June 22, 2014 Prayer Note

June 22nd, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother who sins against me? As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times! … “‘Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you?’  And in anger his lord turned him over to the prison guards to torture him until he repaid all he owed.  So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive your brother from your heart.”  Matt. 18:21-22, 33-35  NET

 

Forgiveness is so important, but at times it is very difficult for us.  When we are hurt by someone, especially if they are close to us.  It is easy to focus on our pain and forget what God has already done in forgiving us.  When we are able to contemplate the sacrifice of Jesus that our sins might be taken away, it becomes much easier to forgive.  Pray with us that we might be good examples of people that are willing to forgive.

 

We ask that you continue to pray for the discipleship groups as they meet this summer.  Today especially pray for Maggie as she is struggling to learn to how to forgive her husband.  They have often had troubles in their relationship, but things have been better since she has begun seeking a relationship with God.  We heard about two days ago that something had happen and she was having a hard time forgiving him.  I suggested to one of the leaders that they use the passage from Matt. 18 about Peter’squestion to Jesus and the unforgiving servant.  She seems to be responding well to the instruction from God’s word.  Keep praying for Maggie to learn the importance of forgiveness.

 

Pray for Dave Atkin’s mother, Juanita.  She is having some health issues.  Dave & Brenda are in the midst of preparing to move back to the US as well as to have Sports & English Camp.  Pray Dave & his sisters to have wisdom as to how to best proceed with their mother’s health care.

 

Cheryl, Bethany, and the little girls all flew to Seattle yesterday.  They made it safely.  Cheryl will be returning today.  It was good to be with them.  John & Moriah will be reporting at the Keensburg Christian Church today.  Andrew will be at Parkview Christian Church preparing with the youth group for a conference they will be going to next week.  We will be reporting to Christ’s Church in Effingham next Sunday morning.  Then we will be at Oil Belt Christian Service Camp that week until Thursday.  Our summer is full of blessings.

Cheyene, Juliet, Savanah

Speaking of blessings, we certainly have been blessed by many people this summer already.  Some have given us gas money.  The people at Christ’s Church loaned us a church van while Bethany & the girls were with us.  Now we are using a mini-van that belongs to family in Newton.  Thank you all!

 

Thank you for praying for us and those precious people in Taiwan.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

1. Please pray for us to be models of forgiveness to those around us.

2. Please pray for the discipleship groups to grow and for Maggie as she learns to forgive.

3. Please pray for the Atkin family as they deal with moving and Dave’s mom’s health.

4. Please pray for us as we continue to travel, report, and visit.

5. Thank you to everyone that has blessed us in some way this summer.

 

 

June 1, 2014 Prayer Note

June 15th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my savior, You save me from violence.  

I Samuel 22:2-3

 

Our God is always with us providing us with what we need.  He saves us & protects us.  No matter what our circumstances are God can keep us safe.  Pray that those we have left in Taiwan will recognize that God is with them always.

 

We ask that you pray for those we have been discipling in Taiwan.  Some this past week have already been facing difficulties in their lives.  Su Jen’s husband has been diagnosed with a cancer on his tongue.  Another person in her family was given a diagnosis of lung cancer as well.  Please pray that Su Jen will truly look to God during this time.  Pray that she will be able to use the strength God gives her to support her family.

 

Thank you for praying for our safety as we traveled to the US.  Everything went fine meeting up with Bethany and the girls.  We will be worshipping this Sunday with the Parkview Christian Church.  John will be preaching.  This is week we will be in Newton, IL for a VBS at the Central Christian Church.

 

Here are our cell phone numbers for the summer.

John – (812)272-7312

Cheryl – (812)272-6043

 

Thank you for praying.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for Su Jen and her family as they face two members having cancer.

2.  Thank you for praying for our safety as we traveled to the US.

 

 

June 15, 2014 Prayer Note

June 15th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help.  Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go! Return tomorrow and I will give it,’ when you have it with you at the time.”  Proverbs 3:27-28

These verses always get me thinking especially as I am traveling and see people standing with signs at intersections asking for help, or see homeless people.  We were given the opportunity to help someone this past week.  We did give him some help, but how many times do I not help those that reach out for help.  The help they ask for may not be money, it might be time, wisdom, or patience.  Join us in asking God to give us wisdom to know how to meet the needs of those God puts in our paths this week.

 

We thank you for the prayers that you have been saying for the discipleship groups in Taiwan.  They do continue to meet.  Su Jen’s husband has taken his first round of chemotherapy for his cancer on his tongue.  He is having a hard time eating.  Her brother, Mr. Tsai, will probably have his sentencing on Monday.  Please keep praying for them as they learn to rely on God during  these struggles.

