January 20, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

‘“…For nothing will be impossible with God.” So  Mary said, “Yes, I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me  according to your word.”  Then  the angel departed from her.’  Luke 1:37-38

As the Bible storying group continues through our set of stories we are now ready for the coming of the Christ.  The short quote above should serve as a reminder for us all that the knowledge of God’s ability to accomplish all things should enable us to say yes to God’s call on our lives.  We often get caught up in thinking how difficult something might be instead of focusing on the power of God to accomplish all things through us.  Pray for the story of the coming of Christ to affect the lives of each of us in the Bible storying group.

 

We ask that you continue to pray for the Bao & Yen families as they have recently lost loved ones.  Yesterday was Uncle Bao’s funeral and this coming Saturday will be the funeral for Uncle Yen.  Shu Mei is an only child so everything is falling upon her and her husband for Uncle Yen’s funeral.  Pray that through this time the God’s people can have a great witness to her husband.

 

Sometime back we asked you to pray for Sunshine, a baby that was receiving care from His Hands but was born with several problems.  She had improved greatly over the past couple of months and had even been able to return to the nursery.  On Thursday after a day testing Sunshine went to be with God where she is now resting in His arms and enjoying life in heaven.  Pray for all those that helped take care of Sunshine and grew to love her dearly.  Pray for her birth parents as well, as they too grieve her loss.

 

We are grateful for all the prayers for our new granddaughters and Bethany.  The babies and Bethany are all doing well.  John’s mom is there now to help, so hopefully Phillip is getting enough rest as well.  We also ask that you pray for Dave & Jeanay Stiles’ new granddaughter Reilly.  She was born early as well and is having some trouble with her lungs.  Their daughter-in-law, Debbie, delivered by c-section, so pray for her recovery as well.  We are grateful for these blessings to our team’s family.

 

Please pray for Dave Atkin’s father, Marvin, he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  It has metastasized in his lower spine.  He is currently undergoing aggressive treatments to fight this aggressive form of cancer.  Please pray for his wife Janice as well.

 

Thank you for lifting these items up to the Lord in prayer.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for the Bible Storying group as we learn from the story of Jesus’ birth.

2.  Please pray for the Bao & Yen families as they mourn.

3.  Please pray for all of those that came to love Sunshine and for a witness to be seen by her parents and the medical staff.

4.  Please continue to pray for Philip, Bethany, and their girls.  Please pray as well for Dave & Jeanay’s new granddaughter and her family.

5.  Please pray for Marvin Atkin and his family as he takes cancer treatments.

 

 

January 6, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and the regaining of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Luke 4:18-19

 

The above scripture is part of the theme text for our team here in Kaohsiung.  We believe this text was the focus of Jesus earthly ministry as well.  Please pray with us as we desire to fulfill the ministry God has given us through Jesus in the proclamation of His good news.

 

Thank you for praying for the combined service last week.  We were not able to meet outdoors, but we were able to quickly secure a large room on the grounds where we met.  There was a great spirit in the air as we worshipped together.  There were several visitors present that were able to be blessed by the love of God expressed through His people.

 

We had a good discussion of the 10 commandments and about God during the Wednesday Bible Storying Group.  There were some very interesting questions that were asked.  Please pray that these people will allow the Word of God to change their hearts and minds.  The group that we hoped would start at the bank has not begun yet.  We need to pray that the Lord will provide Shin Mei favor in the heart and mind of the manager so that he will allow the group to meet in the building or that another suitable meeting place can be found.

 

His Hands is very busy with new babies arriving and possible new moms as well.  They are also expanding their ministry to the moms by hiring ladies to live with the moms at the House of Hope.  Please pray for wisdom as they seek the right people to fill these positions.

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Pray with us as we seek to live for Christ in Kaohsiung.

2.  Pray for the continued witness to those that attended the Christmas and year end worship services.

3.  Please continue to pray for the new opportunities to begin Bible storying groups as well the Wednesday morning group.

4.  Please pray for His Hands as they continue to minister to the moms, babies, and adoptive families.

 

 

 

December 30, 2012 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Honor your father and your mother, that you may live a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving to you.”  Exodus 20:12 NET

 

We live in a land where respect and honor of parents is highly valued.  When they see this scripture they have conflicts with what they should do at times.  They want to be faithful to the call that God is putting in their hearts to come to Him, but that may mean going against their parent’s wishes.  Even those who have already made a commitment to Christ have struggles at times with their unbelieving parents.  John will be teaching the story of the the Law coming to the Israelites this week with the Bibles storying class, including the 5th commandment to honor your father and mother.  Pray that those present will come to an appropriate understanding of this text.

 

Today is to be our outdoor worship with the three sister churches, but the weather is not cooperating.  Please pray that God will be glorified through our worship and people will attend no matter where we meet.

