It’s that time of year again. The Lord has blessed us through you in so many ways. The children’s song tells us to count your blessings one by one.
Blessing number one: The year began with Jami’s surgery. Praise the Lord through this time you all prayed her to health. We were very grateful for the support from Graceway. They provided our very own home health provider Stacy Blahnik. A lot of people made sacrifices for this to happen including her family and we are grateful for the testimony of Christ in their selfless giving.
Blessing number two: We connected with a Church in Nan Tou. Pastor Wang and Deacon Chen took on the responsibility to lead a Directions group in their local church. This Church is on track, and has the vision of preparing people to prepare people. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in their like-mindedness.
Blessing number three: Sunday Night Outreach birthing small groups. Though this outreach has been up and running for a few years, it continues to amaze me how the Lord uses these to initiate new Directions groups. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in their commitment.
Blessing number four: Lu Gang Baptist Church small groups: This relationship was built through a connection from the Sunday Night Outreach. The door was open to go in and help them during a time without leadership. They continue to persevere even during times of attack. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in their faithfulness.
Blessing number five: Abiding fruit: This year we have seen the Lord working in those who have come under our sphere of Ministry in the Past. Starting with Yuan Lin Small group through the leadership of Jerald, to Candy visiting the mainland and introducing the Discipleship ministry to unknown church, and seeing Raymond return to Taichung to be an important part of our ministry as well as working with a new church start. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in their running the race.
Blessing number six: New Pastoral connections: The Lord has opened door for future Pastoral relationships. I personally look forward to see how your family interacts with new relationships in the future. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in His provided open doors.
Blessing number seven: American Life Camp 2014: The Lord continues to allow us to present the gospel to students from NUTC on a yearly basis. But more importantly, it is through participating churches such as Cornerstone and Pastor Duane that the real work is being done. Pastors and church members come and truly see the need and better understanding the work that needs to be completed. They come and do the work for us, allowing Christ to shine through their participation in the camps. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in their participation.
Blessing number eight: Fellowship with our home family: We were allowed to come home and connect with supporting churches through a summer camp. The camp sponsored by two of our supporting churches (Midtown and Harvest) was a great time to be recharged and loved only in a way the Word of God can do through believers. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in all the individuals we worshiped with, met with and prayed with.
Blessing number nine: Tan Zi New Church Start: The Lord has allowed us this year to be knit together with Pastor Zhong and leaders of his new work which have allowed us personally to grow in our understanding of the field we are in. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in the fellowship of believers here in Taiwan.
Blessing number ten: Community connections: The Lord has created connections with the community we are in by allowing us to offer our abilities. Teaching English is an awesome way to reach those who may never have the opportunity to hear the gospel. From local Junior Highs and City Senior highs to area community centers, the Lord continues to enlarge our exposure to the city of Taichung. We are grateful for the testimony in Christ in providing venues of gospel presentation.
Blessing number eleven: Our support TEAM and its leaders: Jim and Jackie have had our back for some time now. For all of those who pray for the blessing we receive. You know who you are. We are thankful for your effort and the behind the scenes work you do. We are grateful for the testimony in Christ that is reflected through you.
Blessing number twelve: Our Daughter Abbey: It is a lot to ask your children to grow up in a country different from their own. Abbey is a bright light in a dark world. She has had the right attitude and is doing very well. We are grateful for the testimony in Christ in a child who is our friend.
We are blessed by all of you: We cannot complete the plan God has for our lives here in Taiwan without all of you. We are grateful for the testimony of Christ in you for being coworkers and fellow laborers in Him.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year:
May the Lord Bless you as he has blessed us.
The Heckmans, Jami, Abbey and Marc.