March 2020 Prayer Letter

Stories of God at Work  | Three “Graces” From The Lord

Last month I reported about the work in China and the struggles they were having due to the Wuhan Coronavirus—mainly the inability to meet together for church services because of the different housing complexes being quarantined—meaning they only allow you to enter the area if you live there. But this didn’t stop them from hosting prayer meetings and services via the internet. This month I want to report on three “graces” that the Lord gave Charles, the Chinese pastor leading Grace Baptist Church in Dalian, China. First, he and his wife were able to teach more than 20 families through 3 different groups via the internet on WeChat about marriage and family. It was a mix of unbelievers and believers all who were “self-quarantining” at their own houses because of the virus outbreak. Speaking about this, he said, “I hope they can believe in Jesus through this and glorify God in their marriage. I hope China can have many Christian families and more people to be saved.” Second, his father recently believed in Jesus after being witnessed to for around 26 years. When he heard the news, he said, “I couldn’t stop crying. I especially thanked the Lord, I know that the Lord heard our prayers.” Third, even though the Chinese believers haven’t been able to meet together physically, many of them were still faithful in their tithes and offerings over this past month through online giving.

New Church Plant Update | First Service: Sunday, March 1st, 2020

By the end of last month, we completed the following: the glass door on the store front was installed; all the chairs were purchased and delivered; our signs and banners were designed and installed; Bibles were purchased; songbooks, tracts, invitations, flyers, etc, were all printed and ready; around one-thousand invitations were distributed and we sent invites out through social media and different internet websites.  Thus, on Sunday March 1st, we had the first service of Victory Baptist Church, New Taipei City, Taiwan at 10:30 AM. We had two Taiwanese visitors who were both unbelievers and a missionary friend show up. Sunday evening at 7:00 we had our second service and we had a family of four attend, who also were all unbelievers. Praise the Lord I was given liberty to preach the gospel at both services. Pray for the salvation of these six Taiwanese souls! This soft launch of the church plant means that we are starting regular services three times a week. We are excited about seeing many souls reached with the gospel and many churches planted here in Taiwan. We can’t wait to lead our first soul to the Lord here in Taiwan. Please be praying as we are giving the gospel out!

Prayer Requests & Praises | Five Special Requests, Visa Run To South Korea

  • Please continue to pray for the five prayer request mentioned last month: Family—to stay unified in the Lord and health; Evangelism—for boldness, for hearts to be prepared and for Holy Ghost conviction; Language—clarity in the language as we teach the Word of God in the Chinese language; Men—a harvest of young men who are willing to be trained up in the Lord and serve Him full-time; Glory—that in all things we will glorify God.
  • Praise the Lord for a safe trip to and from Seoul, South Korea last month for a visa run. Also, while we were there, we were able to get more answers about our missionary visas and residence at the Taipei Mission in Korea. We still have some more paperwork we need to gather and authenticate before we can officially apply. Please keep praying that we can finish and be approved quickly.

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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