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May 1, 2016 Prayer Note

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.

Mindy Baptism


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.

God Bless,

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.

April 24, 2016 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Little children, guard yourselves from idols.”   I John 5:21  NET

The translation above is the usual translation and very literal.  Most of us think of something carved or molded into an image to represent a deity as an idol.  We would next include things like money, position, or power in our definition.  The New Living Translation has chosen to define what an idol does instead of just using the noun.  “Little children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your heart.”  This just makes it so clear, too, that almost anything could become an idol in a person’s heart.  Yes, it might be a false deity or a false representation of whom Jesus is.  It might also be our time, job, family, life plans, … There are so many good things that we as people allow to be more important than our relationship with our Lord and Savior.  Anything that we desire more than Him is an idol in our heart.  This week join us in looking truthfully at your life to see if you are giving Jesus first place in your heart.  If Jesus really is first place then your life will be drawing people to Him!

While visiting the Home of God’s Love recently, a Christian lady gave us the name of her niece, Tina Lai, who lives in Taichung.  While growing up she often attended Sunday school and church services with her aunt.  We have made an initial contact with Tina.  She is willing to meet with us and possibly study the Bible.  We ask that you pray for us to have wisdom as how to proceed and for Tina to have a desire to know God personally.

Cheryl was asked by friends who will be returning to the US this summer to help disciple a mom of one the boys in Andrew’s class.  Her name is Tina.  Her son is Jonathan Lin.  Jonathan is a part of a Christian and a part of a student led group on campus.  Tina will be joining the Pagel family and us for worship today.  Join us in praying that the Holy Spirit will give us wisdom how to continue to disciple Tina to a life changing relationship with Jesus.

Our friends, Jeff & Charlotte Burris, in the States who have supported us in many ways through the years have a son named Jared who is now on life support, fighting pneumonia and a very drug resistant super-bug.  Jared’s wife’s name is Chantelle.  The last update we have is that his vital signs were improving, but he is still on a ventilator.  Pray for God to strengthen Jared’s body to be able to overcome the pneumonia and whatever else is attacking his body.  Pray as well for his family, especially his wife, parents, and Grandma.

We ask that you continue to pray for Sports & English Camp.  Everything is coming together for a great week.  Pray for the students to have open hearts and minds to receive the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will truly guard ourselves from anything that would take God’s place in our hearts.

2.  Please pray for us to have wisdom as we begin to seek to disciple Tina Lai.

3.  Please pray for Cheryl and our simple church as we begin discipling Mrs. Tina Lin.

4.  Please pray for Jared Burris as he fights pneumonia and a drug resistant type of flu super-bug.

5.  Please pray for the hearts and minds of the students who will attend Sports & English Camp this summer.

April 3, 2016 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Dear friend, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.  For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, just as you are living according to the truth.  I have no greater joy than this: to hear   that my children are living according to the truth.”  III John 2-4 NET

John is the constantly bringing life into the spiritual realm.  He prays for his friend, Gaius, to have a prosperous life and to be in good health, but John puts these in relation to Gaius’ spiritual health.  Gaius’ spiritual health is the standard that is used to measure his physical health and life in general.  The spiritual is most important.  Knowing that his spiritual children are faithful to the truth brings great joy to John just as it does to our Father God.  Is the spiritual life of our spiritual and physical families most important to us?  Take a look at your prayers to see.  Many times our prayer lists show that physical life takes precedence over the spiritual.  Pray with us that we will be examples of living according to the truth.

Last Sunday was the day that the world celebrates as Resurrection Sunday or Easter.  This week the Chinese world observes Tombing Sweeping Day.  The first day celebrates an empty tomb and the other is a day of honoring and worshipping dead ancestors.  There is much that can be said about the differences of these two observances.  Join with us in praying that Christians will use the opportunity to witness to their families about the empty tomb of Jesus that represents the conquering of sin and death.

Registration for Sports and English Camp (S&E) is starting very soon.  Please pray for the students who will choose to register to be willing to hear the Word of truth and be obedient to it.  This can happen if all of us will pray with faith believing that God can change their hearts.

John, Cheryl, & Moriah have been with Chris & Samantha Sanford since last Thursday night.  Chris had shoulder surgery on Friday.  They have been helping with Chris at the hospital and with the kids.  Chris is still in some pain, but is getting along well.  Pray that he will be able to gain full range of motion and strength in his shoulder.  Augi also went with them and helped out with the babies at the Home of God’s Love, an experience to remember for sure!

