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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

Believers Give The Amount They Decide

  • Devotional: In the Old Testament, people were supposed to give a tithe of ten percent to the tabernacle. They had a set amount that they were supposed to give. In the New Testament, God says that we are not under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14b). God doesn’t give New Testament believers a set amount that they are supposed to give. However, out of our love for God and the cheerfulness of our heart we are to give the amount that we think would be the best. 2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us how we are to give. It 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.” God lets us decide how much we are to give, but we are to have the right God glorifying motivation when we give.
  • Prayer: Dear Father God, Help give us wisdom to know how much to give. Help us not to give as little as possible, but help us to give as much as we can to you. Whatever amount we decide to give help us to give it cheerfully to you. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Church Allows People To Worship Freely

  • Devotional: God wants people in the local church to be willingly involved in giving. People are never supposed to be forced to give. The church is not a business. It is not authorized to charge money nor is its goal to make the best profit. God wants people to give out of worship and love to Him not because they are forced to. Jesus has never liked people being forced to pay money in order to worship God. Matthew 21:12-13 says, “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” We worship God without charge, but we give out of love.
  • Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for freely giving to us many things. Thank you for the free gift of salvation. Thank you for the many blessings we receive each day that we don’t deserve. God help us as a church to never take advantage or your goodness and force people to give. When we meet together, help us to give out of love. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Giving Is Part Of The Activity Of A Church

  • Devotional: A healthy local church is made up of people that are involved in giving. They give to take care of the church expenses and pay the leadership. They give to help other believers in need and support people taking the gospel around the world. From the early beginnings of the church people were involved in giving. Acts 2:44-45 says, “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” One of the things that makes a New Testament church healthy is that it is a church where people are regularly involved in giving.  
  • Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help us as a church to be a giving church. Help us to think about ways that we can give and be a blessing to others around us. Help us to not be too protective of our money but to be willing to give it to You for Your purposes. Thank you for blessing us with the money to be able to give and help us to be generous with it. We pray this in the name of Jesus, amen. 

God’s Love Motivates Us To Give

  • Devotional: God loved us when we were unlovable. When He came and gave His life for us, we were in complete rebellion against Him. He gave up everything for us. This was an act of amazing love. Believers are people who have realized what God has done for us and have accepted this amazing gift of love. The love God has shown us motivates us to love others in the same way that we have been loved by God. 1 John 3:17 says, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” If someone has truly experienced the love of God, they will want to give to meet the needs of others just like God gave the best He had to meet our need of salvation. We give to express the love of God in our hearts.
  • Prayer: Dear Father God, thank you for the amazing love you showed to us on the cross. God, thank you for giving up everything for us. God help us to love, be givers and show to the world around us Your amazing love. We ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.

June 2019 Prayer Letter

Dear Pastors, Partners & Praying Friends,

In our August 2018 prayer letter I reported that “I was able to meet a Chinese man who was participating in an ESL class at our home church and started studying the Bible with him in Chinese. Please pray for his salvation.” Once I started traveling full time, I turned the Bible study over to my friend who is training to be a missionary to China and already speaks Chinese. Since then, that Chinese man has trusted Christ and I was able to be there to see him get baptized on Easter morning this past April. Praise the Lord for answered prayer.

Special Projects and Needs” Update – Will you consider partnering with us to see the need of this new church plant and the cost of our reentry funded? (All tax-deductible gifts of any amount can be given online or sent to Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009 with a note in the memo.)

  • 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.

Praises, Prayer Requests, Updates and Announcements:

  • New Support Update: We continued to see new support sent in this month as our initial target amount materializes. We praise the Lord for this continued increased in monthly support and we are aiming for the next target amount of our support! We are hoping to raise as much of this as we can before our return later this year, Lord willing.
  • Furlough Travels: Sine our last prayer letter, we had meetings in: KS, WI, TN, SC, GA, FL and OH. We also enjoyed our time of learning, encouragement, and teaching at the Vision Baptist Missions Orientation in North Carolina.

Thank you! 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