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December 6, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“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.”  Eph. 3:20-21  

Christmas being just around the corner as such means that family members are asking you, “What do you want for Christmas?”  It also means that children are telling you what they want for Christmas.  Some children will think about which person would be willing to give them a certain gift, because of cost or extravagance.  Reading this passage in Eph. made me consider that God wants to give us the most extravagant spiritual gifts.  He is able to do more than we think.  Why then when we pray to God do we not ask extravagantly?  Do we believe that He can do it?  If we believe then why not ask?  Why not ask for God to use this crisis in the middle east to change the hearts of millions of muslims to Christ?  Why not ask God to change the hearts of the thousands in your own town to Christ?  And while you are at it why not ask God to use you to take the Gospel to those you are praying to receive the Gospel?  I also believe if we pray like this God receives a gift too, glory!  Join us in praying and believing that God can do all that we ask of Him and more.

We are praising God as the 6 people that May Wu has been discipling were baptized this weekend.  We reported earlier of their plans to be baptized and now it has happened.  We received several notes from those who were baptized for our part in sharing the gospel with them.  PTL!

Our team members are making plans to invite people to their homes for special Christmas activities and to be a part of other special events.  John and Cheryl will be helping to teach at a university about the meaning of Christmas.  We are praying for God’s leading as whether this could be a start to a continued outreach at this university.

Continue to pray for the Home of God’s Love as the staff works to make changes in paper work and make other plans for how to provide more services to families on both sides of an adoption.  Pray as well for the Home to find the needed people to fill the positions of director of adoptions and head social worker.

Thank you for praying for the health of our team and protection for our children.  Andrew is not playing basketball at this time.  The doctor said that Andrew received a slight concussion and needs to rest for 3 three weeks after the injury.  He has another week of rest.  Angie Pagel’s mom is having back surgery this Monday morning in the US.  She has been in a lot of pain.  We also ask you to please pray as well for little Nora, who spilled hot coffee on herself and now has burns on about 10% of her body.  She is about 18 months old.  Her grandparents, Ken & Trena Campbell, served in Kaohsiung at Morrison Christian Academy and Taiwan Xi En for several years.  Her great-grandparents, Dudley and Mona Henderson, are still serving in Kaohsiung with a bi-lingual church.

We did enjoy our visit at the Home of God’s Love last week.  It was a great time of fellowship and service.  John & Cheryl led devotions at the home on Wed. night.  Cheryl headed up the meal for the children at the home and our mission family on Thursday evening.  John had a board meeting for the Home too.  John was also able to speak on Sunday morning to the kids and staff at the Home for worship.

Thank you for all your prayers.

1.  Please pray with us for God to use our team to start a church planting movement in Taiwan.

2.  Praise God with us for the six baptisms from May Wu’s discipleship work.

3.  Please pray for the special activities planned during the Christmas season.

4.  Please pray for the Home of God’s Love to be able to meet all the requirements to keep the adoption license.

5.  Thank you for praying for the heath of our team and friends.

6.  Praise the Lord for a great time at Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

“Moses returned to the Lord, and said, ‘Lord, why have you caused trouble for this people?  Why did you ever send me?’ … Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh, for compelled by my strong hand he will release them, and by my strong hand he will drive them out of his land.’”  Ex. 5:22 & 6:1

Many times in the scriptures people cry out to God with questions that start with the word why.  People become overcome by the situation and question God’s intent and character.  God most often responds with patience and understanding.  Sometimes he begins to act immediately to show His purpose, and other times it necessary to still wait until the time is fulfilled.  In the case of Moses calling out to God having just begun to call for Pharaoh to release Israel He speaks to Moses about His purpose, but it is still a long time before the people are released or even feel better about their situation.  You may be in such a time where your prayers often start with, “Why.”  You may feel like you don’t understand why God has brought you here to this place.  You may feel as if you have been forgotten.  There is hope.  It still may be awhile before you see how God will use this situation, but for those who stay faithful there will always be a blessing.  Eventually, the Israelites were released from slavery.  They were able to go to the land promised to their ancestors.  Hang in there.  God is still with us all!

