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March 2021 Update

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

The pious Taiwanese burn 220,000 tons of joss paper (ghost/spirit money) every year to venerate deities & honor/worship their ancestors.That’s equivalent to 150 blue whales or 12 football fields full of paper! This paper-burning ritual is a regular, bimonthly occurrence in Taiwan. It is estimated that the Taiwanese temples generate $400M annually selling joss paper for their deities and the dead.

1/2 Year in Taiwan

We have been in Taiwan for almost six months now! Thanks to your generous giving, we are able to commit ourselves fully to do gospel work here in Taichung, a city of 2.8 million souls in need of a Savior. At this early stage of our ministry, Natasha and I are learning Mandarin Chinese six days a week. Our goal is to reach fluency in the next two to three years at which time we will plant our first church and begin holding regular Chinese worship services. Over the next couple of decades, it is our vision to plant multiple gospel-preaching churches and train national pastors.

Practice Makes...

We are putting our language studies into real-life practice as we strive to meet new people in our community. There is still a challenging language barrier, but that does not stop us from trying. By God’s grace, our clumsy attempts at speaking Chinese are bearing gospel fruit as we invite new friends into our home or meetup with them in the city in hopes to foster gospel conversations. We view every connection as a gospel opportunity even if we can’t fully communicate in Chinese yet.

We had one such opportunity recently. Our oldest son made a new Taiwanese friend. We invited his friend and parents to celebrate his birthday with us at the park. Although we cannot communicate without misunderstandings or relying on Google translate, both the parents were eager to talk with us in Chinese as our sons played together. These interactions motivate us to become more fluent in Chinese so we can share Christ!

Family Life as Witness

We are mindful that our family life speaks as a living-witness to the grace of God and the power of the gospel. Our Christian interaction with each other and love for one another is a powerful, universal language that speaks volumes to the lost. We are also very mindful that we are underserving sinners who fall utterly short of God’s righteous standard, but that is the beauty of it—for we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus and he will never cease working on you and me. Thank you for making this Great Commission work possible in Taiwan by supporting missionaries like us.

 

• Prayer Points 
  • Pray for those we have invited to a Chinese-speaking church we attend about 30 minutes away from our home to come with us, hear the gospel, and receive Christ as Savior.
  • Pray for endurance as we diligently labor in language studies each day.
  • Pray for boldness and power as we share Christ with everyone we can.
  • Pray for protection from the Satan and his legions who seek our destruction.
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