August 3, 2014 Prayer Note

August 3rd, 2014 by dunns

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

 

We all know that the circumstances of our life can change instantly.  It is this uncertainty that causes us to desire to find something that is unchangeable, that is certain. We as people need something that is secure in our lives that brings us hope.  That is our God.  So whether the earth shakes, the storms rage, or there are explosions from bombs, or gas leaks God is still here.  He is able to help us no matter our situation.  And as the father of one of the missionaries that contracted Ebola said, “No matter what he will be alright.”  We too who have placed our faith in the Lord God Almighty will be alright!

 

Many of you have heard the news of the gas leak explosions in Kaohsiung.  We thank you for your prayers and concerns for the people of Kaohsiung and specifically for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  As far as we know none of the people that attend our congregations were injured.  The area affected was not near to our home or to the homes of most of those we work with.  We ask that you continue to pray for those who have lost homes, loved ones, and employment due to the explosions.  Pray as well for hearts to be open to the gospel of Jesus Christ during this time.

 

Please pray for Nathanael as he travels today to meet up with us here at Philip and Bethany’s.  He is coming back to the states to work and eventually to go to school for his master’s degree.  Taiwan has been a huge part of his life, and it is difficult to leave a country and people you love when so many still don’t know our Lord and Savior.  It is a bittersweet time for him, but we are so grateful for the few days that we will all be together.  We will be flying back to Taiwan on Thursday.  Nathanael will fly on to Indianapolis on Friday.  We ask that you keep all of us in your prayers as we travel.

 

We have greatly enjoyed our time visiting with many of you this summer.  Thank you again for your financial and prayer support.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we all learn to look to God in times of trouble and not to despair.

2.  Please pray for the people of Kaohsiung as they recover from the gas explosions.  Pray as well for God to use this to bring people to Christ.

3.  Please pray for Nathanael as he travels as us as well.

 

 

July 27, 2014 Prayer Note

August 3rd, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah!’ (which is translated Christ).”  John 1:41  NET

 

Andrew was completely taken by the man who John the Baptist had pointed out as “the Lamb of God.”  He asked to stay with him, and it changed his life.  Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, so that he too, could be changed by meeting Jesus, the Christ!  Do you have the same desire to tell your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers?  We should, but often we allow things to stand in our way of introducing people to Jesus.  Join us in praying that we take advantage of each opportunity the Holy Spirit gives us.

 

We are rejoicing with the Wednesday evening discipleship group.  Shu Jen, her brother & sister-in-law were all three baptized this past week.  This is thanks to May who wanted to introduce her friend Shu Jen to Jesus and then Shu Jen wanting to introduce her family to Jesus!  This is discipleship at work.  Pray with us for Shu Jen and her family as they grow in Christ.

Shu Jen & family baptism

The Eternal Light congregation is going to be having their VBS August 15th & 16th.  They are planning it as a two day, all day event.  There are special elements being planned for parents to attend as well.  We will be back in Taiwan to help.  Pray with us for the hearts and minds of those who will attend.

 

We wanted to let you know that John’s cell will not be working after Monday.  If you need to reach us, Cheryl’s number (812)272-6043 will still be active.  Pray for us as we fly to see Bethany’s family on Thursday.

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

1.  Please pray for us to take advantage of each opportunity to introduce people to Jesus.

2.  Please pray for Shu Jen and her family as they continue to learn to be disciples of Christ.

3.  Please pray for VBS in Taiwan August 15th & 16th.

4.  Please pray for us as we travel on Thursday.

 

 

July 20, 2014 Prayer Note

August 3rd, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named.  I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  Ephesians 3:14-21  NET

 

Paul was concerned with the spiritual growth of those he had helped to enter the family of God, therefore he prayed for them.  He prayed particularly for them to be rooted & to understand the love of Christ.  He believed that experiencing the love of Christ was more important than gaining knowledge.  That is because experiencing unconditional love changes the heart and mind of a person.  Experiencing the love of Christ confirms the knowledge we have of Christ.  We all need to follow Paul’s example of praying for people we know to understand the love Christ.

