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.

 

 

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.