos without him.  Is it any wonder that our lives do the same when we try to live without recognizing Jesus as Lord.  We were created for His purpose.  When we choose to live for a different purpose such as living for ourselves problems develop and eventually there becomes a crisis.  There is only one way to deal with the crisis.  We must return to a right relationship with our creator.  Pray with us that we keep ourselves in a right relationship with our creator as we try to lead others in a right relationship with Him.

Thank you for praying for Jing Pen.  Her surgery was on Thursday.  Everything went well and she is recovering well.  She continues to praise God for His blessings in her life.  Pray that God will heal her completely and help her witness to her family.

The Dengue Fever Outbreak in Taiwan seems to be slowing down some, but everyday there are still a couple hundred more cases.  We are grateful for your consistent prayers.  We are also grateful that vast majority of patients are recovering from the disease without complications.

Next Sunday, Oct. 18th, our team will host another Sports & English Camp Reunion.  We are hoping that even more students will attend and bring friends.  We again will be working to move those who attend into discipleship groups.  Pray that each student who attends will be encouraged by the fellowship and challenged by the truth of God’s Word.

Thank you for praying for our family and ministry.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray for us to keep a right relationship with God as we lead others to Him.

2.  Please continue to pray for Jing Pen’s healing from surgery and for her to be bold as she witnesses to her family.

3.  Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of Taiwan’s Dengue Fever outbreak.

4.  Please pray for our next S&E Camp Reunion on Oct. 18th and the ministry to the youth of Taiwan.

October 11, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“…for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through him and for him. He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him.”

Col. 1:16-17

Paul has been explaining and proving Christ’s position and involvement in the creation of all things.  He establishes that all things whether spiritual, or physical have their existence through Him and in Him.  This universe would fall into chaos without him.  Is it any wonder that our lives do the same when we try to live without recognizing Jesus as Lord.  We were created for His purpose.  When we choose to live for a different purpose such as living for ourselves problems develop and eventually there becomes a crisis.  There is only one way to deal with the crisis.  We must return to a right relationship with our creator.  Pray with us that we keep ourselves in a right relationship with our creator as we try to lead others in a right relationship with Him.

Thank you for praying for Jing Pen.  Her surgery was on Thursday.  Everything went well and she is recovering well.  She continues to praise God for His blessings in her life.  Pray that God will heal her completely and help her witness to her family.

The Dengue Fever Outbreak in Taiwan seems to be slowing down some, but everyday there are still a couple hundred more cases.  We are grateful for your consistent prayers.  We are also grateful that vast majority of patients are recovering from the disease without complications.

Next Sunday, Oct. 18th, our team will host another Sports & English Camp Reunion.  We are hoping that even more students will attend and bring friends.  We again will be working to move those who attend into discipleship groups.  Pray that each student who attends will be encouraged by the fellowship and challenged by the truth of God’s Word.

Thank you for praying for our family and ministry.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray for us to keep a right relationship with God as we lead others to Him.

2.  Please continue to pray for Jing Pen’s healing from surgery and for her to be bold as she witnesses to her family.

3.  Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of Taiwan’s Dengue Fever outbreak.

4.  Please pray for our next S&E Camp Reunion on Oct. 18th and the ministry to the youth of Taiwan.

October 4, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. … But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”  James 3:13, 17 ESV

We are told in Proverbs over and over again to seek wisdom.  We are also told of the benefits of wisdom to ourselves, but how do I know that wisdom is working in my life or the lives of those around me?  According to James wisdom bears fruit in the lives of those who accept it.  Do the choices we make show gentleness and mercy to others or are they harsh and cruel?  Do we make choices that only benefit ourselves or do we consider the needs of others?  At the same time, a person exercising wisdom will not be taken by the fast talk of those who are selfish.  A wise person acts with integrity and is not swayed by public opinion or position.  A person with wisdom learns to choose what is best not just what is simple or easy.  How do your actions and decisions compare?  Most of us probably feel we are lacking in wisdom.  Don’t worry!  God is in the business of giving wisdom to those who seek it.  Join us in seeking God’s wisdom daily.