 

We have been blessed this summer to see much of our family as well as many of the family of God that are dear to us.  We were blessed last week to attend a family reunion on John’s side.  We were blessed as well to attend the NACC, which is very much like a reunion of the family of God.  We praise God for the blessings of visiting with so many of our family this summer.

 

The annual Sports and English Camp in Taiwan ended on Saturday.  There were 20 confessions of faith with 8 of them being able to be immersed.  Andrew was also in camp this past week at Oil Belt Christian Service camp with 70 some other ninth graders.  There were 12 decisions for Christ with several being baptized at camp while others are waiting.  There were also 12 decisions to enter into full-time Christian service.  We praise God for all these decisions.

 

We are excited to share with you that Ellinor’s court date went very smoothly this past Friday.  Her birth mom was present and there were no surprises.  We hope that Ellinor will be with her forever family before too much longer.

 

We are winding down our home service time.  We will report today at the Woodlawn Christian Church and next week  at the Calumet St. Christian Church.  We apologize for those congregations were unable to visit this summer.  We will make sure that we get to each of your congregations when we return in the summer of 2016.

We will be flying from Indianapolis on July 31st to begin our trek back to Taiwan.  We will stop at Philip and Bethany’s home for a week before continuing on to Taiwan and will arrive back there on August 8th.  We appreciate all the prayers that have been said on our behalf this summer as we have travelled.

 

Your willingness to pray for our ministry is a great blessing.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1. Join us in praying for more and more people to understand fully the love of Christ.

2. Praise God for family.

3. Praise God for the decisions that were made for Christ at S&E Camp and at Oil Belt too.

4. We praise God that Ellinor’s court date went smoothly.

5. Praise God for all the congregations and individuals that partner with our ministry.

6. Please continue to pray for us as we prepare to begin our trip back to Taiwan.

 

 

July 6, 2014 Prayer Note

August 3rd, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Don’t you say, ‘There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up and see that the fields are already white for harvest!  The one who reaps receives pay and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps can rejoice together.”  John 4:35-36

 

We have recently been able to watch the harvest of wheat in southern IL.  It is something that we enjoy watching as we travel.  It reminds us of the masses that have yet to be brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus, but whose hearts are ready to hear and receive the words of life.  You do not know how close a person may be to accepting Christ, so take advantage of each opportunity.  Pray that God will open all of our eyes to see the harvest that is before us.

 

This past week we served at Oil Belt Christian Service Camp.  We were blessed greatly by the campers, faculty, and staff.  There were three baptized and several others who wanted to make decisions for Christ.  Pray for these youth as they continue learning to be disciples of Christ.

 

The annual Sports & English camp in Taiwan begins next Sunday afternoon.  Please pray for the 144 campers that will attend as well as the 50 faculty, some of which will be traveling from the US this week.  Pray that God will open the eyes of the youth to the truth of scripture.  Pray as well that they will take up the challenge to win their generation to Christ.

 

Ellinor is doing well while we are here in the US.  She has a court date on July 18th.  Pray that her birth parents will appear in court and that the judge will press forward with her case.

 

We have enjoyed visiting with several churches, family members, and friends this summer.  God has blessed us with safety as we travel, and those we visit have blessed us in many ways, too.  Thank you!

 

Thank you for your prayers!

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for God to open our eyes to see the harvest that is before us.

2.  Please pray for the youth from Oil Belt this past week who were baptized or desire to be.

3.  Please pray for the Sports & English camp that will begin next week.

4.  We ask that you pray for Ellinor’s court date which is July 18th and for all that is connected to this case, that is will go through quickly.