We ask that you continue to pray for our home service this summer.  We have a very packed schedule visiting family & friends, and reporting to churches.  We also have a week of VBS and church camp.  We are also looking for a mini-van that we can drive this summer while we are in the US.  Please contact us if you know of a vehicle that might work for us.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will live so that the Taiwanese see the truth in us.

2.  Please pray for Taiwanese Christians to be bold witnesses to their families.

3.  Please pray for all the students who will register for S&E camp.

4.  Please pray for Chris Sanford to be a light to those around him as he recuperates from shoulder surgery.

5.  Please pray for our home service time to bring glory to God and for a vehicle to use this summer.

March 20, 2016 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper  and be successful.”  Joshua 1:8

There is a lot more scripture for us to meditate on and memorize than just the Law now that we have the whole Bible.  It seems a daunting task to memorize the whole Bible, yet some do.  What we need to realize is that God called Joshua to always be thinking about the law and trying to remember it so that message of the law would impact his life.  Knowing the Law and understanding it would bring a blessing to his life.  This principle is true today as well for us as we read, study, memorize, and obey scripture.  This is being a disciple.  It is also what brings the most blessings to our lives.  Join us in committing to making the Word of God so much a part of your life that everyday is blessed.

Augi continues to be part of almost all aspects of our team’s ministry.  He is also helping Lucy, whose family hosts Augi, to start an English Bible study in the family’s apartment building.  Pray for opportunities to come for Lucy & Augi to share to Word more deeply with people in their building.

Please continue to pray for development of leaders on island.  The installation of elders in Taipei is on hold at the moment.  Only one man is willing to accept the position at this time.  Our team will continue to be in communication with the congregation about biblical eldership and especially with a certain individual that presently is leading like an elder, but feels unable to accept the title.

Chris Sanford is need of surgery on his shoulder to repair damage from a scooter accident.  His surgery is scheduled for April 1st.  He will be in the hospital for three days.  Pray for his healing and for the family as he will be limited on what he can do for a period of time.

We thank you for praying for Moriah.  Her stress test came back showing no abnormalities.  The doctor suggested that she continue her normal activities, and learn to regulate her intensity if she has symptoms again.  Please pray that we have wisdom how to help her if her previous symptoms return.

Thank you for all your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl


1.  Pray that we will all make God’s Word an integral part of our daily lives.

2.  Pray for Augi and Lucy as the begin an English Bible study in their building.

3.  Continue to pray for the development of leaders especially those in Taipei.

4.  Pray for Chris Sanford as he prepares for shoulder surgery.

5.  Thank you for the prayers for Moriah.  Continue to pray that her symptoms do not return.

March 13, 2016 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“You must put away every kind of bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and evil, slanderous talk.  Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.”  Eph. 4:31-32 NET

The difference that is seen in a life that characterizes verse 32 rather than verse 31 is vast and amazing.  In the world we live in today there always seems to be people fighting amongst themselves.  Words filled with hate are exchanged and kindness is in short order.  Imagine the difference of a life that always chooses kindness, compassion, and forgiveness first instead of last.  Oh, how that life would shine as a beacon among the community.  I suppose that is what God has had in mind all along for His people.  He desires for us to be a lighthouse, beckoning people to come to Him for forgiveness and hope.  Today, let us all make a conscience choice to be a beacon of hope to our communities by showing kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

We ask that you pray for leadership development among the Taiwanese Christians in our churches.  The church in Taipei has recently asked about installing elders.  We are rejoicing that they are seeing a need for these leaders.  Chad Edwards is teaching, training, and encouraging those who are already doing the work of an elder to be willing to accept this position.  We see the need for more such leaders in all of our churches on island.

The planning for Sports & English Camp is well on its way.  The lessons are being written, the booklets are being prepared, the staff is being recruited, and the facilities are being arranged.  We praise the Lord that this is all going well.  We ask that you pray for each of these areas we continue to work on each one of them.  We also ask that you begin praying now for the youth that will attend.  We desire for God to send those youth that He is already preparing to hear the message and receive it.

Our family will be in the US this summer for the months of June and July.  It is a very short time.  We hope to see as many of you as we can, but with only 8 Sundays it will be difficult to report at many congregations.  We are in need of a vehicle to drive this summer, hopefully a minivan.  If you know of a vehicle we could possible borrow for the summer please contact us.  Please be in prayer for our summer plans.

