August 24, 2014 Prayer Note

September 8th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“‘Indeed, a time is coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant  with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,’ says the Lord. ‘But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,’ says the Lord. ‘I will  put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be my people.’”  Jeremiah 31:31-33

 

When you read these words of the Lord, are you able to sense the great desire that He has to be in a whole relationship with His people?  He is willing to go beyond being faithful.  He is willing to start anew with a new covenant that will make them truly His.  We live in under this new covenant!  We receive the blessings of the new covenant.  Which according to Jeremiah 31:34f includes, “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”  Does the way we live reflect the depth and righteousness of this covenant?  Are we living so that people see the righteousness, grace, and mercy of our God in us?  Let’s pray for each other to live like we are His people.

 

 

We ask that you call on God to give us wisdom as we begin getting back into ministry activities.  We want to train people to be disciples that can and will make disciples.  We don’t want them all to be continually relying on us.  John will be meeting with the leaders of different discipleship groups this week to make plans for how they will each continue.  He has also already had a contact about starting a new discipleship group.

 

The Home of God’s Love continues to wait to hear about their adoption license.  We are praying that they will be allowed to continue to do new adoption cases.  We are also praying for a land issue dealing with the road that leads back to their property.  It is possible that it will be closed causing everyone to use an unpaved road that leads to the back of the property.  Please pray for God to intervene in these situations.  Also pray that the court cases that have already been started both with the Home of God’s Love and Xi En can successfully be completed, including Ellinor’s, as we are still waiting on court decrees to come through.

 

We thank you for continually praying for our family.  Bethany, Philip, and their girls are happy in Canada working and serving there.  Nathanael is now in Knoxville where he will be living and working this next year while he decides where he will be going to graduate school.  Andrew & Moriah have had a good start to a new school year.  Andrew has hit a bump in the road though.  He hurt his knee again in soccer practice last week.  We decided that it needed to be checked out.  His initial exam indicated that he may have a torn meniscus.  We are waiting for a date for an MRI to determine if he will need surgery or not.  Please pray that it will be clear what needs to be done for his knee to heal well.

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we will receive wisdom as to how to lead the discipleship groups and for new ones to begin.

2.  Please pray for The Home of God’s Love as they wait to hear about their adoption license and the road issue.

3.  Please continue to pray for Ellinor’s court case.  Praise the Lord that she is feeling better.

4.  Thank you for praying for our family as we go through transitions and changes and for Andrew’s knee.

 

 

August 17, 2014 Prayer Note

September 8th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“When the army came back to the camp, the elders of Israel said, ‘Why did the Lord let us be defeated today by the Philistines? Let’s take with us the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh. When it is with us, it will save us  from the hand of our enemies.’ … So the Philistines fought. Israel was defeated; they all ran home.   The slaughter was very great; thirty thousand foot soldiers fell in battle. The ark of God was taken, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas, were killed.”  I Sam. 4:3, 10-11

 

The people of Israel thought that as long as they carried the ark of the covenant with them that they would win in battle, but they were defeated instead.  They mistook the ark as having power itself, instead of the presence of God.  They also forgot that the covenant they had made with God required their sincere faith in Him and their desire to obey his commands.  Their faith in God was not much different than that of the Philistines in their gods.  Israel’s leaders, including Eli’s family, had not taught the people well nor kept the covenant very well either.

 

We all need to be careful that we do not treat God as someone we can summon to work for us when we need Him.  We also need to be careful to cultivate a desire to be obedient to God, so that we will be pleasing to Him.

 

The Eternal Light congregation hosted a two day VBS this weekend.  Each day was a full day.  Please pray for the outreach to the families that will follow.

 

We received a note asking to for prayer for the nation of Liberia.  The government has declared a state of emergency due to the Ebola crisis.  People are dying daily from common ailments because there are no medicines or they cannot be treated due to the hospitals being closed.  Pray for God to intercede in this crisis.

 

It has been almost a month since Ellinor’s court date.  We are hoping that her paperwork will arrive soon saying that the court has approved the adoption. Ellinor came back to our home last Sunday evening and has fit right back in although she has had a pretty high fever these last two days. Please pray for Ellinor to feel better.

 

We ask that you pray for a member of the Team Expansion family, Deshay Linn.  She is being treated for Typhoid.  She grew up on the mission field in Venezuela.

 

Thank you for your prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

1.  Please pray for us as we work to develop a desire in our own lives to be obedient in all things to God.

2.  Please pray for the VBS follow-up.

3.  Please pray for the Ebola & medical crisis in Liberia and other places in Africa.

4.  Please pray for Ellinor’s paperwork to come from the court soon, and for her to feel better.

5.  Please pray for Deshay Linn as she is being treated for typhoid.

 

 

 

August 10, 2014 Prayer Note

August 10th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Though I have many other things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come visit you and speak face to face,  so that our joy may be complete.”  I John 2:15

 

It is always good to visit face to face with people.  While we are here in Taiwan we look forward to visiting with family & friends that are Stateside and in Canada.  When we are there with you, we look forward to getting back to Taiwan so that we can again see those we know and love here.  That is life for us.  We are so grateful for the fellowship and love that you all shared with us this summer.  You certainly brought joy to our summer.  We look forward to the day when we can rejoice together with all of you and all of our Taiwanese brothers & sisters in heaven seeing our Savior face to face.

 

We appreciate your prayers for the people of Kaohsiung.  We are relieved to know that most of the homes in the area of the explosions were not damaged structurally.  They are affected greatly due to the lack of utility services to their homes as well as the difficulty with travel.  We will be investigating how we and our churches might be of aid to those who live in that area.

 

We are grateful for your prayers for our family as we traveled.  Our trip back to Taiwan went well.  We are all doing well as we try to adjust to the humidity and the time difference.  Nathanael arrived safely in Indianapolis, but without his luggage.

 

We ask that you pray for Andrew & Moriah as they begin school on Monday.  It is pretty quick after just arriving here very late on Friday.  Pray for our family and Ellinor as we all get used to each other again.  She will be coming back to our home tonight.  We also ask that you pray for us as we move back into ministry and life here in Taiwan.  We need wisdom to find a good balance and as to certain specifics about ministry involvement.

 

Thank you for a wonderful summer.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Praise that Lord for the blessing of visiting face to face and the hope of living for eternity in heaven together.

2.  Please pray for the those affected greatly by the explosions in Kaohsiung.

3.  Thank you for praying for our safety while traveling.  Pray for Nathanael’s bags to arrive soon.

4.  Please pray for our family as we get back into life and ministry in Taiwan.

 

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.