Missions Week
2019

$14,179.97 out of $30,000
raised in total





Jesus called His believers to a great and glorious mission:
Go and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19





Welcome to our 2019 Missions Week Campaign! God calls us to share His love both locally--in our neighborhoods and in our country--and globally. Therefore, we highly value our missional partners and see them as essential components of the church.

The week-long program will kick off at Sunday service on February 10. Throughout the week we will have a devotional and be highlighting missions partners each day on this page and on social media to see how God is moving around the world.

To give electronically, please PayPal missions@jcatlanta.org. This page will be updated daily at noon with the most recent contributions. The online offering will close this Saturday (February 16) at 11:59 PM. Our target goal for this year is $30,000!

May we all be encouraged by 2 Corinthians 9:
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.



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Missions Week Ending Devotional

Devotional: Never Give Up!

Acts 20:18-31

18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.

At some point, we all feel like giving up. When we feel like our prayers are not getting through, we struggle. Sometimes we make promises to do better, we pray more or try harder in hopes of finding our way out of the funk. When even our best efforts don’t seem to work, God reminds us of the truth. He loves us and will never abandon us. This is the message of Jesus: while we were still sinners, He came to save us. Nothing we do will ever separate us from the love of God. Paul battled through tears, overwhelming opposition, loneliness and weariness, but he never gave up on his calling to follow Jesus.

As we taste the goodness of God, we sense the need to share and to testify to the gospel of God’s grace. Paul says in verse 24 that he counts his life worth nothing, except to finish the mission God has given him. Can you say that? What can you do today to obey God’s call?

Lord, let me run the race that leads to You! Let me not focus on anything else but winning more and sharing more of You! Help me win to not give up and speak of You to the end. In Jesus’s name, Amen..

Missions Week Day 7

Devotional: I won't stop

Acts 19:8-10

When people tuned out, or said they understood but refused to change, Paul didn’t back down. When people straight up rejected him, saying, “listen Paul, I’ve heard enough,” or, “don’t ever talk to me again,” or even walked away mid-sentence, Paul kept preaching. When people started spreading rumors and openly spoke against Christ, Paul didn’t give up. Paul exercised wisdom and after three months left that place, but he kept teaching and sharing the Gospel. For two years he held daily discussions -- that’s 530 discussions!

There are so many opportunities for discouragement as we share Christ with others, especially if there’s no positive response or signs of curiosity. Perhaps Paul got discouraged, too. But, those same opportunities of discouragement are also opportunities to have faith. Despite any hopelessness Paul felt, he didn’t give up. In fact, he held discussions in Tyrannus every day for two years. When was the last time we did anything daily, for two years?? The point is: don’t stop. Not if, but when you feel hopeless or grow weary, don’t stop doing what you know is good. When that person doesn’t text back, when your dad doesn’t want to hear it, or when your Christian friend doesn’t want to change, our calling is the still same every day -- to share the word of the Lord and make disciples.

Father, who have you put in my life that I should reach out to? Put that person(s) on my mind often and help me to pray for them every day. Give me clues to what they need right now. Give me opportunities to share about who You are, and keep me going when I get discouraged. Remind me of Your word so I may share those verses and truths with him/her. Father God, may _______ come to know Your matchless love for them and surrender their life to You! In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Testimony

“I didn’t grow up knowing God. It wasn’t until a friend invited me to church that I started to realize God existed in my life.

In the beginning, the idea of surrendering everything to God was foreign and scary. But because many of my friends were there, I continued going to Journey Church service and family group every week. Through church and friendships, I learned about glorifying God with worship and felt less awkward in praying. I learned about the beauty of the Gospel and how vast and amazing God’s unending love is. I learned about Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross and that in Him, my sins are forgiven and I am a new creation.

There was never an earth-shattering moment that made me decide to follow Jesus. Instead, over the past year and a half God gradually revealed Himself and all His goodness to me. He exposed how great my sinfulness was and led me to repent and love Him even more. He placed me in a community of brothers and sisters who love God so much, who were so supportive and caring during this time.

