March 8, 2015 Prayer Note

March 8th, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“Then, after he went into the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why couldn’t we cast it out?’ He told them, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer.’”  Mark 9:28-29 NET

Jesus’s disciples were concerned as to why they could not cast out a demon and yet the Lord could.  Jesus’s reply seems simplistic, and yet it is so important.   Certainly Jesus would give the same answer as to many of our why questions.  We often think that praying for something before meals and bedtime is sufficient to acquire the answer we desire.  Many times this is not the case.  We need to spend large amounts of time and effort speaking and listening to God in prayer in order to receive an answer.  We have been challenged lately to again devote ourselves to much time spent in prayer as we prepare to move to a new place of ministry here in Taiwan.  Join with us in praying for our next stage of ministry here in Taiwan.

Thank you for praying for Jing Shing.  She was able to go home from the hospital.  They are hoping that she will gain strength in order to have a surgery in the near future.  Please pray that Jing Shing will continue to desire to know the Lord and that her faith will grow.

During this week three new babies came to live at Xi En and one returned who had previously lived there for about 6 months.  There is a possibility of two more coming as well.  That would fill up all the places at Xi En.  Please pray that God will help the adoption process for the babies to go more quickly. Please pray for all the Christian organizations who are advocating for children to have clarity on how to work within the guidelines that the government is putting into law. Please pray as well for more Christian Taiwanese families to be willing to adopt.

Thank you for praying with us about a place to rent in Taichung.  We looked a few places this past week, some old and some new.  We decided on an older place where the apartment will provide the space we need and is very close to the school.  The money we save on fuel driving to and from school will help offset the difference in the rent.  We have some work to do to get it ready, but we have some time to get it done.  Praise the Lord that we have a major item scratched off our to do list.

Thank you for praying with us.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please join us in devoting ourselves to prayer for our next stage of ministry in Taiwan.

2.  Please pray for Jing Shing as her faith in Christ grows and she battles cancer.

3.  Please pray for the adoption process to begin to move more quickly, for clarity, and for more Taiwanese Christians to adopt.

4.  Praise the Lord we found a place to rent in Taichung.

March 1, 2015 Prayer Note

March 1st, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith.  Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”  I John 5:4-5 NET

The object of our faith is so important.  If I were the object of my faith then there would be so little that I could accomplish, but faith in Jesus means that all things are possible.  We can live in the knowledge that through Jesus we will overcome the problems and pressures of this life.  We can live in the knowledge of the victory over sin and death.  We can live victoriously, because Jesus has already won the victory for us through His death, burial, and resurrection.  Please pray that we will be able to communicate clearly to the people of Taiwan about the victory that is already ours in Jesus.

May Wu took John to visit a lady in the hospital with colon cancer.  He sister is a Christian and attends May’s discipleship group.  Her name is Jing Shing.  She has begun to place her faith in Jesus, but so many people around her keep encouraging her to rely on their traditional gods.  They bring her charms and things to bless her.  Pray that May will have the words to express to Jing Shing that Jesus is all she needs.

Nelfa continues to slowly improve.  She started speaking this past week.  She very simply expressed that she had some discomfort.  She also tried to sing her favorite song.  The translated title is “The Glory Is Yours Alone”.  Continue to lift Nelfa and her family up in prayer.

We ask that you continue to lift of the adoption situation here in Taiwan.  The process has really slowed down.  Where as Taiwan Xi En has had three babies go to their forever families during the past two months, all these babies were over a year old with two of them nearing two years of age.  The other ministries that Xi En partners with, the Home of God’s Love and Ray of Hope, are experiencing the same issues.  The available spaces for babies are being used up even with several being cared for by Christian foster families.  Pray that the adoption process will move more quickly and that more families will be  willing to care for babies.

We have begun our search for an apartment in Taichung.  We ask that you pray we will find the place that God has prepared for us.  After a little investigation we have found that housing will be much more expensive than here in Kaohsiung.  We will probably have to double what we spend now.