 

Thank you for praying for last week’s Christmas activities.  Everything went very well.  People responded well to the caroling and there were several visitors on Sunday.  Pray with us now as our people continue to witness to these, their family, friends, and neighbors.

 

Thank you for praying for Fuhai as he was in the hospital.  He is home and doing well.  The doctors were able to give him medicine that helped his circulation in his brain to improve.  They also removed a small blockage in an artery in his groin that has improved the circulation in his leg greatly.  Pray with us that his health will improve to the point that he can find work to support and sustain himself.

 

Dave & Jeanay Stiles, our co-workers, will be returning to the States in January for a 10 week home assignment.  They will be there for the birth of their son Jesse’s first child.  Pray for the Stiles as they prepare for home assignment.

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that good application of God’s commands will come out of the study of the Israelites receiving the Law.

2.  Please pray that today’s outdoor worship will be honoring to God and that many guests will attend.

3.  Please pray with us as we continue to witness and build relationships with those that were involved in the Christmas activities.

4.  Praise God that Fuhai is doing better.  Please pray that he can find appropriate work.

5.  Please pray for Dave & Jeanay as they prepare for home assignment.

 

 

 

December 22, 2012 Prayer Note

December 22nd, 2012 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people:  Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.’”  Luke 2:9-11

 

We rejoice with all of you as we remember the blessing of the birth of Jesus.  We remain committed to sharing the Good News with the people of Taiwan so they too can rejoice in the knowledge that their Savior has been born.  Join us in  praying that during this coming year many people in Taiwan will choose Jesus as their Savior.

 

Pray today for the effects of the Christmas activities as well as next week’s outdoor worship on those who join with us.  Friday evening’s caroling went well very well.  Paul gave a blessing at each place we sang that included a desire for those present to receive salvation.

 

We ask that you pray for the health of Fuhai.  He is a brother that has been dealing with heart issues this fall.  He has also had blood clots in his legs.  He is presently in intensive care because of a possible small stroke caused by a clogged artery in his brain.  He will have some test done on Monday to help determine what needs to be done.  He also has not had steady work for some time.  John and a few others have been trying to help him and his brother through these hard times.

 

Two new moms moved into the House of Hope this week and a third will move in this week.  The two that moved in this week went caroling with us and are attending worship with us today.  They have been very receptive to the counseling that Cheryl, Samantha, and others at His Hands have given them so far.  Pray for their hearts to be open to the truth of the gospel.

 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

 

1.  Please pray for the people of Taiwan to receive Jesus as their Savior.

2.  Please pray for the effects of the Christmas activities and the outdoor worship on the heart and minds of those who attend.

3.  Please pray for Fuhai as he is being treated for a possible stroke and heart issues.

4.  Please pray the new moms at His Hands to come to know the Lord Jesus as their Savior.

 

 

 

 

December 16, 2012 Prayer Note

December 22nd, 2012 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“…and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her…”  NET Eph. 5:21-22, 25

 

It is interesting how much discussion can come out of certain passages of scripture.  As we discussed this passage last week, it was interesting how none of the ladies had a problem with this instruction to them in this passage.  They admitted that it was not always easy to carry out, especially when the man did not live sacrificially for his family.  They were all in agreement that when they did choose to have a submissive attitude that life was better overall.  Isn’t it wonderful to know that God has blessings for us stored up in obedience to His Word!  Pray with us as we and our Taiwanese brothers and sisters try to live out a witness for God through our families.

 

We are praising the Lord for a new member of the English Bible Storying group, Mindy.  She is a non-Christian, but considers herself a seeker.  Please pray for Mindy & Grace to be drawn closer to God through learning the Bible stories.

 

The last two weeks, Cheryl and others at His Hands have spoken to four different expectant mothers.  Some of these moms are still trying to decide whether they will give life to their babies or not.  Pray that these girls will all choose life for their babies.

 

Christmas sparks interest in many people in Taiwan.  Our congregations are going caroling to families that have already have a relationship to people in the church.  They are inviting people to a joint Christmas service on the 23rd.  Then all of those who attend or are visited while caroling will be invited to an outdoor worship activity the following week.  Pray that God will be honored and people drawn to Christ.

 

This week a friend’s first baby passed away.  His name was Holden.  Please pray for his parents as they grieve and try to understand what has happened.

 

We thankful for your prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that Christian families in Taiwan will have a great witness.

