I made the trip to Kee Long today. I met Joseph Huang and his wife when I arrived. Remember, he is the Gideon Director of Taiwan/Asia. I was immediately introduce to the leader of the Church. I found out that the church does not have a Pastor, but several individuals lead.
I explained to the leadership my approach. I would preach a message on the Ministry of Reconciliation, then encourage them to attend a fellowship meeting afterwards for a Directions Introduction.
During the preaching time, Joseph translated for me, and we made it a interactive type service, encouraging them to write down the definition of the Gospel. At the end of the service, I had them all share their definitions. It became apparent that there was a need for Discipleship in the church.
We had a good turnout for the introduction. Those who attended received a free Directions translation. I showed them the format of the book and how easy it was to use for mentoring. We then started the study, allowing each individual to help.
They came to the conclusion they wanted to continue. I will make a trip up there once or twice a month, to help get them started.
Pray for this new start. They have the heart, but lack a good tool to mentor with. Pray for their commitment, there were several couples who really had a lot of interest.
Pastor Zhong and I have begun to work together more and more. We spend time on Tuesday, preparing what we call D3, How to prepare a sermon, based on some Shepherd school material. We will use this study to help prepare some of his church members after they finish D2. Also, we work together in the Taichung Prison. Preparing Discipleship studies for the inmates.
Often, Pastor Zhong returns to his home town Ping Dong, in the South. Recently in Ping Dong, he has had some interest in the Discipleship material and how to administer it. He indicated to me that he will visit next week to establish three new Discipleship groups. I have told him, I can help. So we decided to make this a joint effort, sharing the responsibility of establishing the ministry.
Pray for him, as he presents the ministry next week, that he would clearly explain the need. Pray for those who attend, to realize their need to prepare for others to grow in Christ.
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.
Abbey has been part of the Girls Basketball team in her High-school. With all the pressure of Language, Science, Math and Chemistry, she finds time to participate.
We are proud of our daughter. She is accomplishing the (unheard of) in Taiwanese culture. A Western foreigner coming through the Taiwanese Public School system and graduating.
Pray for her as she balances many different hats, including the participation in the mentoring of her close friend Alley.
This group has been independent for quite some time. They are about ready to finish the 14th lesson. Joseph, the Asian district leader was not their today, but in a prior discussion, he has indicated they want to take the next step, D2.
They have had some new employees join the team, and I am personally getting the started.
If you remember, these individuals represent many different churches in the Taichung area. They also visit many during the year. Remember, this is an investment for the future.
Pray for their faithfulness and their willingness to share the ministry with other church leaders as they have opportunity.
While in Kathmandu, we caught up with Simon. Jami spoke a little about him in our 10/10 Nepal Family Update.
Back in October of 2016, Steven Calmes went a day earlier than I and did a workshop in Pastor Simon Poudel’s church. That day there were 10 people present.
Simon indicated to me, that in his church, he continues to lead his church group of about seven people through the study. He also mentioned to me, since 2016, he has start two other groups. They are sister churches of his. One group has 9 individuals and the other has 11.
He mentioned he needed 30 additional books so I agreed to purchase half for him. He said he would purchase the other 15.
He also indicated he wanted to return to the foothills of Mtn Everest for a Directions workshop. Again, we need your help in this area. As we receive monies to reach these areas, we schedule trips over a week to ten days to visit. We cover our own costs, and use the money to buys books, pencils, erasers, and provide a meal.
Pray for Simon as he continues to implement the ministry in his sphere of influence. Pray for more support for additional trips.
I received this update from Dinesh from the Western Region of Nepal back in September. He has one man Pastor Prem who introduces and helps churches associated with his mentoring ministry. They are taking the fight to their own people.
He writes: Dear brother Marc
Pastor Prem did a good job. I handover 100 Direction book to him. He did Direction training to the 15 Pastors in Nepalgunj City Pastors Fellowship. He is planning to introduce Direction to the Banke Youth Fellowship next month.
We want to bring TCT in Bardiya, Kailali and Surkhet district. If possible, we will bring TCT to Jumla and Humal, Mountain District of Mid-western region. We need to fly.
We need your help in this area. As we receive monies to reach these areas, we schedule trips over a week to ten days to visit.
Pray for my health. I am suffering from Bronchitis Asthma and back pain. First pat to u 9 Understanding your Bible and send you this Sunday.
Earlier this year we had planned to make a trip to Nepal as a family. We had to cancel due to some Passport issues.
Well from 10/06-10/10 our family made the trip. We spent time with our hosts and their family members.
From left to right: Mahesh’s son , Mahesh, the taxi driver, Jami, Abbey, Amrita and Rati, Mahesh’s wife.
Jami immediately connected with all of them in ways I could never. She shares the following:
Our Trip to Nepal was an eye opener….
As we were preparing for our trip to Nepal I took a moment and asked God What is the purpose of this trip? I also asked what do you want Me to do? I kept thinking … Marc already has so many connections and established friendships… Would I feel left out or disconnected.. I worried..So I started this dialogue with God..I asked him to help me to get out of His way…And to be used by him in any way he wanted to use me.
From the day we arrived to the day we left I felt like God knitted hearts together for future ministry opportunities. I even felt sad to leave me new friends behind.
I want to share one story from the trip
The last morning we were in Nepal we had a chance to have breakfast with a sweet couple that recently lost a baby.
Sometimes when we are in situations where we dont know how to help someone cope in situations like these…,”We listen”…And ” Be with ” and God gives us the right words to say. I’m so thankful for being sensitive to the holy spirits leading. God taught me so many things through this trip, actually I’m still recalling things he taught me. Letter from Jami’s perspective.
Pray for these individuals. We often bring them up in Prayer for ministry, we need not to forget to bring them up in our intercessory Prayer time.
As we receive more and more translations of the Directions material, we will incorporate them into the IPhone/Android App. The reason for such an App is simple. Pretty much everywhere I have visited, everyone has access to the Net through their phones. The App is free and provides all necessary information, including Bible verses and the ability to record answers on your phone.
To the left, is a report of the Chinese IPhone app download statistics. As you already know, or should know, Android downloads are not available in Mainland China. Since its inception, over 5000 in China alone, have been downloaded. We have many like-minded individuals, who have introduced the the mentoring ministry using Directions.
Pray for this App to be supplied in many more languages with individuals based in those languages to facilitate.
Well another year has passed. This Fall Jami is helping with the Fall-term at SYME. Nelson and Cheryl are back in the states.
Abbey is starting her first year in Taiwan High school. Her school name is Shin Min High school.
We continue to take the open doors as they present themselves.
From prison small groups to fellowship-wide Discipleship. From one on one encounters groups to working with Pastors, Missionaries and just plain old believers starting new mentoring ministries. From Taiwan to Nepal, simply doing what the Lord has commanded.
Pray for our family, as we continue to connect, and encourage other believers to follow the Great commission.