03/11 Jane Huang (3rd Generation)

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.

 

03/09 Gao Xiong/Ping Dong Directions plants (Update)

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.

03/07 Yuan Lin He Ping Pres. Church (New Connection)

From the original group that started Directions back in 2012, we continue to offer small group participation for members of this local church.

Teacher Yang, currently has a Wednesday Small group consisting of about ten people.  They are almost half way through the study.

Tuesday night this week we started another group above Doctors Office.  The original group consisted of about 15 people and it was a great time for fellowship.  I introduced the Directions study and asked for commitment.  Mr. and Mrs. Chao set up this introduction. 

Doctor Pan is providing the leadership and the place to meet.  All of them have been instrumental in starting groups in their area.

Continue to pray for these opportunities.  More and more people are being empowered to start these groups. 

03/07-08 Gao Xiong/Ping Dong Directions plants (New Opportunity)

Pastor Zhong and I will travel South to start two new Directions groups.  Details are not clear right now, but, it is time to further the ministry outside of the Central part of Taiwan into the South.

Dale Noland will connect with us, and attend one of the groups.

Pray for the initial meetings, that they build interests and commitment.  Open the hearts and minds of those in attendance. 

03/05 Nan Tou Pres. Church (Update D2)

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. 

03/02 Kee Long Shan Hai Church (Update)

I will visit this church tomorrow, to encourage and follow-up on their progress through the Directions study.  I could not visit last month because of the Cambodia trip, so I am making a special trip this weekend.  I will not be preaching, just being part of their local church.

Pray for them as they continue the study, that basic Bible doctrines become clearer.  Pray for the leadership, as they prepare their church to receive new believers and have the ability to mentor them. 

 

03/02 Taipei Shuang He Church (Update)

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.

02/27 Taichung Prison Tuesday Directions Group (Update)

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. 

 

02/27 Taiwan Wednesday Gideon Organization Office Small Group (Update)

Though today is Tuesday, we had a Gideon Office Small Group get together for a New Years Lunch.  Five of these individuals are about to finish the Directions study.  I think they are ready to start lesson 17.  Three of them I continue to meet with and lead through Lesson 6.

The original group wants to move on to the Compass (Chinese D2) study after finishing Directions.  Right now, the second lady on the right Wendy continues to lead the original group.  She has already come through Directions and Compass at Taichung Holiness Church.  So, they are a third generation Disciple.

In a couple of months, we will start the Compass study together and Joseph has OKed finding another time for the three I am currently leading to be lead by members of the existing group.  This will give them a chance to practice and know they can do the same.

Joseph, center, is the Asian Director of Gideon.  He allowed me to introduce Directions to his church up North in Kee Long.  That work is going well, and I visit once a month to answer any questions they have and encourage them.  The original group consisted of over 20 individuals.  i will be there this coming weekend.

Pray for this group as they come through the Compass study.  That their Spiritual eyes be widened and that they realize the depth of God’s Word.  Pray for opportunities for them to promote Directions groups in the churches they visit.

 

 

02/25 Cambodia Directions (Directions Ministry Conference-Update)

We had a successful introduction of the Directions Ministry to almost 60 Pastors from five different cities most coming from provinces outside of Phnom Penh.  We also received the first full version of the Cambodian Directions material.

US TEAM:    Elisha Katamura, Steve Calmes and I, were the Directions facilitators from the United States and Taiwan.

Cambodian TEAM: Prak Kunthy, who is a coworker with Jason Powers, planned and coordinated along with our driver Sona Thoern (John), and two translators Phen Phon (Matthew) and Sitha Gneom, both are Prak’s college friends.  Phen Phon (Matthew) was the man tasked with the translation of the Directions book into the Cambodian language.

 Trip Overview:  Feb. 19th-20 were preparation days.  Feb. 21-22 we held the conference, which consisted of Day 1: stage 1-philosophy, stage 2-goals, and Day 2: stage 3-Methods.  See Conference plan.  Friday Feb 23rd was a rest day.  Feb 24th, the US TEAM left.

Brief Trip Narrative:

Feb. 19th:  Steve and I arrived Monday and were greeted by Prak and taken to our hotel.  Elisha came the following day.

 

 

 

 

Feb. 20th:  Elisha arrived and we all went to get him at the airport.  Sona joined us and became our taxi guy for the rest of the trip.  We met as a TEAM and talked through the coming days.

Feb. 21th:  We were picked up by Sona at 8:00 Am and transported to the venue, in Phnom Penh across the river.  We arrived before 9:00 where we saw the orphanage and school facilities, which included the church where we met. We were greeted with over 50 Pastors and leaders.  A simple Philosophy and Goals presentation was given by Elisha and me.  In the afternoon, we presented how to use the book and got them started on Lesson Day 1.  After, the first day’s lesson, we gave them an assignment to complete Day 2 and 3 for the following day.  We finished at 5:30 PM and stayed to meet with Prak.  We returned to the Hotel across the river.

Feb.  22nd:   Again, we were picked up at 8:00 AM and were transported to the venue.  The attendees were ready to go.  We reviewed Day 2 and spent the rest of the day allowing them to lead different sized small groups on their own.  Later in the afternoon, we had a visit from the Under Secretary of State for Religious activities.  He came with a representative of a large church alliance of over 6000 Christian Pastors.  Apparently, Prak works with these individuals and they wanted to see what we were presenting.  Perhaps a future connection.  We ended the conference with their commitment to complete the first 9 lessons.  Once they completed their lessons, we would follow-up with the complete book, delivered to their churches.

Feb. 23rd:  We spent the day shopping for small gifts for our families.  We also visited the most visited killing field location and followed with the most notorious Prison S21 in Phnom Penh.  These were testimonies of the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge regime.

Future:  Prak will followup with the Pastors who attended in April and May.  Once they have finished the first half, we will deliver version 2, the full revised version for them to complete.  Next October, we would like to visit again.  At that time, we will provide one day workshop in their location, invited other Pastors in their area.

Pray for the Pastors in Cambodia, that they invest the time in the study with others in their local churches.  Pray for their desire to grow and to promote this ministry to their areas of influence.  Pray for the leadership team, that they followup on those Pastors, while at the same time, invest in the ministry in their ministries.