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August 2019 Prayer Letter

Stories of God at Work | Souls Saved in China and America

I received a text message from the pastor in China that translates: “Tonight we visited the house of a church member to share the gospel with her mother. We shared the gospel several times. She believed tonight!” Praise the Lord! It encourages my heart to see them winning souls. And as they are winning souls there, we are winning them here in America while we are on furlough. Last month, a friend asked me to go out soul winning with him. That afternoon we went out and started knocking on doors in a complex near the church. At one of the doors that opened, a young black woman thought she was headed to heaven simply because she was a good person. I asked if we could share with her what the Bible said about that. She agreed and we were able to preach Christ unto her. At the end of the conversation, she professed Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. Praise God for saving souls!

Special Projects and Needs Update | 25% of Our Goal Reached

We have raised about $4,000 of the $10,000 needed in our Church Planting Fund which covers the following cost: building rent for one year ($7,000); utilities, furniture, materials, misc. ($3,000). We have also raise about $6,000 of the $20,000 needed for our Reentry Setup Fund which covers the following cost: plane tickets for our family of seven ($6,000); housing cost for three months rent plus deposit ($4,000); visas and passport renewal ($2,000); furniture and appliances ($8,000=washer $1,000; refrigerator $800; air conditioners $1,200; deep freezer $500; hot water heater $500; living room furniture $1,500; bedroom furniture $1,000; kids’ beds $1,500). Altogether we have reached 25% of our total goal. Will you consider a one-time love offering of any amount ($100, $250, $500, $1,000, etc.) to help us reach these needs?

Prayer Requests and Praises | Returning to China and Safety in a Car Wreck

  • Lord Willing, we are returning to China on October 28th for our next term. We are at 95% of our target monthly support amount. Pray that the final amount of support comes in and for everything that takes place to transition our lives from “furlough” to “on the field”.
  • Praise the Lord for keeping me safe after hydroplaning on the highway, loosing control into the cable barrier in the median, and then being hit by another car this past month in Paducah, Kentucky during a thunderstorm. Also, since our last prayer letter, we had safe traveling mercies traveling to our meetings in: OH, WV, MO, and GA.
  • Praise for the local missions trip we hosted in Atlanta with Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church.

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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God Gets Much Thanksgiving When We Give

  • Devotional: Giving results in thanksgiving to God. Giving what God has provided for us not only supplies others’ needs, but it also causes others to give God thanksgiving. In Second Corinthians chapter nine we find out that the Corinthian church is giving to an offering for the believers in need in Jerusalem. Second Corinthians 9:12 says, “For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.” This church’s giving not only helped provide for the needs of the believers in Jerusalem, but it also caused many people to give thanksgiving to God. When we give, we not only show forth that we are trusting in God to take care of us through giving, but also we cause others to give God thanksgiving.
  • Prayer: Dear Father God, thank You for giving us the opportunity to give. We want to see You receive thanksgiving. God, help us to give. Help us to thank You, and also cause others to give You thanks. God help us to not focus on ourselves but care about You and Your glory. We pray these things in the name of Jesus, amen.

God Is Pleased When We Give

  • Devotional: Giving is pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 says, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” The word “communicate” in this verse means to share with others. This verse shows us that doing good to others by sharing what we have with them is a sacrifice that is pleasing to God. It brings God pleasure when we give and share with others the blessings that He has given to us. God likes to see us give up our money for others. It is a sacrifice that pleases Him.
  • Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to share with others the money and other blessings that You have given us. Help us to be a blessing to the people around us. Help us to try to do things that please You. Show us how to give and give us opportunities to be a blessing to others. Thank You for Your grace and the salvation You have given us. Thank You for giving us the money to be able to give in the first place. We pray this in the name of Jesus, amen.

God Blesses Us As We Give

  • Devotional: Giving results in blessings from God. When we give, God is faithful to take care of our needs and will bless us in return, spiritually and materially. Luke 6:38a says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom…” As we give to the Lord, He gives blessings back to us. He blesses us with blessings that we don’t deserve. God is not a stingy God. As we give to Him, He abundantly blesses us. As servants of a generous God, we should generously give to Him. He will surprise us with how good He is to us.
  • Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for your goodness to us. You constantly amaze us with how much You bless us. Thank You for how generous You are to us. We don’t deserve the many blessings that You give to us. Help us to be generous givers to You Lord. Help us to want to give abundantly to You. You deserve everything we have. You are so good to us. Thank you God, and we pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.  

Believers Should Give With The Right Heart

  • Devotional: Giving should be willful and cheerful. Second Corinthians 9:7 says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” In this verse, Paul tells the church to give according to what they have decided in their hearts and not grudgingly or of necessity. God does not want us to give with a bad heart. He wants us to give cheerfully to the Lord. God has given us so many wonderful blessings. We should remember all that He has done for us and be willing and happy to give back to Him.
  • Prayer: Dear Father God, You are so amazing and kind to us. Thank You for Your abundant mercy and grace. Thank You for giving us everything that we have. God, help us to be willing to give back to You. Help us to have a cheerful heart when giving to You. Help keep us from being stingy with our money, rather help us to be full of excitement to give to You. In Jesus’ name we pray and ask You to guide and help us, amen.

