August 2020 Prayer Letter

Stories of God at Work | Victory Summer Camp

Several months ago, another missionary in Taiwan gave us the idea of running a summer day camp. We learned from how they did things and then made our plans. We started promoting the camp and getting some interest. By the time camp was ready, 20 kids had signed up (almost all from the new location)! Over the next five days, from 9-3, we hosted those kids at the church and taught them the truths of God’s Word! Of course, they made some crafts, learned some English, and played outside, but the essential time throughout each day was communicating God’s Word to them, some whom I imagine had never heard before. The following Sunday, we had “Camp Sunday,” and there was 49 in attendance with 24 of those being first-time visitors. Thus, not only did the campers have an opportunity to hear the gospel, many of their parents were able to hear it as well!

Visa Furlough | In The USA, Waiting For Visas

Praise the Lord—we were able to turn in everything needed, thus far, for our visa applications, and our entire family has safely returned to the USA. They told us the application process takes 6-8 weeks. Once our visas are approved, Lord willing, we will return to the field as soon as possible. Please pray for a smooth, efficient, quick, and successful process. Also, thank you to everyone who has made our unexpected return to the States much more comfortable with taking/picking us up from the airport, providing a place for us to stay, loaning us a vehicle to use, and so much more. May the Lord bless you greatly for serving His servant.

Church Plant Update | Our Church Plant Is Five Months Old

Last month, we successfully moved Victory Baptist Church to Luzhu District in Taoyuan City. The Lord blessed as we took this step of faith, and our average attendance was higher in our new location than any of the previous months—averaging around 22 on Sunday mornings (including our family) in July. Also, over the past five months, we have had a total of 79 visitors. Pray for the salvation of the lost!

After having such a great month of growth and ministry, we were saddened to have to leave because of our current visa situation and the COVID-19 restrictions. Another missionary family has graciously agreed to lead the church in our absence, and many preachers are lined up to go and challenge this young church plant. We are also excited about those attending, taking on more responsibilities. Please keep praying for continued growth and edification—all for the glory of God!

Prayer Requests & Praises | New Church Plant, Vision For China

  • Please continue to pray for the churches in mainland China. One of the Chinese pastors is looking to start a new church plant, Joy Baptist Church. Pray for wisdom as he goes forward with the church plant amid COVID-19 restrictions and the ongoing persecution.
  • Pray for our Vision For China team. Over the last year, we have lost some missionary families (for various reasons) but also have recently gained a new family—praise the Lord! The harvest is great, but the laborers are few. With COVID-19 and the current political turmoil with China, it seems the door is slammed shut for a season—but at the same time, it could open at any moment. We need to be ready with laborers ready to go when the opportunity to “go in” is available again. At the same time, there is a great need and open door in Taiwan—an island of 23 million souls filled with idol worship—they need to be told the knowledge of the true God! Who will go? Will you? Pray about it.

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 Him, and to make Him known!

In His Joyful Service,

Mark

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