June, 2016

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Submerged in VBS 2016

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One of the most fascinating sounds this week has been to hear the words, “I am, I am, I am remarkably made,” as they were sung repetitiously from the mouths of our children.  Prayerfully this week, we have instilled this truth in these kiddos.  It may be that one day, as they are faced with troubles with a friend or even hard days at home, they will sing these words from Psalm 139 and remember their worth.  And in that remembrance, perhaps they will draw up the other truths that we have “submerged” deep into their hearts this week: “Jesus sees; Jesus knows; Jesus saves.”  God will most certainly speak to them to tell them that He sees their struggles and knows every pain they feel.  Most wonderfully, it is during those exact times that He saves daily with His amazing grace by giving a new perspective, irreplaceable joy, and unfathomable peace!

We’ll Go, To The Edge of The World

We have just finished our last team meeting here in Beijing. Once again we have over and over been blessed here in East Asia. With the Lord’s guidance we have conquered language barriers, experienced new foods, and learned to recognize and accept other’s culture. We know how difficult it is to understand the gospel when one has never heard God’s name before especially when already living in fear. We have walked the streets and seen the eyes of those with no hope. And I was reminded of how it took me eleven years to start to understand God’s promises while at the same time encouraged by the number of people of all ages who have become new believers.

We have used our given skills, talents, and knowledge to address medical needs, encourage each other on the team and those we have meet, prayed together and witnessed things we could not have imagined. We have watched as a young boy heard the story of Our Father and His son and quickly responded by running to find a friend and bringing him back to listen. We have prayed with a 17 year old mother and lead her to accept the truth. We have dried tears of a middle age woman who is a believer but miserable in her marriage to a man who is a Buddhist. We have held the hands of an elderly women who has washed dishes for very little money in a restaurant for years while her husband served as a missionary in another party of her country.

God has been so good to all of us by giving us the energy and resources needed to share the gospel. We are blessed by a church family that has been our daily prayer warriors. You are so appreciated for what you continue to do as we have pour out our our heart for others.

And so I am reminded of the words of a song our team has sung together and pray that you to accept them as a challenge.

All who call on the Lord will be saved
But how can they call when they don’t believe
And how will they believe if they haven’t heard
And how will they hear unless someone tells them
And how can they tell them if they are never sent?

So we’ll go, to the edge of the world
Bringing good news for the broken and the poor
There is hope for all who are thirsty
To come to the Well as you are and drink of his mercy

It’s all for your glory God!

May God continue to bless you as He has me.
Elizabeth Smith

Gospel Soaked

Hello church family from the mission field in East Asia! We just finished up our last day of health advice as I am typing this on the bus. First let me start off by giving praise to the Lord Jesus for the week we have had. The Holy Spirit has been before us and paved the way for salvation among many this week. Many new believers had never even heard the name of Jesus. I want to tell a quick story about a man that came to know Jesus Christ this week. I asked him what he believed in and said he said he was Buddhist because his parents were Buddhist but he didn’t practice Buddhism. In short, he claimed religion but knew nothing about it. I shared with him the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how Jesus wants to have a relationship with him and be his Lord. These people are very analytical and evaluate situations very seriously.  They do not make rash decisions. He soaked in the Gospel and made a profession of faith. When we finished praying, he immediately smiled and said he was going to tell his family and factory workers what he had been told. We have had a wonderful week. Thank you church for your prayers. The gospel of Jesus was proclaimed this week. I am so glad that God would allow me to be a part of his work. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one they haven’t heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Caleb Westmoreland