April 21, 2013 Prayer Note

May 18th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.”    Acts 11:34-35 NET

 

While studying the story of Cornelius with the English storying group we talked about the Peter’s unwillingness to change during the vision, but then his obedience afterwards.  Peter certainly did not understand what the vision meant at first, but when face to face with Cornelius he applied the principle from the vision.  The group recognized that they are part of those that can be acceptable to God now through Jesus.  They also commented about how quickly Peter let go of his perspective and was obedient to God.  How willing are we to be obedient to God when we discover something new in His word?  Pray with us that we continue to exemplify this to the non-Christians around us.

 

Pray for the Wednesday evening Bible storying group as they meet to review previous stories while John is gone these two weeks.  Often review like this is very useful in evangelism and discipleship.

 

Pray for Wan-ling, a mom at Taiwan Xi En, she is should have her baby any day.  Pray as well for the adoptions to go through the courts without any issues.  We are still trying to work out how the new regulations will affect international adoptions overall.

 

Both John & Nathanael are traveling this week to attend our nephew, Steven’s, wedding.  After the wedding, John will head back to Taiwan and Nathanael will go to Philip & Bethany’s.  Pray for them as they travel and for Cheryl & the kids while John is in Canada and the States.

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we will apply God’s Word to our own lives as we teach others to do the same.

2.  Please pray for the Wed. evening Bible storying group as they review while John is gone.

3.  Please pray for Wan-ling as she prepares to give birth.  Pray as well for the adoptions ministry as we still don’t know how the government is going to apply all of the new regulations.

4.  Please pray for John & Nathanael as they travel and for Cheryl and the kids while John is gone.

 

 

 

April 14, 2013 Prayer Note

May 18th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Walk as children of the light – for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth –  trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.  Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  Eph. 5:8c – 11 NET

 

Working to disciple people is very interesting.  Sometimes you read through a passage of scripture like this one in Ephesians and all of a sudden a light comes on and they see several things that they need to change.  Other times it is as if this passage has no connection to them, the light has not come on.  We are discipling people at this time that fit in both categories.  Pray for the discipling process as we try to help them accept the light of truth into their lives.

 

This morning after the main worship at the Good News congregation there will be a memorial service held for Job, Ren Bo Bo.  Job was over Ninety years old.  He was around 80 when David Atkin had the privilege of baptizing him.  God blessed him with over 10 years of life as a child of God.  Pray for his family and church family as everyone mourns his loss and celebrates heaven’s gain.

 

We thank you for praying for the summer activities that we are planning for here in Taiwan.  Sports and English Camp’s registration is full.  We will have 150 campers.  God is providing works for the youth and children’s program as well.  We are still looking for people to work in the nursery so that the parents of these small children can be blessed by the full conference.  Eternal Light is beginning their plans for this summer’ VBS as well.  Pray for God to be glorified through these events.

 

John will be leaving on Tuesday for a trip to Canada and the US.  He will be visiting with Philip & Bethany’s family for a week.  He will then travel to Indiana to attend our nephew Steven’s wedding.  Pray that Cheryl and the children will be safe and healthy while he is gone.  John will return to Taiwan on the May 2.

 

We ask that you remember to pray for Taiwan and its harvest workers at 10:02 each day.  We were reminded by our co-worker, Jeanay Stiles, that this should include praying for good soil and for men & women of peace.  These people of peace will be hopefully become workers in the harvest as well.

 

Thank you for joining us in prayer for these items.

 

Go Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for those that we disciple to be willing to allow the Word of truth to expose the darkness in their lives.

2.  Please pray for Ren family and the church family as they mourn the loss of Job.

3.  Please pray continue to pray for our summer activities, Sports & English Camp, Taiwan Missionary Fellowship, and VBS.

4.  Please pray for our family as John travels to Canada and the US.

5.  Please remember to pray at 10:02 each day for Taiwan.

 

 

 

April 7, 2013 Prayer Note

May 18th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6  NET 

 

As Christians this scripture brings us hope as we place our faith in Jesus to lead us to the Father and to heaven.  The father of one our brothers at the Eternal Light congregation died unexpectedly last Sunday morning.  He was not yet a Christian, but at least two of his children are Christians.  They asked that Paul Pan plan the service and make it as evangelistic as possible.  Paul used John 14 as part of his scripture for the message.  He presented the hope that comes in knowing Jesus.  As I talked to Fang-yi before the service it was obvious the peace that was in his heart, but there were others in the family that did not have that peace.  Please pray that the words of truth heard at the funeral will cause them to consider placing their faith in Jesus as their hope for eternity.

 

Today John will be leading the discipleship group at Good News.  They will be looking at Abraham’s life for principles of how to be a good follower of God. Pray that the people will be willing to use the principles, that they discover together in God’s Word, in their lives.