Today, Sunday, Dz Chiang and his oldest daughter are supposed to come to our house for worship.  We are still not certain whether Dz Chiang & Wan Ting have gotten a divorce yet or not.  We hope that today will provide an opportunity to understand the situation more as well as a time to speak Godly wisdom into to Dz Chiang’s life.  Pray with us to have wisdom as we speak with him today.

Please pray for Jing Pen as she enters the hospital tomorrow in order to have surgery for stomach cancer.  They found it early so everyone is hopeful that she will fully recover.  She is relying on God and using this as an opportunity for evangelism within her family.

We ask that you continue to pray for the Dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan.  The number of cases confirmed this year is nearing 19,000.  There is good news as the number of cases reported this past week in has decreased in the most hard hit areas.  There are still two months of prime season for this type of disease to spread so please keep praying.

Thank you for praying for Cheryl and Moriah as they travelled and learned.  Cheryl came back tired, but having learned much to help her as she leads the governance committee this school year.  Moriah also came home tired, but very excited about her trip too.  Pray that the lessons taught during the leadership retreat will be put to practice by the whole class.

Thank you for praying.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will seek wisdom and then put it to practice.

2.  Please pray for Dz Chiang to desire to hear God’s direction and truth.

3.  Please pray for Jing Pen as she has cancer surgery.

4.  Please pray for the Dengue Fever outbreak to end in Taiwan.

5.  Praise God that Cheryl & Moriah came home safely and with new knowledge.

September 27, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“‘Do you want to become well?’  The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get into the water, someone else goes down there  before me.  Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up! Pick up your mat  and walk.’  Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and started walking.”  John 5:6c-9

Often when Jesus heals someone the discussion surrounding the healing has to do with desire or faith.  Jesus knew this man had been disabled to for a long time and therefore asked a question that got to the heart of the issue.  “Do you want to become well?”  His response showed that it was more from lack of opportunity than lack of desire that he had not been healed.  Jesus then heals the man by commanding him to get up and walk.  How many issues, problems,   and sicknesses whether physical or spiritual could be healed or taken care of if we only truly desired for Jesus to take it away?  Sometimes we are stuck in a situation because we are either satisfied with the status quo or fear change more than we desire a better situation.  Either way shows a weak faith and little discipleship.  Pray with us to have desire and faith for Christ to change us and those around us.

Our team continues to work on ways to move youth that we meet in the schools that we visit and S&E camp into discipleship groups.  Many times the students want to come, but their parents want them to study.  It is hard for the students to have a balanced lifestyle.  We are excited when students like Kevin, who meets with Derik, are able to meet most weeks for discipleship.  (This is the Kevin that was not allowed to be baptized at the end of camp.)  Join us in praying for God to move in the hearts of both the parents and the students.

The Taiwan Xi En board meeting went well.  Xi En is moving ahead with plans to increase their beds from 14 to 20.  It is to be hoped that everything can be arranged and approved by early in 2016.  Pray that those leading and working daily with the ministry will listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We have not had any communication with the Shr family since last Sunday night.  We are afraid that they have filed for a divorce.  We are still praying that they will hear God speaking to them within their circumstances.

Cheryl left Sunday morning with the school board for a retreat with other Christian school board members.  She is the chairperson of the governance committee this year.  She will be in Malaysia until Friday.  Moriah leaves with her class Monday morning for a leadership retreat.  Moriah will return on Wednesday.  Please pray for both Cheryl and Moriah to learn from others this week and for them to be safe.

The Dengue Fever outbreak continues to grow in Southern Taiwan.  The peak months are October & November so it is likely to continue for some time.  There is a typhoon on the way.  We hope that the rain and wind might change the situation some for the better.  Please continue to pray.

Thank you again for always praying for Taiwan.

