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.

 

 

 

 

February 10, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through him and for him.”  Colossians 1:15-16

 

Our God is all powerful and worthy of our service to Him.  Even though He is the invisible God, He is real.  We were created through Him and for Him, so our lives should reflect His character and be dedicated to His glory.  Pray with us that we can be such a great witness that the people of Taiwan will forsake their visible gods for the true God.

 

We continue to praise God for the blessing of our grandchildren.  Thank you for praying for Bethany’s family.  Cheyenne did come home early last week as well.  Please continue to pray for the family as they all adjust to having two having new borns in the house.

 

The first meeting of the new Bible story group did not happen.  They decided to wait until after Chinese New Year to begin.  This did not surprise us in the least.  We ask that you continue to pray for the beginning of this new group.  We do not want Satan to use this festive time keep it from starting.

 

We have asked you to pray for Bao Gwei in the past.  She was once a His Hands mom.  She now is married and has a little girl.  Her husband lost a brother this past fall from cancer and now his sister is to have cancer surgery this week.  He is very down about life at this time.  Bao Gwei has asked that Paul Pan and John visit her husband.  She hopes we can bring him some hope about life.  Please pray for the Lord to give us wisdom as we plan to visit them on Tuesday morning.

 

We ask that you pray for the family of Raymond Hayden.  He went to be with the Lord this past Thursday after an extended illness.  His daughter, Tina, is a very close friend our family.  Tina is like an aunt to my brother’s children.  Raymond was much like a grandfather to them as well.  Please pray for their comfort.

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for our witness in this land of false gods.

2.  Please continue to pray for Bethany’s family.

3.  Please pray that the new Bible story Group will begin soon after Chinese New Year.

4.  Please for John & Paul to have wisdom as they speak with Bao Gwei & her husband.

5.  Please pray for comfort for the family of Raymond Hayden.

 

 

 

February 2, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  NET Galatians 2:20

 

People often ask about your favorite verse, but maybe we should ask about what verse or verses help you the most.  This is one of those for me, John.  It reminds me of so many truths in scripture.  When I am faced with a struggle this verse reminds me that I don’t have to do it right, because Christ can and will do it right in and through me.  What I have to do is let Him reign.  I know it is not easy, but it is easier that always trying to do it right yourself.  Pray with us as we try to help others realize that they can’t do right always, but Christ can in and through them.

 

Please pray that week for the new Bible storying group that begins on Wednesday evening.  This group will be in Chinese so please pray that John is able to communicate clearly as he tells the story.  This week is and introduction to how we will be studying the Bible.  We are going to use the first miracle of Jesus found in John chapter 2.  Continue to pray for those who will attend to be willing to hear God speak into their lives through His word.

 

We are rejoicing that Dave & Jeanay Stiles’ new granddaughter, Reilly is now at home with her parents.  Please pray for the Stiles as they travel and report.

 

We are praising God that Savannah is now home.  Please pray that little Cheyenne will be able to come home very soon.  Cheryl arrive safely on Monday afternoon.  She is really enjoying playing with Juliet, holding the twins, and visiting with everyone else.

 

Thank you for being such great prayer warriors.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we will let Christ live through us this week and always.

2.  Please pray for the beginning of the new Bible storying group.

3.  Praise God that baby Reilly is home.

4.  Praise God that Savannah is home.  Please pray that Cheyenne will be home soon.

 

 

January 27, 2013 Prayer Note

March 17th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“I will thank the Lord with all my heart! I will tell about all your amazing deeds! I will be happy and rejoice in you! I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One!”  Ps. 9:1-2 NET

 

Our God is always worthy of our praise.  During the past two weeks we have had three funerals connected with our work here in Taiwan.  Two were older men who had lived long lives.  The other was an infant, whose life had just begun a few months ago.  Though their situations were all different in ways, their future is the same.  They are all enjoying eternity with God.  This gives us reason to praise.  At each of the funeral services there were songs sung and scriptures read that gave praise to God, which was appropriate.  Each of these services provided a witness for God’s love and mercy.  One of the ladies, Miss Wang, that works for the the mortuary that took care of the both the men was touched by what she saw and is interested in learning more about God.  PTL!  Pray that she can come to know God as her lord and Savior.  The service for little Sunshine provided a great witness to her family as well.  They said that they did not know how they would have made it through this time without the people at His Hands.

 

We ask that you continue to pray for the ministry of His Hands.  The second of the two moms that have been living at His Hands gave birth to her baby on Saturday after over 2days in labor.  Both mom and baby are doing well.  Two other moms may move into the House of Hope soon.  Pray that His Hands can continue to provide a loving witness for God to these moms and their families.

 

Thank you for praying for the beginning of a new Bible Story Group at the bank.  It is finally going to begin the first week of February.  We won’t be meeting at the bank, but at a nearby coffee shop.  There are a total of three people meeting at this time.  Two of those meeting are not yet Christians.  This group will be in Chinese, so pray for John as he prepares.  Pray for all of those involved to grow to become disciples of Christ.

 

Thank you for praying for the the daughters and grandchildren of our team.  Dave and Jeanay’s new granddaughter Reilly and her mom, Debbie, are doing well.  Bethany and the twins are doing well, too.  We ask that you pray for Cheryl as she travels to Canada to be help take care of Bethany and our three granddaughters.  She will leave on Monday afternoon our time.  Cheryl will be in Canada until Feb. 28th.  Pray for John, Andrew, and Moriah, as well as His Hands, while Cheryl is in Canada.

 

We praise God for all of you.  Thanks again for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Praise God for using the funerals of these three people to bring a witness to these people.

2.  Praise God for another safe baby delivery and pray for the continued witness of His Hands.

3.  Praise God for the beginning of the new Bible Story Group on Feb. 6th.

4.  Praise God for the babies and moms doing well.  Pray for Cheryl as she travels to Canada on Monday.

 

 

 

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.