09/05 Pastor Jia In Zhong (3rd Generation)

Hey, do you remember, Pastor  Zhong? I have known Jia In Zhong for well over three years.  We connected several times, then finally decided to get together and start a one-on-one Directions group.  We then continued on to D2 and now we are reviewing How to prepare a sermon, Homiletic’s.

Zhong Jia In is currently Pastoring Elove Church in Tan Zi.   It is a church for an Aboriginal outreach but they are there for everyone.   Currently in his church, he is leading his leaders through D2.  He has caught the vision. He is involved in many other ministry’s.

Friday Evening:  D2 study in his church. 13 individuals

Sunday Afternoon: two small groups.  One is a Directions group 1:30, the other is 3:00 meeting where he meets a couple preparing to get married.

Every day 5:30AM:  Directions groups with a a couple.

Every Evening 21:00PM: He has his second generation female church member, Chao Yi, who Disciples another one to one.

Every Evening 21:00PM: He has his second generation son, Wei Ming, who leads the other son.

Pray for his ministry at the local church.  His request is that you pray for all he comes in contact with to better understand truth.  He often introduces Directions/D2 to other Pastors.

 

08/23 Eunice Yang (3rd Generation-Yuan Lin)

Eunice Yang currently has a small group in Yuan Lin.  Her daughter, Jamie, and her have been leading this group for several months.  The both came from the first Yuan Lin small group several years ago.

The Lord has got a hold of her and her daughter, as they, with authority, lead others from several different churches.

I often visit their group, to attend, not to lead.

Pray for these two as they continue the Great Commission in their part of Taiwan.  Pray for fruit to spawn from her small group. 

08/08 Jane Huang (3rd Generation)

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. 

08/04 Discipleship 2 (Ongoing Ministries)

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. 

08/01 Reaching our Community (Outreach)

We are settled in and are winding up for the coming Fall.  Jami will pick up some part-time ESL teaching and I have four hours at NTCUST.  Abbey has a two week introduction time at her school (7/31-8/11) and will begin normal classes 8/31.

The ESL times are outreaches to connect students with ESL Bible Studies,  Summer camps and the New growing Sunday morning fellowship.  We have a lot of individuals prepared to start small groups on campus, at the new fellowship location, and other local churches.  We are capable of using Chinese, English or both.  Our family, Steve/Karen Calmes and family, David Allan, Raymond, Jane and others.

Pray for us as we open our house and lives to our community in a way that was not possible at our old residence.

07/30 Moving (Thank You)

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.

07/18 Moving (Special Prayer Request)

Hey you all, we need your help.  Please pray that the lord will provide a dwelling to move into.  Pray for it to be located close to Abbey’s school, as well as, the campus we spend a lot of time at.  Pray for it to meet our needs and affordable.  Pray for it to be used to glorify Him.

07/17 Nan Tou Pres, Church (New Connection/D2)

This church has been a challenge from the beginning.  The Lord was making big changes, that I was not even aware of.  It began as a group of three people in an area Family Mart.

Originally, the group could not be in the local church because of opposition from church members.  But over the last two years, the original group has grown.  Another study was started by the Pastor, and we have seen this group of three grow into two small groups of about fifteen people.

The Pastor of the church was not accepting of the mentoring process through Directions.  But a retired Pastor, lower left, told the congregation that it was a great study last year.  What happened?  This group started to meet in the local church.  Another group was created by the opposing Pastor.

Today, we all met to start the D2 study.

Pray for this local church.  That they overcome traditions that are opposite of Biblical doctrine.  Pray for the leadership, allowing God to change opinions and attitudes allowing spiritual change.

 

07/14 ESL Camp (Final)

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.   

07/13 NTCUST ESL Groups (New Connection)

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.