WINTER 2018/19, A NEW HOPE
The beginning of the year brings many people hope as they consider what potential lies before them in the coming year. People look behind and review, while others look forward and set new goals for the coming year. We are excited to end 2018 on a high note in Xinzhuang as the church officially organizes as Hope Baptist Church. God is blessing with now 18 members and 2 new ones planning to join through baptism in the coming weeks.
We have also started the new year off with a series entitled “New.” Corey has continued expanding his mandarin ability and has helped preach several topics in all Chinese on Sunday mornings. We praise God for giving us the wisdom and ability to learn such a difficult language. Please continue to pray with us as both Jessica and Corey continue in language training.
Taiwan begins their lunar new year on February 5th, and this gives us an opportunity to talk to many during our February Community Project about the incredible connection between the Chinese traditional new year’s greeting and the story of the Passover from Exodus. We have prepared several booklets that outline the story and give a clear gospel message. Please pray for the people of Taiwan that their eyes would be opened to find the hope of Jesus this new year!
FRIENDS AND JESUS
God continues to give our family opportunities to meet new people, make new friends, and connect new families to the message of Christ. Recently, God has brought our daughter two new friends and our family another opportunity to share the gospel. Sometimes as a foreigner who speaks little Chinese, our daughter has a hard time making lasting friendships, so we thank God for this double blessing! Please pray for Maggie, Ray-Ray, and the Li family to know Jesus as Lord.