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Wu - International Ministries The latest from Emerson and Ivy Wu https://internationalministries.org/teams/445-wu.rss The International Mission Conference <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">The International Mission Conference was held on June 14 to June 18, 2017 by the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches Inc. (CPBC), Mission Outreach of the Shantow Baptist Church of Hong Kong (MOSBCHK) and American Baptist Churches International Ministries (IM). &nbsp;There were 136 delegates coming from Philippine. The theme of conference is "<i>Doing Mission Together in the Contexts of Prosperity and Vulnerability.</i>"</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">IM development workers, Ivy and Emerson Wu, and Rev. Benjamin Chan’s Special Assistant Jabbie Chia play a major role in assisting the CPBC to organize its first overseas mission conference in Hong Kong.&nbsp; The conference planning committee consists of Mr. Jabbie Chia from MOSBCHK, Rev. Dan Borlado from CPBC, Rev. Ivy and Emerson Wu from IM. They diligently worked together for 7 months to plan this conference.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">The conference started with the opening welcome addressed by Mrs. Feraz Legita (President of the CPBC), Dr. Andrew Yang (Chair of the MOSBCHK) and with a video greeting from Rev. Leslie Turley (Area Director of Southeast Asia and Japan). &nbsp;Following the welcome, the keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Jerson Narciso (General Secretary of the CPBC) gave a message with the topic of "<i>Journeying Together Towards Fullness of Life."</i><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">The next two days of conference were conducted by those lecture speakers: IM's global servants, Dr. Ann Borquist (missionary to South East Pacific) and Rev. Taku &amp; Rev. Katie Longkumer (missionaries to India), and Rev. David Ngai from Kwun Tong Swatow Baptist Church of Hong Kong, Rev. Dan and Pastor Mary Lou Borlado from CPBC in Hong Kong.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">The final day, which was Sunday, started with transporting the 136 delegates to attend Sunday worship services at Causeway Bay Baptist International Mission Church, five Swatow Baptist Churches in different area of Hong Kong and a CPBC’s church in Hong Kong.&nbsp; In the late afternoon, it concluded with a celebration worship service with invitation extended to the Filipino workers in Hong Kong. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">It was quite a great experience to hold a conference with the oversea delegates, local churches and the international organization in past week. The last event of celebration worship service at Duke of Windsor Social Service on Sunday afternoon ended fruitfully with rejoice that there were about 15 new Filipino converters.&nbsp;&nbsp; HALLELUIAH!&nbsp;&nbsp; Praise the Lord!<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'} </style> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:27:05 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/65380-the-international-mission-conference https://internationalministries.org/read/65380-the-international-mission-conference Send the Light <p class="MsoNormal">During our commissioning service in 2013, our home church, Karl Road Baptist, sang “Send the Light” to encourage and bless us before going to the mission field.&nbsp; Three years later (2016) on our first Yunnan ministry trip, at the Wa’s Peace church Sunday worship service, the choir sang “Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine from shore to shore! Send the light, and let its radiant beams light the world forevermore!” in Wa language before Ivy preached.&nbsp; To hear their singing “Send the Light”, please click <a href="https://youtu.be/drGIytCqAKM"><span style="mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:blue;background:white">https://youtu.be/drGIytCqAKM</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Our amazing God used this song to confirm our call to serve Him!&nbsp; The “Send the Light” in Wa language &nbsp;is “Ploi Pa Riang”.&nbsp; It was collected in “Wa Hymn Book”, which was published in 1934 by Rev. Vincent Young and his Wa colleagues.&nbsp; In the same way, the song was also translated to Lahu language as “Aw G’eu Paw Pi Lo” and was collected in their “Lahu Hymn Book”.&nbsp; As we saw a hundred thousand Wa and Lahu Christians in Yunnan today, we thank and give praise to God who sent the missionaries, the William Marcus Young (Previous American Baptist Foreign Mission Society missionary) family, to share the “Good News” to the Wa and Lahu peoples on 1912.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">In 2016, besides visiting the Wa and Lahu churches, we also visited the Lisu churches.&nbsp; Lisu people have the most ethnic minority Christian population in Yunnan.&nbsp; Rev. James Outram Fraser (Previous British Protestant Christian missionary to China with the China Inland Mission) sowed the seeds in 1908. We learned a lot from reading his biography <b><i>Mountain Rain.&nbsp; </i></b>He compared evangelism in the mission field to a man walking in a dark and damp valley, holding a torch to ignite a fire.&nbsp; No matter how hard he tries by himself, he cannot ignite anything.&nbsp; However, through God’s wind and sunshine He Himself preserved some dry places suitable for starting fires.&nbsp; One man's lighted fire became many fires.&nbsp; Although the man with the first torch had already passed through the valley, the fire was still burning.&nbsp; This is what God asks us to do, ignite a fire.&nbsp; Many small fires can bring God's light to the world.&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Last February, we revisited the Children Center of Evangelize China Fellowship in Macau.&nbsp; We rejoiced to see that the children had become stronger and more mature.&nbsp; They kept the church going weekly.&nbsp; The superintendent told us that some of Ivy’s Sunday school students were baptized after we relocated to Hong Kong in late 2015.&nbsp; A few days after we returned to Hong Kong, Emerson got a text message from an ex-Sunday school student who now studies at a university in Beijing, China.&nbsp; The message said, “I was so scary to meet a lady.&nbsp; She invited me to her church and said her church believes two gods; one is male and another one is female.&nbsp; Since it was not what I learned from Sunday school, I turned down the invitation.” &nbsp;<i>Amen!</i>&nbsp; Later on, this student told Emerson that she and another ex-student from the Center will be baptized this summer.&nbsp; “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)&nbsp; Praise to be the Lord for His grace!&nbsp; Thank God for His love pouring down to those abandoned children.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">God uses our new Global Chinese Training ministry to open many opportunities for those who are willing to serve His Kingdom among the Chinese people near and far.&nbsp; The Yunnan ministry needs Christian training teachers.&nbsp; The call of “<i>Come over to Macedonia and help us!</i>”<i> </i>is intense and strong.&nbsp; Two seminaries in Taiwan and one church in Hong Kong have requested IM to send missionaries to help them with theological education and developing an English worship service.&nbsp; If you have sensed a burden for His Call, please come to join us to “Send the light, the blessed Gospel light.” <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Times flies!&nbsp; We have been on the field for almost four years, and we will return to the US in mid-July this year for one year of US/PR assignment (Deputation.)&nbsp;&nbsp; Here is our current upcoming schedule when we return to the US.