5.  We praise God for safety and many other blessings we have received this summer.

 

June 22, 2014 Prayer Note

June 22nd, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother who sins against me? As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times! … “‘Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you?’  And in anger his lord turned him over to the prison guards to torture him until he repaid all he owed.  So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive your brother from your heart.”  Matt. 18:21-22, 33-35  NET

 

Forgiveness is so important, but at times it is very difficult for us.  When we are hurt by someone, especially if they are close to us.  It is easy to focus on our pain and forget what God has already done in forgiving us.  When we are able to contemplate the sacrifice of Jesus that our sins might be taken away, it becomes much easier to forgive.  Pray with us that we might be good examples of people that are willing to forgive.

 

We ask that you continue to pray for the discipleship groups as they meet this summer.  Today especially pray for Maggie as she is struggling to learn to how to forgive her husband.  They have often had troubles in their relationship, but things have been better since she has begun seeking a relationship with God.  We heard about two days ago that something had happen and she was having a hard time forgiving him.  I suggested to one of the leaders that they use the passage from Matt. 18 about Peter’squestion to Jesus and the unforgiving servant.  She seems to be responding well to the instruction from God’s word.  Keep praying for Maggie to learn the importance of forgiveness.

 

Pray for Dave Atkin’s mother, Juanita.  She is having some health issues.  Dave & Brenda are in the midst of preparing to move back to the US as well as to have Sports & English Camp.  Pray Dave & his sisters to have wisdom as to how to best proceed with their mother’s health care.

 

Cheryl, Bethany, and the little girls all flew to Seattle yesterday.  They made it safely.  Cheryl will be returning today.  It was good to be with them.  John & Moriah will be reporting at the Keensburg Christian Church today.  Andrew will be at Parkview Christian Church preparing with the youth group for a conference they will be going to next week.  We will be reporting to Christ’s Church in Effingham next Sunday morning.  Then we will be at Oil Belt Christian Service Camp that week until Thursday.  Our summer is full of blessings.

Cheyene, Juliet, Savanah

Speaking of blessings, we certainly have been blessed by many people this summer already.  Some have given us gas money.  The people at Christ’s Church loaned us a church van while Bethany & the girls were with us.  Now we are using a mini-van that belongs to family in Newton.  Thank you all!

 

Thank you for praying for us and those precious people in Taiwan.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

1. Please pray for us to be models of forgiveness to those around us.

2. Please pray for the discipleship groups to grow and for Maggie as she learns to forgive.

3. Please pray for the Atkin family as they deal with moving and Dave’s mom’s health.

4. Please pray for us as we continue to travel, report, and visit.

5. Thank you to everyone that has blessed us in some way this summer.

 

 

June 1, 2014 Prayer Note

June 15th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my savior, You save me from violence.  

I Samuel 22:2-3

 

Our God is always with us providing us with what we need.  He saves us & protects us.  No matter what our circumstances are God can keep us safe.  Pray that those we have left in Taiwan will recognize that God is with them always.

 

We ask that you pray for those we have been discipling in Taiwan.  Some this past week have already been facing difficulties in their lives.  Su Jen’s husband has been diagnosed with a cancer on his tongue.  Another person in her family was given a diagnosis of lung cancer as well.  Please pray that Su Jen will truly look to God during this time.  Pray that she will be able to use the strength God gives her to support her family.

 

Thank you for praying for our safety as we traveled to the US.  Everything went fine meeting up with Bethany and the girls.  We will be worshipping this Sunday with the Parkview Christian Church.  John will be preaching.  This is week we will be in Newton, IL for a VBS at the Central Christian Church.

 

Here are our cell phone numbers for the summer.

John – (812)272-7312

Cheryl – (812)272-6043

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for Su Jen and her family as they face two members having cancer.