 

One of the mom’s staying at the House of Hope had her baby this past week.  That always makes for a busy time for Cheryl.  This mom will return to the House of Hope for a period of time.  This does not usually happen.  Pray that a suitable place for her to live can be arranged soon.

 

Please be praying for the coming summer activities.  Sports & English Camp will by July 14 – 20.  There will be 150 campers attending.  John is helping to plan the annual Taiwan Missionary Fellowship Conference this summer which is the following week.  John is responsible for finding people to direct and run the youth and children’s program.  Things are coming together for the youth and elementary program, PTL!  We still need to find people to staff the nursery.

 

Thank you for praying for our ministry.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

1.  Please pray for the Chen family as the mourn their loss.  Pray as well for those that are still not Christians.

2.  Please pray for the discipleship group at Good News.

3.  Please pray for the His Hands ministry and especially for the mom that recently had her baby.

4.  Please pray for this summer’s Sports and English Camp as well as the TMF conference.

 

 

 

March 31, 2013 Prayer Note

May 18th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”  Then the women remembered his words, and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.   Luke 24:5c-29 NET

 

Today all around the world people will gather to worship our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Many others have attended some kind of special service or program emphasizing the death, burial, & resurrection of our Lord.  I wonder. How many of these worshippers actually responded as the women in our text?  Do they return from “viewing the empty tomb” and tell anyone what they have seen and heard?  We must respond by telling someone about the sacrifice that was made for them or we are just spectators in an audience.  Pray with us that we all will be moved to tell others about the resurrection of our Lord.

 

This past Friday evening John had the privilege to speak to about 30 students at Kaohsiung Medical College.  Most of these students were Christians but some were not.  John was asked to speak about the Passion of the Christ as well as give a testimony as to why he is a missionary.  The evening went well.  At the end, John was able to talk individually with some of the students.  They asked some good questions that dealt with their work in the medical field.  One student was bothered by her inability to often be at Sunday worship because of her work schedule, and therefore not have a regular ministry.  John was able to encourage her to use the time that she would be putting into that ministry in the church building into leading a simple church at work or in her home.  She thought that this was a good suggestion and would begin considering how this might work for her.  Pray that these students will use their lives not only in serving people’s physical needs, but spiritual as well.

 

The ministry at Taiwan Xi En is busy as always.  They have two moms at the home right now.  They may be receiving two additional babies this week as well.  At the present, financial support for the ministry is not sufficient.  Please join us in praying that God will work in the hearts of people and congregations to support this ministry on a regular basis.  If you would like to learn more about the ministry you can check out the website at www.taiwanxien.org.

 

This week our Andrew & Moriah will be off school.  We are going to be gone for a couple of days relaxing with our children and several other missionaries.  We’ll certainly be talking ministry issues as we enjoy the beach and the slower pace.  On Monday morning, Dave & Noah Atkin, Ken Campbell, Chris Sanford, Andrew, and John will all be riding their bikes down to the beach where they’ll meet up with the ladies.  It is about 75 miles and very beautiful.  This will be Andrew’s first ride of this length.

 

We are praising God for His favor this week.  Taiwan had a large earthquake in the middle of the island.  So far only one person has died due to injuries from the quake.  Damage to buildings was relatively light considering it was registered 6.1.  We are also thankful for having some rain to relieve the drought.  We still need more, but at least we are receiving some.

 

Thank you for joining us in prayer.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that Christians all over the world will be moved to share the message of the resurrection with someone today.

2.  Please pray for the medical students to use their abilities for God’s glory.

3.  Please pray for the ministry of and financial support of Taiwan Xi En.

4.  Praise God for the opportunity to rest a few days with friends and family.

5.  Praise God for safety during the earthquake and for the rain we are receiving.

 

 

March 29, 2013 Prayer Note

May 18th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,  and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:24-26 NASB

 

During the past few weeks we have heard of several people that we know going to be with the Father.  During the past two weeks two men died that have meant a lot to our family.  We ask that you pray for their families while they grieve.

 

Russell Watson died last week.  He was a WWII veteran.  Russell was a teacher and principal as well as a jack of all trades when it came to building.  John’s dad taught underneath him for several years.  He was considered part of the family.  Russell left behind his daughter, Becky, his grandson, Russ, and a great-grandson.  Please pray for them as well as his sister and the church family.

 

This past Monday Dean Elmore passed away.  He was like a father and grandfather to our family.  He was a member of the Latona Church of Christ where we served before coming to Taiwan.  Please pray for his wife, Claire, daughters, Charlotte & Brenda, and their children.  Pray as well for all of Dean’s brothers and sisters as well as the church family.  Dean’s funeral will be at 11:00 am Illinois time today.

