Wow! What a year 2017 has been! Praise the Lord for His unending goodness and supply! Thank you to so many of you for being in the chain of provision and for your prayers on our behalf. We hope that you had a Merry Christmas and are enjoying a great New Year. Thank you to so many of you who were SO very kind to us over the Christmas season. We are so grateful for your continual generosity and more so for that which is above and beyond our normal support. Thank you all very much! We began 2017 wondering what the Lord’s timing would be regarding our return home to China. He answered wonderfully, and we are thankful!
Since our last letter, there have been parties held, with folks hearing a clear presentation of the Gospel. I was able to share the Gospel with one of our neighbors one evening. He and his wife also came to our Christmas party. They both listened, and when the time came to believe, she looked at him. It seemed as if she believed it but was looking to him for leadership. After the Gospel was given at the party, they asked Bro. J if it was possible to be a member of the Communist Party and be a Christian. Please pray that these and others like them will believe in Christ and share the good news with others.
Thank you for your continued prayers regarding language learning. I feel that my listening comprehension has improved, but I still have a long way to go. It was so cute just yesterday when my daughter came up to me with a short list of words she wanted to know the meaning for. I don’t remember what they all were, but she went away satisfied after hearing my translation for peanut butter crackers—it was a mouthful!
I showed up at my classroom one day, just like usual, but there was no one in my classroom on arrival except a Muslim classmate. We chatted a little while, since there was no class that period. I asked him what he believed, and he told me the little bit that he knew. During the course of the conversation, I shared the Gospel with him and some prophecies from the Bible, including the one written to King Cyrus and some from Psalm 22 regarding Jesus. At one point during a break in the conversation while I was looking in the Bible for something, he left the room and returned a couple minutes later. I had found some other things and asked if he cared to see them, which he did. Please pray that he and others will trust Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
In His service,
Missionary #6011 and Family
• Language acquisition for the whole family
• Team China
• More laborers for the harvest
• Upcoming visa renewal
• Present and future ministry
• Wisdom and Holy Spirit fullness
• Good use of some Chinese holiday time