&nbsp; If you are near any of these places, please come and let us personally thank you!&nbsp; If you’d like to set up a gathering, please contact our MPT.&nbsp; We would love to hear from you!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">Our MPT contact: Mrs. Carol Kirn&nbsp; Telephone: 614-436-4629 or Email: <a href="mailto:carol.kirn@yahoo.com">carol.kirn@yahoo.com</a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b>AUGUST<o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">5 -12&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Philadelphia and New Jersey<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">18 -31&nbsp; &nbsp;West Pennsylvania and Ohio</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b>SEPTEMBER&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">1-30&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Ohio and Indiana&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b>OCTOBER&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">1 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Karl Road Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">3-4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;ABC Ohio Annual Gathering<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">9 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Return to SF, CA<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">22-31&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Work trip in Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b>NOVEMBER<o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">1-22&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Work trip in Asia: China <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">23-30&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;SF, CA</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b>DECEMBER<o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">1-31&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;West Coast, The Bay Area and Los Angeles<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">Thank you for your love, prayers and support. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal">May you have a very blessed Easter!&nbsp; May God bless you all!&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/64790-send-the-light https://internationalministries.org/read/64790-send-the-light Reflections of 2016 <p class="MsoNormal">The Chinese New Year of the Monkey became the Chinese Year of the Rooster on January 28, 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp; Our reflection on the Chinese Monkey year (2016) reveals a fruitful year for the ministry.&nbsp; In late 2015, the major assignments at Macau Bible Institute were completed, and International Ministries received an invitation from Yunnan Province Christian Council and Christian Three-self Patriotic Movement committee (YCC &amp; TSPM) to help with their theological training.&nbsp;&nbsp; After the area director Dr. Ben Chan discussed the invitation with us, we quickly moved to Hong Kong and started the Global Chinese Training Ministry in January 2016, and now we have three major ministries:&nbsp; Yunnan Christian training, visiting Hong Kong churches and exploring mission partnerships in Taiwan.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Yunnan Christian training, our primary focus in 2016, has four areas of ministry which also are part of the three years plan: (1) training at Yunnan Theological Seminary and four Christian training centers, (2) a teacher conference, (3) raising scholarships for the students, (4) providing books for their libraries.&nbsp; In four Yunnan trips, we visited Yunnan Theological Seminary, the Bible school, Christian training centers, preached at churches and provided training at the Christian training centers for more than 600 students. During the first visit, we quickly identified with the Apostle Paul’s Macedonian Call: “Come over … and help us.” (Acts 16:9).&nbsp; For details of our first and second trips, please reference our four published journals on <a href="https://www.internationalministries.org/teams/445-wu"><span style="mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:blue">https://www.internationalministries.org/teams/445-wu</span></a> .<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The last half of 2016 was our busiest time.&nbsp; In October we had the third Yunnan trip to the Nujiang area where the Salween River, a river from north to south, passes through a mountain valley. It is called Nujiang Grand Canyon and the “Gospel Grand Canyon” because there are more than 200,000 Christians living in this Nujiang Grand Canyon.&nbsp; Ninety percent of the people of this rural area are believers, and nearly every household believes in Jesus Christ.&nbsp; We were inspired from learning many missionaries’ stories such as James Fraser, Allyn Cooke and Isobel Kuhn; especially their ministries for the Lisu people. &nbsp;A team of four, including both of us, went to the Lisu Christian Training Centers which are on the south side of the Nujiang Grand Canyon.&nbsp; Although the tuition, board and fees are not expensive, some of the student families live in the mountains with low income and need financial support in order to study at the Christian training center.&nbsp;&nbsp; The students are young but eager to learn the Bible. &nbsp;Some students are very sharp and wish to pursue advanced theological education in order to serve the Lord in the future.&nbsp; Please join with us to pray for those students and for their wishes to equip themselves to serve our Lord.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">In November, our biggest team of seven people, including our area director Dr. Chan, went on our fourth Yunnan trip, which was not only for training but also for visiting 8 churches of Wa and Lahu ethnic minorities in total. &nbsp;We visited one historic old wooden church which was built about 90 years ago by an ABC missionary.&nbsp; We had to take off our shoes in order to enter the “Holy Ground.” &nbsp;A new church currently in construction is following this historic church’s architecture.&nbsp; All the churches are built on the mountain top and have the most beautiful views of the countryside.&nbsp; Although the mountainous scenes with the blue sky are beautiful, to reach some of the churches requires a bumpy and slippery ride through the cliffs and hills.&nbsp; One of the churches just built a drivable road in 2016.&nbsp; Most of this church's members speak only their dialect because of limited contact with the outside world, and a majority of the churches do not have an indoor restroom.&nbsp; But these ethnical minorities are giving their most beautiful location to build their church for God.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">As mentioned above, another ministry was to visit churches, especially the Swatow churches at Hong Kong, and invite them to join the Yunnan Training ministry.&nbsp; Our third and fourth Yunnan trip teams had some members from those churches.&nbsp; We invite all those who have a heart for teaching these ethnic Chinese Christians to join us in our ministry.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">This past year we went to Taiwan twice and visited six theological seminaries. &nbsp;From the visits, two seminaries have indicated an interest to partner with IM and requested a missionary to help in their seminaries. &nbsp;One of theological seminaries' purpose is to equip students to be faithful workers in the Church and society and to participate in God's mission among the indigenous communities. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.&nbsp; Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38).&nbsp; We pray that those who have a burden for theological teaching will receive the Macedonian call.