May 2011 Updates

“That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9,10. After church a few weeks ago some friends invited Rolf and the 2 students he had taken with him to come to their home for lunch and to give Rolf a little history of the Fu Ying Tang Church where they attend together. Also invited was the girlfriend of their son (who was away at school).

They enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal and after they moved to the library to talk and to look at some original documents of the founding papers of the church. They told Rolf they had been attending this church for many years. The girlfriend told him her parents were Christians and so she had been a Christian her whole life. Whoa! That got Rolf’s attention and lead him to discuss with her that we don’t become Christians just because we come from a Christian family. We must each make a conscious decision to trust Christ as Lord and Savior and to invite Him through prayer into our hearts, that’s what makes us a Christian.

He even pointed out a prayer that can be said from the book, An Anchor for Your Soul that he had given her. They went back to what they had been discussing and then Rolf was “prompted” in the middle of the conversation to ask the girlfriend if she had never prayed a prayer like that before and would she like to pray right now. Not only did she bow her head and pray but so did the rest of them! The angels were singing, God was pleased and Rolf was rejoicing and also made a note to self  –  we have to remember to never assume someone is a believer just because they attend church, even for a long time!  It was a good day!!

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12. The school year is coming to an end and Rolf will be home June 30th.  Some of his classes have already ended and he is finishing up the rest of them giving exams and grading his (many) students.  PRAY he finishes strong with a continuing harvest of lost souls.  PRAY for those that have come to Christ that they will become grounded in their faith.

On the home front, Sherri has had an active schedule, but winding down now with end of season activities.  As a grandma there has been soccer games, softball games and concerts.  A highlight was our granddaughter Sydney’s high school soccer team taking 2nd place in the State finals and then her graduation as valedictorian the next day.  We are very proud of her!

Our church’s regular ministry season has ended and we are already planning for the fall. Sherri will be meeting weekly with the other coaches from our Wednesday morning women’s ministry spending focused time seeking God’s vision of how He wants us to better serve our women. To help us we will be studying the book of Nehemiah along with Andy Stanley’s book “Visioneering.”  PRAY that we would be united, dependent on Him, and aligned with God’s vision for what He wants us to do.

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