Please pray for a few family items.  Moriah did have a stress test on Friday, but will not receive the results until this coming Friday.  Cheryl has a school board strategic planning retreat beginning Sunday evening and running until Wednesday.  Cheryl has been responsible to plan the logistics of the retreat.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will be a beacon of hope on our communities through showing kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

2.  Please pray for the development of leaders among our churches.

3.  Please pray for the planning of Sports and English camp and for the youth that will attend.

4.  Please pray for our summer home service plans and that we can find a vehicle to drive.

5.  Please pray for Moriah as we wait for results of her stress test.  Please pray for Cheryl and the school board as they plan for the future.

March 6, 2015 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“However, through all this you did not have confidence in the Lord your God,  the one who was constantly going before you to find places for you to set up camp. He appeared by fire at night and cloud by day, to show you the way you ought to go.”  Deuteronomy 1:32-33

Moses was speaking to the Israelites concerning their unwillingness to follow God into the land of Canaan after the 12 spies had returned with their report.  Our own situation is often not so different.  God is willing to lead us if we will follow, but we often will complain about some potential hardship or problem, and not go.  When we refuse to follow whether it be to a new place, or into a different area of ministry, we are denying the faithfulness of God.  We are saying, “I don’t trust You!”  Each of us hates to hear those words said to us, but our lack of faith and obedience says it to God.  Join us in choosing to be trustworthy of our God, the one who has a proven record, as He leads us into new territory.

John has been in contact with Peter Chen, a businessman from Kaohsiung, that had asked John to lead a bible study at his firm in Kaohsiung.  Mr. Chen also has an office here in Taichung.  Before leaving Kaohsiung Mr. Chen had asked John about starting a study in Taichung, but he had never followed up.  Hopefully, this week they will be able to make plans about starting a group here in Taichung.  Please pray for this opportunity.  We would like this group to be able to eventually transition into a discipleship group or have discipleship groups to develop out of this initial group.

After this week our team will have taught at each of the schools we will serve at this semester.  Already there is potential for one discipleship group to develop among students from the Dong Shan High School.  We hope that more opportunities will develop for other discipleship groups to begin.  One of our schools is an elementary school where several of our ladies and Augi teach Bible stories.  We are praying that not only will the children be affected by the stories, but their families and teachers will be as well.

This Friday Moriah will be having a stress test to figure out if there is a physical reason why here heart rate sometimes stays high for long periods of time.  She has been doing fine this past week.  Yesterday she played goalie in the 8th grade soccer tournament.  She did not have any problems and her team came in first after a tie game with a shootout at the end.

Cheryl’s mom, Bobbie, is having severe issues with her eyes.  Please pray that the treatment she is receiving will be beneficial.  Pray as well for Bobbie as she deals with everyday life with vision issues.

Thank you for praying for Cheryl as she travelled back from Canada.  She arrived safely on Friday night.  Helping to take care of four little girls 4 and under is tiring, but also full of blessings.  Pray for Cheryl over the next week as she works through jet lag and has a busy schedule, and pray for Bethany and Philip as they raise their beautiful daughters.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Pray that we all are willing to follow God faithfully to where He would have us serve.

2.  Pray that a new bible study group can begin at Mr. Chen’s business in Taichung.

3.  Pray that our teaching at the schools will lead to finding people of peace and the forming of discipleship groups.

4.  Praise the Lord that Moriah has been feeling well.  Pray that if there is a physical problem that it will be found.

5.  Pray for the treatment Bobbie receives to be helpful.

6.  Praise the Lord! Cheryl is home.  Pray for her adjustment this week.

February 21, 2016 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a desert road.)  So he got up and went. There he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasury.  Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’  So Philip ran up to it and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. He asked him,  ‘Do you understand what you’re reading?’”   Acts 8:26-27e, 29-30

Philip had just witnessed God provide and amazing revival in the land of Samaria, that was initiated by his own obedience to proclaim the Gospel.  Now we see Philip being obedient to the direction of the Holy Spirit again, by leaving Samaria to travel on a certain road and then again by initiating conversation with this official from Ethiopia.  Because of Philip’s obedience not only was this one man saved, but the Gospel was taken to another area of the world.  How easy is it for you to hear and obey the direction of the Holy Spirit?  What are the possibilities if we would obey the commands of scriptures to spread the Gospel wherever we are?  Just being obedient to what we know from scripture begins to open our heart and mind to understanding the Spirit’s direction.  Join us in praying to be obedient to God’s Word and to the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Our team’s work in the Taiwanese schools is just getting started again after the Chinese New Year.  Our schedule for this semester is just getting worked out.  Pray that we will make the most out of each opportunity to be with these students.

