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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.
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!”
We had another great day today. We went back to the same factory we were at on Saturday. We saw about 34 workers that weren’t seen on Saturday. One of our “God moments” happened today when one factory worker came through spiritual counseling. He only started working at this factory two days ago. Corry, one of our locals said “you are the reason we came back today” and he accepted the Lord after being shared with. At the end of our time there, we had a group of 10 come back to start a small group Bible study and the female factory owner sat in on the study. After lunch, we went to a furniture factory and worked out of a room that they have church in. We were able to see and share with approximately 25 workers. God has been blessing in and through us this week as we show God’s love to these people and share the Gospel with them.
This Little Light Of Mine
Hello from East Asia! In the city where we are working this week, there is a common theme among many of the factories. They produce lights. The workers who we see each day spend most of their days producing decorative and unique lights and light fixtures. They eat and sleep in their factories, so the lights are a part of everything they do. Once a new Christian has been saved, we immediately begin training them on how to share their faith with others and how to be disciples. Their workplace presents a beautiful picture for us to share with them. Psalm 119:105 says “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” We can explain that just as light is important to see and not stumble in the darkness, God’s word is essential to not stumbling as much through our journey of life. While verses such as this can help the new believers understand how to begin taking firsts steps in the development of their own relationship, verses such as Matthew 5:13-16 that talk about being the salt and light of the earth demonstrate how they are to shine the light of Jesus in their dark, largely unreached workplace. Just as each light is crafted by them for a specific purpose, God crafted each Christian in that factory to shine the light of Jesus to their co-workers in the unique way He has provided them to do so. They are to not hide their lights out of fear of persecution, but let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
We have had a successful three days of sharing so far and the Master has gone before us to prepare the fields. Of course, whether or not we have had decisions, we have been successful because we are here, and have been obedient to the command to “go and tell”. We also had the opportunity Sunday morning to visit a group of our friends to talk, sing songs, and spend time together. They prepared a large meal for us and it was a beautiful reminder of what the future has in store. Please continue to remember us as you spend time with the Father.
The team was able to share all the Lord did in and through the team with the church this past Sunday evening. We have had requests to share the video. It is available at this link: https://goo.gl/0vOr6n.
Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for the followup and discipleship with the new believers. May Christ be glorified!
There are a few times in life we find ourselves in those moments that words cannot define. For me, it seems many of those come as I have the blessing of serving on the mission field. God continues to show me amazing things about His grace and mercy. Often I go with the thought of helping those who are hurting and have not heard the Gospel. However, in God’s infinite grace He does even more. What is more than sharing the Gospel you might ask? Let me try to explain.
For the last several days I have served with some ordinary folks in East Asia. Many were smart, young, energetic, gifted, etc.; however, all were ordinary when compared with the rest of the people on our planet. Yet, in the hands of Christ the ordinary people I was with were used in an extraordinary way. The numbers that would typically be reported were greater than we could imagine. Yet, my mind cannot recall nor focus on the total. What I see are the individuals. The children, the moms, the grandfathers, the workers, the people who came through our clinic were just like us. Yes, they spoke a different language, had a different skin tone, were shorter than most of us, and even ate some strange food at times. But at the same time they were just like us. They were in search of what brought meaning to life. We were privileged to be able to share with many who came to know Christ. This morning my heart is overwhelmed not by the multitude but by the individuals that did.
This week I was reminded of the power of one. The difference that just a moment makes in the life of one person. One moment in time that changes all of time and the generational trajectory for a family. What is greater than sharing the Gospel? Being the one who recognizes its value in their own heart and is thus “transformed” more and more into the image of Christ.
I am thankful for a church family that joins me in loving missions. I don’t simply mean by that in going to another land far away from home. That is important. However, I also mean:
- Giving sacrificially to missionaries. Fairview remains at the top in all percentiles in giving to mission endeavors.
- Supporting a church staff that has a heart to go and tell.
- Sending teams on a regular basis to tell those in a foreign land about Jesus. In doing so, they fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments.
- Participating in ministries that show the love of Jesus in the local community. I can’t wait for “I Love Columbus Day!” which is coming up this week.
- Allowing their Pastor to “go” to the foreign mission field. I cannot express my gratitude enough in this area. These are times of refreshing and renewal for me.
- Raising up a generation of young men and women like those on this trip. I watched each of them share the Gospel and lead others to Christ. What a blessing!
