This one simply passed by the spot light. Last Summer, I took over a Bible study being led at SYME on Monday night. Tish was leading this group for almost two years, faithfully. I talked her into allowing me to introduce the Directions study. Three people showed interest. Well, over the past few months, others have joined. Though they are there to study English and are not believers, I know God is working in their hearts, as they participate in the mentoring process in those believers who are present.
Pray for this group, that the lost accept Christ, and the saved are built up.
This church has had its ups and downs. But the Lord has been working behind the scenes preparing hearts and minds. Currently, the original Directions group and another led by the Pastor continue to meet to study through Compass (D2). Our progress has been great. We have a great time, talking through, never heard doctrine, the Pastor weighing in quite often. I always look forward to joining them each week.
Last month I encouraged the members of this group to begin the process of mentoring in their own lives. Before, none of them felt they could do it, but now, they are empowered to engage in the Ministry of reconciliation. So, they announced Directions small groups will be held Sundays after church. Over 25 people signed up, and they divided them into three smaller groups.
Today, I had the opportunity to introduce the study to the church, with the Pastors blessing, answered prayer.
Six of the D2 group members have paired up to lead the three smaller groups. The study, for the most part, was received positively.
Pray for the leaders, as they begin the process of injecting God’s word into peoples lives. Pray for their encouragement, as they begin to meet with less mature believers. Pray for the 25 who signed up. That they will be inspired by the study, and to apply what they learn in their lives.
Over the years, I have had a relationship with Mr. and Mrs Chao and their church. Many years ago, there was an introduction made church wide, but it fizzled out. From this initial start, the Yuan Lin Small group started their own study. Originally, it was led by Jerald Zhu, who passed away several years ago. This group also studied through Discipleship II. Since this time, they have dissolved their small group to lead other small groups in their community. They continue to promote Directions.
Well history is repeating itself again. Today. I met with this couple and we have formulated a plan to reach out to their church body again. Starting in March, we will provide a Directions time, being sensitive to church members needs. We all know, mentoring needs to be done. It is finding the correct method to encourage is key.
So, pray with us for relationships to be established that are conducive to spiritual growth. Pray for us, as we formulate a healthy plan, to build up the believers in their church.
Abbey and I gave Jami a Christmas present. A trip back to the States to see family, friends, and church. She will be there until January 10th. She will be winding her way around the area, so if you see her, say hello.
Pray for her safety and protections. Pray for strengthened relationships with family, friends and church. Pray for her Spiritual Batteries to be recharged.
Steve Calmess stepped up to the plate and took on this NUTC Administration provided opportunity to teach ESL weekly. He has been doing a great job.
He also has a Bible study in an area Nursing School.
Steve and I both have access to the students and will in 2018, provide additional time using Directions to those students who have interest. Between my classes and his outreach to the area, we want to invite believers/seekers to a Bible Culture small group. Also know as a Directions group.
Pray for us as we invite student and prepare times for the coming Spring term. Pray for the Lord to provide those who truly want to know Him and grow in His grace.
This weekend I will travel to Kee Long in the North of Taiwan to preach and present Directions in Joseph Huang (Executive Director) of the Gideon organization here in Taiwan.
Our plan is to present a philosophy of discipleship sermon and introduce the ministry to 20+ church members. Then, I will show them how to use the material.
Pray for open hearts and faithfulness of the church members. Pray for Joseph, he will translate. Pray for me, clarity of speech and sensitivity to the situation.
Today was the last day we met, finishing up the D2 study. It has been over three years of off and on contact with the leaders of this church. Deacon Lin to the left, Pastor Wang and his wife.
They are in plans to start Directions groups in their church.
Pray for them as they begin to find the right methods for their church body. Pray for opportunities for them to start small groups.
Steve Calmes and I attended a weekend camp with many of the students we connect with during the Summer camps. They needed a teacher to participate and we got a weekend camping trip.
Pray as we build relationships with the students at NUTC. Steve now leads an Tuesday ESL time, I teach a few ESL classes, and connect with students as I bump into them. Will be starting a mentoring small group soon.
Pray for continued connect with students. Pray for opportunities to share our Christian faith.
Spoke to Mahesh today and he indicated he will be visiting churches where we have presented the Directions ministry.
Hard to believe almost thirty different locations with well over 1000 participants.
Mahesh and Amrita continue their effort to reaching out to different locations. They are now selling the Directions books at the cost of printing.
Mahesh also continues the effort of translation the D2 manuel. He is close to completing the effort. This is just a part of their ministry in Nepal, and we are blessed to work with them. They continue to identify new locations for workshops, so your participation is needed. Help them reach their country through workshops that you can sponsor.
Pray for their health, and life needs. Pray for their travel safety.
10/13 Pastor Zhong and I made a Directions ministry to Pastor Liu and his wife. We showed them techniques and how to use the material. This week we returned to help him get his first group established.
It consisted of five individuals, Pastor, his wife, and a mother and two daughters. It went well and we will continue to help establish the group over the coming weeks.
Pray for Pastor Liu and his wife to catch the vision through the participants testimony. Allow God to show them the importance of complete assurance in Christ.