Thank you for praying for us as we transition to a new place of ministry.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we speak clearly the message of the victory we have in Jesus.

2.  Please pray for Jing Shing as she fights cancer and builds her faith in Jesus.

3.  Please pray for Nelfa and her family as she recovers.

4.  Please pray for the adoption process to move more quickly in Taiwan.

5.  Please pray for us to find the place God has prepared for us to live in Taichung.

February 22, 2015 Prayer Note

February 22nd, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“A whole generation will serve him; they will tell the next generation about the sovereign Lord.  They will come and tell about his saving deeds; they will tell a future generation what he has accomplished.”  Psalm 22:30-31

It is necessary for each of us as Christ’s disciples to recognize our responsibility to tell the next generation about the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We must share our faith with them in order that they too may choose to have a relationship with Jesus.  If we don’t share what our God has done for us, then who will?  Pray with us that each day we take seriously our responsibility to share the gospel.

Nelfa continues to improve.  She is following simple commands and has been able to sit up while eating.  This gives hope that her brain is slowly healing.  The hospital is beginning the process to allow her to go home.  This will be difficult for the family as they will be responsible for all of her care.  There home is 3-4 hour car ride from the hospital.  They are still in need of help with paying the hospital bill.  You can follow Nelfa’s situation at

The discipleship groups will start back up this week after being off for Chinese New Year.  Please pray that everyone will be excited to share how God has been faithful during the past couple of weeks.  Pray as well that they will have a deeper desire to know God and share His love with their family and friends.

We ask that you pray for our family as we make preparations to move to Taichung.  We hope to find an apartment this spring so that we can get it ready for us to move into right after school gets out.  We also ask that you pray for us to have wisdom as we prepare our family, churches, friends, and others for our move.

During the Chinese New Year break the Xi En nannies were all on vacation.  Cheryl arranged for volunteers to fill in for the nannies.  We are very grateful for everyone that was willing to take time out of their break to care for the babies.  Some people even came from Taichung to help out.  Praise the Lord for these servants.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please join us in prayer as we desire to share the gospel daily.

2.  Please pray for Nelfa as she slowly improves.

3.  Please pray for the discipleship groups as they begin meeting again this week.

4.  Please pray for God to direct us as we prepare to move to Taichung.

5.  We praise God for all the people that helped care for the babies at Xi En while the nannies were off for Chinese New Year.

February 16, 2015 Prayer Note

February 16th, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“But I am doing just what the Father commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.  John 14:31a  “For this is the love of God:  that we keep his commandments. And his commandments do not weigh us down.”

I John 5:3

Jesus obeyed His father to show His love for God to us.  He asks us to do the same.  Obedience is the call of the disciple.  It expresses our love for God and our love for people.  When we are obedient people see Jesus in us and that draws them to God.  Pray that we learn to choose obedience to Christ’s commands so that people may know that we love God.

We had a good visit with the McCains while they were here in spite of our children coming down sick for a few days.  The McCains are now visiting in the Philippines and will continue to travel for several weeks yet.  Please continue to pray for them as they seek to encourage many others serving in Asia.

Little Nelfa is still in great need of prayer.  She still has a bad cough due to chest congestion.  She has a long way to go before getting out of the hospital.  Her bills are adding up as well, and if you feel led you can give through God’s Kids at .  You can follow her at Pray for Nelfa .

We spent this past weekend traveling with the True Vine congregation.  They invited their non-Christian friends and family to go on a retreat/trip for Chinese New Year.  It was a great opportunity to have fun with some non-Christian friends and witness to them as well.

Taiwanese families will gather together to celebrate Chinese New Year this week beginning on Wednesday evening.  Some families will worship their ancestors during this time.  Christians will be in a position to witness to their families.  Please pray for them to be faithful to God and yet honoring to their families.