As I saw how He was working in the small and large things in my life, the doubts crumbled away, and now I know that He’s always watching over me. I know that God’s grace is sufficient, and that even in my weakness and sin, His power and love always rests inside me.”

- Testimony from a Georgia Tech brother

Many times we think of church as something that we attend on Sundays or a Bible study group that we visit or a place we can worship God. But church isn’t just a place or an event - we are to be the church and we have been called as ambassadors to this world. In the way that foreigners to a land can be recognized, let us be a people that are set apart, that are different in a way others can recognize. Where we are now - work, school, unemployment, retirement - let’s recognize that is our mission field. To change this world we can’t just sit at church, but we must be a people of action and prayer and actively build His Kingdom.

Prayer

  • Ask God to reveal someone in your life, whether family / friend / classmate / coworker whom He wants you to minister to. Pray for this person, and genuinely intercede for them: that they may hear God knocking at the door to their hearts (Revelation 3:20); that they may be able to know the fullness of His love and mercy; that whatever situation they’re in, they believe God can deliver and that comfort and peace can be found in Jesus.
  • Ask God to give us the faith to reach out to this person(s). May we not limit ourselves based on how we think we’re qualified. Remember, it is God who works through us and He’s given us power to be His witnesses through His Spirit (Acts 1:8). Let’s be a people who are unashamed, who are always ready and eager to explain the hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15-16).
  • Ask God to protect younger believers and make them firmly rooted in the Word. Let’s not forget that ministry doesn’t end when someone receives Christ. Let’s continue investing in these people and pray for their continued spiritual growth: their heart would always be ready to learn and receive His word; they would surrender to God and learn to glorify Him; they would be disciple-makers and leaders of the next generation.

Missions Week Day 6

Devotional: I will speak now

Acts 18:9-11

How many times have I been silent when I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to share my faith? How must Paul have been feeling in this moment that God would speak to him to bolster his confidence to remain and speak the word of God?

In a culture where I am supposed to be free to share my faith, I find myself strangely silent. It is more comfortable to stay silent when being a Christian is associated with so many other things than just following Christ. But, the verses above reminds me that God is with me, and I should not be afraid to speak.

We need to exercise wisdom and discernment on when to speak and what to say, but we also need to actively endeavor in speaking out. As we work out what to say, we must believe the life-saving Gospel only can affect the shalom God longs to restore in this broken world.

Lord, remove the fear and pride in me so I may hear Your voice clearly. Give me faith to believe Your Gospel saves. Give me boldness to speak Your truth. Grow in me the character to live it out. And, change my heart into more like Yours with compassion and empathy for this world.

City of Refuge

City of Refuge is a church and resource center that ministers to the 30314 zip code, one of the poorest areas in Atlanta. They provide the space for several organizations to provide services and resources to the community such as shelter for homeless women and children and vocational training such as 180° Culinary Academy.

City of Refuge is led by Pastor Bruce Deel who has been married to his wife Rhonda Deel for almost 30 years and they have five beautiful daughters.

Praises

  • They housed almost 300 single women, 100 mothers and 200 children in 2018
  • Over 100 jobs were gained
  • Almost 150 households moved into permanent housing

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for a successful Refuge Run, a 5k that will be held on March 24th as a fundraiser for the organization.

City Hope Community (CHC)

Picture of City Hope

CHC was founded by Lori Kim and seeks to serve Clarkston’s refugee community while building relationships that allow the Gospel to be shared. CHC services and resources include: after school tutoring (Raya After-school Program), a thrift store, ESL/Citizenship Class, and Family Care program. There are also opportunities for growth and discipleship through CHC’s programs: Youth Leadership, Small Group Mentorship, Children’s Camp, and Children’s Church. God has allowed the Sunday ministry of Children’s Church to be especially fruitful. Many of the children that attend are from Muslim and Hindu backgrounds. Thus, every weekend is an important opportunity for the Gospel to reach communities in Clarkston that are normally very closed.