<o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal">May God bless your heart for His mission work in this New Year!&nbsp; Happy Chinese New Year!<o:p></o:p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:05:57 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/64357-reflections-of-2016 https://internationalministries.org/read/64357-reflections-of-2016 Be the Lord's Faithful Servant <p>After our first visit to Yunnan (a province of China) in January 2016, we had another fruitful Yunnan training trip in May. The delegation team was made up of Rev. Jenny, Anthony, Rev. Ivy and Emerson. On this trip, we met with the chair of Yunnan Christian Council, Three-Self Movement and the principle of Yunnan Theological Seminary (YTS). Both Ivy and Emerson held a conflict transformation workshop for the graduate-to-be seminary students of YTS. Through the interactive teaching, the students learned how to apply biblical truth to daily life. On Sunday worship service at YTS, Rev. Jenny preached a sermon, “Be the Lord’s Faithful Servant” (Matthew 25:14-30.) After her sermon, we sang a Chinese song called “HE- NE-LI” (in Hebrew) from Isaiah 6:8, “Here am I.” Praise to be the Lord; His Holy Spirit was with us. The worship and song so greatly touched the worshipers’ hearts that there were many tears and responses.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S0XP-5g5Aik" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p>After the YTS, the delegation team was Rev. David, Rev. Jenny and both of us. We went to the Wa Christian Training Center (WCTC). When asked about whether he has plans for another retirement, David said, “I will be 80 years old in 2018, which also will be my 50th year of ministry. God has blessed me with spiritual and physical strength. I have great joy serving God, and I love to serve with IM colleagues as long as I can.” (By the Rev. James Layton, On Location Winter 2016) One is never too old to be the Lord’s faithful servant.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vmTLQU3CoZ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p>On the way to WCTC, there was a downpour. We had to stop the pickup truck and remove easily soaked two pieces of luggage from the open back of the truck and squeeze it into the already fully-packed back seat along with us. We left the pieces of plastic luggage in the open back of the truck. When we arrived WCTC, they had already prepared delicious local ethnic foods for the dinner with some government officers. Although the WCTC had its training center break for the busy farming work, the classroom was packed. Some of them walked 3 hours from their village to WCTC. We are thankful that so many are eager to learn, and the interaction with the students was a blessing to us as well.</p> <p>After the WCTC, the same teaching team traveled 9 hours because of detours to go to the Lahu Christian Training Center (LCTC). On the way there, the road was so bumpy that sometime we swayed side to side and up and down. Ivy graciously joked we were having wonderful, free massages on our backs. Although the road was bumpy, the natural scenery was so beautiful that we forgot our tiredness. When we arrived the LCTC on the next day, they enthusiastically welcomed us with an ethnic Lahu drum dance. The students here were much younger than WCTC’s, but they were just as eager to learn God’s Word. We had the same joyful experience as before at WCTC.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s6ObHTLf0ak" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p>On the way back to Kunming, one of the team members expressed what we all were feeling with “Thank you, God, for this mission experience. I am inspired and learned so much from it.” A missionary is one example of “the Lord's faithful servant.” If you have burden for this Chinese Training ministry, we invite you to join the ministry with us. We can be reached by e-mail at <a href="mailto:wu@internationalministries.org">wu@internationalministries.org</a>.</p> <p>May God bless you to be the Lord’s faithful servant for His Kingdom work.</p> Sun, 07 Aug 2016 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/62772-be-the-lord-s-faithful-servant https://internationalministries.org/read/62772-be-the-lord-s-faithful-servant Shangri-La <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">The city Shangri-La is famous in history and culture for its beautiful, natural scenery.&nbsp; In Tibetan, Shangri-La means the "sun and moon in heart", an ideal home only found in heaven.&nbsp; Shangri-La is a county-level city in northwestern Yunnan province, People's Republic of China and is the location of the seat of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.&nbsp; The city was called Zhongdian, but in an effort to promote tourism in the area, it was renamed in 2001 as Shangri-La after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the 1933 James Hilton novel “Lost Horizon."&nbsp; Here, inhabited by hard-working, honest, hospitable Tibetan, Lisu, Naxi, Bai, Yi, Hui, Miao, Nu, Pumi and 25 other ethnic groups, there are 9 ethnic groups which have more than a thousand people and 33.81% of the population in this Shangri-La county is</span> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">Tibetan.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">After our intensive training ministry at the Wa and Lahu Training centers in late May, we took a three days’ vacation in Shangri-La.&nbsp; When we planned for this trip to Yunnan, we questioned whether we should go to Shangri-La.&nbsp; Based on our physical condition and our ages, we doubted that we should go to this high elevation area.&nbsp; We knew, however, as we become older, it will be more difficult for us to visit Shangri-La, and May's climate is good for us to go there (even if we need to wear goose down clothes) so we went.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">On the first day, a local believer was our guide and took us to visit the old town of Jiantang that was built in CE 800.&nbsp; Although the town is old, the style of wood sculptures and artwork on the buildings are still remarkably detailed and beautiful.&nbsp; When we heard our guide say that her church lacked music instruments and there’s a lady in the church who wanted to learn to play the drum, by chance we walked by a drum store, we went into the store where Ivy and our guide truly enjoyed learning to play the drum.&nbsp; At the end, our guide was surprised to receive two drums from us as the gifts to the church. &nbsp;We joked with her that we look forward to hearing a praise team from the church when we come back in the next time.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">Before we left the drum store, Ivy asked the sales lady if she could pray for her, because this lady has mentioned she had a Christian boyfriend before and she has spent about an hour to teach us to play the drum with the inconvenience and pain of removing the tooth the day before.&nbsp; The prayer so touched the sales lady's heart that she cried.&nbsp; Though the Chinese culture is not comfortable with hugging, Ivy hugged her for a while before saying bye-bye to her.&nbsp; “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)&nbsp; “We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (1 John 4:19-21) &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BgdsAJpwVHY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">After we left the drum store, we had a spicy noodle soup for lunch.&nbsp; Then we went back to the hotel to rest and try to adjust to the high altitude environment.&nbsp; On the way back to hotel, Ivy saw two senior local ladies sitting on a bench, and she sat down to greet and talk with them.&nbsp; In the evening we went to an outdoor open field that had hundreds of people dancing together.