February 2020 Prayer Letter

Stories of God at Work  | A Church on Its Knees in the Midst of an Outbreak

The Wuhan Coronavirus has wreaked havoc in China. At this point it is reported that over 1,000 people have already died from the virus. Many places in China are under quarantine or they are told not to go in public places nor can they assemble in large groups. One pastor told me he was told he couldn’t have more than 3 people at his location at one time. Another pastor told me that since they can’t meet together physically, that “the church set up a prayer meeting because of the virus. Every day at 9 AM and 7 PM, at these two prayer times, the church prays together.” He then went on to describe it, “The prayer meetings have lasted for almost two weeks now. Family members of brothers and sisters in the church also attend the prayer meetings. The youngest is 8 years old. Together we read God’s Word, sing praises, encourage one another, and believe in God’s promises and will. We also pray for the world to repent…” How encouraging is it to know that in the midst of such a trial, the believers there are standing strong…on their knees! Lets join them in prayer as we #prayforchina together!

New Church Plant | Victory Baptist Church, New Taipei City, Taiwan

As we finish our setup and make the final preparations for our upcoming church plant, we are excited about what the Lord is going to do. We have rented a building, paid the deposit, one month’s rent and the realtor’s fee. We won’t be able to use the building for services until the 20th of this month, but we are excited to hopefully be holding regular services by the end of this month or the beginning of next month. Our flyers and tracts are done being designed and are now being printed. Our next immediate material needs for this church plant are: (1) Door—the location is a new store-front and we have to install the glass door; (2) Chairs—we need 30-50 chairs or stools; (3) Signage—we have two signs above the location that we can use for church advertisement.

Spiritually, we need you to pray for the following: (1) Family—our church planting team consists of the Lord and my family of seven. Pray that we can stay unified in the Lord as we enter this stage of spiritual warfare. Pray for the health of our family. (2) Evangelism—Lord willing, I will be spending a lot of time out inviting people and trying to share the gospel with the local people. Pray for boldness and for hearts to be prepared and Holy Ghost conviction as the gospel is spread forth. We can do nothing without the Lord. It is His church. (3) Language—pray for clarity in the language as I preach, my wife teaches and as we share the Word of God in the Chinese language. (4) Men—our goal is to train young men for the ministry, thus pray that God will give us a harvest of young men who are willing to be trained up in the Lord and serve Him full-time. (5) God’s Glory—pray with us that in all things we will glorify God and that the planting of this church will give God more glory as lost sinners turn from their wicked ways to saving-faith in Him through Jesus.

Prayer Requests & Praises | Finished Setup Debt Free, Visas and Residence

  • Praise! Special Need Update: The Lord answered our prayers and by the end of last month, we were setup with the necessities and debt free! All of our expenses since leaving America, landing in China and then our unexpected relocation to Taiwan has been paid for. Thank you for your sacrificial, generous, and joyful giving. We can truly say, “Where God guides, He provides!”
  • Continue to pray for our missionary visas and residence to get approved here in Taiwan. The process is a lot more cumbersome than I thought at first. We will be taking a visa run this week to South Korea and seeing about taking the next step towards in this process.

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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