Dear Family & Friends,
“Pay attention to do everything I have told you, and do not even mention the names of other gods – do not let them be heard on your lips. Three times in the year you must make a pilgrim feast to me. You are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, for at that time you came out of Egypt. No one may appear before me empty-handed.” Ex. 23:13-15 NET
God gave specific instructions to the Israelites on how to worship at different times of the year to celebrate what He had done for them in the past and what He would continue to do for them in the future. All of these feasts had a very important element that was common, “God!” He was the focus. He told them not to even to mention the names of other gods. He and He alone provided for them. It is the same for us today. We need to make sure that God is given the credit that is rightly, and fully, His. Many Taiwanese are making a pilgrimage home to celebrate Chinese New Year. Who & what will they celebrate? Those that do not know Jesus will certainly thank other gods and their ancestors. God will be robbed of the glory and worship that is His.
Next week is Chinese New Year. Our family and the Pagel family have been invited to Samantha Sanford’s parents’ home for dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, which next Sunday evening. The Lins came to our Christmas worship and meal. We are hoping that they will allow us to include some worship of our God in the evening. Pray with us that their interest in the Gospel in continuing to grow.
August (Augi) Cox made it to Taiwan safely on Tuesday night. He has done very well getting over jet lag. He has also been very willing to try foods and experience the culture. He will be moving in with his host family today. The mother and teenage son, Lucy & Jack, are both Christians, but the father is not yet. Augi will have a great opportunity to encourage Lucy & Jack in their faith as well as to witness to Mr. Jeng.
We have been blessed this week by a visit from Eric and Chris B. of our home office. They are traveling to a few fields to encourage and teach over the next few weeks. They certainly were a blessing to our team. They left for Thailand this morning on an early flight. They will also visit some sensitive fields after Thailand. Pray for God to bless them with safety and health as they travel.
We are so blessed to have our new granddaughter Amelia in our family. She is eating well and mom is feeing pretty good too. We are thankful that our son-in-law is such a big help with all four of the girls. Please continue to pray for all six members of their family as they get used to having the newest member around.
Thank you for your prayers.
John & Cheryl
1. Please pray for the opportunity to witness to the Lin family at Chinese New Year.
2. Please pray for August as he adjusts to Taiwan and begins to get to know his host family.
3. Please pray for Eric & Chris B. as they travel to other places to encourage and teach.
4. Please continue to pray for Philip, Bethany, and their girls as they all adjust to being a family of six.
Posted on January 31st, 2016 by dunns
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