2.  Thank you for praying for our safety as we traveled to the US.

 

 

June 15, 2014 Prayer Note

June 15th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help.  Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go! Return tomorrow and I will give it,’ when you have it with you at the time.”  Proverbs 3:27-28

These verses always get me thinking especially as I am traveling and see people standing with signs at intersections asking for help, or see homeless people.  We were given the opportunity to help someone this past week.  We did give him some help, but how many times do I not help those that reach out for help.  The help they ask for may not be money, it might be time, wisdom, or patience.  Join us in asking God to give us wisdom to know how to meet the needs of those God puts in our paths this week.

 

We thank you for the prayers that you have been saying for the discipleship groups in Taiwan.  They do continue to meet.  Su Jen’s husband has taken his first round of chemotherapy for his cancer on his tongue.  He is having a hard time eating.  Her brother, Mr. Tsai, will probably have his sentencing on Monday.  Please keep praying for them as they learn to rely on God during  these struggles.

 

We ask that you pray for Dana McCain, our field-coordinator, and his family as his brother suddenly died since we arrived in the States.

 

Thank you for praying for our safe travels and reporting.  The VBS in Newton went well.  The children, teachers, and support staff were all great encouragers.  We were blessed with a great offering as well.  This past Sunday we were able to share with John’s mom’s Sunday School class concerning the work in Taiwan.  This week we were able to visit with John’s family and Cheryl’s family, including Cheryl’s grandparents who live in Centralia, Illinois.  We will be worshipping with Cheryl’s parents this coming Sunday and then reporting at the Keensburg Christian Church on June 22.

 

Cheryl will be flying back to the west coast with Bethany and the girls on June 21.  Please pray for them to have a safe trip.

 

We really appreciate your prayers.  Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we train our hearts to hear God’s direction on how to help those in need around us.

2.  Please pray for the discipleship groups and especially for Su Jen’s family.

3.  Please pray for the McCain family.

4.  Thank you for your prayers as we travel and report.

5.  Please pray for Cheryl, Bethany, and the girls as they fly on June 21.

 

 

 

 

May 25, 2014 Prayer Note

May 27th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

“Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord! Praise his name! Announce every day how he delivers!Tell the nations about his splendor! Tell all the nations about his amazing deeds!”  Psalm 96:1-3

Every day God is worthy of our praise.  He is worthy of our telling those around us how he has blessed us.  When we share how our story is a part of His story, God is glorified.  Telling non-Christians how amazing God is draws them to Him, and causes them to wonder how He might be involved in their lives.  Have you shared God’s amazing power in your life with anyone recently?

Please pray for May Wu and Shu Jen as they will be telling the stories of God’s amazing deeds to the Tsai family as well as another of Shu Jen’s brothers.  This past week there were many good questions that came not only from the story John shared, but from the Bible reading that Mrs. Tsai had been doing on her own.  Pray that she continues to desire to know God better.

Ellinor’s paperwork has been resubmitted to court, but we have no idea how long it will take for her to have a court date.  Since we will be in the States for the summer she will be staying with two other families this summer.  The Scotts, a missionary family, and the Chens from the Eternal Light congregation.  She knows both families, but it will still be a transition for everyone including us.  Pray for her adoptive family too as they have already waited over a year and continue to wait to hold their precious daughter in their arms.

We ask that you lift up our family as we prepare this week to be gone for two months.  We have many things to do yet to be ready to go.  We ask that you pray for Philip and Bethany’s family too as they prepare for Bethany and the girls to travel with us from Seattle to mid-west for three weeks!  Nathanael will be preparing to return to the US this summer in order to work towards a masters degree.  All of our family will be traveling and going through changes this summer.

We praise God that He had provided us with the loan of a church van while Bethany is traveling with us this summer.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Praise God for His amazing deeds in our lives.

2.  Pray for the Wednesday evening discipleship group as they continue this summer.

3.  Please pray for the everyone involved in Ellinor’s situation as other people care for her this summer and as her case moves through the court system.

4.  Please pray for our family as we will be traveling this week and as Nathanael will be preparing to return to the US this summer.

