Dear Family & Friends,
“Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king and he reigned for twenty-five years in Jerusalem. … He followed in his father Asa’s footsteps and was careful to do what the Lord approved. … Ahab’s son Ahaziah became king over Israel in Samaria. He ruled for two years over Israel. He did evil in the sight of the Lord and followed in the footsteps of his father and mother; like Jeroboam son of Nebat, he encouraged Israel to sin.” I Kings 22:42a, 43, 51b-52
These scriptures say so much about these two men’s lives. They made a choice. Jehoshaphat chose to do what the Lord approved. Ahaziah chose to sin and encourage others to sin. Their lives were very different, yet there was an important similarity. They both followed the example given them by their parents. How important our roles as both physical and spiritual parents are. We impress upon the hearts and minds of those that look to us for guidance so much that it affects their lives. The consistency and inconsistency of our lives is often what is seen the most. Children tend to follow our choices when we are consistent whether bad or good. The one time children tend not to follow is when there is an inconsistency in what we as parents say and do. When we are inconsistent they are confused and often end up choosing poorly. Pray with us to be consistent at following our Lord both in word deed so our physical and spiritual children will have good examples to follow.
Following up with Mrs. Tina Lin situation. She is a Christian. She enjoys the simple church structure that we are using to disciple people. We hope that with God’s help and wisdom she will continue to grow in Christ and will begin discipling people herself.
Augi continues to do well on his internship. He is building relationships with several of the students that we have met through the Discovery English ministry in the schools. Hopefully, our team can continue these relationships even after Augi’s internship is over. Please pray that God continues to use Augi to draw people to Himself.
We are praising the Lord for Mindy Hong’s decision to be baptized. She was a part of one of John’s discipleship groups in Kaohsiung. Before that she was a part of an English Bible Storying group John led as well. We are so thankful for faithful Christians such as Jocelyn Wu and Ashley Wu that have continued to disciple Mindy.
Thank you for praying for those we mention who need healing . Chris Sandford’s shoulder is healing well. Jared Burris’ lungs are growing stronger, but he is confused about what is happening and why he is being restrained. This is hard on his family. Pray for Chris’ continued recovery. Pray for Jared to continue to heal and to be able to work through the confusion he has about his situation.
Thank you for praying.
John & Cheryl
1. Please pray that we will be good examples, living out what we teach.
2. Please pray for Mrs. Tina Lin as she grows in her walk with Christ.
3. Please pray for Augi to continue to draw people into a relationship with Christ.
4. Praise the Lord for Mindy’s decision to follow Christ fully.
5. Praise the Lord that Chris’ shoulder is healing. Please pray for Jared to be able to work through the confusion about his situation.
Posted on April 30th, 2016 by dunns
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