Praises

  • An ex-gang member and two Muslims received at the beginning of this year

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for City Hope to help the new Christians grow
  • Pray for a new staff member to replace the Saturday tutor who will be leaving for full time work
  • Pray for a donation center to hold City Hope donations
  • Pray for God to send more refugee children for City Hope to minister to through Children’s Church
  • Pray for all children to experience the love of Jesus
  • Pray for God’s guidance in ministering to Muslim children
  • Pray for financial needs and resource needs to be met
  • Pray for the safety of children and volunteers
  • Pray for a volunteer who can help out with preparing snacks
  • Pray for more Thursday volunteers in the After School program and pray that the volunteers will share Christ’s love and be a bridge to bring students to Children's Church
  • Pray for more mentoring relationships to be built between students and volunteers so that the can experience academic growth and widen their perspectives on educational and career opportunities

Missions Week Day 5

Devotional: To the Ends of the Earth

Acts 17

According to David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, 47% of Christians believe that it is inappropriate to share the Gospel, yet 94% believe that receiving Jesus Christ into one’s life is the best gift that anyone can receive. Over the years, the church has created a cultural paradox that both promotes and discourages the sharing of the Gospel. Despite this paradox, God’s people are called to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth.

In Acts 17, Paul and Silas share the Gospel within Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens. Paul does not ignore the cultural norms at the time but uses these norms to relate with his audience. In each of these visits, he first makes a cultural connection with the natives and then shares the Gospel to them. Some refused to listen and to repent, while others were receptive. A good number even attacked Paul and Silas in public, but the two brothers remained faithful to their mission.

Through Paul’s evangelism to the Athenians, we can learn how to show dignity and respect when we evangelize to strangers. We can also see how God moves people’s hearts, as they hear the Gospel for the first time. Throughout this missions week, may we learn to depend on God as we fulfill His mission in our homes, campuses, and workplaces through the sharing of the Gospel.

What can we learn about God from this passage? In what ways can we depend on the Lord this week? In what ways can we, personally, right now in our lives, make disciples, teaching everything that Christ has commanded?

Lord, I pray that you would give us the strength and courage to share your Word with those around us. Help me to depend on you as I share. Would you please change people’s hearts to repent and turn towards You. In Jesus’s name, amen.

Summer Missions

This year our church is sending out 3 different mission teams!

  1. Guatemala - March
    • Team Leader: P Minsoo
    • Members include Faith Kim, Stephen Lee, Sally Kim, Rachel Song, Karen Shim, Joseph Lee, Kevin Guo, Sung Bo Yoon
    • Ministry: teach children in STEM and dance and use that to share the Gospel
  2. Taiwan - June
    • Team Leader: Stephanie Lu
    • Ministry: Perform singing/dancing exhibition and invite college students to a 3-day conference
  3. OTR - July
    • Team Leader: Team Leader: P Matt and P Minsoo
    • Ministry: Street evangelism, teaching kids

Prayer Requests

  • For finances. Let’s ask God to fully provide for our missionaries, that money won’t be an issue.
  • For the people in these mission fields. Let’s lift up the people that our missionaries would meet, that their hearts would be ready to receive the Gospel. Let’s pray for the respective ministries of these fields and that the people would be moved by what they encounter and God would use that to draw them closer to Him
  • For the hearts of the missionaries. Let’s pray that every situation they may be in would grow their faith and God would open many doors. That the glory of God made be made known and they would fall more in love with Jesus.
  • For their protection. Let’s intercede for these brothers and sisters and ask God to protect them physically, emotionally, spiritually. Let’s pray for the leaders of these missions, that they would be firmly rooted in Christ and be able to lead in love and truth.

Missions Week Day 4

Devotional: Are you ready?

Acts 16:1-5

Timothy had an opportunity of a lifetime to be recruited and mentored by one of the most humble, smartest and greatest leaders in history and to join him in his missionary journey. And, Timothy was ready for it, not because he had predicted Paul would ask him and got ready, but because he lived every day in faithfulness.

Before Paul’s arrival, Timothy was already living a life of surrender to the Gospel as a disciple (v.1), and this was confirmed by how others spoke of him (v.2). However, his life was not without challenges. Because of his biracial status, he was often discriminated against by both sides. Yet, over the years he had built the character to do whatever it took (even circumcision by a stranger, v.3) to reach everyone with the Gospel (both Jews and Gentiles) in spite of their prejudice against him.