&nbsp;&nbsp; Ivy was impressed by their dance and could not resist jumping in to dance with the crowd.&nbsp; She even had a picture taken with two ladies dressed in their ethnic costumes.&nbsp; After the dance, we went to Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner that was a great treat for us.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fGRmoYv4AQM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">On the second day, we went to the</span> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">Pudacuo National Park, a 500-square-mile national park located in Shangri-La County. &nbsp;The park was opened in 2007 and is notable as the first national park in China to meet the standards of the International Union for Nature Conservation.&nbsp; It incorporates the Bita Lake Nature Reserve and the Duhu Scenic Area in the Hongshan region.&nbsp; As such they are part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site.&nbsp; The Bita Hai Lake is about 3,700 meters (12,000 feet) above sea level and is surrounded by dense, deciduous forests.&nbsp; We spent more than four hours to hike the 1.6 km (1.0 mi) trail around entitle Bita Hai Lake, and because of the altitude, we had to use oxygen tank.&nbsp; Our guide accompanied us, and we all praised the Lord for His creation of this beautiful place. &nbsp;“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11) <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">On the third day, we went to Napa Hai Lake, which is 3270 meters above sea level, covering a total area of 66 square kilometers. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides.&nbsp; On the valley floor, where the nature reserve lies, the climate is more temperate, with mild weather reigning from late spring to late fall.&nbsp; For about 3 hours we enjoyed a lovely ride to the small lake through Tibetan villages.&nbsp; The road goes about 40 kilometers around a grass plain where yaks, cattle, sheep and pigs graze.&nbsp; After we returned to Shangri-La city, we had a family type lunch of typical Tibetan food with the local sister's family. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">As servants of Christ, it is our duty to minister and share the "Good News" even when we are on vacation.&nbsp; “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Our own goodness or what we do when we present Christ to others is not important.&nbsp; It matters only that we tell others about our Savior.&nbsp; It is Jesus, the Savior himself who draws them to Him.</span></p> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/62482-shangri-la https://internationalministries.org/read/62482-shangri-la Emerson and Ivy Wu Move to Hong Kong and Expand Their Ministry <p>Emerson and Ivy Wu, originally from Columbus, Ohio, have recently expanded their role in Asia. They now serve Chinese churches in the areas of Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China as directors of the Global Chinese Training Ministry. Working with American Baptist International Ministries (IM) personnel and overseas partners, they seek to identify strategic locations for discipleship and pastoral training.</p> <p>Upon their commissioning in August 2013, the Wus were assigned to Macau and partnered with the Macau Bible Institute on a campus relocation and the initiation of a new curriculum program. Emerson served as director of Administration for the Institute, completing the momentous job of finding a new campus and renovating the Institute’s spaces. As a lecturer and chaplain, Ivy taught classes and started a spiritual formation group with two other teachers to enhance deeper spiritual care for the students. They also taught Sunday school and preached and taught in the area, engaging in fellowship with youth.</p> <p>“We praise the Lord for His leading and provision in expanding our service,” said Emerson and Ivy.</p> <p>The Wus began their transition to Hong Kong, their new home base, in January by undertaking their first field trip to Yunnan Province. There, they visited the Wa and Lahu ethnic minority Christian.</p> <p>“Yunnan Province has 25 of the 56 recognized ethnic groups in China,” the Wus explain. “Most Wa and Lahu people live in a rural and mountainous area that lacks convenient transportation. Most of them are farmers but would like their children to have the same quality educational opportunities that those in developed cities enjoy. We are excited because we have clearly seen that they are God-chosen people, and we may partner with the churches there to strengthen Bible teaching and to develop resources.”</p> <p>During their visits, Emerson and Ivy identified with the Apostle Paul’s Macedonian Call: “Come over … and help us.” (Acts 16:9) They visited a variety of project sites, including an AIDS Prevention Center and the Gospel Drug Rehabilitation Center, while also interacting with the Christian leaders who run the ministries.</p> <p>Ivy and Emerson Wu have been married for 34 years. “Ivy has the gift of evangelism and pastoral care and Emerson has gifts of administration and management,” the couple explains. “God has given us those complementary gifts so we can work together as a team to further God’s kingdom.” They look forward to their collective work in developing a focused new plan for discipleship and pastoral training.</p> <p>In their early days of getting to know the Wa and Lahu people, the Wus were profoundly impressed by the people’s love of music and dance. “These are special gifts that God clearly has given them,” they say. “They live in a rural area without much in the way of better or modern musical instruments, but they are able to use music and dance so well in a spirited way to worship God.”</p> <p>For the weeks and months ahead, the Wus look forward to learning about the culture of the people they have come to serve and toward developing a greater understanding about the real needs. “We will also be adjusting to so much mountainous travel, which is a real challenge to us,” they say.</p> <p>The Wus are inspired to build on the legacy of the Rev. William Young, who first planted the seeds of faith with the Wa people 100 years ago. Over the many years since, more than 800,000 Christians have come to the faith in the Yunnan Province region, the Wus say. “IM has a close partnership with the Yunnan Christian Council and Three Self Patriotic Movement. We are blessed to deepen this relationship and expand our service to more ethnic minority churches.”</p> <p>Prior to their commissioning, the Wus served for many years as deacons and Sunday school teachers at Karl Road Baptist Church in Columbus. They also ministered in the neighboring Chinese community in Columbus while engaging as volunteers in campus ministry at Ohio State University.</p> <p>As they settle into their new role, the Wus ask for prayers. They say:</p> <blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p>“Please pray for God’s grace and salvation so that it pours down to everyone in the Wa and Lahu communities.</p><p>“Please pray that the Lord’s love reaches to everyone in Yunnan.</p><p>“Please pray that God gives us wisdom and loving hearts to serve our brothers and sisters in Yunnan.</p><p>“Please pray that God protects us and keeps us healthy in our new mountainous and rural environment.”</p></blockquote> <p>To learn more about Emerson and Ivy Wu or to support their work, visit their <a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/445-wu">profile page</a> on the IM website. Words of encouragement for Emerson and Ivy may be sent to <a href="mailto:emerson.wu@internationalministries.org">emerson.wu@internationalministries.org</a> or <a href="mailto:ivy.wu@internationalministries.org">ivy.wu@internationalministries.org</a>.