1.  Pray for us to be obedient to Christ in all ways.

2.  Please pray for the McCains as they travel through Asia.

3.  Please continue to pray for Nelfa as she recovers.

4.  Praise the Lord for the encouraging trip with the True Vine congregation.

5.  Please pray for Taiwanese Christians as they have opportunities to share their faith during Chinese New Year.

February 1, 2015 Prayer Note

February 2nd, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“And each one must be careful how he builds.  For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw,  each builder’s work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done.”  I Cor. 3:10d -13

As we serve Christ through teaching others whether by word or through deed, we must be careful to teach clearly and correctly.  Otherwise, we may lead them astray and what was built will not last.  We must also be careful to check our heart’s purpose as we build.  Are we building for God’s glory or for our own?  Pray with us that we desire to always honor God with the way we build in His kingdom.

Thank you for praying for May’s mother.  Her test on her colon came back good.  There is an area that they will keep an eye on, but nothing that needs any attention.  They are still waiting for the results from tests that were run on her liver.  Pray that this test will come back clear as well.

We ask that you pray for a little girl named Nelfa.  She is the daughter of two workers at a children’s home in the Philippines directed by Team Expansion missionaries.  Nelfa was hit by a van driven by a person that was texting on his phone.  You can read her story on Facebook at this link                 

She was injured severely, but is God is faithful.  She is improving.  Pray for God to continue to heal her and to support her family.

Andrew will be traveling to Malaysia this week with his basketball team.  They will leave on the 4th and return on the 8th.  Pray for the team to have a safe journey and opportunities to witness as well.

Our field co-ordinator and his wife, Dana & Chris McCain, are here in Taiwan for the next week & half.  They will be visiting with all of the Team Expansion missionaries here on island.  We ask that you pray for their health and safety as they travel not only here, but many other destinations in Asia.  We ask that you pray as well for the time spent with each missionary to provide encouragement in their individual situation.

Thank you for praying with us.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will build in such a way as to honor God.

2.  Please continue to pray for May’s mom as she waits for the test results on her liver.

3.  Please pray for Nelfa & her family.

4.  Please pray for Andrew & his team as they travel.

5.  Please pray for the McCains as they travel.

January 25, 2015 Prayer Note

January 25th, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened.”  Romans 1:20 – 21  

Recently John has been discussing this passage and others with the Friday noon discipleship group.  It has been challenging for him and for all those in the group as they wrestle with what they believe they know about God or don’t know.  Some desire to know God and others really don’t care.  The problem for everyone is that in the end God says, “So people are without excuse.”  He will act as the righteous judge for all men.  Please pray with us that our words & actions will both cause people to realize their need to know God as Savior and Lord.

This past week we worshipped with the Eternal Light congregation at a ministry center for mentally handicapped people called the Ark.  The director of the Ark wants to bring the light of the gospel into the families of these people.  He also hopes to partner with local congregations to accomplish this purpose.  Part of the ministry is to provide work for those they serve, thus giving them a sense of purpose and accomplishment.  Pray that the Ark and congregations like Eternal Light will be able to work together to help these people and glorify God.

May Wu’s mother had a colonoscopy and a biopsy done this past week.  She is 82 years old.  She was very nervous when she went to see the doctor to begin with, but after giving it all over to God in prayer she was calm and able to handle the procedure without any problem.  The family is very concerned that Mrs. Wu has cancer.  Pray for God to comfort and prepare their hearts for results that should be back by the 30th.

It has been a difficult year for Chuck Johnston, one our fellow missionaries here in Taiwan, and his family.  Chuck’s wife, of many years, died last year in January.  Chuck also had health issues that required surgery this past year.  Chuck would be the first to say that God has been very faithful this past year, but still it has been difficult too.  Pray for him and his family as they continue to grieve, yet faithfully serve our God.

We appreciate your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray for our words and actions to help lead people to a saving knowledge of God and His son, Jesus.

