Thankfulness: Thankfulness grows from thoughtfulness. When we pause to think upon all that has been richly afforded to us by faith in Christ alone, there is no shortage of praise to our merciful Divine Giver. When our lives are measured not by the collection of frivolities, but by the continuation of faith, then we are rich indeed. Puritan writer, Jeremiah Burroughs, once said, “The reason why you have not got contentment in the things of the world is not because you have not got enough of them…but the reason is: because they are not things proportionate to that immortal soul of yours that is capable of God himself.” May you seek and find Christ as your all-in-all this holiday season.
Family: Our two boys (Audrik and Noam) are doing well here in Taiwan. Noam will turn two (2) years old next month. We are grateful to parent them and teach them in Christ. Will you pray for their wellbeing and growth in faith as missionary kids?
Hosting & Sowing: Our goal during these Chinese-learning days is to cultivate numerous gospel conversations through hosting and befriending people we can communicate with in our community and city. We are grateful for the opportunities to host people in our home or meet people throughout the city. To the Taiwanese, the gospel of grace in Christ alone is a very foreign concept, so genuine repentance and acceptance of Christ by faith is generally a slow process. On the other hand, some may eagerly embrace the promise of “Christian” prosperity, but like the parable of the sower: the life of the gospel seed is trampled, devoured, or choked away (Lk. 8:4–7) for different reasons.
Hope of the Gospel: We will keep spreading the good news of the gospel knowing that our labors are never in vain for the Lord. We have faith that the power of the gospel is greater, and ultimately Christ will prevail. We place our hope in the security of grace and the power of the Spirit to work through our witnesses as salt and light in this spiritually dark place of the world.