God Bless,

John

1.  Please pray that we have faith for God to work change in us and in the lives of those we touch.

2.  Please pray for God to work in the hearts of the parents and the students with which our team works.

3.  Please pray for the leaders and workers at Xi En to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

4.  Please continue to pray for the Shr family.

5.  Please pray for Cheryl and Moriah as they travel.

6.  Please continue to pray for Taiwan as the Dengue Fever outbreak continues.

September 20, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches?”  Luke 16:10-11

The parable of the shrewd steward is hard for many to understand, but this lesson that Jesus brings out at the end has some very obvious applications to our lives.  We must be faithful with what we have received if we expect to receive more.  This is often applied to money and responsibilities.  I believe Jesus makes it plain that He is really interested in our being able to serve Him in the spiritual realm of life.  He gives us money and earthly responsibilities to prepare us to be useful in His kingdom’s work.  We keep praying for a disciple making movement to begin in Taiwan.  We desire for God to use us to begin something big in Taiwan, but it has yet to happen.  This passage makes us consider are we being faithful with the few people He has already given us to disciple?  Are we truly giving them the time, example, and resources that are necessary for them to become true disciples of Christ?  What about you?  Are you being faithful to influence those whom Jesus has given to you to win and disciple?  Pray with us to be better stewards of what we already have responsibility for in the spiritual realm.

We ask that you continue to pray for our discipleship groups to grow both in number and spiritually.  Derik Devires, our co-worker, & Cole Edwards, a co-worker’s son, was able to meet with Kevin this weekend for discipleship.  Other groups will be meeting today and during the week.  Pray that our team is able to train these disciples to lead these groups themselves and to start more disciple groups.

The Dengue Fever outbreak continues to grow in southern Taiwan.  Please pray that God will intervene to stop this disease.  There are now over 10,000 cases with the majority being in Tainan County.  Please pray as for Jing Pen’s health.  She is a lady in one of May Wu’s discipleship groups in Kaohsiung.  She has just been diagnosed with stomach cancer.  Her sister died last spring of colon cancer.  Please pray that through this illness many of her family will come to faith in Christ.

Today John will travel to Kaohsiung for Taiwan Xi En’s board meeting.  The ministry is still waiting to hear the results of the government inspection in August.  Ministry plans must be considered for both the possibility of moving forward immediately with an application to become an adoption agency and with remaining as an orphanage only at this time.  Pray for the board and the ministry staff during this time of waiting and planning.

We have asked for prayers for Lin Wan Ting, Shr Dz Chiang, and their little girls before.  They have had a lot of struggles in their marriage and family.  They live from paycheck to paycheck and are often behind on rent or other bills.  They also have made choices that have hurt their relationship as a couple as well.  They are ready to give up and get a divorce.  We don’t know what will happen to their little girls if they get a divorce.  We need wisdom from God to speak into their lives.  They need to soften their hearts to be able to hear God’s wisdom as well.

We are so grateful for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will be faithful to disciple well the people God gives to us.

2.  Please pray for more and deeper discipleship groups that become self-leading.

3.  Please pray for the Dengue Fever outbreak and for Jing Pen’s health.

4.  Please pray for God to be glorified through the ministry of Taiwan Xi En.

5.  Please pray that for the Shr family as they are having many struggles.

September 13, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“For the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human other than you, O king, should be thrown into a den of lions. … So King Darius issued the written edict.  When Daniel realized that a written decree had been issued, he entered his home, where the windows in his upper room opened toward Jerusalem.  Three times daily he was kneeling and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously.”  Daniel 6:7f, 9-10

Daniel was a man that was committed to God.  He lived out his faith in his daily life.  He realized that God gave him the wisdom he needed to serve the king.  He also realized that his life was in the hand of God, therefore when faced with the king’s decree Daniel continue to worship God.  He did not bow to the pressure of the society around him.  He chose not to be politically savvy, instead he chose to be godly and wise.  Daniel was willing to risk his life to remain faithful.  Today people are faced with similar questions, some choose as Daniel, but others choose to bend or give in to the pressures of society.  Join with us in praying for the faith to make the hard, and at times, costly decisions in order that God will be glorified even if its’ cost is great for us.

We praise the Lord for the the students that attended the S&E camp reunion.  We were able to reconnect with 30 some campers.  We took the opportunity to encourage them to continue to get to know God deeper. They were invited to attend presently functioning discipleship or transform groups or with our help to start a new group where they live.  Pray that these students will desire to know God better and to become His disciples.

We ask that you continue to pray for Kevin and his family.  Kevin’s family has something to do this week, so the transform group will not be meeting.  Pray that Kevin’s desire to grow in Christ will not diminish and that next week the discipleship group will meet again.

