Words can not express the gratitude we feel towards all you who have given to make our relocation to Taiwan financially smooth. I was humbly able to report in our most recent prayer letter:
We had our escrow and reentry funds on hand for our unexpected exit from China but we didn’t have anywhere near the amount needed to do a full relocation to Taiwan. Even though we had credit cards with good lines of credit, we knew this could only be a stop-gap measure and would be a hinderance if we were not able to pay them off right away. But as we felt this is where the Lord was directing, we moved by faith. We sent out a plea about our situation and you, our friends, family and supporters, took care of us in a great way. You sacrificially opened your hearts and gave to our family. I sit here humbled by your sacrifice and amazed at what God is doing. God’s people have truly taken care of God’s servant in an unexpected time of need. We estimated how much it was going to cost, but wasn’t sure exactly how much it would be, but around 85% of our actual costs has already come in or is on its way. Lord willing, by the end of this month, we will be setup and debt free! Thank you for giving.January 2020 Prayer Letter
When we received our support statement and we were just blown away by everyone who gave extra, not just for the holidays but specifically to be a blessing to our family during the transition. I will be trying to send thank you cards out to those who gave, but several even gave online with no return contact information…and some names I don’t recognize, so there is no way for me to personally say thankful, but by simply writing this public blog post to say, “Thank you”.
Also, we have been contacted recently by different churches who took up Christmas offerings for us of sizable amounts. Again we are humbled. We are grateful. We are unworthy of such pouring out of love.
What many might not realize, is that it is very uncomfortable for a missionary to put financial needs in his prayer letters. Especially if it is more personal and not directly for ministry. It goes against our nature of self reliance. It goes against our pride. It shows our weakness. It shows our needs and struggles.
At the same time it is an honor. Not everyone has the same privilege to write a letter like we do when we have a need. It is a privilege that we don’t take lightly or carelessly. We feel called to be in full-time ministry and many local churches have partnered with us to make that possible. Our partners have gone above and beyond in taking care of us and often tell us to let them know if there is anything that we need, and they would see what they could do to help out. We don’t take such kindness for granted.
I am reminded of the following verses:
“Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”2 Corinthians 8:1–7
The churches in Macedonia weren’t in a place of abundance where they could give freely, but they had to make a sacrifice to give. They gave as much as they were able, according to their means, but then they also gave beyond their ability or means. They greatly desired to be involved. I recognize that many of you gave sacrificially. You truly abounded in the grace of giving.
I wrote this blog post to simply say, “Thank you!” You didn’t have to give, but you did. You sacrificed. And my wife and I with our five rascals are extremely grateful.