 

We ask that you pray for Dana McCain, our field-coordinator, and his family as his brother suddenly died since we arrived in the States.

 

Thank you for praying for our safe travels and reporting.  The VBS in Newton went well.  The children, teachers, and support staff were all great encouragers.  We were blessed with a great offering as well.  This past Sunday we were able to share with John’s mom’s Sunday School class concerning the work in Taiwan.  This week we were able to visit with John’s family and Cheryl’s family, including Cheryl’s grandparents who live in Centralia, Illinois.  We will be worshipping with Cheryl’s parents this coming Sunday and then reporting at the Keensburg Christian Church on June 22.

 

Cheryl will be flying back to the west coast with Bethany and the girls on June 21.  Please pray for them to have a safe trip.

 

We really appreciate your prayers.  Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we train our hearts to hear God’s direction on how to help those in need around us.

2.  Please pray for the discipleship groups and especially for Su Jen’s family.

3.  Please pray for the McCain family.

4.  Thank you for your prayers as we travel and report.

5.  Please pray for Cheryl, Bethany, and the girls as they fly on June 21.

 

 

 

 

May 25, 2014 Prayer Note

May 27th, 2014 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

“Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord! Praise his name! Announce every day how he delivers!Tell the nations about his splendor! Tell all the nations about his amazing deeds!”  Psalm 96:1-3

Every day God is worthy of our praise.  He is worthy of our telling those around us how he has blessed us.  When we share how our story is a part of His story, God is glorified.  Telling non-Christians how amazing God is draws them to Him, and causes them to wonder how He might be involved in their lives.  Have you shared God’s amazing power in your life with anyone recently?

Please pray for May Wu and Shu Jen as they will be telling the stories of God’s amazing deeds to the Tsai family as well as another of Shu Jen’s brothers.  This past week there were many good questions that came not only from the story John shared, but from the Bible reading that Mrs. Tsai had been doing on her own.  Pray that she continues to desire to know God better.

Ellinor’s paperwork has been resubmitted to court, but we have no idea how long it will take for her to have a court date.  Since we will be in the States for the summer she will be staying with two other families this summer.  The Scotts, a missionary family, and the Chens from the Eternal Light congregation.  She knows both families, but it will still be a transition for everyone including us.  Pray for her adoptive family too as they have already waited over a year and continue to wait to hold their precious daughter in their arms.

We ask that you lift up our family as we prepare this week to be gone for two months.  We have many things to do yet to be ready to go.  We ask that you pray for Philip and Bethany’s family too as they prepare for Bethany and the girls to travel with us from Seattle to mid-west for three weeks!  Nathanael will be preparing to return to the US this summer in order to work towards a masters degree.  All of our family will be traveling and going through changes this summer.

We praise God that He had provided us with the loan of a church van while Bethany is traveling with us this summer.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Praise God for His amazing deeds in our lives.

2.  Pray for the Wednesday evening discipleship group as they continue this summer.

3.  Please pray for the everyone involved in Ellinor’s situation as other people care for her this summer and as her case moves through the court system.

4.  Please pray for our family as we will be traveling this week and as Nathanael will be preparing to return to the US this summer.

5.  Praise God for a van large enough for our needs while Bethany is here.

 

 

June 23, 2013 Prayer Note

June 22nd, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“Now as Jesus was passing by, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?’  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him.”  John 9:1-3 NET

 

What would happen if we all took this attitude about the difficult and good that happens to us in this life?  If we were always looking for God’s glorious acts and wonders to be worked out in our lives, our perspective on life, and therefore our witness, would be so much different.  We would quit looking for someone to blame and instead start praying for God’s mighty hand to be seen by everyone around us.  We would become willing servants and vessels of the King desiring for Him to be honored through us.  John will be teaching on this passage at the Good News congregation this morning and will teach on it again Tuesday morning in the English Bible storying group.  Please pray that we all become willing servants of the King.

 

Please pray for one the little boys at Taiwan Xi En.  He has two holes in his heart that need to be repaired and therefore, will require surgery in the upcoming days or months.  He is now on medication to help his condition and Cheryl will take him to the hospital on Monday to be reevaluated .  The doctors hope the medicine will allow them to wait until he is a little bigger to perform surgery.  He is six weeks  old right now.

 

Sports and English camp is about three weeks away.  Please lift up the campers and faculty in your prayers daily as we prepare for a week of evangelism, discipleship training, and fun.  We have a group of eight coming from the Newton Central CC in Newton, IL.  Please pray for them as they prepare to come and serve.

