Adding to the Kingdom

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

Last month at the Aroma we received two men into the Kingdom of God. I am honored to call them my brothers in Christ and so I want to introduce them to you, our international family!

This is Sam.

A prayer of blessing over Sam after he made his decision to follow Christ.

Sam was brought to church by a friend who wanted to check out the Aroma church but didn’t want to come alone. I’ve watched Sam sit and listen intently to many sermons over the months. We’ve prayed over Sam, who has struggled with health problems for quite some time. Yet, it wasn’t until recently during a prayer meeting where he was asked, “Sam, do you want to give your life to Christ?” His answer was, “Yes.” Praise the Lord!

Sam’s story wasn’t an overnight conversion. His friend who brought him to church has been praying a long time for him. Sam’s asked many good questions and took time to consider who he is putting his faith in. And Holy Spirit has met Sam where he is.

Pray for Sam. His family, like many in Taiwan, and he has an ancestor shelf in his home. There they offer prayers to their ancestor’s spirits in hope for good fortune and health. Sam wants to remove it and, as the eldest son, has the right to do so. Yet, he has several older sisters who are opposed. So, we pray for Holy Spirit to use Sam in his family’s situation. We anticipate God working through Sam’s story.

This is Nick.

Nick + The Siemens took a trip to Yehliu Geopark.

Nick became acquainted with the Aroma through our English ministry; Coffee Talk. For quite a few months Nick would come every Friday night to release tension from work and practice his English. – Funny how some people think language learning and relaxation can go hand in hand!

I remember one Friday night asking Nick how he was doing since his composure made me think he wasn’t having the best day. It was then that he revealed to me that he wasn’t performing well at his job. His boss kept reminding him of this and he was becoming more and more disappointed and frustrated with himself. – I love how Coffee Talk gives us this opportunity to see into people’s lives and reach out with some Good News!

I ended up praying for Nick and I encouraged him to come to church because I knew he would hear more truth spoken there. He delayed a few weeks. Work was too busy… but eventually he came and he hasn’t stopped coming since!

Fast forward a month or two and Nick has left his job. He seems much more happy and he has a bit more free time on his hands. He asked me if I would be interested in reading through some of the Bible with him. We began meeting weekly and our conversations would go deep quickly. At Nick’s core was a worry, a fear that he would not be able to carve out a career that would be able to provide for himself and his parents, not to mention any future plans of having a family. He said he continued to attend church because the people there were different. They seemed much more happy.

Praise the Lord, soon after this conversation I had another with Nick… But this time it was about him making a decision to put his hope in Christ and leave his worry behind him. He’s still working on letting go of those worries, but now he has Jesus helping him every step of the way.

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