Easter Sunday in Tianwei!

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.

過去,將近兩個月,謝鴻文牧師一直在帶領我們的燈塔團契,做團隊建造。因此我們也越來越清楚,上帝要我們走的方向,就是在西海岸建造團隊。主若肯,必能藉著我們,為這些小教會找到願意支持的教會或個人。

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。

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Below is pictured Mark with Zhan Pa and Ma, and Winnie.

何牧師與鄰居-詹爸、詹媽和雯淇。

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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.

在我們分送大約70份復活蛋禮物包時,遇見少數拒絕的,也認識了一些友善的鄰居,特別是其中一位親切的謝小姐,在收到我們送的復活蛋和福音單張後,回贈我們兩顆豆薯。在夫家,她需要照顧婆婆,也被迫要拜祖先和其他神明,婆婆吩咐她不准接受別的信仰,因此她送來豆薯後不敢久留。不過,謝小姐說,婆婆雖然反對基督教信仰,她個人卻有不同的想法。我相信,謝小姐是一位平安之子,必能協助我們與鄰居分享福音和上帝的愛。當天我們總共認識了四位平安之子,真是令人興奮。

讚美主恩典湧流! 而,當我們去到詹爸爸的大哥家時,大哥顯出不友善的表情,並質問詹爸說,喔!你是也要去信阿們教了嗎?!詹爸急忙否認,說”沒有啦!只是好朋友”。雖然聽來讓人有些沮喪,不過,慢慢來,相信上帝會成全這善工。

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Here is Chio Ran with her nephew, Shuan Han, and two daughters–Winnie and Minnie.

秋蘭和她的侄兒-暄翰及兩個女兒-雯淇、欣潔。

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)

文末,請為我們在大林和田尾的兩個門徒訓練團隊代禱。感謝主,在田尾,已經有兩位團員開始應用課程來帶他們的門徒了。而在大林的我們則將於下週開始帶領門徒定期探訪、講聖經故事。請代禱,弟兄姊妹們有膽量跨出教會,帶著上帝的愛去接觸大林地區失喪的靈魂。

流淚撒種的,必歡呼收割。那帶種流淚出去的,必要歡歡樂樂地帶禾捆回來。”(詩篇126:5-6)

Thank you for your love and prayers for us and the people of Taiwan.  God richly bless and use you!

謝謝您對我們和台灣百姓的關懷與代禱。願神大大祝福、使用您!

In His love,

Mark and Ruth

 

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