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December 2020 Update

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<<First Name>>, thank you for your continued prayers and support in the mission!

  • Fundraiser Goal Achieved: Thanks to God’s goodness and your generosity we have reached our Foundations Fundraiser goal of $5K for helping us get established long-term in Taiwan. Through your joyful giving, we were able to purchase a used vehicle and all the furniture we needed for our home in Taiwan. 2020 has been an unpredictable year, but one thing is certain, our God reigns supremely. No matter what the new year brings, our God is trustworthy and praiseworthy—God works for His glory and our best good in Christ Jesus. Praise Him!
  • Pray for Our New Contacts: This month we met Aaron and Debbie (the Taiwanese commonly choose English names for themselves). Each person we meet have varying levels of English-speaking proficiency. It is difficult to have deeper conversations in English with most people, reminding us of the importance of learning Mandarin to reach them. Nonetheless, I did not hesitate to share the gospel in English with Aaron in our home. Please pray for the gospel seeds planted.
  • New Year Goals
    • 1) Reach Functional Fluency in Two Years—We do not and cannot expect the Taiwanese to learn English. It is our duty and delight as God’s ambassadors to spend years to master Mandarin in order to reach and teach the Taiwanese. Therefore, Natasha and I both have set aside ample time for the important endeavor of language learning, and it is our goal to reach functional fluency in the next two years so that we can begin holding regular Bible studies in Chinese.
    • 2) Share a Meal; Share the Gospel—Although we face the challenge of the language barrier on a daily basis, we actively search out English-speaking Taiwanese people to share a meal and the gospel with them. Finding someone who can speak English is challenging. Please pray God will give us weekly gospel/discipleship opportunities.
    • 3) Create Biblical Chinese Resources—Throughout the new year it is my goal to create and translate biblical Chinese resources we can use for sharing Christ with strangers and deepening discipleship relations.
    • 4) Complete MA Degree—I am only three to four classes away from finishing my MA in biblical and theological studies. I am on track to finish by the end of 2021-22. Currently, I am enrolled in a new class this coming Spring.
• Prayer Points 
  • Pray for God to bring many gospel-sharing opportunities in our lives as we diligent seek them out.
  • Pray for power of the Spirit in our English presentation of the gospel with those we come into contact with and reach through evangelistic efforts
  • Pray for grace, mindfulness, and endurance for the difficulties and delights of language studies ahead of us.
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