June 2, 2013 Prayer Note

June 16th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power.  Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, …”  Eph. 6:10-12a  

 

While the battle rages within us to defeat a thought or fear it is somewhat easier to remember that we battle against satan and his henchmen.  When someone sins directly against us or we see a “great evil” such as human trafficking, we often put faces to battle.  It is then harder to remember that these people are not really the enemy we fight against, but satan is.  When studying this passage with Fu Hai this week it became obvious that he has trouble in this area.  Pray this week for Fu Hai to learn to pray for those that seem to make life more difficult for him.  Pray that we all will learn to pray for the salvation of those that seem to stand against us.

 

Eugene & Tina Tsai, who had been our co-workers for several years, started working with another church about six months ago.  They called and asked that we attend worship with them today.  Cheryl has obligations at Eternal Light today, so only John is going.  Pray for the ministry of this congregation as Eugene and Tina work with the leadership to shine a light in their community.

 

Sports and English Camp is just about six weeks away.  We ask that you help us prepare by praying for all of the staff and all of the campers.  We have 143 campers from all over the island, 2/3 of whom are not Christians yet!  Please pray for their salvation.  Pray that the 1/3 who are Christians will desire to help lead their peers to Christ.  Our staff is a diverse group that comes from the US and Taiwan.  Pray that we have one heart and mind to honor Christ through our ministry to these youth.

 

We are excited that Joy Martin, our summer intern, has arrived.  She is ready to get to work serving people here in Taiwan.  Pray for Joy as she makes the adjustments to being half-way around the world from her home.  We’ll be putting her to work tomorrow in the nursery at Taiwan Xi En.

 

This summer Taiwan Xi En is going to be missing their director and two other dedicated volunteers.  This will present some challenges for scheduling in the nursery and other ministry items.  Pray that God provides the needed help to accomplish all that needs to be done this summer.  Pray as well for the government inspection at the Home of God’s Love on June 14th.

 

Thank you for being so faithful in praying for our requests.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

 

1.  Pray for Fu Hai and all Christians to learn to pray for the salvation of all people, even those that make life hard for us.

2.  Please pray for Eugene & Tina and their congregation to be a light in their community.

3.  Please pray for S&E camp as the staff prepares.

4.  Praise the Lord for Joy Martin’s safe arrival.

5.  Please pray for the ministry of Taiwan Xi En this summer.

 

May 19, 2013 Prayer Note

May 18th, 2013 by dunns

 

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of his glory.  And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ– you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,  who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory.”

 

God has created us all for His purpose and His desire.  He has created us to bring glory to His name.  Our lives should be lived so that He is honored everyday.  This week Dave & Noah Atkin, as well as two Taiwanese friends, set-off on Gloritrek.  They are riding across the US on bikes stopping at churches along the way reminding them of Christ’s command to go to all peoples with the good news of salvation.  They are especially emphasizing the need to finish the task of taking the gospel to those groups that are least reached where  there is very little or no work being done in their language, or the response has been very small.  Please pray for Gloritrek as they begin this weekend sharing at Christ Church at Griffin Park in Burbank, CA.  You can follow their progress at www.gloritrek.com.

 

The situation with international adoptions in Taiwan seems to be in a state of flux.  We think that things are set to go, and then we hear more from the government.  Right now everything is on hold until after The Home of God’s Love has an inspection next month.  Two social workers with a college degree in social work need to be hired to handle the adoption paper work at The Home of God’s Love and Taiwan Xi En in order to be in compliance with the new regulations.  Pray with us about the inspection and the hiring of the social workers.

 

We have a little guy from Taiwan Xi En in the hospital with pneumonia.  Pray that he will start getting better soon.

 

Pray for Mindy in the Tuesday English Bible storytelling group.  She is growing in faith, but has some struggles still with family issues and with having first studied the Bible with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  John needs to share the truth in a way that shows the problems with their views on Jesus, while being sensitive to her feelings of friendship with these people.

 

Thank you for praying for each of these matters.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for Gloritrek to bring honor and glory to God daily.

