I went by to scout out my classroom for the 1017-2018 school year. This year I have two classes. A Business Communication class at 8:00 and an ESL class at 10:00. In total have about 60 students. I always take the classroom which facilitates conversation.
These classes are my avenue to connect with campus Christians as well as the following year’s camp participants.
In the past we have had a lot of success establishing mentoring groups on campus.
This year, the language department has given us full access to the students through ESL activities. This can include Bible studies.
Pray for this opportunity to start small groups through this ministry. Pray for relationships to be established for on going Gospel preaching.
As we did this morning in the Sunday morning fellowship, the same process is being played out during the Sunday night fellowship. Tonight, we gave an introduction to the mentoring ministry and asked for commitments. This is a picture from last week, we had 10 purchase the Bilingual Book and will start in earnest next Sunday.
Jane, Raymond, Glennda, David, Steve and I are ready to lead these individuals through the Directions study over the coming year.
Pray for all of us, as we work out the details. Pray for those who have committed, to first of all, be assured of their Salvation, and further the sanctification process in their personal lives.
Steve Calmes and I have finished up three weeks of sermons preparing for today’s introduction of the Directions ministry in our local fellowship. As we often do, we showed them how to use the Directions and started Lesson one Day one. Afterwards we asked those who had interest to signup. Two foreign women along with two Chinese women showed interest. Jami, Steve and I are ready to get things going.
Pray for us a we build the mentoring infrastructure for the future.
We are coming to the end of Phase three Compass (D2). From left to right the church Deacon, Pastor Wang and his wife.
We are closing in on the end of the Compass (D2) study. I have been encouraging them to start mentoring relationship in order for their church to continue to grow.
Pray for this leadership Team, as they begin to take steps to implement their Discipleship ministries.
From right to left, Missionary Linda Huang, Deacon Gao, Xin Hong, and I continue our study through Compass(D2). We have been meeting for over a year.
Linda has a Ministry through her office to the community. From counseling to benevolent services. She also has four Directions groups.
Deacon Gao is a leader in CBC Baptist Church. He has a large Bible study he does on Mondays. I meet him in our initial Directions study in his local church. he also invest a lot of energy into Xin Hong life.
Xin Hong, who is about to complete his Directions study with me, has already started other small groups.
This group of individuals are making a large impact in their community and local church.
Pray for all of them as they continue to invest God’s word into other believers lives. Pray for more opportunities for them, as they help establish mentoring ministries with others they encounter.
Do you all remember Jane Huang who came to visit last year with us? Well, the Lord has been using her here in Taiwan at her local church, Taizhong Baptist Church.
This post is a little late, she had started this group many months ago. She is fulfilling the Ministry of Reconciliation where ever she can. She indicated to me that one of the young men, because of the mentoring process, committed to getting Baptized. I am proud of her, but more importantly, she will be able to give Glory to God in the future through her commitment to Christ. Jane has also been a faithful participant during the Sunday night bible study. I am not sure how many have continued the process, but I am sure she is ready to lead.
Pray for her as she mentors others. Pray for her testimony and her influence in her local church.
As of this month we have four ongoing D2 plants in four cities.
Monday afternoon, we have a group of 12 individuals in Nantou City Southeast of Taichung. Current progress, starting Phase two. I have a friend in this group who is helping with the new D2 translation.
Wednesday afternoon, we have a group of three individuals in Yuanlin City, South of Taichung, we are closing in on the final Phase, phase four.
Thursday morning, Pastor Wang and a deacon in Jia yi City, will finish the third phase soon.
Friday night, Pastor Zhong and 10 church members continue their D2 study. They have just began phase three.
James and Aihua continue to connect with this Friday night group. As you remember, they were instrumental in the D2 training at Taichung Shen Church.
Pray for individuals to catch the vision of this training. Pray for more opportunities in the future. pray for the finalize version of Compass and the New version of D2. D2 being an outline version of Compass.
Through the help and prayers of many individuals we have located and moved into our new home. The whole process started with Gloria, wanting to buy some property to rent back to us. We looked at many different locations, but nothing jumped out.
Next, a good friend Richard and his wife Claire, did a little research and located some rental properties. Richard and I went to visit the first property, but the key was broken, and we could not get in.
We decided to see the second property and it was exactly what we were looking for. Two bedrooms with a spacious living/dinning area next to an American sized kitchen.
Richard encouraged me to put a deposit down and today Jami and Abbey came to see. The following day we signed the contract. We moved our stuff the following week with help from a Dear Pastor Friend, Pastor Zhong.
Abbey is about 12 minutes away from school by bus. We are now located in a city environment. Every place in Taichung is now accessible either by walking or by bus. It is also very convenient for having guests over. We have already had several visitors.
Pray for us as we start a new chapter in our Ministry here in Taiwan. Pray for Abbey as she prepares, through Taiwanese High School, her personal future.
This year we had approximately 10 Americans help with a camp of 40 students. As usual, we were on campus and taught basic conversational methods, helping non-English department students, who want to increase their English abilities.
Classroom activities not only included conversation,
but also games.
We ended up with some games and line dancing at the end.
Pray for connections, that we can further our relationships with these students this year.
During the second camp, I had an opportunity to speak to the man in charge of ESL Groups on campus. Since Glennda, who has had ESL groups on campus for years, will be leaving this coming year, we (Steve Calmes and I) have been giving the opportunity to lead all such groups in the future.
What does this mean? We have already scheduled a ESL group on Tuesday nights from 5:30-7:00 PM. When Steve returns, we will create some more additional groups and connect with students in additional ways.
Pray for this opportunity, to allow us to reach those who have a desire to know more about the Christian faith. Pray for helpers, such as David Allan, etc., that we will create a network of groups for the furtherance of the Gospel.