</p> <p>IM welcomes comments on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/InternationalMinistries">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>For more information, contact <a href="mailto:catherine.nold@internationalministries.org">catherine.nold@internationalministries.org</a>.</p> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/61408-emerson-and-ivy-wu-move-to-hong-kong-and-expand-their-ministry https://internationalministries.org/read/61408-emerson-and-ivy-wu-move-to-hong-kong-and-expand-their-ministry Exploring a New Field - Yunnan, China <p class="yiv7130063054msonormal">We praise the Lord for His leading and provision, expanding our service from the Macau people to the global Chinese churches. The areas we will serve include Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China with the new ministry title – <i>Director of Global Chinese Training Ministry</i>.&nbsp;<span style="color:#212121;background:white">We will work with overseas partners and IM personnel to identify strategic locations to provide discipleship and pastoral training. Building on our service experience in church and campus ministries in Ohio and at the Macau Bible Institute, we will help Christian training centers and Bible schools to run assessments and improve their curricula, libraries and faculty development. We will also serve as IM liaisons to partners in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and global Chinese churches.</span> <o:p></o:p></p><p class="yiv7130063054msonormal">Currently, we are focusing on the Yunnan Project in Yunnan province, China. In order to achieve the new ministry goal, we moved from Macau to Hong Kong as the mission base. By His grace, we currently live at ABIM’s mission apartment in Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.<o:p></o:p></p><p>January 21-27, we made our first field trip to Yunnan province.&nbsp; The objective was to visit two minority tribe training centers:&nbsp; the Wa tribe and Lahu tribe. We flew from Hong Kong to Kunming (its capital), Yunnan. From there we traveled by car and airplane in order to visit the two training centers in different county/city.&nbsp; During the seven-day trip, we spent about 4 days on the road, 2 days and nights in the Wa Training Center and only three hours at the Lahu Training Center. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="yiv7130063054msonormal">When we arrived, both centers had already begun their winter break, but thankfully, most of the students and teachers were able to travel back from long distances to meet with us. The Lord blessed us with a fruitful trip, and we were able to have open communication with all of them in singing, discussing, dining and worshiping together. Everywhere we went, they would generously host us with their best – the poultry, pork, beef, fish, and veggies which were delicious, seasoned with the local flavors. We were also invited to visit the believers in the village and join a celebration of a new cattle farm. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="yiv7130063054msonormal">Over all,&nbsp;Wa and Lahu tribes love singing and dancing as much as the other ethnicities in Thailand and Myanmar. The training centers and the villages are in the rural areas among the mountains where most of the people need to travel long distances, either by car, motorcycle or walking. Their resources in every aspect are very limited. For this reason, both centers asked for help materially (such as financial support for the music instruments, hardware and literature) and teaching.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="yiv7130063054msonormal">The day before we flew back to Hong Kong, we had dinner with Rev. Yu, the chairman of Yunnan Province Christian Council and Christian Three-self Patriotic Movement committee. He gave us a general picture of the situation regarding the churches, the graduates from Yunnan Theological Seminary&nbsp; (the only seminary in Yunnan province),&nbsp; and college young people.&nbsp; He also emphasized the need for help.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="yiv7130063054msonormal">To conclude this trip, we experienced the truth that our Lord’s ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts.&nbsp; Beforehand, He knew the need in this place, far away from Ohio, the places in Yunnan province. So when the time came, He brought us to China, by way of Macau, to serve His people in Yunnan province by bringing teams of teachers and helpers in the future. Therefore, we are planning the second trip during May or June. Please join our prayers that the Lord will (1) prepare the training teachers (from the States), (2) put all things in the proper setting for the entire team and (3) protect everyone's health.&nbsp; During this trip, both of us had digestive issues.&nbsp; Acclimatization is the most frequent problem we have while traveling from place to place.&nbsp; Thank you for your consistent prayers which sustain and bless us.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">May the Lord also bless you with joy and encouragement as we serve Him by your support.</span><br></p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:45:19 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/61217-exploring-a-new-field-yunnan-china https://internationalministries.org/read/61217-exploring-a-new-field-yunnan-china New Transition in Ministry <p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Dear Friends in Christ,</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Holiday times, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, are difficult for missionaries who are in the field far away from family. We certainly miss our children and others in the family very much. In 2013, we experienced our first Thanksgiving dinner on the field at a community center in Hong Kong, served by the people who had received many blessings and help from that center. For our second Thanksgiving, we enjoyed sharing a turkey-cheese platter in an evening class with Ivy’s students. This year, the third one, we celebrated alone with simple carryout dinner boxes, surrounded by the mess and confusion of larger moving boxes. The reason for that casual celebration is that we are going to move back to Hong Kong within a couple of weeks.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">After consulting with us, International Ministries has reassigned us as Regional Development Workers for the development of Chinese disciples and Christian workers in East Asia. We will be based in Hong Kong, giving special attention to assessing the needs of the Christian workers training programs and developing human resources to support them in consultation with the partners of the area. Our new assignment is effective January 1, 2016.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Are you surprised by this announcement?&nbsp; We certainly were, but Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing…What gain have the workers from their toil? &nbsp;I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. &nbsp;He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (NRSV) Truly, everything has its time!</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We have stayed in Macau for about two years. During this time we learned about the local culture, environment, society and language. Each day had challenges and something new to learn. We even felt we were almost adapting to the local living style, the hot weather, and were building deeper relationships with colleagues and friends here. As Director of Administration at Macau Bible Institute, Emerson completed the momentous job of finding a new campus, renovating both the old and new campuses and maintaining a harmonious atmosphere in the work place. Ivy, as lecturer and chaplain, taught classes and formed a Spiritual Formation group with another two teachers to enhance deeper spiritual care for the students. Both of us also ministered to Evangelize China Fellowship’s Grace Chapel and Children Center by teaching Sunday School, preaching and occasionally fellowshipping with the children. In addition, we&nbsp; discipled other young people, teaching them to establish positive spiritual habits and desiring Christ-like behavior. To conclude, our ministry here did have positive and sound results.