April 2021 Prayer Letter

Stories of God at Work | Baptisms and Partnering With Others

  • Baptisms in Taiwan and China: In our February prayer letter, we reported that during the Winter Day Camp, three children made professions of faith. Two of those three children, who still come to church regularly, were baptized on Easter Sunday. The father of each child taught them what baptism was and helped prepare them for it. Amen! Also, I heard from one of the churches in Dalian, China, that they had three adults baptized on the same day. Please continue praying for these new believers as they grow in the Lord. Also, pray for the salvation of the mom of the daughter who was baptized—the dad was baptized in December, but the mom isn’t saved and comes to church very little.
  • Partnering with a New Church Plant in Kaohsiung: During a Sunday morning and evening services in March, we enjoyed having a Taiwanese pastor, Sam, and his family visit and speak for us. He and his family have been sent out to start a new church plant, and our church plant in Taoyuan has the privilege to financially and prayerfully partner with them. This family was trained by our teammates in Kaohsiung, John and Alisha Walz—who have done an excellent job at preparing them and others for the ministry. Pray for Sam and all involved in planting Second Mile Baptist Church.

Victory Building Fund Update  | Over 12% Of Needed Funds Provided

There has been consistent giving towards the Victory Building Fund, and it is has grown to $30,736 already! Please continue praying for the Lord to provide the remaining $219,264 for this fund and that the Lord would lead us to the right piece of property or building to purchase. If you want to get financially involved in this church building fund, you can give it online, www.TaiwanMinistry.org, or by sending a check to Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009, with a note in the memo: “Tolson – Victory Building Fund.”

China Pastor’s Fund | Being A Bridge of Help and Hope

Currently, many missionaries still can’t enter China, but we can help the Chinese pastors who have boots on the ground to further the gospel in China by giving and praying! The China Pastor’s Fund is an opportunity to directly support Chinese pastors (or pastors in training) by helping them rent a building for their church location. This allows the local church pastor in China to have a rent-free place as if they had a paid-for building. Over time, as the church grows and matures, the goal would be to have the local congregation support their pastor full-time and pay for their own rent/church building. With China’s current situation, we know this could be a long way off; thus, we want to be a bridge of help and hope. A secondary goal is to help these pastors with any other church planting expenses or temporary support that might be needed. We hope to raise $3,000 a month for this need and have already raised 70% of that. Thus, we are looking to raise the final 30% or about $900 monthly. Note that 100% of your financial gifts given towards this fund are used for the ministry in China (and not for us). If you would like to help alleviate some of the financial stress of being a pastor in Communist China, you can visit www.ChinaMinistry.org/china-pastors-fund or send all donations to Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009, with a note in the memo: “China Pastors Fund.”

We labor abundantly by the grace of God and for His glory—for the One who loves us more than we ever dreamed, even though we are more sinful than we ever imagined. Furthermore, we don’t travel on this amazing journey without the help of God’s people. Thank you for giving, praying, following, serving, and being a part of our “China Ministry” team. We are especially fond of you! Let us continue pressing forward toward the mark and keep fighting the good fight. May we strive every day to know Jesus, be happy in Him, and make Him known!

In His Joyful Service,

Mark 

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