September 2019 Prayer Letter

Stories of God at Work | Husband and Wife Saved in China

In January of this year, the location that Grace Baptist Church in China was meeting in was discovered by the police and they eventually had to relocate. The church now meets in an apartment in a housing complex. The location might not be the most ideal, but it was the opportunity that was opened to them as they were looking for a place to meet. At the end of last month, I received a picture from the Chinese pastor of a husband and wife who live in the community that they were able to lead to the Lord. Praise God who works together all things for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

Special Projects and Needs Update | 52% of Our Goal Reached

We have received about $4,000 of the $10,000 needed in our Church Planting Fund which covers the following cost: building rent for one year; utilities, furniture, materials, misc. We have also received about $11,500 of the $20,000 needed for our Reentry Setup Fund which covers the following cost: plane tickets for our family of seven; housing cost for three months rent plus deposit; visas and passport renewal; furniture and appliances. Altogether we have reached 52% of our total goal. Will you consider a one-time love offering of any amount ($100, $250, $500, $1,000, etc.) to help us reach these needs before we leave in October?

Prayer Requests and Praises | New Support, Safe Travels, 12th Anniversary, Visas

  • Praise the Lord for blessing our support raising efforts over the past year. We are at 97% of our target monthly support amount. We have had several more churches mention their intention to partner with us as well. Lord Willing, we are returning to China on October 28th for our next term to start multiple churches and train more men for ministry.
  • Praise the Lord for continued safety in our travels. Since our last prayer letter, we had safe traveling mercies traveling to our meetings in: VA, GA, LA, and TN. Also, I won’t be traveling as much over these final two months as we prepare to return to China.
  • Praise the Lord for our marriage. My wife and I celebrated 12 years of marriage this past month. My wife is one special women who has been by my side through it all. I am blessed and unworthy of her, but she said, “I do” and the rest is history! I am glad, thankful, humbled, and joyful to call her my wife. I couldn’t do what I do without her.
  • Pray we will receive our visas. We are currently applying for our visas to return to China. There is much paperwork to be done, but we are asking God to grant us a smooth visa process so that we can return to China in a timely manner and continue ministry there.

We know that we couldn’t do anything without the help of God’s people. Thank you for giving, praying, serving, and being a part of our “China Ministry” team. We are especially fond of you! Let us continue pressing forward and keep fighting the good fight. May we strive every day to know Jesus, to be happy in the Him, and to make Him known!

In His Joyful Service,

Mark

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