2.  Please pray for Mindy & Grace to be drawn closer to God through learning  the Bible stories.

3.  Please pray for the new moms to choose life for their babies.

4.  Please pray for the upcoming Christmas and New Year activities.

5.  Please pray for Holden’s family as they grieve his passing.

 

 

 

December 9, 2012 Prayer Note

December 22nd, 2012 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household to the land that I will show you. … So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him to do,…’”  NET Genesis 12:1 & 4b

 

People look at Abram or Abraham in many different ways.  Some question why he was called the father of faith after seeing all of his times of weakness.  Others just marvel at his willingness to sacrifice his son.  While others just try to understand what it took to follow this call in chapter 12 to leave his family and friends behind.  The way it is recorded here it seems so simple, but we know it was difficult.  Yet, he obeyed.  What is it that God has laid on your heart to do?  What act of obedience has God called you to?  No matter how simple it seems it is always a battle within of serving God’s will or our own.  Which will you choose today?  Let’s pray for each other to choose God’s will.

 

Little Sunshine continues to be in the hospital.  Her oxygen tube was removed on Saturday.  She has to work really hard to breathe on her own.  Pray for those taking care of her to see the value God places on life through seeing the love of those from His Hands who visit and care for her.

 

John has been trying to help a man that used to attend the Good News congregation, Fu-hai.  He has had blood clots in his legs, some heart issues, and possibly other problems as well.  There are a couple of other people that are trying to help him, tool.  Since, he has not worked for some time and he is only 58 years old, it has been difficult for him to receive any government assistance.  We ask that you pray for Fu-hai’s health to be restored and for those trying to help him to have wisdom and endurance.

 

This past week we, John & Cheryl, had conversation with Mr. & Mrs. Lin.  They have a car detailing business near where we live.  Mr. Lin shared with us about his beliefs.  We ask that you pray with us about how to share with the Lins about the one true God.  Pray as well that God will provide other gospel conversations with other people.

 

Last week Shu Mei’s father was baptized.  Shu Mei was baptized in September.  Her father’s health is not good, so this has concerned her.  Now she says that a weight has been lifted since she knows that he will be in heaven with her mom, who was a Christian.  Praise the Lord!

Thank you for your prayers and concern.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray with us that we will choose God’s will over our own.

2.  Please pray for little Sunshine and those caring for her.

3.  Please pray for Fu-hai’s health to get better and for wisdom for those of us assisting him.

4.  Please pray for us to have more opportunities to share the gospel with people and for wisdom as to how to share with the Lins.

5.  Praise the Lord with us for Shu Mei’s father’s baptism.

 

 

 

December 2, 2012 Prayer Note

December 1st, 2012 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord.  This is the account of Noah.  Noah was a godly man; he was blameless among his contemporaries. He walked with God.”  Gen. 6:8-9 NET

 

The Bible storying class has been working on the story of Noah.  It is such an interesting story it brings up lots of questions.  One question that is asked has to do with Noah being “blameless” or “righteous”.  What does this mean?  The class decided it meant that Noah wanted to do what was right so that He could have a good relationship with God.  Among his contemporaries this made him stand out.  Does our desire to have a good relationship with God cause us to stand out among our friends and neighbors as someone that is blameless of the sins in which they participate?  Pray with us that we will be blameless among our contemporaries and walk with God.  Pray as well for the second storying group to begin soon.

 

We thank you for praying for us over the past two weeks.  Our trip to The Home of God’s Love over Thanksgiving was very enjoyable.  We were able to visit with most of the people that are a part of our mission.  We also were able to learn more about a new crisis pregnancy center that is starting in Taichung!  We are glad that yet another city will have a place where women can come and be supported in their decision to keep their children.  Please pray for this new crisis pregnancy center.

 

During this past week we have spent a lot of time with Sadie’s adoptive family, the Isaacs.  They are flying back to Canada today, Sunday.  They have a long flight with a five year old and a 15 month old.  We are so grateful for the time we had Sadie in our home.  We are also thankful for the time with her forever family.  We were truly blessed by their sweet spirit.  Sadie has already begun to bond with them.  Pray for the Isaacs as they travel and as they adjust to life together.

 

Thank you for praying for Sunshine.  She is slowly improving after her heart surgeries.  She still has a difficult road ahead as she tries to gain strength.  Pray that this little life will give everyone at His Hands opportunities to glorify God.

 

Bethany has been doing very well as she carries the twins.  She is getting more tired now, but what do you expect with carrying twins and caring for a toddler.  Cheryl is making plans to be with there when the babies are born.  Pray that all continues to go well.

 

Thank you for you constant prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John

 

 

1.  Please pray that we will desire to do what is right and have a good relationship with our God.  Please pray as well for the second storying group to begin soon.