5.  Praise God for a van large enough for our needs while Bethany is here.

 

 

June 23, 2013 Prayer Note

June 22nd, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Now as Jesus was passing by, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?’  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him.”  John 9:1-3 NET

 

What would happen if we all took this attitude about the difficult and good that happens to us in this life?  If we were always looking for God’s glorious acts and wonders to be worked out in our lives, our perspective on life, and therefore our witness, would be so much different.  We would quit looking for someone to blame and instead start praying for God’s mighty hand to be seen by everyone around us.  We would become willing servants and vessels of the King desiring for Him to be honored through us.  John will be teaching on this passage at the Good News congregation this morning and will teach on it again Tuesday morning in the English Bible storying group.  Please pray that we all become willing servants of the King.

 

Please pray for one the little boys at Taiwan Xi En.  He has two holes in his heart that need to be repaired and therefore, will require surgery in the upcoming days or months.  He is now on medication to help his condition and Cheryl will take him to the hospital on Monday to be reevaluated .  The doctors hope the medicine will allow them to wait until he is a little bigger to perform surgery.  He is six weeks  old right now.

 

Sports and English camp is about three weeks away.  Please lift up the campers and faculty in your prayers daily as we prepare for a week of evangelism, discipleship training, and fun.  We have a group of eight coming from the Newton Central CC in Newton, IL.  Please pray for them as they prepare to come and serve.

 

Jocelyn Wu is involved in helping to lead two of the Bible storying groups that John is presently leading.  She is always looking for opportunities to share the gospel.  She recently had to two reasons to celebrate.  One, her mother was baptized last Sunday morning.  Two, one of her friends to whom she has been witnessing for a long time was willing to pray with her.  Her son has become a Christian, and she is considering that it as well.  Praise the Lord!

 

Thank you for your love of the Kingdom.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for John as he teaches today, as well as on Tuesday, from John chapter 9.

2.  Please pray for this precious baby boy at Taiwan Xi En with the heart issues.

3.  Please pray for our upcoming Sports and English camp.

4.  Praise the Lord for Jocelyn Wu’s mother who was baptized last week and her other friend who is coming closer to the Kingdom.

 

 

 

June 16, 2013 Prayer Note

June 16th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.  For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are the things that defile a person; it is not eating with unwashed hands that defiles a person.”  Matt. 15:18-20

 

We were reading as a family through Matthew and came to this passage.  We all decided this passage gave us all much to think about.  It is easy to let things get out of hand with our tongue and attitudes.  We often do not have the mind and heart of Christ toward our family members.  What kind of witness do we have if we are unable to be loving and kind to those closest to us?  Please pray that we will be a loving and caring family that has a good witness to those around us.

 

We asked that you pray for the inspection at the Home of God’s Love.  Overall the feeling was that things went well.  There will be another inspection at the end of the year.  They are not able to accept any more babies at this time, because of numbers.  They know that they will have additional babies coming at the end of the summer from a partner ministry.  Please pray that God makes a way for these babies.  Thanks for praying.

 

Pray for Guo Hwa.  He is the husband of Shu Mei who was baptized last year as well as her father.  Guo Hwa is a young man, but had to have a heart catheterization  unexpectedly done on Friday.  The Eternal Light congregation immediately started to pray for Him as he went to the hospital.  He is very grateful for the prayers and concern. The whole family is praising God that he is recuperating very well, and that there are opportunities to share the Gospel with him at this time.

 

Joy Martin has been with us two weeks.  She is doing very well adapting to the culture.  Joy is game for about any new food or experience, and Samantha is working with her to learn some Chinese while she is here as well.  Pray that God will use this summer to prepare Joy for future service in His kingdom.

 

Thank you for always keeping us in your prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that our family has a great witness in our community.

2.  Praise God that the inspection at the Home of God’s Love went well.  Pray for God to make room for more babies.

3.  Please pray for Guo Hwa to recover and to come to know Jesus.

4.  Please pray for Joy as she continues to learn about Taiwan and seeks God’s will.