December 2020 Prayer Letter

Stories of God at Work | “I hope I Can Be Baptized One Day”

I got a friend request from someone I didn’t know on my Line account (a popular social media app here in Taiwan). I added him, and the man greeted me as “pastor.” I asked him who he was, and he started to tell me that he received our church flyer on his scooter, so he added my account. I asked him how I could help, and he said that he wanted to get baptized. He then told me that he had listened to all of our discipleship material available on Youtube (120 videos). Afterward, he said he realized that the “sprinkling” version of baptism he received two years before wasn’t right. Eventually, he came to church, our men’s group, and I began to study the Bible with him. This 50-year-old divorced Taiwanese man gave his testimony of how he got saved watching a preacher online. He was then directed to an organization that sprinkled him with water and took a bunch of pictures. He was left disenfranchised and starving to be fed spiritual food. Thankfully he found our local church, and we serve up hearty meals of the Word of God that help you grow in spiritual strength, maturity, and health. Please pray for this man as his coldness towards the church is warmed by the love of the body of Christ!

Church Plant Update | The Church Plant Is Nine Months Old

  • Preaching and Teaching: November was our first “full month” back at the church plant. I was able to preach every week and had a blast doing it! During the week, I lead a men’s Bible study, and my wife leads a women’s group. We also have several one-on-one Bible studies throughout the week. God is using His Word to change lives, and we praise Him for it!
  • Spiritual Maturity: Some saved recently are hoping their work schedules can change soon as they learn to adjust their culture to fit a life of following Christ and all that it entails, including the importance of church attendance. Pray for these young believers who learn what it means to follow Christ (some with opposition from family).
  • Outreach Activities: Since our return, we have been planning different activities. In October, we had a “Family Fall Festival” and had several visitors from the community. In November, we shared a “Thanksgiving Meal,” and even though it didn’t draw in people from the community, it was a great time of fellowship with our church family. In December, we are planning several Christmas related outreach activities. Please pray that we can use this as a means to reach more with the gospel.
  • Another Soul Saved: Praise the Lord at the beginning of last month, I was able to lead a young Malaysian man to the Lord. Pray for Him as he grows in the Lord!

Victory Building Fund Update  | Will You Be an Extra Blessing to This Church?

Last month we launched a special giving opportunity for the “Taiwan Building Fund for Victory Baptist Church.” We are seeing supporters and churches get involved in this project, and at the writing of this prayer letter, we have already raised $7,620 of our needed funds. Praise the Lord! This past month, the church paid all of its bills and gave another $527 to their building fund. We are still far off from our goal, but we are excited about the momentum we already have in just two months! Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us to see the need for this new church building funded? All donations of any amount can be given online, www.TaiwanMinistry.org, or sent to Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009, with a note in the memo: “Tolson – Victory Building Fund.”

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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