2.  Please pray for the new crisis pregnancy center in Taichung.

3.  Please pray for Sadie and her forever family as they go home and adjust to life together.

4.  Please continue to pray for God to use little Sunshine as a means to glorify Himself.

5.  Please continue to pray for Bethany as she carries the Twins.

 

 

 

 

November 18, 2012

November 19th, 2012 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.  Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.  Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.”  I Chronicles 16:8-10

 

Giving thanks to God is done in many ways.  One way we express our thanks to God is by telling others of the great deeds He has done.  In other words, we need to testify or witness to others about what God has done in us, for us, and through us.  When we tell others of His wonders God is glorified and is glad.  I can’t think of a better way of letting God know how grateful we are for the salvation we have in Christ, than introducing someone else to Him.  Join us in committing to sharing Christ with someone during this week of Thanksgiving!

 

Our two weeks of Jonathan Training were very profitable.  Our team is all a little worn out, but agree it was worth it.  We feel much more like a team that is heading in the same direction now that we have worked together on a written plan for partnering together to begin a church planting or multiplication movement in Southern Taiwan.  Pray for the Sanford, Stiles, and us as we continue to work out the details of our plan.

 

Thank you for praying for Sunshine.  She came through her surgery and is doing ok.  She still has too high of carbon dioxide levels in her blood.  Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done in the life of this little one.

 

Tuesday morning John is to meet with the people that are interested in starting a Bible Storying group at their work place.  They work in a bank.  The study will either happen at lunch or after work.  Pray that God will prepare the way for this group to begin.

 

This week we get the privilege of going to the Home of God’s love to celebrate Thanksgiving and to hold a ground breaking ceremony for the new building.  This building is needed for the home to continue to meet government standards.  Join us in praising God for what He has done through The Home of God’s love.

 

We truly appreciate  your prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Pray for God to direct us who to share the Gospel with during Thanksgiving week.

2.  Please pray with our team as we continue to work out the details of our plan for church multiplication.

3.  Please continue to pray for Sunshine and her doctors.

4.  Please continue to pray for the opportunity to start a new Bible Storying group.

5.  Please pray as we go to the Home of God’s Love for Thanksgiving and the ground breaking.

 

 

 

November 11, 2012 Prayer Note

November 19th, 2012 by dunns

Dear Family and Friends,

 

“I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  Eph. 4:1-2 NET

 

Paul calls all Christians to live so as to bring honor to God by living well with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  How we live with each other in the body of Christ affects how the world views our Lord and Savior.  If we have the same strife in the family of God that the world has in its families why would the world be attracted to Jesus.  This is part of the passage we will be studying in our discipleship class this week.  Pray that your brothers and sisters at the Good News church will be able to apply this scripture to their own situation.  May we as missionaries model for them in our relationships these principles.

 

Our first week of Jonathan Training has gone well.  We as a team are progressing with our master plan for evangelizing and discipling the people of Kaohsiung.  Please continue to pray for us as we work together this coming week.

 

His Hands has a new baby.  They call her Sunshine.  She had to have heart surgery this past week.  Please pray for Sunshine as she recuperates from her surgery.  There are presently two families here picking up their precious babies.  Pray for them as they get to know each other.

 

We are thankful to know that you are praying for us.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for congregations and missionaries to live together in the unity of the Spirit.

2.  Please pray for our team as we continue with Jonathan Training this week.

3.  Pray for Sunshine as she takes recuperates from surgery and for the His Hands families that are here now.

 

 

November 4, 2012 Prayer Note

November 4th, 2012 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God.  I tell you the truth, if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.  For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. …” NET Mark 11:22-24

 

“Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”  Wow!  Can you imagine what might happen for the Kingdom of God if we prayed with that kind of faith and attitude?  Or may be we should ask, “Why don’t we pray with that kind of faith?”  Are we afraid of the results of our prayers?  Are we afraid of the responsibilities that God might give us if we pray believing that God will move mountains or change our city?

 

Pray for our training this week and next.  We will be in training from Monday to Friday 8:30-5:00 with homework.  This will be a challenge with having the kids’ homework  and schedules as well.  We will need plenty of energy, brain power, and patience.

 

The Good News & Eternal Light congregations are making plans for an evangelistic outreach for Christmas.  Pray as well for those that will be invited to attend.

 

We are praising God that the long awaited building permit has arrived for the Home of God’s Love.  The home can now begin construction on the new facility that will keep them within the government’s regulations for a children’s home.

 

Praise God with us for an opportunity to begin another Bible storying class.  The details are not all worked out yet, but a new Christian wants to start a class with people from her workplace.  We hope this will lead to the opportunity to win people to Christ and disciple them.

 

We are grateful for your prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we learn to pray believing that it has already happened.

2.  Please pray for us during the next two weeks of training.

3.  Please pray for the plans that are being made for Christmas outreaches.

4.  Praise God for the building permit for the Home of God’s Love arriving.

5.  Praise God for the opportunity to start another Bible storying class.