You Give From The Money God Gives You

  • Devotional: Giving should be according to what you have. First Corinthians 16:2 says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” In this verse Paul tells the believers to give “as God hath prospered” them. So, each person should give a certain amount according to how God has prospered him and within his financial limits. You give from the money that God has given to you. The more God prospers you the more you should joyfully give.
  • Prayer: Father, help us to be good givers who obey your Word. Thank you for the money You have given to us. It is amazing how You always meet our needs and consistently provide us with money. Help us not to be stingy with the money You give us but help us to be willing to give it back to You. God, if You bless us with more money than we currently have, help us to use the extra money to be able to give more to You. We pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

July 2019 Prayer Letter

Dear Pastors, Partners & Praying Friends,

I woke up to several messages from the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in China. He was giving me an update about the situation in China but then he also asked a question. There was another young man who has been showing interest in full time ministry and the Chinese pastor was wondering if he could start training him now or if he needed to wait until I returned to China. Of course, with excitement in heart, I told him to start training him now! Praise the Lord for raising up more young men for ministry. Pray for this young man, whom I have yet to meet, that he will be become a faithful minister of the gospel.

Special Projects and Needs” Update: Will you consider a one-time love offering of any amount ($100, $250, $500, $1,000, etc.) to help us reach these needs? Donations of any amount can be given online, ChinaMinistry.org, or sent to Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009 with a note in the memo. (All donations are tax-deductible.)

  • Church Planting Fund: $8,500 Still Needed; $1,500 Raised
    • Building Rent for one year = $7,000
    • Utilities, Furniture, Materials, Misc. = $1,500 Remaining
  • Reentry Setup Fund: $17,500 Still Needed; $2,500 Raised
    • Plane Tickets for our family of seven = $5,000 Remaining
    • Housing Cost for three months rent plus deposit = $3,000 Remaining
    • Visas and Passport Renewal = $1,500 Remaining
    • Furniture and Appliances = $8,000
      Washer $1,000; Refrigerator $800; Air conditioners $1,200; Deep freezer $500; Hot water heater $500; Living Room furniture $1,500; Bedroom furniture $1,000; Kids’ beds $1,500.

Praises, Prayer Requests, Updates and Announcements:

  • New Support Update: Our monthly support continues to materializes as churches vote to support our ministry and send in for the first time. We are around 94% of our next target amount of support! If you haven’t partnered with us yet, will you prayerfully consider it?
  • Furlough Travels: Sine our last prayer letter, we had meetings in: GA, NV, OH, KY, and TN. We are blessed to establish partnerships with local churches all over the USA.

In His Joyful Service,

Mark


We know that we couldn’t do anything without the help of God’s people. All gifts and love offerings of any amount can be given online, ChinaMinistry.org, or sent to Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009 with a note in the memo. 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!

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Giving Is A Regular Practice

  • Devotional: Giving should be regularly practiced. When Paul told the Corinthian churches to take up offerings to help the believers in Jerusalem, he told them to collect the offerings on the first day of every week. 1 Corinthian 16:2 says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” This verse shows us a pattern of giving regularly. It is an example that we can follow. As we receive regularly, we should give regularly.
  • Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for all the wonderful blessings and kindness that you show us each day. Thank You for the money You bless us with on a regular basis. God help us to be consistent in giving to You. God help us to use our money for You and Your glory. Help us to resist the temptation to use our money for our own purposes and pleasure. Help us to get into the habit of giving regularly to you. We ask these things in the name of Jesus, amen.

Special Giving Opportunity For Summer/Fall 2019

Dear Pastors, Partners & Praying Friends,

What if I told you that a one-time love offering from you would help us return to  China and continue to plant churches, would you consider giving?

The People’s Republic of China plays a crucial role in our world today and their influence is felt  around the globe. China is still the largest country on earth. Its population boasts of 1.4 billion souls. The majority have yet to hear a clear presentation of the gospel. And with a death rate that reaches in the millions every year, there is a desperate need for the gospel there. My question is, “What are you doing about it?” China is in need of church-planting missionaries.

God has called my family and I to plant churches in mainland China. Over the past 8 years we have  learned Mandarin Chinese, became familiar with the Chinese culture and gained ministry, church planting and pastor training experience. We are currently on furlough and are planning to return with a plan to establish more local Baptist Churches. Lord willing, we will be working on the foundation that we have already established in China. 

With the changing political climate of China and the constant threat of persecution, we never know when the door of opportunity will be shut unto us. Our desire is to reach the Chinese people while the opportunity to do so is still available. Lord willing, we are heading back to China this fall and will plant more churches. In preparing for this church plant, we are raising funds for all the cost in starting a new church, as well as, funds for our reentry, such as funds for plane tickets, at least three months rent, and the cost of visas before we return. We are thankful for our partners who support us on a monthly basis and our praying friends, but now we are asking for you to consider a one-time love offering of any amount ($100, $250, $500, $1,000, etc.) to help us reach these needs.

  • Church Planting Fund: $10,000
    • Building Rent for one year = $7,000
    • Utilities, Furniture, Materials, Misc. = $3,000
  • Reentry Setup Fund: $20,000
    • Plane Tickets for our family of seven = $6,000
    • Housings Cost for three months rent plus deposit = $4,000
    • Visas and Passport Renewal = $2,000
    • Furniture and Appliances = $8,000
      Washer $1,000; Refrigerator $800; Air conditioners $1,200; Deep freezer $500; Hot water heater $500; Living Room furniture $1,500; Bedroom furniture $1,000; Kids’ beds $1,500.

The one-time love offering will help us return to China and continue the work the Lord has given us to do. Will you be willing to give a one-time love offering of however much the Lord leads towards our church planting and reentry setup funds? Your one-time gift of will help us, Lord willing, return to China and continue to evangelize the lost, establish many more local baptist churches and equip and train national leaders. Of course, a gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. I pray that you will prayerfully consider partnering with us to see the need of this new church plant and the cost of our reentry funded. Will you be an extra blessing to this ministry with a one-time love offering?

We know that we couldn’t do anything without the help of God’s people. All gifts and love offerings of any amount can be given online, ChinaMinistry.org, or sent to Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009 with a note in the memo. 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