His calling to become a missionary and pastor did not start when Paul found him. It began in the small, daily adjustments he made to follow Christ when no one was watching. His conduct over his short, young life evidenced his commitment to God and eventually placed him in a good position to seize Paul’s invitation.

Not all of us are called to a life of full-time ministry like Timothy, but all of us are called to a life of full-time discipleship, whether others notice or not. God calls us to surrender as evidence of our commitment to Him, and He places us in a position to minister to others no matter our arena of life.

As you spend time this week praying for missionaries and their mission, would you also ask your Lord, “where is my mission?”, “who do you want me to share with?”, and “what must I do today in order to be ready for any opportunity You send me?”


Lees - Middle East


Names and details have been concealed to protect the missionaries. J&J have been in the Middle East for nine years. They have three children. J&J primarily serve Middle Eastern refugees. Pastor J teaches English where he intentionally seeks for people of peace to study the Bible together. He also works with an online chat ministry to talk to seekers in surrounding Middle Eastern countries that only have access to Christianity through media. J hosts play groups for refugee moms and seeks opportunities to start Bible studies with them. In addition, J&J train teams to be sent out to surrounding Middle Eastern countries.

Praises

  • God has been using a media campaign using cartoons that defend and explain the Christian faith to draw Muslims to Jesus
  • A seeker who Joe has been meeting has declared himself a believer in Christ! He has changed his name to John. He recently said, “I want to become exactly like you.” He really has no idea what he’s asking, but we appreciate his heart.

Prayer Requests

  • We recently helped out with a company-wide conference about how to receive new workers to the field well (50% of long-term workers end up leaving the field within the first 5 years). So, we’re praying and discussing how we might be able to better receive new members in order to encourage them to thrive. We were reminded that first and foremost, we need to cling more fiercely to God. Please pray that we will actively and desperately seek and cling to the Lord.
  • Please pray for Abraham and Noah as they continue to attend a local school. They have expressed quite a bit of anxiety as they face challenges due to being among the only foreigners there. Our prayer is that the Lord would continue to bless them with relationships with and a love for their classmates.
  • We are now the primary media dispatchers for Jordan. This is similar to the media campaign we mentioned during the summer, where Arab Mu*m seekers are connected to m* workers and X*ns on the ground via the Internet. Please pray for grace as we adjust to the role, as well as the Lord to use media to draw many souls into the Kingdom.

Lius - Singapore

The Lius have been serving as missionaries in Singapore for four years and served in Indonesia for ten years before that. They have three beautiful daughters. Their church captures many demographics: young expat families with children, some Singaporeans, and young adults in grad school or working professionals. Singapore is a bustling city and it is not uncommon that people are very career focused and ambitious.

Praises


  • Their church in Singapore (Grace Community Church) has been experiencing much growth recently.

Prayer Requests

  • Considering a new place to worship, please pray that the change in venue will not change the current makeup of the church
  • Wisdom on how to cover the girl’s tuition as Ailsa moves from fulltime to part-time work
  • Pray for opportunity for Ailsa to work as a teacher so that her hours can be exactly the same as her daughters

Chos - Singapore

Chris and Shinhe Cho have recently moved to Singapore from London, England. Before living in London for 2 years they were members of JCA for several years and served in many capacities. They are tentmaker missionaries who are eager to employ their skills in business and customer service for the kingdom. They have a beautiful daughter who is 2 years old.

Praises

  • The Chos are thankful that the Lord has allowed Chris to relocate from London to Singapore through Google where Chris is employed

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray that they will settle in well in Singapore and will be a great help to the GCC ministry
  • Please pray for safe travels and a great time encouraging and equipping the Indonesian church as they will be leaving for a mission trip on Feb 4th

Kwons - JCC(Raleigh-Durham)

Pastor Dave and Pie Kwon were sent out by JCA to plant Journey Community Church in 2011. JCC is located in the Raleigh-Durham area at the heart of the Raleigh Research Triangle. The church community includes many college students, graduate students, and working young adults.


Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for direction and focus in the lives of young adults
  • Pray that the college ministry will be a light in their generation and their focus and attention will be on the Lord
  • Pray for wisdom and protection for the Kwon family as they do their best to raise their family in the Lord. Please pray for God's guidance for any upcoming decisions.

Missions Week Day 3

Devotional: Saved Through Grace

Acts 15:7-11

When Paul and Barnabas arrive at Jerusalem, they report about the number of Gentile converts to Christianity. What a great victory for the Kingdom of God, right? Not exactly. The Pharisees are arguing over whether the Gentiles need to be circumcised to show that they’re truly Christians, an act that used to be prescribed for Israel. But since the induction of the new covenant under grace, no external signs were required. Only a profession of one’s sinfulness and a confession of belief in Jesus Christ’s death for one’s sins was necessary. Paul and Barnabas state that it is grace that saved them, not grace plus adherence to the law.

However, we tend to believe God will be more pleased with us if we adhere to His rules. This is known as religiosity, believing that if we keep to the rules God has for us, He will love us more and bless us more. In fact, Paul and Barnabas said God made no distinction between law-keeping Jews and non-law keeping Gentiles: they were both saved by grace, and it’s their faith that God used to cleanse them (v.9). In other words, God’s grace is enough!

Praise be to God for his unmerited unconditional love over us!

Crystal Kim - Singapore

After completing her undergraduate studies at Georgia State, Crystal committed to her first one-year internship with GCC Singapore in 2017. Currently onto her second year at GCC, Crystal has seen God-size growth in the church and is praying for his guidance for her upcoming years!


Praises

  • The congregation has grown from less than 30 people to 85-95 consistent members! I've seen an exponential growth in church members taking more ownership in serving in ministries within our church whereas before ministry teams were all fully run by interns.
  • Because Singapore is such a transient country, people are constantly moving in and out. Since last year, we started to pray for God to send more long term workers to Singapore to work alongside Pastor Paul and his family at GCC Singapore. AND GOD ANSWERED! Chris and Shinhe have just moved to Singapore from London about 3 months ago with the intent of working alongside the Liu's - we've loved having them join our team! And we're expecting another couple (being sent by Tapestry) to come join us this summer!
  • God has provided a new venue to accommodate the growing congregation. We've started the negotiation/contract process, so if all goes as planned we'll hopefully start meeting at our new location by the end of March.

Prayer Requests

  • GCC Staff (Interns + Liu’s + Cho’s): Please pray for the interns, the Liu's, and the Cho's as we all enter into this new year together as a new team (welcome Cho's!)! Please pray that we would be a team that build one another up and encourages one another. We want to DELIGHT in His presence this year together.
  • GCC Church: Please pray for the transitioning to the new location: spiritually and mentally. Pray for church members to take ownership of their faith and commitment to GCC
  • For myself: Please pray for my future plans after this year - for wisdom and discernment as I pray about my future and long-term calling. Please pray for my studies and QT with the Lord

Christopher Pender - Over The Rhine(OTR)

Before his internship at OTR, Chris served extensively in the youth ministry at City Hope Community. With a heart to serve young Christ followers, Chris is currently leading a teen ministry and university small group at OTR.

Praises

  • We just wrapped a blessing Teen Retreat. More teenagers have been stepping up to serve the church and younger children. They’ve been coming out to events such as prayer meetings, small groups, and discipleship, desiring for growth
  • God has been providing more long-term individuals/couples who have a heart for our church as well as the city as it evolves

Prayer requests

  • Continued prayer for Pastor Johann as he is building up his strength from his recent heart attack
  • Prayer for the church as we strive to become missional in every aspect of our lives and seek towards strengthening our community
  • Prayer for myself as I have been put over the teen ministry of the church as well as the university small group we have. Pray for my heart to remain devoted to Christ as I continue in preparing Bible Studies, Retreats and Sermons for our church

Gloria Nam - Singapore

During her undergraduate studies at Emory, Gloria served as a site leader for the after school tutoring program at City Hope Community. She is currently serving in different capacities at GCC Singapore with Pastor Paul and Ailsa Liu.