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Yet, the Lord has His own plan. When MBI moved to its new campus this July, after spending one year on the renovation and promoting a new MDIV degree program beginning this October, we believed MBI would have a new chapter of life. Evidently, we will not see that to completion, for we are going to start a new chapter in our ministry. The Lord is expanding our ministry to include Macau, Hong Kong and even Mainland China through International Ministries. This year we made a couple of visits to the churches in Swatow, China. In November, we had another opportunity to attend the Amity Foundation’s 30<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Celebration event in Nanjing.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">During that ten day trip, we also saw their project sites at Yunnan province, visited their AIDS Prevention Center and Gospel Drug Rehabilitation Center, and interacted with the church people. On all those visits, we identified with Paul’s Macedonian Call – “Please come to help us!” &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt;">While we were preparing to renew our rental apartment lease for 2016 and the Macau work visas for 2016 before January 10, 2016, International Ministries heard the same voices as we did and redirected our ministry to include a bigger area in East Asia to share the gospel, to teach discipleship training, learned through our experiences in relationship building in Macau and Hong Kong in the past two years.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We are excited to share this good news with you. We will return to the States on December 12 and spend the Christmas season with our children and other sibling families. Therefore, we must complete our move before we leave. Please keep us in your prayers as you always have done. Pray that we have enough time and energy to complete the move while we are wrapping up our final assignments with MBI and ECF. We also want to say meaningful “good-byes” to many friends here in Macau. Pray also that our move from Macau to Hong Kong will be smooth and&nbsp; without surprises.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">May the joy of this special season remain in your heart throughout the coming year.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Merry Christmas!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">In Christian Love and Service,</span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" align="left"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Ivy and Emerson</span><o:p></o:p></p> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60588-new-transition-in-ministry https://internationalministries.org/read/60588-new-transition-in-ministry Summer Celebrations <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt">Summer (from May to September) was very hot in Macau.&nbsp; While the temperature and heat rose higher and higher, Macau’s casino revenue declined lower and lower.&nbsp; “It has experienced 12 straight monthly gaming revenue declines, … a drop of 37 percent compared with the same month a year ago, Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said Monday.” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL 6/1/2015.)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt">This year was our first time to stay in Macau for the entire summer (we went back to attend WMC at Green Lake last summer,) and we have had many celebrations during these months. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt">You may recall that last year we had “The Kris project,” mentoring Kris academically and teaching her practical skills while discipling her spiritually. This year we celebrated Kris’ graduation from middle school.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;From this entire project, Kris regained the confidence to manage her academic work; she returned to church and reconciled the relationship with her parents.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt">We had a celebration with ECF Children (the orphanage) with an “end of school year retreat” on 7/4/2015.&nbsp; We also celebrated with a boy (from the orphanage) who was in Ivy’s Sunday school class. &nbsp;He graduated from high school and began attending a college in Taiwan on 9/1/2015.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt">We celebrated with Grace for her new job.&nbsp; Grace, a lady who loves the Lord, was an ex-ECF co-worker at Grace Chapel.&nbsp; She had been admitted to the hospital for three months because she was burned out from the work.&nbsp;&nbsp; We visited her a couple of times when she was in the hospital and befriended her by caring for her after she was released from the hospital. &nbsp;&nbsp;Now she has rebuilt her confidence enough to return to the workforce.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt">July 12 was Macau Bible Institute’s graduation ceremony for the 26 students who graduated this year; 130 people attended the graduation celebration dinner.&nbsp; July 24 was the official date for MBI’s new campus relocation which includes the completed renovation of new campus.&nbsp;&nbsp; MBI had worked for a decade to complete the government’s compliance regulation, moving all the educational center/school from the residential complex.&nbsp; In God’s perfect time, He used Emerson to complete this new campus relocation. &nbsp;&nbsp;Rev. Ben Chan was the first guest who visited on this day.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt">In mid-July, both Emerson and Ivy went with Rev. Ben Chan (and his wife, Becky) and Rev. David Wong (and his wife, Kathy) to visit the churches at Swatow, China. Rev. Chan, Rev. Wong and Rev. Wu (Ivy) preached in three different churches in three different languages (Cantonese, Swatow dialect, and Mandarin) on Sunday. The Joy Church at which Ivy preached in the morning and the evening services was attended by 1,000 worshippers in total.&nbsp; It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”(</span>Romans<span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt"> 14:11) &nbsp;&nbsp;We also visited a newly constructed Life Church which sits 3,000 people and is attached to a seven-floor building which provides classrooms and guest room facilities for pastors and lay leaders training. The chairman of Shantou Christian TSPM Committee and the chairman of Shantou Christian Association invited Macau Bible Institute to help them train Christian leaders in the future.&nbsp; In mid-August, Emerson and Ivy again went along with the principle of MBI and another faculty to visit them. Praise the Lord. We had a good visit and fellowship time discussing the future partnership. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt">Please pray first that the ECF children grow strong in both body and spirit. &nbsp;Second, that the discipleship training of Macau ministry can be extended to serve the churches in Mainland, China. Third, that Rev. David Wong, Emerson and Ivy will represent IM in attending the dedication ceremony of the Life Church on Oct 11 - 12.&nbsp; Fourth, that God will continue to lead the Macau ministry.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt">We sincerely appreciate your cards, e-mails, phone calls, prayers, love, caring, encouragement and financial support.&nbsp; They lifted us up while we were in the difficult time. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#333333;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt">Note:&nbsp; For the regular (such as monthly) credit card supporters: &nbsp;when your credit card is compromised or expired and International Ministries is not informed, your credit card can no longer be charged. &nbsp;When this is the case and you wish to continue your support of the Macau ministry, please link to this web site: &nbsp;http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/445-wu to re-enter the online gift, or please contact Carol Snyder of American Baptist International Ministries at 1 (800) 222-3872 x2323.&nbsp; She will help you to set up the contribution.&nbsp;&nbsp; Thank you.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 23:54:12 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59788-summer-celebrations https://internationalministries.org/read/59788-summer-celebrations The First Fruit of Faith <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Last winter in Macau was not cold at all, and spring did not have too much rain. Those seasons were not bad, but we are in hot and humid weather now.&nbsp; Though Emerson likes to walk 30 minutes to the office, it is not fun to walk in the rain or in high humidity with wet clothes.&nbsp;&nbsp; Friends have often asked how many times a day we shower, and it depends on how many trips we make out of our apartment because each going out and coming back requires a shower and dry clothes. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background: white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#222222;mso-fareast-language: EN-US">Currently, our major efforts and our “full-time” work are with our ministry partner, Macau Bible Institute (MBI). As a teacher and the chaplain, Ivy is responsible for teaching classes and orchestrating noon worship, prayer meetings, student and co-worker retreats and other spiritual activities. Emerson, as an administrator, is responsible for the daily administrative activities and campus renovations. MBI has completed the renovation of 3 of 8 units in the old campus (convert old classrooms to dormitories) and new campus space (new classrooms and new offices.)&nbsp; We are</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-US"> waiting for the government’s approval before we can move into the new campus, which we expect later this summer.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background: white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#222222;mso-fareast-language: EN-US">Most Sundays we serve at Grace Chapel of </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#222222; mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Evangelize China Fellowship </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#222222;mso-fareast-language: EN-US">(ECF), weekly teaching the Youth Sunday&nbsp;school class and Ivy preaches once a month. In the summer we will have more fellowship activities with these children.&nbsp; Grace, a former coworker at ECF, was admitted to the hospital and had to remain there for two and half months. During that time, we visited her often. And after she came home, we continued meeting with her to coach and disciple her.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#222222; mso-fareast-language:EN-US">On first day of the new spring quarter, after our noon prayer meeting, Ivy was admitted to the local ER for treatment of high blood pressure, and she stayed for a week. Praise the Lord, the prayers worked. She is fine now. &nbsp;While Ivy was in the hospital, </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">her roommate was extremely bored and impatient, waiting for her discharge from the hospital.&nbsp;&nbsp; Every day she saw Ivy peacefully reading her Bible and asked what Ivy read.&nbsp; From our conversations we knew she worked at a casino as a card dealer.&nbsp;&nbsp; She had said her teenage son played games on his cell phone all day long instead of studying or doing homework.&nbsp;&nbsp; Because her work required three shift rotations, she did not have much time with her children.&nbsp; She was worried that her son would become addicted to cell phone’s games, leading to gambling.&nbsp;&nbsp; Once, Ivy asked her, “Do you love your son?&nbsp; If you love your son more than your job, you should consider leaving the casino and changing your job.” &nbsp;The Bible says, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction…. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:2-5) &nbsp;Hallelujah!&nbsp; Praise to be the Lord!&nbsp; Through the Holy Spirit’s leading, Ivy shared the gospel with her roommate numerous times and invited her to accept Jesus Christ as the Savior on the day before she was discharged. We gave “treasures” (three Bibles) to her and her son and daughter. In the hospital the Lord blessed us with several occasions to study the Bible together.&nbsp; Her visitors were greatly surprised to see her reading the Bible and they remarked, “Wow! You have a Bible.”&nbsp;&nbsp; That was the first evidence of the fruit of faith since coming on the field.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Time flies, and we have been in Macau for more than a year and a half.&nbsp; During this time we have learned a lot from our mistakes; we have learned not to exceed our physical limitations and to depend on God.&nbsp; The Holy Spirit has led us to see need and opportunity for ourselves and to know what ministries are needed for Macau.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Please pray for the </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#222222; mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Lord’s wisdom to lead us and His strength to sustain us as we “look upon the fields, white for harvest” and restrict ourselves to a slower pace while Ivy recovers. &nbsp;Please also remember Grace as you pray for her recovery and our discipleship with her.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">We would like to thank you for the warm thoughtful cards, e-mails of encouragement, prayers, and the financial support.&nbsp; They lift us up and keep us upbeat and joyful in the ministry.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59009-the-first-fruit-of-faith https://internationalministries.org/read/59009-the-first-fruit-of-faith Chinese New Year <p class="MsoNormal">This year the Chinese New Year was on February 19. We remember that last year’s Chinese New Year in Macau was similar to our Christmas in the US in that all the stores are closed. However, we did not have a “Special After Christmas Sale” here. On the contrary, the stores were continuously closed for a couple of days, and some were closed for an entire week. The labor/construction workers even took two weeks off. Friends had advised us to purchase plenty of food in advance for the holiday. The main custom of Chinese New Year’s eve is an opportunity for family reunions and for the senior members of a family to give a “Red Envelope” (Blessing money) to the young people. On New Year’s Day people visit their relatives and friends to congratulate them for the New Year.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Time flies. We have served at Macau for one year. We are still learning its language (Cantonese), its culture, and, unfortunately, learning from our mistakes. Though Macau is very small, when we explore new streets, we often get lost in “the maze.” Buses are another challenge, and we are just now learning how to take a free transfer from one bus to another bus. When we came to Macau, Emerson did not feel he was old until he got on the bus. According to the Chinese custom, young people on a bus give his/her seat for senior people. At first, Emerson was not comfortable taking the offered seat, but he had to accept the given seat in response to the people’s respect for senior people. This is one of the customs that we have had to learn and adjust to day by day.