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

Please pray for the Watson and Elmore families.

 

March 24, 2013 Prayer Note

March 29th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  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. 4:29-32 NET

 

In the middle of this passage are the words, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, …”  These words are surrounded by admonitions as to how to and how not to use our tongues.  I am sure that any sin we commit grieves the Spirit, but since our words are a view to what is in our hearts Paul instructs us to be careful with our tongues.  Pray with us that we will have pure hearts that produce beneficial and edifying speech to those around us.

 

Today, Moriah is home sick with a fever.  I, John, am home with her.  Please pray that her fever goes away quickly.  Several in her class have been sick this past week.  Some were sick only a day while others for a few.  Please pray that the rest of us stay well also.

 

We are going to begin referring to His Hands as Taiwan Xi En, which is its actual name.  The name words Xi and En are hope and grace.  The ministry desire to bring hope and grace into the lives of those the ministry serves.  Today is a big day for Taiwan Xi En.  This is the day for the spring board and general meeting.  Today is also the grand opening of a 2nd hand store that the ministry is going to be running in order to give the mom’s a place to work and to have some income for the moms’ side of the ministry.  This evening there will also be a presentation made to one of the supporting churches.  It is certainly a full day.  Continue to pray for the whole ministry of Taiwan Xi En as they try to bring hope and grace to moms, babies, and adoptive families.

 

Dave and Jeanay Stiles are in their last few days of home assignment.  They will be flying out of Seattle on March 27th.  Pray for their family as they return as well as for their safety during travel.

 

John is now leading 5 different groups.  They range from discipleship of older Christians to evangelism of people that have very little knowledge of God’s Word.  Four of these groups are weekly, while one is twice a month.  Pray for him as he prepares for each of these different groups.

 

Thank you, thank you for praying daily for us.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we will have pure hearts that speak kind and edifying words.

2.  Please pray for Moriah to get well and the rest of us to stay well.

3.  Please pray for the Taiwan Xi En board meeting and the opening of the 2nd hand store.

4.  Please pray Dave & Jeanay Stiles as they fly out of Seattle on the 27th to return to Taiwan.

5.  Please remember to pray for John as he prepares for and leads several different groups.

 

 

March 17, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.  So Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’  Not so with you; instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves.”  Luke 22:24-26 NET

 

This happened, as Jesus had just said that there was one among them that would betray Him.  It is only hours before His death and the disciples have still not learned the lesson about servanthood.  Once again Jesus emphasized that a true leader is always looking for ways to serve others.  A true leader does not need to emphasize his position or try to raise himself up.  Pray that we learn to lead like Jesus through serving others.

 

Please pray for Su-jen who attends the Wednesday evening Bible storying group.  She, like many moms, is concerned for her son to find the proper wife.  Discussion, prompted by the fact that God initiated marriage when he presented Eve to Adam, led to how Christian parents pray for the future marriage of their children.  Su-jen is not yet a Christian, but she is beginning to believe.  She is now praying for her son’s future mate, and even told her son he should as well.  Pray that Su-jen will continue to take these steps that will lead her to saving faith in Jesus.

 

Thank you for praying for the first meeting of the new Bible study at a friend’s company.  The first meeting was this past week.  There were about 10 in total that were involved.  Over half were not Christians.  Pray for this group as we begin to explore God’s Word together.

 

We ask that you continue to pray for the His Hands ministry.  They have been very busy recently.  There are presently three moms at the home.  One will be leaving soon.  We desire to help these mom’s get out of their previous situations, but it takes resources and time.  Pray for wisdom to understand God’s direction for the ministry to these moms.

 

We ask that you pray for the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship Conference (TMF).  Our mission is responsible for the program this summer.  John is responsible for finding volunteers for the youth & children’s program.  We have had problems finding people that are able to help.  It is very costly to purchase tickets to travel from the US and other places to help with the program.  Pray that we will have wisdom on how to provide a good program for the children this summer.  If you are interested in helping in someway please contact us.

 

 

Thank you for all of your prayers.

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we learn to be servant leaders.

2.  Please pray for Su-jen as she begins to learn to pray to God.

3.  Please pray for John’s Wednesday noon Bible study.

4.  Please pray for His Hands to have wisdom as they seek God’s leading.

5.  Please pray for the TMF youth and children’s program.

 

 

 

March 3, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

And the Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” …  But to Adam he said, “Because you obeyed your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground thanks to you; in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.  NET Genesis 3:11, 17

 

So much of our problems in life go back to our choosing to obey someone else rather than God.  We notice in the passage above that God makes it clear that Adam broke the command that He, God, had given.  He also makes it clear that Adam chose to obey someone else, in this case, his wife.  Our own choices make such a great difference in our lives.  We can either choose to obey God and be blessed because of that obedience or choose to disobey and receive the curse of our sin.  Pray with us that we will live in obedience to our God.  Pray as well that this principle will come through in our teaching.