This past week on Tuesday, Alaina and Nikki went to live with their dad.  We hope that everything will work out well with this arrangement.  We are concerned that he will find caring for them and working full-time will be very difficult.  We are also concerned that he is not walking with God.  Their daily routine and living situation will be very different too.  Pray for the girls as they adjust to their new situation.

One of the boys from camp this past summer, Kevin, has been meeting with Derik, our co-worker, since the end of last summer for discipleship.  His parents would not let him attend worship at Derik’s house on Sunday mornings, but allowed a Saturday meeting at their apartment building.  This past week the allowed him to go to worship for the first time!  Pray that he will continue to be a witness at home so that one day the whole family will be worshipping our God.

Thank you for praying for Cheryl and Andrew as they travelled this past week.  Cheryl arrived safely in Canada and is enjoying visiting with Philip and Bethany’s family.  Andrew’s team came in second in the tournament with a one point loss in the final game.  He will be flying home this afternoon.  We ask you continue to pray while Cheryl is gone.

Thank you for praying.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we are always seeking to be obedient to God’s Word and the direction of the Holy Spirit.

2.  Please pray for this semester’s opportunities in the Taiwanese Schools.

3.  Please pray for Alaina & Nikki as they adjust to living with their dad again.

4.  Please pray that Kevin will continue to be a witness to his family as he grows in faith.

5.  Thank you for praying for Cheryl & Andrew as they travel.

February 16, 2016 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“As for foreigners who become followers of the Lord and serve him, who love the name of the Lord and want to be his servants – all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it, and who are faithful to my covenant – I will bring them to my holy mountain; I will make them happy in the temple where people pray to me.  Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my temple will be known as a temple where all nations may pray.”  Isa. 56:6-7

The promise of the Lord recorded here by Isaiah is true today as well in that God still welcomes all that will come to worship and serve Him.  We no longer offer burnt offerings for our sins, because Jesus is our sin offering.  We each do offer sacrifices of praise to God as we worship Him with our life.  It matters not who we are, where we are from, or what we have done if we come to God believing in the sacrifice of Jesus as our savior and king.  His grace is marvelous!  As we think about God’s grace may we consider this question, “Who from the nations is God calling me to bring to His holy temple?”

We praise the Lord for a great evening with the Lin family.  We and the Pagel family were able to meet Samantha’s older brother for the first time.  The whole Lin family were great hosts.  We were able to have a blessing for the meal and later to share some of the blessings God had given us in the past year.  Mr. & Mrs. Lin both asked all to come back and visit with them.  Mr. Lin kept asking that we come to where they sell bread to visit.  Pray with us that this will become an opportunity for sharing God’s word.

This past week Chad & Alicia Edwards of our team hosted a college retreat for some of our past Sports & English Camp youth.  They spent time sharing what God was doing in their lives and being trained how to lead discipleship groups.  Pray that these young Christians will have the faith to change their generation.

The death toll from the earthquake that caused damage in southern Taiwan has grown to 116.  There were several hundred injured as well.  We have received reports that churches in the area are trying to provide for the needs of those affected especially through counseling and basic needs.  Pray for God’s people to reach out to those hurting in their communities.

We ask that you pray for our co-worker Chris Sanford and his family.  Chris’ grandfather passed away this past week.  Due to the stress from this and other health factors Chris’s father, Steve, had a small stroke as well.  We ask that you pray for the family as they grieve and support each other.

Our family seems to be traveling a lot this past year.  This week Cheryl will travel to Canada on the 17th.  She is going to meet Amelia, our newest Granddaughter.  She of course will have the opportunity to spoil Juliet, Savannah, and Cheyenne while she is there too.  Andrew will be leaving on the 16th for a basketball tournament in Hong Kong.  Pray for Cheryl and Andrew as they travel.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  We praise God for His grace.  Please pray that we will be obedient to share the knowledge of His grace with others.

