Pastor Steve Hsieh has led our joint Lighthouse Team–Shigui, Dalin, and Tianwei–in Team building for the last month. We are more sure than ever the direction the Lord wants us to go. . . building up Lighthouse Teams along the coast in this way, and seeking by God’s grace to introduce or connect them to Resource Churches and personnel.
We had a good time in Tianwei, doing eggs with a parent, three kids, and Zhan Mama and Zhan Papa.我們在田尾慶祝復活節，有鄰居詹爸、詹媽和另一個家庭的媽媽和三個孩子一起彩繪、包裝復活蛋。
Below is pictured Mark with Zhan Pa and Ma, and Winnie.
We made some new friends in the neighborhood when we passed out Easter eggs to about 70 families. We, also, experienced some spiritual warfare/opposition. One neighbor, a lovely woman named Miss Hsieh, brought over some vegetables as a gift after we distributed eggs and the Gospel tract at her door; but she wouldn’t stay for lunch since her mother-in-law almost wouldn’t let her out the door, saying that she was not to believe in any other religion, and that she was to worship their ancestors. Wow! But Miss Hsieh said, “That’s what they say, but I have my own thoughts.” I believe she’s a person of peace–one who will help us befriend others in the neighborhood as we seek to share the love of Christ and His Gospel. We met about 4 Persons of Peace that day, which was rather exciting! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. But then when Zhan Papa introduced us to his brothers, one of them said, “So you’re going to believe this Amen religion, too!” Zhan Papa denied it, saying, “No, we’re just friends.” Oh well, one step at a time. May God finish the good work He has begun.
Here is Chio Ran with her nephew, Shuan Han, and two daughters–Winnie and Minnie.
This week the registration forms for two summer camps are going out to about 5 or 6 area schools. Praise God for the Taiwan Lutheran Church of San Diego which will help bring a camp for 5th through 9th graders at Tongji High School, July 8-12. We are preparing for 100 students. And then, August 12-16, the Good Neighbor will host another short-term team from the Christian Family Church of Alhambra (Los Angeles), for 1st thru 4th graders at the Sun Hope Elementary School. We are anticipating a smaller crowd of kids, about 50 students. Please pray with us that God will bring in the children, and enable us at the Good Neighbor to continue to follow up on the children and their families. We are very grateful for the fine teachers He has raised up at the Good Neighbor to lead the Children’s Character Camp AND the Youth Group every Saturday–ministries which they want to continue through the summer this year. Praise God!
這星期，暑期兩場夏令營的簡章已經發送至附近的幾個學校。感謝聖地牙哥台灣基督教會將負責帶領7/8-12小五到國三的營會，地點在同濟中學，預定名額100位。好厝邊教會則將於8/12-16接待洛杉磯的Alhambra 家庭教會短宣隊來帶領三和國小 小一到小四的營會，預定招收50個孩子。請與我們一起代禱，求主親自吸引孩子來參加，以及後續的跟進工作。值得感恩的是，一位在好厝邊教會成長的青年已經成為兒童品格營的好老師，而且每週六帶領青年團契聚會-希望可以持續整個暑假。 感謝主!
Finally, we would appreciate prayer for God’s blessing on two teams being discipled in Tianwei and at the Dalin Good Neighbor. Praise God for some multiplication as a couple of our members in Tianwei are sharing their lessons with their own groups. We will just be getting started with regular visitation using Bible stories of Creation to Christ with our folks at the Good Neighbor this next week; pray for our Brothers and Sisters as they step out with God’s love to reach the lost in Dalin. “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Ps. 126:5-6)
Thank you for your love and prayers for us and the people of Taiwan. God richly bless and use you!
In His love,
Mark and Ruth