Praises

  • GCC Singapore is growing in size! More ministries are being made and unity within the community is growing

Prayer Requests

  • For myself: Christ-like love for those around me. Daily faithfulness and trust in God’s continual provision and goodness
  • Greater unity and care in the community. For church members to serve in different ministries that are growing
  • For GCC to be a missional church not only in Singapore but for the rest of Southeast Asia

Cathy - East Asia

Cathy was sent out in Dec 2018 as a 1YR intern in East Asia. She has the privilege of s3rv1ng and supporting various min teams and sg. With the start of the new sch00l semester at the end of Feb 2019, she will begin d1sc1pl1ng s1s’s. She has been ble$$ed getting to know the ch here, particularly the s1s’s.

Pr@1s3s

  • A s1s who has been m1n1st3r3d to by many has recently accepted C. It’s really amazing to see G’s fruit!
  • The ch is starting a 2nd YA svc due to the growing number. G has been providing many f@ithful s3rv@nts to step up and s3rv3.

Pr@y3r r3qu3sts

  • A w1ll1ng and humbl3 h3@rt to s33k and d1sc3rn G’s voice. Trusting in G’s will and renouncing the lies of the e in J’s name
  • As there was a recent situation with the p0l1c3, pr@y for spi and physical protection of the ch, specifically c0ll3g3 and st@ff
  • We've also had an issue with neighbors complaining about noise when we have events so please lift up that relationship
  • 5 people will be sent out from our ch this year as longer-term m's (1-3 year) to various parts of CN as well as other countries, please pr for anointing for these 5 individuals

Missions Week Day 2

Devotional: Mistreated

Acts 14:1-7

Have you ever been mistreated or misunderstood because of your faith? Paul and Barnabas were misunderstood many times as they traveled and spoke about salvation. Many thought they were crazy. In the synagogue, some of the Jews “poisoned [the Gentiles’] minds against the brothers” and “the people of the city were divided.” Then later in Lystra and Derbe, people thought Paul and Barnabas were gods because of the miracles they performed in Jesus’s name. Yet, many people still hated Paul and Barnabas and attempted to stone them to death.

Even after being stoned, however, Paul got up and went back into the city. What do these stories show us about God? When have you faced adversity? This could be from friends, family, coworkers, or strangers. In what ways can you be bold and get back up?

Thank God, He has not left us to face the world alone. Paul and Barnabas had each other’s back throughout all of the persecution. Then, when they returned from preaching, they came to the local church for encouragement and prayer. They shared testimonies from the field and recuperated with fellow believers. Don’t be afraid to live boldly even if others think you are crazy. You are not alone. We are in this together. In what ways can the local church be more of an encouragement to you as face hardship and even mistreatment? In what ways can you, as a member of the church, support others who persecution?

Lord, let me yearn for You! I want to be more consumed with being in Your Presence and doing Your will than I am with difficulties in my life. Stir me up to seek You and find You throughout today. In Jesus’s name, amen.

Thrive(Taiwan)

Recently established in Taipei, Taiwan, Thrive Church is led by Pastor David Son along with his wife Grace and two lay leaders Patrick and Deb Ng. The church’s focus is to reach the next generation of college students and young adults in Taipei.


Prayer Requests

  • We finally found a church building PTL! Please pray for the renovation period before our Launch Service.
  • Our launch service will be held on Feb 24. We are planning to make a very big push with evangelism and handing out flyers. Please pray for God to bring many people to that service so that they can encounter God and His community.

Renewal(San Jose)

Renewal began with an idea to plant a new church in South Bay. Soon, God provided two faithful servants Pastor Ulysses and Christine Wang to launch the church in 2017 in Sunnyvale Community Center. Renewal fosters from Pastor Ulysses’ heart to cultivate a church where believers are passionate about engaging both in the Word of God and with the Spirit of God.