Our team uses English club meetings in jr. high & high schools to have opportunities to meet students and teachers with the hope developing more discipleship groups.  The first of these meetings began last week and more will begin as the month continues.  Pray for these meetings to impact the hearts of those we meet.

This Tuesday morning our team will be meeting with Roy Li to work on the details of developing a curriculum to go with the Discovery English Studio videos that our team has been creating to use in the English clubs.  Roy is a key contact for the development of this ministry with the schools of Taichung.  The videos and English lessons all have a Bible basis.  Hopefully, Cheryl and others on our team will be helping to write a curriculum to meet the standards & benchmarks that the schools have for the English listening & comprehension.  The better our curriculum helps the teachers to reach their standards and benchmarks the more likely schools will use it, therefore providing more for seeds of the Gospel to be planted.

Recently, there has been an outbreak of Dengue Fever that is affecting mostly the southern part of Taiwan, although there are some cases in the north as well.  Please pray that this outbreak will quickly be controlled and that others will not contract it.

We had a wonderful time on our anniversary trip.  We are so grateful for the 30 years God has given us together.  We hope to be able to serve God faithfully together for many more years to come.

Thank you for your faithful prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray with us that we will grow in faith to make the difficult decisions that will bring God the most glory.

2.  Please pray that more discipleship or transform groups will be started with the S&E campers.

3.  Please pray that Kevin’s desire to know God will grow stronger.

4.  Please pray that the English club meetings will provide opportunities to begin more discipleship groups.

5.  Please pray for the meeting with Roy this week concerning the Discovery English Studio curriculum.

6.  Please pray that the Dengue Fever outbreak will get under control.

7.  We thank God for the wonderful time we had on our anniversary trip.

August 30, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  I Cor. 15:50, 58

Why do we live our lives as if what we earn in this physical life is what matters most of all?  We save up larger sums of money or invest in property.  We try to rise up the ladder of success.  We choose to invest in so many things; things, that in the end, just do not matter.  What are we doing to stand firm in the Lord?  Are we investing in the Lord?  We have a promise that there will certainly be a return on that investment.  The stock market goes up and down.  It always has and always will.  We cannot be too concerned about what happens with all our physical assets while there are so many people that have nothing invested in the spiritual world.  When the time comes for the perishable to be changed to imperishable what will their outcome be?  What will be left of the work we have done here on earth?  Join us in praying to be, “…outstanding in the work of the Lord.”

Please be praying with us over the youth that attend Sunday’s S&E Camp Reunion Event.  We have had a lot of rain recently, so we don’t know how many will attend.  Alicia Edwards, our teammate, said, “I am praying that those who want to follow Jesus do (come).”  We want to invest ourselves in those that desire to be disciples, because they are the ones that will affect those around them for Christ.

Kevin, a youth for S&E camp, lives nearby.  He had wanted to attend a discipleship group at our teammates’, the DeVries, home, but was not allowed.  After persistently wanting to attend his mom said he could form his own group at their apartment building.  Wow!  Actually, this is what we would prefer!  Yesterday was the first meeting.  It was small, but Derik was impressed by the desire of this young man to learn about God.  Pray that Kevin’s desire to know God will affect his family & friends!

Our team met together yesterday to make plans and discuss strategy.  It was really good to hear people being excited about working together to make disciples.  They are all committed to doing what God wants, not what we want.  Pray for us as we seek to serve where we can make the most impact for God’s Kingdom.

Several weeks ago we asked that you pray for Judy Dunn, John’s mom, because she had shingles.  She is still not completely over the effects.  She still has pain in one her arms and other places.  Pray that she can heal completely soon.

We are excited to announce that we are going to receive another granddaughter in January.  Philip & Bethany are going to have another little White girl to squeal and dance around the house.  Pray for the whole family as they prepare for her arrival.

We, John & Cheryl, will be traveling this week for our 30th anniversary.  We should be able to be reached through e-mail and Facebook as usual.  Andrew and Moriah will be staying with teammates here in Taiwan.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we are all working for the Lord more than for ourselves.

