Dear Family & Friends,
“Sanballat and Geshem sent word to me saying, ‘Come on! Let’s set up a time to meet together at Kephirim in the plain of Ono.’ Now they intended to do me harm. So I sent messengers to them saying, ‘I am engaged in an important work, and I am unable to come down. Why should the work come to a halt when I leave it to come down to you?’ They contacted me four times in this way, and I responded the same way each time.” Nehemiah 6:2-4
Distraction is one of Satan’s most often used tactics against Christians and those seeking God. He tries to get us away from the work God has given us to do with something that seems good or beneficial. He does the same to those we are evangelizing or discipling. He tries to get everyone to fill their time with other things such as charity work, family outings, and extra work. When that does not work then he uses scare tactics and doubt. All these and more are seen in the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah won’t allow himself to be distracted. He continually keeps the work God had given him and the Jewish people as the first priority. When times became difficult Nehemiah prayed. We need to do the same. This week ask join us in asking God to reveal to us what in our lives is an unneeded distraction or how should we reprioritize our lives.
The first teaching time at Taiping Elem. School went very well last week. The first lesson was about creation. The ladies mentioned that one of the three classroom teachers that they are working with did not seem to be real excited about the whole situation. On a positive note, several of the children were very interested in the story and wanted to ask questions. Continue to pray for the hearts of and minds of the students and teachers at the Taiping Elem. school.
The Jang family continues to show interest in learning more about God’s plan for mankind from the scriptures. Last weeks discipleship group went very well, with lots of good discussion and discovery from God’s word about our being made in God’s image. This week’s story is the fall of man, which will certainly bring up questions about good and evil in our world. Pray for John to have wisdom in leading them how to discover the truth that is in God’s Word.
Cheryl continues to volunteer at PSC, a crisis pregnancy center that was begun by two friends, Gloria and Lana. There are four Taiwanese ladies working in the office: Lillian, Monica, Jane, and Sherry. Pray for Cheryl to have wisdom as she tries to learn more about PSC and how to encourage the workers there in their faith.
Thank you for all your prayers on behalf of us and Taiwan because of the recent typhoon. We had no bad weather in our area, but typhoons went both south of us and then north. We only had a little rain. We have had reports from friends in Kaohsiung about the extent of the damage. Taiwan Xi En was still without water as of Saturday evening. The Eternal Light Christian Ministry Center had a lot of water leak into the first floor. Fortunately, loss of life both in Taiwan and China have been very low. The amount of crop damage is very high. We will certainly see higher vegetable and fruit prices for several weeks.
Thank you for praying.
John & Cheryl
1. Please pray with us to have wisdom not be distracted by satan, but to stay committed to the work of the Lord.
2. Please pray for the hearts and minds of the students and teachers at the Taiping Elementary School.
3. Please pray for John and the Jang family as they study about the fall of mankind.
4. Please pray for Cheryl and the staff of PSC as they work together.
5. Thank you for praying for Taiwan during and after the typhoon.
Posted on September 18th, 2016 by dunns
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