Sunday night I lead the Small group at Symrna Baptist Church. Steve and I continue to take them through the study.
Tonight, Jane (right, who came to America with us last year) came to help and give a quick update. She is leading 5 people in her church (Taichung Baptist Church) small group through Directions.
Raymond also appears in the picture, go Raymond.
Pray for her discernment and character. She continues to help others with the mentoring process. What a blessing to hear from her. Pray the Lord continues to allow me to work with individuals like her.
Pastor Zhong and I took a 24 hour road trip South to Gao Xiong and Ping Dong. Pastor Zhong and I have partnered up, and I am serving Pastor Zhong in his ongoing effort to start Directions groups within the Aboriginal Community.
Our first stop was Gao Xiong, where we arrived at an Army base. Next to it was the base housing. This is where we meet with a group of three Aboriginals (two men and one women) who already started the study with Pastor Zhong last year. I asked them when they accepted Christ, and two of them said they did last November, when Pastor Zhong started the small group. The third man accepted Christ as his Savior this evening.
Dale Noland, SYME Missionary, met us and joined the group. Dale will continue to attend in the future along with Pastor Zhong and me.
We slept there and woke up to meet with Peter Ozias (first picture), who lives and teaches in Gao Xiong. Peter and His wife are from my church in the States. It was good caught up with him.
We then began to travel over to the Western part of Ping Dong, in the mountains where we had dinner in a restaurant ran by some of Pastor Zhong’s relatives. It was a great lunch. And the view was beautiful.
Later we met with two Elders and one Deacon and gave them an introduction to the Discipleship process. It was an eye opener for them.
Pray for Pastor Zhong and I as we partner to establish these mentoring groups in the South. We already know, once someone has been prepared, they can and are willing to take it to other areas.
We continue our study through Compass(D2). The Pastor and many of the leaders enjoy this time as we learn of Two Kingdoms and expand our understanding of the prophetic view of the Bible. Last month I told you they went church wide with Directions, many of the member of this group are taking 20 or more church members through Directions.
Last year we met with the Youth leaders to help them with a new approach to youth ministry taught by SYME here in Taichung, but we found out they needed a basic foundation rather than trying to start/improve their existing youth Ministry. This is being accomplished. Now we turn again to their youth ministry.
This April, Dale and Anne Marie, SYME Missionaries, will begin the process of helping the Peter and Albee train young leaders in a new fun way of doing youth ministry. Also, this Summer, they will be part of a team coming from Graceway, to provide a Summer camp to jump start their numbers.
Pray for this church, who have committed to establish a Biblical foundation for their adults, do the same for their youth. Pray for Dale and Anne Marie, as they invest their talents and resources to help them establish a growing youth ministry for the future.
I will be visiting this Church today to answer any question the young people may have concerning the Directions process. Today, I will finish a little study called 3/3rds. Just another method for leading the small groups.
Pray for clarity and their ability to absorb the relational aspect of the mentoring process. Pray for their Spiritual growth and ability to reach out to their community. Pray for Pastor Hong and his wife, as they continue to lead these individuals.
Today, Pastor Zhong and I started another half year study group in the Taichung National Prison.
This term, we are using what we have experienced in the past to reach 15 individuals with the Gospel. Though the Amen Group, as it is called is Christian, most of them, about 9, are not Christian, while the remaining are professing Christian, who do not know the Lord.
This term, we will build on relationships as best as the environment allows, and provide a varying study approach, keeping it interesting and spiritually enriching.
Pray for us as we share, that our testimonies will shine out to impact these men. Pray for those who are returning, to help lead.
This term I (Jami) have decided to help at SYME for the Wednesday night directions groups. We know that some of the students need the Lord in their life…
Pray with us that the students in each group and the leaders would grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It has been a long time coming, but we are finally ready to take the Cambodian Directions translation to Cambodia and start introducing the ministry. Through Jason Powers, 20 year Cambodia Missionary, we have been able to plan our first Directions Introduction outreach based in his previously establish Orphanage.
Graceway will be providing a two day Directions introduction conference to 50+ Pastors in Phonom Penn from February 21st through the 22nd. Elisha Katamura, Graceway Outreach Pastor and I will be traveling to Cambodia February 19th through the 24th.
Our purpose is simple. Develop a network of Pastors/Churches over the coming years who have an interest in a mentoring ministry. Also, provide Pastors a tool and methods which will allow them to take Discipleship to every church member.
In the future, we would like to take this same ministry Laos and Vietnam.
Pray for us, the plan is set, vision needs to be established in the hearts and minds of the Pastors. Pray for further opportunities and more trips with Jason in the future.
Tonight we finished the Compass/D2 study. It has been a year coming, but we finally made it to the end. Pastor Zhong has been a close friend and co-worker. It started with almost 15 people, but the final included 5. We also had some neighbors in the picture. Due to work schedules, many were not able to attend the Friday night meeting. Pastor Zhong brought them through the study ass we progressed at different times.
They will come back and review Directions again, with different mentoring methods in mind.
Pray for Pastor Zhong and his church members as they continue the mentoring effort within their church and other places.
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.
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.