Today was a wonderful day of ministry! Here are some highlights!
8:30-9:30 Team Morning Prayer and Bible Reading
9:30-11:30 Team Meeting with Pastor Caspar Liu
12:00 Usually the first Thursday every month, our friend Grace Jian takes our team out to lunch! She likes to encourage us; her husband was the first Taiwanese Bishop in the Anglican Church in Taiwan, and our former coworker in Dalin until his death a year ago. Today Grace’s best friend,A-Keng, joined us because she wanted to treat us this time! It was her way of thanking us for visiting her in the hospital; she’s been resistant to the Gospel, until she came down with cancer. She looked good today, praise God! Oh that she may come to Christ!
1:30-3:00 We cleaned the church, preparing for a team of 18 young adults coming down to lead our Excellent Leadership Youth Camp next week, August 10-13. We are excited about their coming; this is the third year for Evangelist Joshua and his wife Evangeline to bring a team down from the Nan Jing East Road Church in Taipei to run a youth camp for the Good Neighbor Caring Center church! Oh, but it was HOT and SWEATY today! A super typhoon is coming, and we hope it passes in time for the camp! It always gets REALLY HOT before a typhoon hits!
3:00-4:15 Friend and former FAITH coworker, Rita Chen, together with her mother, joined Ruth for Visitation ministry this afternoon. They visited Mrs. Lai to begin leading her through a study of The New Life, the first book in our discipleship series.
4:15-6:00 Rita introduced Ruth to a friend’s little brother and mother. The brother, A-Bin, is suffering from mouth cancer. The gospel was shared freely, as altogether there were five of us Christians gathered to minister to this family. Praise God for the joy of proclaiming Christ and His promises! Praise God for the privilege of coming boldly before His throne of grace in prayer! We know God’s Spirit was at work in A-bin’s (and his mom’s) heart today. He brought his Bible out (which his sister had given him) and let us mark Psalm 23 for him to recite as a prayer every day. The Lord’s been speaking to me lately about expecting to see the power of His resurrection as we minister in His Name! Christ came to give us hope!
7:30-8:15 After a quick bite out to eat together, Mark and I gathered together with Rita and Chen Mama in our living room, expecting our neighbors–Lisa and her mother–to come out for The New Life study. Lisa’s mom had a rough day, so they didn’t make it! But A-Tiao, another neighbor to whom Mark has been especially ministering, did come over! (A-Tiao’s mom is the Jian Mama featured in our previous blog, “Jian Mama Has to Hear This!”) Praise God, it was a very touching time in the Word. God is at work in A-Tiao’s heart and life! Will you believe God with us for his salvation? AND his whole family!