COVID-19 | Updates From Taiwan And China Concerning the Coronavirus
The COVID-19 virus has spread around the world and is causing interruption to “normal life” in every place it reaches. This is an unusual time in our world. We are unfamiliar with this type of pandemic. We are uncertain about what is going to happen. Everyone is dealing with unexpected situations. Governments are taking unprecedented actions. The future is filled with unknowns. But as believers we know that even though we will have tribulation in this world we can set our minds at rest because we know and believe that Jesus has overcome the world! (John 16:33)
Taiwan: WE ARE STILL ON THE FIELD! The island of Taiwan has had little exposure to the COVID-19 virus and with the early adoption of early prevention measures they have been able to keep the virus from spreading in any major way. Thus, we are not on lockdown but able to go about our normal lives but with caution. Temperature checks, face masks, and hand sanitizer is a common part of life now. Our current concern is that Taiwan has barred entry of “foreign nationals” to keep combating the virus from coming into the island. This includes American citizens. We currently are allowed to stay until mid June before we need to make another visa run. But with the current regulations in place, and if they don’t change by then, we will not be allowed to re-enter and we won’t have a choice but to return to the USA until the ban is lifted. Obviously this in not what we are wanting or hoping for, but we know all is in the Lord’s hands. Please pray for this ban to be lifted or for a way to process our visas.
China: The situation in China is continuing to improve as they slowly open back up after being on lockdown for such a long time. Many of the local churches are still unable to assemble physically, apart from those who live in the same complex as the meeting location, thus they are continuing to host online services with those who can’t assemble. Also, I have started meeting with the churches online every other week to preach to them and try to encourage them through this difficult time.
Stories of God at Work | China: Face Masks and Gospel Tracts
Last month we put out a need on social media for face masks to be sent to the believers in China so they could have them for their personal protection but also so they could give them out to the community and use it as an opportunity to preach the gospel to them. Many of our friends, family and supporters responded to the need and mailed face masks directly to China. The believers there want me to tell you, “Thank you for loving us. May God bless you.” Then I started receiving updates of them hitting the streets and going to houses with face mask and tracts in hand preaching the gospel. Praise the Lord, one lady received Christ so far! Keep praying for their bold witness in mainland China!
New Church Plant Update | Our Church Plant Is One Month Old
We have now completed the first month of our church plant in this unusual time. We had over 15 different individuals visit the church. Around 8 of those 15 have come more than once, with a few coming regularly. Because of our current situation (visa and virus), we have been limited to some of the outreach ideas that we have, but Lord willing, we will be able to do them in the future. The church was also blessed financially this month with two special offerings and the normal offerings in the services. We were blown away. Please keep praying for the salvation and discipleship of those coming. Also, be praying as we seek young men to reach and train for ministry.
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,