 

Next week Eternal Light congregation is having their outdoor worship/evangelistic activity.  Pray that there will be a great witness seen by all those who are not yet Christians.

 

We are so grateful that Cheryl is back safe and sound in Taiwan.  We are also grateful that Cheryl was able to go help Bethany and Philip with the girls for the past month.  Please continue to pray for them as they raise their precious girls.

 

John will be speaking at the Kaohsiung International Church this afternoon.  He is filling in for Dave Stiles while Dave and Jeanay are in the States.  Please pray that God is glorified through this time of worship.

 

John has been asked to begin a lunch time study with a group of people at a company in Kaohsiung.  He will probably begin on March 13th.  He plans to use the Bible Storying method with them as well.  Please pray for a good beginning of this new group.

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

 

1.  Please pray for us to choose to live obediently to God.

2.  Please pray for the witness of the Eternal Light congregation during next week’s outdoor activity.

3.  Thank you for praying for Cheryl as she traveled back to Taiwan.  Please continue to pray for Philip, Bethany, and the girls.

4.  Please pray for John as he speaks today.

5.  Please pray for the new Bible Storying group as it begins on the 13th.

 

 

 

February 24, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.  So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:16-17 NET

 

This morning Chris, Sam, & Hosanna Sanford as well as Andrew, Moriah, and John all went to the Kaohsiung Marathon.  Our purpose was to be someplace to meet people that we could and begin sharing the gospel.  It became obvious that this is Chris’ strong suit.  He immediately was out in front of a line of high school students introducing himself.  He later on went back gave them a gospel tract and got some of their contact information.  We all passed out a tracts and talked to people, but Chris was certainly the one that shined.  Please pray for those that received the tract to read and consider it.  Please pray as well for the potential relationships that may developed through the contacts made.

 

The Eternal Light congregation has another outdoor activity planned for Sunday March 3rd.  Fang-yi, one of the men at church, has a co-worker that has invited the church to come to an orchard that his family owns to pick guava.  Fang-yi has been witnessing to this co-worker for a long time.  He believes that this offer is a way to see what other Christians are really like.  Please pray that the congregation can make a great impact on this man and his family.

 

Cheryl will be arriving back on Taiwan this coming Friday evening.  Please pray for her safety as she flies.  Please pray as well for Philip, Bethany, and the three girls as they continue to work the difficult early months of a having newborn twins.

 

We ask that you continue to pray for David Atkin’s father, Marvin, as he takes cancer treatments.  Pray as well for the Stiles as they continue to be in the States on home assignment.

 

Thank you so much for your prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Pray for the follow-up to the marathon evangelism activity, and for all us to become better evangelists.

2.  Pray for the Eternal Light congregation to have a good witness to Fang-yi’s co-worker and family.

3.  Pray for Cheryl as she travels and for the White’s as she leaves.

4.  Pray for Marvin Atkin as he takes treatments.  Pray for the Stiles as they report to their supporters.

 

 

 

February 17, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Then Jesus called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it.  For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life?’”  Mark 9:34-36 NET

 

Wow!  Once again I, John, come face to face with myself as I read this passage.  Do I ever really deny myself?  Do I make choices that are for the benefit of the Kingdom of God rather than myself.  I believe there are a few times that I can say yes, but so often the answer is no.  What is interesting is that when I have chosen to deny myself people are drawn to Christ, which is what I desire.  Pray with us that we will choose to deny ourselves and draw people to Christ.

 

Next Sunday, February 24, our team is going to be having a joint team evangelistic activity.  We are trying to share the gospel with people we know as often as we can in order to start new simple churches.  We are also planning other activities to allow us opportunities to share the gospel with new people.  This coming Sunday is the Kaohsiung Marathon.  We are going to be on the route talking to people, passing out a gospel tract, giving out water.

 

Our teammates Chris and Sam Sanford recently has a miscarriage.  They were very excited about having their second child.  God has given them peace during this difficult time.  Pray as they work through the grief.

 

Bao Gwei’s sister-in-law had surgery this past week and is doing well at this time.  Her husband was not willing to meet with Paul and John last week.  Please pray that he will allow us to meet with him soon.

 

Thanks for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

1.  Please pray with us to learn to deny ourselves and follow Christ.

2.  Please pray for our outreach at the Kaohsiung Marathon on Feb. 24th.

3.  Please pray for Chris & Sam as they deal with their miscarriage.

4.  Please continue to pray for opportunities to share with Bao Gwei and her husband.