 

Jocelyn Wu is involved in helping to lead two of the Bible storying groups that John is presently leading.  She is always looking for opportunities to share the gospel.  She recently had to two reasons to celebrate.  One, her mother was baptized last Sunday morning.  Two, one of her friends to whom she has been witnessing for a long time was willing to pray with her.  Her son has become a Christian, and she is considering that it as well.  Praise the Lord!

 

Thank you for your love of the Kingdom.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray for John as he teaches today, as well as on Tuesday, from John chapter 9.

2.  Please pray for this precious baby boy at Taiwan Xi En with the heart issues.

3.  Please pray for our upcoming Sports and English camp.

4.  Praise the Lord for Jocelyn Wu’s mother who was baptized last week and her other friend who is coming closer to the Kingdom.

 

 

 

June 16, 2013 Prayer Note

June 16th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.  For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are the things that defile a person; it is not eating with unwashed hands that defiles a person.”  Matt. 15:18-20

 

We were reading as a family through Matthew and came to this passage.  We all decided this passage gave us all much to think about.  It is easy to let things get out of hand with our tongue and attitudes.  We often do not have the mind and heart of Christ toward our family members.  What kind of witness do we have if we are unable to be loving and kind to those closest to us?  Please pray that we will be a loving and caring family that has a good witness to those around us.

 

We asked that you pray for the inspection at the Home of God’s Love.  Overall the feeling was that things went well.  There will be another inspection at the end of the year.  They are not able to accept any more babies at this time, because of numbers.  They know that they will have additional babies coming at the end of the summer from a partner ministry.  Please pray that God makes a way for these babies.  Thanks for praying.

 

Pray for Guo Hwa.  He is the husband of Shu Mei who was baptized last year as well as her father.  Guo Hwa is a young man, but had to have a heart catheterization  unexpectedly done on Friday.  The Eternal Light congregation immediately started to pray for Him as he went to the hospital.  He is very grateful for the prayers and concern. The whole family is praising God that he is recuperating very well, and that there are opportunities to share the Gospel with him at this time.

 

Joy Martin has been with us two weeks.  She is doing very well adapting to the culture.  Joy is game for about any new food or experience, and Samantha is working with her to learn some Chinese while she is here as well.  Pray that God will use this summer to prepare Joy for future service in His kingdom.

 

Thank you for always keeping us in your prayers.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that our family has a great witness in our community.

2.  Praise God that the inspection at the Home of God’s Love went well.  Pray for God to make room for more babies.

3.  Please pray for Guo Hwa to recover and to come to know Jesus.

4.  Please pray for Joy as she continues to learn about Taiwan and seeks God’s will.

 

 

June 9, 2013 Prayer Note

June 16th, 2013 by dunns

Dear Family & Friends,

 

“But the midwives feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.  So God treated the midwives well, and the people multiplied and became very strong.  And because the midwives feared God, he made households for them.”  Exodus 1:17, 20-21

 

Fear is a powerful emotion.  It causes many responses in us.  It is interesting that fear is used in many translations of the Bible to represent this idea of reverence and worship.  In the case of the midwives at the time of Moses’ birth it caused them to ignore the edict of Pharaoh and save the Israelite boys.  They were willing to risk the wrath of Pharaoh and trust in God’s provision for them rather than offend the living God.  Whose wrath or ridicule are you willing to risk in order to please and not offend the living God?  Pray with us that we will always choose to revere and worship God rather than please men.

 

This week on Friday the Home of God’s Love is going to be having an inspection concerning their adoption ministry.  Please pray that all will go well and that they will better understand how the government wants adoptions to be handled in the future.

 

Taiwan Xi En is trying to raise funds to establish a foundation on island in order to acquire the certification to process adoptions.  This requires approximately $350,000 US to be held in an account to be used for the ministry.  Please join the ministry of Taiwan Xi En in seeking the Lord in regards to becoming an adoption agency and raising the needed funds.

 

Each week John leads four storying groups.  Each is very different, but one thing is the same.  Each person needs to grow in their relationship with God.  Please pray that the principles in these stories will make a difference in the lives of these people.

 

God Bless,

 

John & Cheryl

 

 

1.  Please pray that we can model a faith that chooses to revere God rather than fear men.

2.  Please pray for the inspection this Friday at the Home of God’s Love.

3.  Please pray for the leaders of Taiwan Xi En as they seek God’s direction in regards to the adoption ministry and  fund raising.

4.  Please pray for the Word of God to work in the hearts of those in the storying groups that John leads.

 

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.