Pray for Asia! (Coronavirus)

If you haven’t heard of the coronavirus, then there’s some information for you from the CDC.

CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with 2019-nCoV in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in many parts of that country. … The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020.

Some of you may know some of this, but others might not… then there are some of you who may have forgotten that the epicenter of this virus is only a 2.5 hour flight away from where we do ministry in Taipei, Taiwan. While there’s a bit of ocean in between the two cities, Taipei has still been infected and affected. As of February 1st there are ten reported cases of the virus and many Taiwanese responding frantically. All over the city of Taipei there is a rush for surgical masks. Places like 7-11 which usually have plenty in stock now have lines out the doors and a limit of three per customer.

While scientists still don’t know how the transfers from person to person, and while it is just a flu and only has a 2% mortality rate, the fear it’s struck in Asia is somewhat alarming.

  • Please pray that the Lord would provide strength and wisdom to His people in Asia.
  • Pray Christians would reach out with boldness and proclaim the peace that comes when Christ Jesus is involved!
  • Pray that countries would band together in unity and not hoard resources.
  • Pray for the sick!

    In Jesus name, Amen.

2020 Financial Needs

When you ask for money on behalf of someone else, there’s a certain feeling you often get. I’d describe it as excitement; or even zeal. That’s because you’re just the messenger. You’ve got great news of exciting work that needs to be proclaimed and supported.

When you ask for money to support yourself though… things feel much different. It’s difficult and uncomfortable. It’s scary because you’re not just the messenger; the news you’re telling people is your own. Your work needs help and support.

Luckily, things aren’t so when it comes to Kingdom work. We are God’s laborers. We’re doing the job, but after that, it’s the work of the King to see it through. So when we approach others about help, particularly financial, we can stand boldly and proclaim God’s mighty feats and sovereign power! Praise the Lord.

A story to prove this point… it’s not our doing, but the Lords:

Before we returned to the USA on our three month home assignment, we were told we needed to raise $14,000 in one time donations. This would support plane tickets, international insurance for our family, and a few other housing costs in Taiwan. That felt like a lot and three months wasn’t a long time to reach out and make asks. Despite this, one thing that had been stressed previously in the year was the need to keep part of our home assignment as a Sabbath; a retreat, time spent with God, time to rest and reflect. And we were really excited about that. We decided to trust that God would work in a mighty way if we spent the first month with Him and the last two months fundraising. Within that first month the Lord provided over half of that $14,000 amount. Praise the Lord!

This is not our news, it’s His. God is good and He provides!

Philippians 4:6 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

We still have about $6,000 left to raise before we return to Taiwan in March. Will you pray with us that God would continue the work that He has began and provide the rest of our finances for this next term in Taiwan? Oh, and speaking of the exciting and awesome work God is doing in Taipei check this out:

  • God’s grown the Aroma cafes and at our Ximen location we’re able to share the name of Jesus with an average of 55 people each day.
  • Each month we have over 160 opportunities to build into individual relationships via our weekly English ministry; Coffee Talk.
  • Plus, we checked the books and looked at some old numbers… since 2015 (when we arrived in Taiwan) we’ve seen over 150 individuals step foot into a Christian church (most of which) for the first time. This has led to 86 decisions for Christ being made and 26 new believers being baptized.

Praise the Lord!