2.  Please pray for those who want to know Jesus to come to the reunion event.

3.  Please pray for Kevin as he desires to know Jesus and affect his family.

4.  Please pray for our team to grow together as we seek to serve the Lord together.

5.  Please pray for Judy Dunn as she heals from the shingles.

6.  Praise the Lord for another baby White.

7.  Please pray for safe travels as John & Cheryl celebrate 30 years together.

August 23, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people, …”  II Cor. 5:11b

A holy or reverent fear of the Lord should cause us to desire to do what is right and righteous.  This includes sharing the truth of the Gospel, because we do not want others to fall under the judgement of God and experience His wrath.  We desire that all people everywhere come to be reconciled to God so that their sins are forgiven.  We especially desire this for our family members and those we call friends.  It grieves us when people reject the Gospel, and extremely so, when these people then die.

This past week Tina Tsai, one of our Kaohsiung Taiwanese co-workers, told us her brother unexpectedly died.  She is grieving because he is lost to her physically and lost to God spiritually.  Tina said, “The thing that makes Christians the saddest is when a relative dies who has not yet accepted Christ.  All we can do is cast our hope on the Lord in prayer.”  Join us in praying for Tina and her family as well praying for a greater desire to reconcile people to Christ because we know the fear of the Lord.

Next Sunday, August 30th, our team is having a S&E Camp reunion in the afternoon.  There will be games, worship, and pizza.  We hope to reconnect with several of the students and encourage them in their walk with Christ.  Hopefully, we can also organize many of them into discipleship groups.  Often those  who come to such events are from areas near each other.  Join us in praying that many will attend and that they will desire to meet together in discipleship groups.

This week Cheryl has been asked to substitute teach at Andrew & Moriah’s school in the elementary & middle school (EMS) while the teachers work on writing assessments.  This will give her an opportunity to meet many people in the school community.  Many of the students and their parents are not Christians.  We ask that you pray she will be a blessing during this week and that she will have endurance for this busy week.

This week on Tuesday John will have an opportunity to meet with Roy, a teacher and Christian in the Taichung school system.  Roy is also instrumental in part of the ministry that the Taichung Team has in the jr. and sr. high schools through their Discovery English Video series.  These Bible based videos are used by schools in Taichung to help their students with listening comprehension.  These videos give the team the opportunity to minister in some of the schools.  Please pray for God to guide this meeting so that He will be glorified.

Our family has lived in Taiwan since July of 1998, 17 years.  This past August 3rd we, John & Cheryl, celebrated 30 years of marriage together.  God has richly blessed our marriage & family.  We thank you for all the support and prayers you given us through the years.  We are going to take an anniversary trip Sept. 1-7.  We will be out of the country for six nights.  Andrew & Moriah will be staying with our teammates.  We should still be reachable through e-mail and other means through the internet.  Thank you again for all your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we have a renewed desire to reconcile people to Christ and that Tina and her family will be comforted in the Lord.

2.  Please pray for our upcoming S&E reunion, that it will allow us to form more discipleship groups among the students.

3.  Pray for Cheryl as she has an opportunity to affect many lives this coming week and for endurance.

4.  Pray for the continued partnership with Roy and the schools in Taichung.

5.  Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to our family through the years.  Pray for our family as we take our anniversary trip.

August 16, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’  You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like?  For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes.  You ought to say instead, ‘If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.’”  James 4:13-15

James calls us to look at our lives as instruments of God.  We should make plans only after having asked God for direction.  Too many times we just take off doing what we want without asking God what He wants us to do.  This is setting ourselves up for disappointment.  Without having God as part of the plan there is no way for us to have the abundant life He desires for us to have.  Join us in praying for God’s direction in the plans we make.

We are in the midst of making plans for our ministry here in Taichung.  Our team has a ministry plan that all of us need to evaluate.  We have individual ministry plans to evaluate and formulate.  We, John & Cheryl, have a lot to do in this area since we just moved here to Taichung.  We realize that it is easy to fill our schedule with good things to do, but we want to do what is best.  We want to be busy doing what God wants us to do now.  Pray with us as we ask God to direct us as we plan our schedules.

Our team continues to connect with youth from Sports & English Camp.  We ask that you pray for Michael & Mindy.  They are both very interested in worshipping God and learning more about Him.  Michael became good friends with Andrew at camp.  Mindy was on John & Cheryl’s family one week.  Mindy wants her whole family to be able to worship God.  Pray that we will be able to find the right time to have a worship and discipleship time that allows them to participate.