2.  Please pray for the ministry of “the Ark” to the mentally handicapped.

3.  Please pray for May Wu’s mom as she waits to see the results of her colonoscopy and biopsy.

4.  Please pray for Chuck Johnston & his family as they continue to work through the loss of Molly, Chuck’s wife and our faithful co-worker here.

January 18, 2015 Prayer Note

January 18th, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matt. 5:20

The attitude of the heart is so important to our relationship with God and others.  It was their own hearts that condemned the Pharisees.  They worked hard to keep the letter of the law, but did not do so out of love for God or others.  It becomes even more clear how important this is as Jesus talks about anger and murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, retaliation, and the list goes on.  We need to take a heart check often to ensure that we act out of love for God and others not just self.  Pray with us that our actions truly reflect the attitude of our hearts, and that our hearts reflect the attitude of Jesus!

We ask that you continue to pray for Ellinor and her family as well as our family as we all go through transitions.  Ellinor’s parents stayed with us about eight days.  We enjoyed really getting to know them and see her interact with them.  She took to them very quickly.  She has been doing very well since they returned to Canada.  God has truly blessed us by giving us the opportunity to care for Ellinor and several other babies through the years.

Shu Jen’s husband, Mr. Wang, passed away.  His funeral was Saturday.  He did recommit his life to Christ before he died.  He also told his sons that belonging to Jesus was the best thing in life.  Shu Jen was very comforted by the way everything happened.  He went very peacefully.  Pray for the family as they mourn and learn to face life without their husband and father.

Many of you know that Cheryl’s grandparents are still living, but have deteriorating health.  During the past three weeks they have both been in the hospital and are both now in nursing homes.  Due to Grandpa’s being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease they are not allowed to stay in the same unit.  This adds to some the stress on the family.  Please pray for everyone involved as they adjust to the situation and try to make the best decisions they can.

Thank you for praying.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Pray that we will have the love of Jesus in our hearts.

2.  Pray that Ellinor and her family continue to grow together.

3.  Pray for comfort for Shu Jen & her sons.

4.  Pray for Cheryl’s Grandparents and family as they work out how to care best for them.

January 4, 2014 Prayer Note

January 4th, 2015

Dear Family & Friends,

“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.  For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.”  Ephesisans 1:3-4

It is wonderful to know that God has chosen to give us all the spiritual blessings we need.  He determined before the creation of the world that He would give us these blessings and that has never changed.  He chose to do this because of His love for us.  He made this plan because of His great love.  You and I are unconditionally loved and have been before time began.  Concentrate on this fact as you enter each new day of this new year!

Ellinor’s parents arrived safely on Wednesday evening.  Ellinor has taken to them very well.  She has slept in their room every night without problems.  She calls them Mommy & Daddy and really enjoys being with them.  Continue pray for their transition especially as they return to Canada on Thursday of this week.

A faithful, Godly man and friend from Mt. Carmel, Bill Phebus, received his reward this past week.  He and his family have also been very supportive of our ministry as well.  We ask that you pray for the Phebus family as they mourn the passing of their husband, father, and grandfather.

This coming Saturday will be the dedication for the new building at the Home of God’s Love.  We will be going to celebrate the blessings and the ministry that has been and will continue to be done for these children, in this beautiful, new facility.  Ted & Bev Skiles, Anna Fletcher, and the rest of the staff are so deserving of praise for their faithful service and Godly witness on so many levels and to so many people.

Thank for serving God with us.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl Dunn

1.  Thank you God for your great love.

2.  Praise God that Ellinor is doing well and transitioning well to her parents’ care.

3.  Please pray for the Phebus family as they celebrate Bill’s life and yet mourn his passing.

4.  Praise God for the ministry to children that will happen at the Home of God’s Love in the new building.

December 28, 2014 Prayer Note

December 27th, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  I Peter 2:9-10

Thinking about the end of a year and the start of a new year brought this passage to mind.  There are always some things that end with a year and begin with a year, but there are those that remain as well.  As Christians the truths in this passage remain constant for each and every year.  We are blessed to be God’s own chosen people who have received His light and mercy in our lives.  We are also blessed to have the position as priests in His Kingdom.  We get to share the message of good news to others.  It is our work to introduce people to their Creator, God, Redeemer, and King.  Wow!  Just think about the important role God has given each of us in His Kingdom.  God has entrusted us to be His emissaries to this world.  Consider the fact that you are part of a royal priesthood as you begin this new year.