This week John went with Chad & Derik to present the same lesson as last week to three different high school English classes.  Again the response was very good.  After the lesson about how real friends are dependable we shared examples where we needed to depend on God, because no one else could help.  One student, Miss Chen, having been inspired by hearing Chad & Derik’s stories sought John out on Facebook stating that she hoped the next time she could hear his story as well.  God is working in the hearts of these students.  Pray with us for ways to connect with these students outside of school that will lead to the formation of discipleship groups.

Please continue to pray for the situation at the Home of God’s Love.  This week one the social workers resigned.  His mother is in failing health and he needs to be able to care for her.  This leaves another position to be filled.  Our mission will be having our annual Thanksgiving/Christmas gathering at the Home on Thursday & Friday.  We hope to be able to join together and encourage the Skiles and the rest of the staff at the home.

We ask that you lift up prayers for the safety of the children on our team.  This year there have been several injuries.  In just the past two weeks three of our children have had injuries.  Zach Pagel twisted his ankle badly in basketball practice.  Kylea Messimer broke her arm on the playground.  Just yesterday Andrew hit the floor hard in a basketball game and is having neck pain and some dizziness.  We are all grateful that no one has been hurt severely, but we also hope for everyone to heal well and to stay healthy.  These things steal energy and time from our lives and ministries.

Thank you for standing in the gap for us in prayer.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Join us in praying for everyone to remain faithful even when we are asking, “Why?”

2.  Please pray that God will provide us with opportunities to develop discipleship groups among the students we are meeting.

3.  Please pray for the Home of God’s Love to be able to hire the needed personnel and make other necessary changes.

4.  Please pray for the safety of our team’s children.

November 15, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“I am up before dawn crying for help.  I find hope in your word.  My eyes anticipate the nighttime hours, so that I can meditate on your word.”  Ps. 119:147-148

Looking at our world around us, seeing so much that is disturbing & heart breaking are you driven to prayer & God’s Word?  The psalmist desired help from the Lord and sought it in prayer and meditation on God’s truth.  It is interesting that the psalmist was willing to at times spend the night time communicating with God or to get up early and call out to Him.  What about us are we willing to lose a little sleep in order to understand God’s truth better or to see circumstances in our world change?  It seems like God is available to all,  whether we be morning birds or night owls.  Join us in seeking God, both early and late, that our world might be changed for Him.

We are very grateful for your prayers while John was traveling.  He made all his connections and all his bags made it as well.  The International Conference on Missions was good and the Team Leaders Summit was excellent.  Pray that John will be able to communicate to the team much of what he received from the conference and the summit.

The Home of God’s Love has four months to hire a director for the adoption side of the ministry in order to continue processing adoptions.  They will only let Ted Skiles, who with his wife founded the home, be director of the actual children’s home side of the ministry.  He cannot fill both roles.  There are several other items to be addressed as well from the inspection, but this is of the highest priority.  We are praying for a Christian with a vision for adoption work who is licensed in Taiwan and can read and write the Chinese language and would fit well with the vision that is already being cast to come forward very soon.  We need God’s man or woman here!

A week ago Saturday there was a activity held at a local park for students from one of the high schools that we serve through the Discovery English program.  All but three of the club members showed up.  Our team families showed up in force as well to build relationships with them.  Everyone had a great time.  They were invited to a Christmas celebration at the Edwards’ home in December.  This will give the team an opportunity to invite them to be a part of discipleship groups where they can come to know God.  Another exciting note, on Friday John went with Chad Edwards to another Discovery English Club meeting.  At the end, Chad had the opportunity to give a personal testimony of how he learned to depend on God when he could not himself do anything for the health of his baby girl.  Afterward many more students than usual were drawn to talk to us, especially Chad.  Please pray that God will continue to use us to draw these students to Him.

Thank you so much for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1. Please pray that we are willing to seek God in earnest prayer and study of His Word.

2. Please pray for John as he shares what he gained from the conference and the summit.

3. Please pray that the Home of God’s Love can hire the needed personnel to continue processing adoptions.

4. Please pray for continued connections with students from the schools we serve.

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.