Family reunion in Taipei
Christmas in Taichung
As Christmas and the New Year are quickly approaching, we want to take this time to thank all of you for your faithful support and prayers for us over the past year. We rely on your prayers, monthly support, and one time gifts to help us thrive and effectively communicate the Gospel of Grace here in Taiwan.
Although Christmas is celebrated in a very commercial way in Taiwan, very few have heard the true message of Christmas and how that relates to our redemption found in the Lord Jesus. The divine mystery of Christmas is that the Second Person of the Trinity, God of God, Light of Light, assumed a human nature. To quote from David Mathis: “Jesus took a human body to save our bodies. And he took a human mind to save our minds. Without becoming man in his emotions, he could not have saved our emotions. And without taking a human will, he could not save our will. In the words of Gregory of Nazianzus, ‘That which he has not assumed he has not healed.‘”
This Saturday night (12/19) we hope to share the true message of Christmas with the people of Taichung through Holy Grace’s first annual Christmas event which includes a light meal, English Christmas songs, and sharing about the real meaning of Christmas. The Church has spent a lot of time preparing for this event, so please pray for those we have invited to attend and respond to the Good News of God giving us His one and only Son Jesus.
This Saturday morning is also going to be our final English Bible discussion group of the year — we are thankful that we have had many visitors and that so many of them have heard the Gospel for the first time. We praise God that several people have been attending regularly who are not members of any Church but who are interested in exploring Christianity.
Speaking of exploring Christianity, our 7-week Christianity Explored course is also wrapping up this week as we consider this Friday evening what it means to be a Christian. We have had several non-believers attend this course and three in particular that have been the most faithful. Please pray that after hearing the message of Jesus that the Holy Spirit would draw them to Christ and allow them to place their trust in Him.
God continues to give us many opportunities to talk about Jesus with those who have never been to Church or who have never heard the basic message of the Christian Gospel. Please pray in particular for a man named Wu who has been reading through the Gospel of Mark for the first time and has begun attending our Church on Sundays. He is drawn to Christianity and has shown a great interest in learning more about Jesus and why He came to live and die for us.
We thank you for your prayers and how God has been answering them by giving us so many open doors to talk about the Lord and show care for those who do not yet know Christ as Lord and Savior. Annie and I are often meeting new people in the community and having Evelyn with us only makes it easier to break the ice as so many Taiwanese are curiously drawn to her.
Annie’s Sharing in Chinese:
How you can be praying for us:
1. Please pray for direction for us as we plan how to best share the Good News in the upcoming new year in Taichung. I may start another English Bible study in the Spring targeting those investigating Christianity, but I also want to continue to focus on using Mandarin to share the Gospel with our neighbors and those who live close to the Church.
2. Praise God for how he blessed our Thanksgiving outreach event. We had close to 100 people attend our Thanksgiving feast and time of sharing, including very many unbelievers and unchurched visitors. Annie and others sang some traditional Thanksgiving songs and I shared in Chinese about the real meaning of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for these kinds of opportunities to share the Gospel in Chinese, and please pray for my Chinese to continue to improve so that I will be more effective in boldly proclaiming the Word of God with local people.
3. Please pray for a man named Stephen who attended Holy Grace a couple weeks ago. This was his first time to attend a Christian Worship service of any kind and he is genuinely interested in learning more about Jesus. I shared with him for about an hour after the service about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and how we can find eternal hope in Him. His work schedule is quite busy on the weekends, but he said that he definitely looks forward to coming back to our Church and I am praying that he can attend the Christmas outreach event this Saturday.
4. Please pray for a new Taiwanese friend of mine named Sam who I met recently through a friend at Church. Like Stephen, his work schedule is very unpredictable, but he also has shown some interest in learning more about Christianity. He was given a Bible for the first time and has been listening to some sermons and reading the Bible after he gets off work. Please pray that God through the Spirit would bless His Word and draw Sam to Himself to receive new life in Christ.
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year,
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