2.  Please pray that God will provide opportunities for us to share God’s word with the Lin family.

3.  Please pray for these college youth to grow in their faith as they reach out to classmates.

4.  Please pray for churches in the Tainan area to be a blessing to those that have be affected by the earthquake.

5.  Please pray for the Sanford family after the death of Chris’ grandfather and his father having a stroke.

6.  Please pray for Cheryl and Andrew as they travel this week.

February 7, 2016 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.  Pray  for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak – that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.” Eph. 6:18-20

Prayer is so important for everyone.  Paul charged the Ephesians to pray for all Christians and for him too.  Paul knew it was difficult to persevere through all  the attacks of satan and the stuff of life.  He knew as well the need of the supernatural support of prayer in order to be a bold witness.  We all need that prayer support if we are going to be bold witnesses whenever God gives us the opportunity.  Pray for us to be bold witnesses of the Gospel as we pray for you.

Tonight we, the Pagels, and the Sanfords will have supper with the Lin family.  Remember, this is Samantha Sanford’s family.  We all want to be bold with our witness as we are respectful in their home. We all feel there was a breakthrough at Christmas when they participated in worship.  Pray that God will give us the words to both encourage and challenge them.

We were awakened at about 4:00 am Saturday morning by an earthquake.  It was centered in the south of the island not far from where we used to live.  As far as we know all of our friends and church family are safe.  Most of the damage was in the Tainan City area.  Reports say that there are at least 100 people still missing, 13 dead, and over 400 injured so far.  Please pray for those affected by the earthquake and for Christians in the area to have a bold witness.

We are rejoicing with Jon Ralls and his family as they celebrate that he does not have cancer.  Please continue to pray for Jon as he serves Team Expansion missionaries through his many roles at the home office.

Thank you for praying with us for all of these requests.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray that we will be bold witnesses for Christ in all opportunities.

2.  Please pray that God will provide us with the boldness to speak the Words of Life to the Lin family and that their hearts are ready to accept God’s Words.

3.  Please pray for all those in Taiwan who were affected by the earthquake.

4.  Please continue to pray for August as he learns to be a witness in Taiwan.

5.  Praise the Lord that Jon Ralls does not have cancer.

January 31, 2016 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“Pay attention to do everything I have told you, and do not even mention the names of other gods – do not let them be heard on your lips. Three times in the year you must make a pilgrim feast to me. You are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, for at that time you came out of Egypt. No one may appear before me empty-handed.”  Ex. 23:13-15 NET

God gave specific instructions to the Israelites on how to worship at different times of the year to celebrate what He had done for them in the past and what He would continue to do for them in the future.  All of these feasts had a very important element that was common, “God!”  He was the focus.  He told them not to even to mention the names of other gods.  He and He alone provided for them.  It is the same for us today.  We need to make sure that God is given the credit that is rightly, and fully, His.  Many Taiwanese are making a pilgrimage home to celebrate Chinese New Year.  Who & what will they celebrate?  Those that do not know Jesus will certainly thank other gods and their ancestors.  God will be robbed of the glory and worship that is His.

Next week is Chinese New Year.  Our family and the Pagel family have been invited to Samantha Sanford’s parents’ home for dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, which next Sunday evening.  The Lins came to our Christmas worship and meal.  We are hoping that they will allow us to include some worship of our God in the evening.  Pray with us that their interest in the Gospel in continuing to grow.

August (Augi) Cox made it to Taiwan safely on Tuesday night.  He has done very well getting over jet lag.  He has also been very willing to try foods and experience the culture.  He will be moving in with his host family today.  The mother and teenage son, Lucy & Jack, are both Christians, but the father is not yet.  Augi will have a great opportunity to encourage Lucy & Jack in their faith as well as to witness to Mr. Jeng.

We have been blessed this week by a visit from Eric and Chris B. of our home office.  They are traveling to a few fields to encourage and teach over the next few weeks.  They certainly were a blessing to our team.  They left for Thailand this morning on an early flight.  They will also visit some sensitive fields after Thailand.  Pray for God to bless them with safety and health as they travel.

We are so blessed to have our new granddaughter Amelia in our family.  She is eating well and mom is feeing pretty good too.  We are thankful that our son-in-law is such a big help with all four of the girls.  Please continue to pray for all six members of their family as they get used to having the newest member around.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray for the opportunity to witness to the Lin family at Chinese New Year.

2.  Please pray for August as he adjusts to Taiwan and begins to get to know his host family.

3.  Please pray for Eric & Chris B. as they travel to other places to encourage and teach.

4.  Please continue to pray for Philip, Bethany, and their girls as they all adjust to being a family of six.