It has been a privilege to serve the Lord for another year, and we feel greatly blessed to be a link in a chain that has resulted in 675 people giving their lives to Christ through three 12-week “Faith or Fiction” small group study sessions held by five of our Chinese group leaders this year. So, we thank each person who prayed for and supported our work this year. Without your vital partnership and faithful financial support none of these things would have occurred.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5 NIV
Our intention for the next steps in our ministry is to be building many more teams in China to greatly multiply the spiritual results above. In celebrating this year “25 Years of Ministry” our continuing strategy remains to operate with as few overhead expenses as possible, so that the maximum resources are placed in the hands of our Chinese Christian front-line workers with whom we are so honored to assist and serve. To further this effort, we have downsized by moving from our townhouse into a very small 2 bedroom apartment greatly cutting expenses.
Throughout both of our health trials this year God has been at our side every day comforting us that He is the almighty provider and physician. We might not get an overnight fix for our cancer issues, but we are given the strength to go forward, and in that there is no greater power. This includes maintaining a positive attitude: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” Proverbs 17:22 NIV. So, we will press on even when the Word of God is being marginalized, cast aside or banned from the public domain by the Chinese Government.
As we pray each year end, we set aside time to seek the Lord, thanking him for the year that just passed and asking Him for guidance and blessing for the New Year ahead. This year, we feel that the Lord is telling us to be free from worries and fear in 2019, and to continue to serve Him wholeheartedly.
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 1 Peter 3:13-14 NIV
It may be hard for some people to really picture the hunger for God’s Word that exists in China but we are praying with you that God will continue to use our gifts of evangelizing and discipling by providing for us the strength, health and resources needed to accomplish His work. We are also praying for wisdom to make the right choices as we press forward to make an eternal difference in people’s life.
The people of China are an ever growing sea of humanity who need desperately to hear the Good News of Christ in the face of the suppression of the True Gospel, not to mention persecution. As we work to increase the building of teams in China to accelerate the type of progress mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, we find that the financial needs to provide more materials, etc. are ever increasing. So, we humbly ask that you continue to partner with us to help facilitate this great opportunity for which the Lord is guiding us to.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2
We are willing to be the workers for the Lord of the harvest. Whether you choose to continue with periodic one time support or could increase your monthly giving to include us in a greater way, we can assure you that your support will have a far reaching and ever increasing impact on the spiritual multiplication of people of China.
May the Lord richly bless you for your thoughtful consideration of the needs in this area for His Kingdom.
Have a Wonderful and Blessed Christmas Season
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