I started January in China with a room filled with Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ, all of us wishing each other a Happy New Year. I had had the opportunity to sing the song The Word of God Has Spoken that evening, and it certainly did. We heard that our God is the God of right now (2 Corinthians 6:2) and that He is not waiting for us somewhere down the road, but is with us each moment along the way. I hope that you have experienced that throughout 2015 and that you will sense God’s presence in each day of 2016.
While I was in China, I discussed the possibility of starting some sort of school there for children of believers, and I ask you to pray for God’s perfect plan for such a school, including the timing, the location, the type of school, and for qualified teachers to be called to be part of the school. I also ask you to pray for where God would have me serve starting this summer after my visit to America – does He want me to remain here in South Korea or in China? My desire is to be where God wants me.
We had a series of visitors to Korea in December: Jongil Park, Tim Flint, Tain Palanun, and Pastor Steve DeVries along with Korean brothers and sisters who were visiting from America. Our Christmas Night celebration was filled with yummy food, rich fellowship, seasonal songs and a play, and a special word from Pastor DeVries via Skype. Body life is so important, isn’t it?
New Season Ahead
Soon our third, seven-week semester of Grace Mission Institute Bible college classes begins. I will continue teaching Church history live two days a week and I will be using Pastor John Hadley’s Critical Counseling Issues videos from the Open MBCS website to help teach that course. I am very much looking forward to hearing Pastor Hadley’s teaching.I think that sort of sums up a lot of my life as a missionary - everyday miracles. Click To Tweet
We had a Christmas party on December 24 at the Yeomyung School. I baked brownies and four kinds of cookies for us to eat and shared the miracle of Christmas with the students there. Before it was over, I had tears in my eyes, knowing that class would be the last one for the graduating seniors. They gave me a school sweatshirt with the word “Miracle” on it. I think that sort of sums up a lot of my life as an international missionary – everyday miracles.
I sometimes feel like Elijah being fed by the ravens or the children of Israel in the wilderness receiving daily manna and water from the rock. God’s provisions for my life seem nothing short of miraculous, and the fact that he uses this 54-year-old vessel to minister to people is definitely a miracle that I cannot explain.
God Sends People to Us
On the way back from China, a young Chinese guy came and sat at my table in the airport while I was eating and began talking to me. Why? I think it’s because God knows I’m shy to approach people, so He sends people to me instead. We talked a long time, and he took my phone number so he could call me while he’s here living in Korea; this could be another person that God adds to His kingdom in the future. Pray for another divine appointment with this young man.
Thanks for your prayers. I know God has given me extraordinary health because of your prayers, and this is a fantastic blessing for me.
Pray for more team members to be called here. Pray, pray, pray.
By faith that works through love, I remain yours,