Praise

Renewal started in the summer of 2017 with around 40 people and 3 kids. Today we've seen God grow our humble group to 120 adults and around 30 kids - from babies to middle schoolers. We've seen baptisms and are continuing to reach out to the lost through a newly launched Alpha class. God is doing great things!


Prayer Requests

  • For wisdom in how to make solid disciples of Christ, as per Paul's heart in Galatians 4:19
  • For a growing heart for the lost among all our brothers and sisters! We have a few people who came to Christ and were baptized at Renewal!

From Mourning to Gladness

As the senior pastor of Mourning to Gladness, Pastor Danny Han is passionate for the spiritual revival of the US. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Mourning to Gladness strives to minister and revive broken lives and communities in South Bay, with special focus for the poor and marginalized.


Prayer Requests

  • That the Lord would bring people who need church. We are located in one of the most unreached areas in LA area.
  • We need an anointed worship leader.
  • In a few months, we will be looking for a place to move out to. Currently, we meet at one of the members' home.



Missions Week Day 1

Devotional: Prayer and Being Set Apart

Acts 13:1-3

The Holy Spirit speaks! (v.2) When we are tuned to God in word, worship, and prayer, there in the closeness the Spirit gives direction. We learn from Acts 2:42 that the early New Testament church was devoted to prayer. Believers gathered in one room praying and seeking God’s counsel. Acts 13 illustrates how the church in Antioch met to pray and fast as they sent off Barnabas and Paul for their mission trip. The practice and power of prayer was a vital aspect of the church.

From the passages above, there are two important elements of prayer for us to practice. This first is desperate faith. What are you asking for that cannot happen unless the miraculous hand of God comes through? Are you desperate to see God move? Second is persistent prayer. We ask the Father again and again, not giving up, until our prayers are answered. Have you stopped praying for something? Consider how you could continue praying for it, or ask God to help you better understand the situation: Lord, how should I continue to pray for this?

Lastly, we see Paul and Barnabas responding immediately in obedience to the call of God to take the Gospel to other places. In light of your prayers, is there something God has asked you to do (act upon), that perhaps you are delaying? If so, why?

If not, ask the Lord if there is something that He wants you to do. We may think that we have nothing special to offer to the Lord. But all of us have been set apart by God for His work and worship. Remember that Jesus’s sacrifice already sets apart those who place their hope in God.

Lord, let me be entirely devoted to You! I need to hear from You that because I am your child, I am set apart for You. Holy Spirit, speak to me and help me to know what You would like for me to do. All that I am is Yours. In Jesus’s name, amen.

General


AMI ch’s in CN are consisted of New Life (BJ), Providence (SH), and River City (CD)

PRs

  • Please pray for the CN ami ch leaders conference Feb 12-14. All the leaders from each CN ch is going to Shanghai.
    • Our long termer P. S. will host a meeting for the staff of all three groups in CN in SH. Tina Hsu (one of AMI missions coordinators) there to play to attend and support. It should be about 15-18 ppl total.
    • Please pray for the safety of this meeting from authorities, and for P. S. to have strength and wisdom to empower the leaders. May it be a refreshing time for the leaders but also a time for vision. Some are full-time, some are both working in jobs and serving on staff.
  • Persecution is real and they face it with a pure heart and in humble nobility that puts us to shame... Let us join them in pr.
  • As all the stateside churches are preparing to send out application for mssns season, the m's are actively working to prepare for us to come. Please pray for a divine stamina and focus as they not only continue to care for to their site locals but also welcome us.

River City (CD)


Currently, the congregation is all split in meeting places due to persecution.

PRs

  • Overall pr due to the ch be split in meeting places because of persecution
  • Tina is traveling to CD to teach overview and storyline of the B to the leaders at this one group. This trip was a response to the need for more teaching that our long termer shared about when she visited the States last Sunday. PRs would be for Tina to really serve and love the members of this group and to teach clearly and effectively!!

New Life (BJ)


Currently, the congregation is all split in meeting places due to persecution.

PRs

  • One of the staff members had to leave the country as precautionary measure, and the return process is taking longer than expected. Please pray for his pregnant wife who is a BJ local and remains in CN.