2.  Please pray for the adoption ministry of The Home of God’s Love and Taiwan Xi En.

3.  Please pray for the baby from Taiwan Xi En that is in the hospital with pneumonia.

4.  Please pray for Mindy as she grows in faith and seeks the truth.

 

 

May 12, 2013 Prayer Note

May 18th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“I said, ‘Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the nationof Israel!  You ought to know what is just,yet youhate what is good,  and love what is evil.’”  Micah NET 3:1-2b

 

Godly leaders are so important to the life of a congregation of believers.  During Micah’s time it was hard to find a good leader.  They were corrupt.  They were prideful and sought to better themselves instead of glorify God through serving the people.  One of the goals that we are working towards is to develop godly leaders for the Good News & Eternal Light congregations.  A week from this Sunday John will be starting to lead the discipleship group again at Good News.  He hopes that this will bring about the development of new leaders at Good News.  He plans, as well, to work with Paul Pan to develop a similar plan for leadership development at Eternal Light as well.   Please pray that God will direct His people to take up the challenge to make disciples.

 

This past Wednesday, Bethany had surgery to remove her gall bladder.  She is recovering very well at home.  One of her good friends from high school is there for a week to help.  Kathy-Lu, Philip’s mom, will be going to visit and help this coming week as well.  We thank God for providing Bethany with so many people to help at this time.

 

Dana & Chris McCain, our field coordinators, were here in Kaohsiung for a week encouraging and challenging us as individuals and as a team.  They draw upon their past experience as missionaries to help us as we seek to honor God through our church planting and compassion ministries.  Praise God with us for their wisdom.

 

This coming Friday David & Noah Atkin along with two Taiwanese friends, Luey & Andy, leave Taiwan to begin Gloritrek.  They are riding across the US from LA to New York in order to raise awareness in churches about the remaining 7,000 unreached people groups.  You can read their blog to learn about their vision, as well as their planned route, at www.gloritrek.com .  Pray that God will prepare their way by opening the hearts of many people to receive their message.

 

Thanks for praying.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for leaders to be developed that will desire to serve God and others.

2.  Please pray for Bethany as she recuperates from her surgery.

3.  We praise God for the visit we had with our field coordinators, Dana & Chris McCain.

4.  Please pray for David, Noah, Andy, and Luey as they begin Gloritrek this coming weekend.

 

 

May 5, 2013 Prayer Note

May 18th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“I absolutely despise your festivals!  I get no pleasure from your religious assemblies!  Even if you offer me burnt and grain offerings, I will not be satisfied; I will not look with favor on your peace offerings of fattened calves.  Take away from me your noisy songs; I don’t want to hear the music of your stringed instruments.  Justice must flow like torrents of water, righteous actions like a stream that never dries up. …” Amos 5:21-24 NET

 

God spoke through the prophet Amos a great condemnation on any and all of Israel’s worship.  This condemnation came because they did not live daily as just and righteous people.  They did not live as a representation of God’s grace, mercy, justice, and righteousness before the people around them.  God would not nor could not accept their worship.  Pray with us that we will live just and righteous lives before the people around us that God might be glorified by our lives and our worship.

 

We are praising God that Taiwan Xi En and the Home of God’s Love have received some clarity from the government as to how they can work together to provide adoptions for the babies Taiwan Xi En has in their care.

 

John will start back to leading his different storying and Bible study groups this week.  Please pray that everyone will be anxious to begin again and that John will be lead by the Spirit.

 

John did return home safely after being in Canada and the US for a little over two weeks.  He truly enjoyed seeing Philip, Bethany, & their girls.  It was a blessing to be present at his nephew’s wedding and to visit with several relatives.  Thank you to Christ’s Church of Effingham for helping to make his trip possible.

 

We just received word that Janet Shaw, the wife of Wayne Shaw former Dean of the Lincoln Christian Seminary, is having heart issues.  Pray that God would heal her and comfort her and the family.

 

Thank you for your prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we live just and righteous lives that honor God.

2.  Praise God that Taiwan Xi En and the Home of God’s Love know how to work together to provide adoptions.

3.  Please pray for John and the groups he leads as they start back this week.

4.  Thank you for praying for our family while John was away.

5.  Please pray for Janet Shaw as she is dealing with heart issues.

 

 

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.