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January 30, 2011 Prayer Note

Dear Family & Friends,

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.  So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.  He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,…”  II Timothy 1:7-9

This sunday is a fifth sunday.  That means our people testify as to how God has been working in their lives.  We believe that it is important for us, as Christians, to be actively sharing God’s blessing in our lives.  Doing so in worship encourages the body of Christ and prepares us as individuals to witness to those that are not yet Christians.  Please pray that we will all be willing to witness about the change Jesus has made in our lives.

Please continue to pray for Brother Ren Jhou.  He has done very well since his surgery.  This past Wednesday the put a tube into his stomach to act as a drain.  He is still in the ICU, but should come out soon.

This past Thursday Malachi’s adoption case came up in court.  His birth mother was supposed to appear and confirm that she did agree to allowing her son to be adopted.  She did not appear, which was expected.  The judge said that her not appearing would slow the case down some, but would not keep the adoption from going through.  She said that she would allow up to three months for the social worker to complete her report on the birth mother.  This would allow adequate time to find her.  If she is found then the report could be finished earlier than three months.  We are scheduled to return to the US for a home assignment time this summer.  Please pray that everything can be completed before we need to leave.

We are considering to stay in the states for a school year.  This would be the first time since we moved to Taiwan in July of 1998 that we would be gone for such a long time.  There are several reasons why we are strongly considering a longer furlough.  Many of these reasons have to do with our family.  We have asked our representative elders and others for their input.  Everyone has been supportive of us staying for this extended period.  We have yet to set exact dates, but need to do so soon.  We ask that you especially pray for the planning that must be done before we leave.  John will be working with Eugene & Paul to make plans for essentially two years.  Cheryl has to make plans with the directors of His Hands as well.  We have mixed feelings about this decision.  We want to be in both places for different reasons, but ultimately we want to do God’s will.

Thank you for your prayers on behalf our ministry.

God Bless,

John & Cheryl

1.  Please pray for us all to have confidence to testify to the power and love of Jesus in our Lives.

2.  Please pray for Ren Zhou as he continues to recover from brain surgery.

3.  Please continue to pray for Malachi’s adoption to be completed before our home assignment begins this sumer.

4.  Please pray for John, Eugene, and Paul as they make extended plans for both congregations.  Pray for the His Hands as well as they plan for Cheryl to be absent.

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