✪ We two great meetings this past Wednesday and Sunday. Wednesday we were in Maryville, TN and Sunday evening we were able to visit a supporting church in Fayetteville GA. I had the opportunity to report on the work in China and preach the Word of God. Thank you church families for being a blessing to us!
✪ We are one step closer to heading back to the mainland. Monday morning I went to the Probate Court to pick up the birth certificate. As I was reviewing the file, I notice they spelled our daughters middle name wrong. Thankfully, I was able to go back to the hospital and they could change it in the system since they still had the files on hand. Now we have the corrected birth certificate.
✪ The next two steps are getting a passport for the baby and then visas for the entire family. This basically takes a lot of paperwork, time and money. Continue praying that we will have all of these done and ready to go by the time we leave for China.
✪ We enjoyed a great week last week spending time with family and friends in TN. Praise the Lord for the time we were able to spend with them.
✪ I talked with two young men today who are interested in China missions. We need more young men to give their lives to take the gospel to China. Will you?
✪ Recently Read: The Four Loves I have heard the different types of love explained before, but never like this. Lewis has a way of explaining things and giving examples that get you to really think. I enjoyed this short read on the different types of love and would recommended for anyone studying “love”. From the book: “We may give our human loves the unconditional allegiance which we owe only to God. Then they become gods: then they become demons. Then they will destroy us, and also destroy themselves. For natural loves that are allowed to become gods do not remain loves. They are still called so, but can become in fact complicated forms of hatred.” 
✪ Recently Read: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential Leaders have to constantly be growing and many times we don’t know how or we don’t invest much time and effort into personal growth. Maxwell gives us 15 laws that guide us in the process so that we can can not only grow but lead. From the book: “It’s much better to plan your growth intentionally. You decide where you need or want to grow, you choose what you will learn, and you follow through with discipline going at the pace you set.” 
✪ Recently Read: The 360-Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization I loved this book. This is one of my favorite books on leadership. There is so much practical advice in this book that teaches you to lead no matter the position that you have. I learned a lot about being a leader, realizing many of the mistakes that I have made. From the book: “The reality is that 99 percent of all leadership occurs not from the top but from the middle of an organization.” 
✪ Recently Read: Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians, 12-14 – If you are wanting a book that really dives into this part of scripture and gives several different perspectives, then this is the book. The book was helpful in studying the passage even though I didn’t come to the same conclusion as the author. From the book: “If my exegesis is even approximately correct, there is no biblical warrant for treating tongues-speaking as the critical and normative evidence of a certain level of spiritual experience or vitality.” 
✪ China Video: 099 Dragon Dance