We are rejoicing today as we prepare to celebrate a new birth in Christ.  One of the college students at Eternal Light is going to be baptized today.  His name is Xue Yi.  Pray for him to be encouraged in his spirit as he begins his new life in Christ.  Pray as well for Jenny Yu as she was baptized on Christmas day.  May Wu has been a great influence on Jenny.  It is wonderful to see disciples making disciples.

The Sanfords moved up to their new home in Ilan this weekend.  They have had a tiring month getting ready to move as well as still participating in ministry.  We miss them already!  They have been wonderful teammates.  Pray for their family as they adjust to their new surroundings and responsibilities.

Ellinor’s adoptive parents will be arriving in Taiwan late on Wednesday, the 31st.  They will be leaving their five year old son in Canada with family.  We ask that you pray for their whole family as they have many changes coming with the addition of a two year old into their home.  Pray for the bonding between Ellinor and her parents to happen quickly and smoothly.  We have been truly blessed to care of her.

Thank you for being such a blessing to us through your prayers and support.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Let us rejoice together that we are a part of God’s chosen royal priesthood.

2.  Praise the Lord for Jenny’s & Xue Yi’s decisions to follow Christ.

3.  Please pray for the Sanford family as they adjust to life in a new place.

4.  Please pray for the Ellinor’s parents as they travel to Taiwan this week.

December 14, 2014 Prayer Note

December 14th, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

One of them said, “I will surely return to you when the season comes round again, and your wife Sarah will have a son!” … The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child when I am old?’ Is anything impossible for the Lord? I will return to you when the season comes round again and Sarah will have a son.” Gen. 17:10, 13-14

Our God is so awesome and faithful.  Not only is God able to use worn out bodies to produce a child, but He is willing to give this blessing in spite of Abraham and Sarah’s lack of belief.  God gave them Isaac because He is faithful to His covenant and His plan, not because Abraham was so perfect.  God is faithful to keep His promises to us as well.  Let rejoice in the knowledge that we have such an awesome God.

Praise the Lord!  Ellinor’s final decree came this week.  Her parents will be coming to Taiwan at the end of the month!  God is certainly faithful.  He does not work on our time schedule, but He does act for His people according to His will.

Thank you for praying for Shu Jen’s husband.  Mr. Wang is doing very well presently.  He is in good spirits and has less pain.  Please continue to pray for the salvation of many in this family.

Many congregations in Taiwan will be having outreaches connected to Christmas including the Eternal Light, Good News, True Vine congregations.  Please pray that many seeds will be planted through these activities.

Because we are going to be moving to Taichung next summer our teammates, Chris & Samantha Sanford will be moving to the city of Lo-tung.  They will be doing church planting work their and supporting the ministry of the Home of God’s Love.  They are going to be moving on Dec. 26th.  Please pray that all goes well.

We are also excited to share that Moriah’s softball team won their tournament yesterday.  John was blessed to be able to coach her team.  Three other teams from MAK also won there respective tournaments!  We praise God for the safety everyone received while traveling and playing.

We truly appreciate your prayer support.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Let us join together in praising God for His power and faithfulness.

2.  Praise the Lord that Ellinor’s final decree has arrived.  She can go home!!

3.  Please continue to pray for the Shu Jen’s husband’s health and the salvation of her husband and son.

4.  Please pray for God to use the many outreaches that are planned for this Christmas season.

5.  Please pray for the Sanford’s as they plan to move this month.

6.  Praise God that Moriah’s team enjoyed success at the softball tournament.