The big government inspection for Taiwan Xi En is this Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 – 6:00.  They will be interviewing staff, looking at paperwork, and inspecting the facilities.  John will need to be present for at least part of the inspection.  We pray that God will give us favor in the eyes of those that carry out the inspection and those that will review the inspectors’ report.  This inspection will determine Xi En’s ability to continue serving as an orphanage as well as whether the organization can apply to become an adoption agency.

We have asked for you to pray for Zi Chang, Wan Ting and their children before.  They are a young couple that we met through Taiwan Xi En.  They now have two little girls.  They continue to have financial problems.  They currently are being sued by a past landlord for back rent.  We don’t believe that giving them the money is the answer.  They need to learn how to keep a job and to budget what they earn.  We may have more opportunities to speak into their lives during the next month.  Pray that we will have wisdom as we speak to them about their financial and spiritual conditions.

Nathanael arrived safely back in Knoxville on Tuesday.  On Monday he will drive to Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA where he will move into his apartment and prepare to begin his master’s studies.  Pray that his move goes well and that he and his roommate will also be able to become good friends.  Andrew is getting along well starting school and made the varsity soccer team as a sophomore!  Moriah’s knee is getting stronger.  She is working on flexibility at this time.  She still has several weeks before she will be allowed to play sports, but she is getting there and excited to start volleyball soon.

We appreciate you praying for our family & ministry.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will first give our planning to God as we make our ministry schedule.

2.  Please pray for our team as we continue to connect youth.  Pray that we can worship with Michael & Mindy.

3.  Please pray for the inspection at Taiwan Xi En this Wednesday.

4.  Please pray for us to have wisdom as we try to help Zi Chang & Wan Ting.

5.  Thank you for praying for family as we continue to make adjustments and transitions.

August 9, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“They were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this? Even the wind and sea obey him!’”   Mark 4:41

Having just experienced a typhoon many passages dealing with storms have come to mind.  This passage always makes me stop and consider who God is and what my response to Him should be.  A few minutes before this statement those in the boat with Jesus are afraid because of the storm, but now that the storm is over they are afraid because of the power they see Jesus exhibit over the storm.  They were considering the fact that they were in the presence of the creator.  They feared because Moses was told that he could not see God’s face or he would die.  They were sharing life with the man that truly held their lives in His hand.  Do we reverence God enough?  Do we keep in perspective that not only is our God a protector and redeemer, but is righteous and just?  Join us in learning to worship God for all of His character.

Thanks to everyone who has prayed for Taiwan during the storm.  We are all fine.  We were protected from the worst of the storm by the mountains.  We did not get the worst of the rain or wind.  There is some storm damage, but nothing like in Taipei or on the NE coast.  All of our missionaries on island are safe as well.  Please continue to pray for Taiwan as there will be a lot of work to be done to clean-up the debris left in the wake of the storm.

Our team continues to contact campers that have a desire to continue to seek a relationship with God.  We hope to get them gathered together into discipleship groups that will help them to grow in Christ.  It is a challenge to find times when they can meet together especially after school begins.  Pray that God will give us wisdom and energy to accomplish the task.

We ask that you continue to pray for Taiwan Xi En as the organization prepares for a government inspection on the 19th of August.  Hopefully Taiwan Xi En will receive an A rating so that application can be made to become an adoption agency.

This week will bring some changes for our family again.  School starts on Monday.  This will be Andrew & Moriah’s first day at their new school.  Pray for them to make the adjustment well to new teachers and classmates.  Moriah also has the challenge of still being on crutches.  Her knee is improving, but is not fully healed yet.  Nathanael will fly back to the US on Tuesday.  He will be moving to Virginia Beach next week to begin a masters program at Regent University.  Pray for Nathanael as he travels and moves to a new city.

Thank you for the blessing of your partnership in ministry through prayer.

Go Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Let us worship our righteous redeemer together.

2.  Thank you for prayers for our safety through the storm.

3.  Please continue to pray for the follow-up after S&E Camp.

4.  Please pray for the inspection for Taiwan Xi En on Aug. 19th.

5.  Please pray for our family as school starts Monday & Nathanael leaves Tuesday.