- There are many, many, many, many more. But, I believe you get the point. God is good!
How do you measure the success of a trip? There are several ways.
Brother Breck asked us on the first day of the trip how many people would need to get saved for the trip to be considered a success? Most answered one. The correct answer is zero. He shared with us that if we were obedient in serving God and sharing our faith, then the trip would be a success. We could not save anyone; only God could. By this definition, the trip was a success.
I shared with them my theme verses for a mission trip. It is in Acts 20:17-27
17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18 When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
I asked to team to consider this as our measure of success.
To serve the Lord with humility and tears in spite of our circumstances.
To declare to everyone who enters the clinic about our Lord Jesus.
To declare that we are innocent of the blood of anyone we came in contact with this week.
If people came through the clinic and did not receive Christ, it was not because we didn’t do everything we knew to do. We showed God’s love to them by providing medical care and shared with everyone who would allow us to. At the end of the week, we declared we are innocent of the blood of the people we served this week. There were many tears shed by our team for people who did not accept the gospel but there was also rejoicing for those who did, including several of our translators.
We don’t measure success based on numbers, but they do represent a new believer in the kingdom, so in that respect they are of eternal significance. We had around 230 people profess Jesus as their Savior and Lord this week and we give Him all the glory.
God not only worked through us, but He worked in us as well. I saw people share their faith for the first time with tears in their eyes as they discovered for the first time their real purpose in life; to declare the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. When people go on a mission trip for the first time, their focus is on serving others. They are quick to discover that God usually does more IN them than He does THROUGH them. They are determined to take this mission mentality back home. Lives will be changed forever.
Yesterday we got to visit the Great Wall and Alicia Vickers took this picture which represents our purpose this week. It was a beautiful reminder of what the Lord is doing in this country.
Thank you so much for all of you who prayed for us and contributed to this trip. We are grateful.
We had a successful trip.
To God be the Glory
Today was an incredible day. We began the day by returning to the same factory that we visited on our first day of clinics. The factory owners asked us to return because they wanted to bring in some of their employees from their other facility to come through the clinic and hear the story of love and grace of our Father. This is one of the many blessings that we have received in East Asia. Many of the factory owners are our brothers and sisters, and they not only care about the physical needs of their employees, but also the spiritual needs.
However, there was an issue with the transportation of the employees. Many were not able to make it to the factory, so we saw far less people than we originally anticipated. The smaller number of people resulted in a relatively calm morning. That being said, He still worked in mighty ways, and many made decisions in the morning.
In the afternoon we went to another factory, and we saw about 150 people by the end of the day. Today we had many of the local brothers and sisters accompany us, and it was incredible to see them sharing their faith with their countrymen. It was a beautiful thing to see many brothers and sisters, no matter the race, desiring to see lost people come to life. We were trusting the Father to do great things, and over 80 new brothers and sisters have entered the family today.
In addition to that, many others were shared with, including many of the translators we have been working with this week. We are trusting Him to reveal Himself in powerful ways to them and every person that we come in contact with.
Thank you for continuing to think of us,
The work began today with our brothers and sisters at a local orphanage in the morning. We went in small teams to the orphanage. Most of the children were preschoolers. Our job was simply to “love” on them. Each person was reminded of the simple truth that Christ loves us and has adopted us as His own.
After lunch we went to a factory that was owned by a sister in the Father’s family. We saw patients for medical wellness, sickness, and eye exams. After each person was triaged they saw the doctor or eye team. After receiving their medications, they went to spiritual counseling. We were blessed to be joined with local brothers and sisters. One of those sharing with us was the owner of the factory. She shared to story of JC with her employee. She told him that she is his boss, but God is hers. In God’s eyes, however, they are equal. If he accepts Jesus she will be His sister. She told him, “We are the same before God. We are sinners on equal ground.” She led the gentlemen to the Lord as all of us watched. It was a beautiful testimony of Christ’s love for all of us and our responsibility to share with those God has brought us into contact with.
The team today left our medicine. One of our team members went back with a translator and driver to get the medicines from the hotel. During the trip, she shared the story of JC with the driver. He gave his life to Christ.
We finished the day by sharing the Gospel with 26 people. We saw 15 of them become brothers and sisters! Praise the Lord!!! We also had discipleship training on how to share your faith 25 people.