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">When we moved to Macau last January, Ivy had eyes problems only one or two days after moving. The family doctor in Macau examined Ivy’s eyes and immediately sent us to Hong Kong hospital as an emergency case. We worried and rushed to Hong Kong. While we waited for the eye doctor, Ivy went to get a cup of coffee. When she came back, she was laughing and said, “God has a sense of humor,” and showed me the cup which read “Take a break.” God knew what the Dr.’s diagnosis would be, and He had already responded in a way that brought humor and relief.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">After the decision to move MBI to a new location, Emerson was so deeply involved in the moving and clean-up up of a 30 year old of building with it’s pollution that he had no time for rest, resulting in his getting a severe sinus infection. He became very sick. From this illness Emerson learned the lesson that we all have our limitations. Praise belongs to the Lord because until that time Emerson had been heathy without taking any medicine. The most enjoyable time for Emerson is a 30 minute walk on a winter morning, a very comfortable time for walking, meditating and praying.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">In this past year, we have enjoyed visits from our supervisor (Rev. Ben Chan), missionary Dr. Buttry and an ABC brother Mr. Kwong from the church at San Francisco. We also so greatly enjoyed and deeply appreciated the visits from our two children and a sister and brother-in-law who made long trips to visit us.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">February 1, 2015 was our 1 year anniversary of serving at Macau. Our ministries have included the following: <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">(1) Macau Bible Institute (MBI) - Ivy served as lecturer, student counselor and field study advisor. She is now the MBI’s chaplain. Emerson serves as the Administrator which includes the campus relocation project. Both of us were prayerfully walking with our co-workers in the MBI difficult transition time. When we started to work at MBI, we were surprised to learn that many key persons had resigned. The campus relocation project had waited for 10 years to launch. We also faced so much resistance to change from the co-workers. But God is faithful and His provision was sufficient for us. He called His children to help on the campus renovation, and the most amazing thing was that God transformed the co-workers from “resistant to change” to “stepping up for involvement.”<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">(2) Evangelize China Fellowship - Our ministry is teaching youth Sunday school, preaching and fellowship with children.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">(3) Preaching to churches.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">(4) Micro movie production project - The finished product title was <i>Priceless Trip</i> in Chinese (<i>A Tale of</i> <i>Two Cities</i> in English), a story of three teen age girls and how they resolved their conflict.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p><font color="#222222" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">(Click to watch the movie with English Sub-title:&nbsp;</font><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MXGJZbRNqY" target="_blank" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MXGJZbRNqY</a><font color="#222222" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">.)&nbsp;</font></p><p class="MsoNormal">(5) Kris project - When we met Kris last March, she was age 17 and in 7th grade. Her school grades were so poor that she could have been retained in the same grade for another year. She had run away from church and had poor relationships with her family; she especially hated that her father gambles so often, and they did not talk each other. Many times when both unexpectedly met in public, they did not even say, “Hello.” However, Praise belongs to the Lord, that through months of mentoring and discipleship, God put His hands on Kris and she made excellent progress. She improved her class grade from the last to the 10th rank; she returned to church; and most amazing was that she reconciled her relationship with her father – she showed up at her father’s birthday dinner.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">(6) Supporting IM’s Conflict Transformation Training.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">(7) Providing Sunday School Teacher training at a Christian Theology Training Center in China.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i>“The seventy returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” … “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”</i> (Luke 10:17-21). All glory belongs to God for His grace and love on Macau ministries.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Although we have rejoiced many times, we had our share of exhausting, challenging, disappointing and even very frustrating times. Your prayers and encouragement have certainly lifted up us. Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support for the Lord’s ministry.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Happy Chinese New Year!<o:p></o:p></p><h1 class="yt watch-title-container" style="margin: 0px 0px 13px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; display: table-cell; vertical-align: top; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-weight: normal; overflow: hidden; font-family: arial, sans-serif; background: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></h1> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:48:24 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/57276-chinese-new-year https://internationalministries.org/read/57276-chinese-new-year A Story of Thanksgiving in Macau <p class="MsoNormal"><b>The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is usually related to the moon and is also known by other names such as: (1) Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival because of the celebration's association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship in ancient time and moon gazing; (2) Mooncake Festival because of the popular tradition of eating mooncakes on this occasion; (3) Reunion Festival because in former times a woman in China would take the occasion to visit her parents before returning to celebrate with her husband and his parents.</b><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>This story occurred on a full moon night, the traditional date for gazing at the moon. Following tradition, we invited some young people to come to our apartment after their dinner to eat mooncake and gaze at the moon.&nbsp; But when the young people heard our invitations, they wanted to change their reunion dinner plans, come to our apartment and cook dinner for us. &nbsp;We told them that we understood that they are students having no income, and the custom is for senior people to host the dinner for young people.&nbsp; They replied that because they had been inspired and filled with Christ’s love since they met us eight months ago, and since thanksgiving is a time to serve others, they insisted on buying the food and cooking dinner for us.&nbsp; Praise belongs to the Lord for revealing His love through us so that those young people understood “Thanksgiving.”&nbsp; <i>“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. "</i>&nbsp;(2 Corinthians 9:11)&nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>They were so enthusiastic and excited while they cooked six dishes. &nbsp;During dinner time, we taught them the American way of table manner.&nbsp; The dinner was so delicious and meaningful because it had ingredients of love from each of us.&nbsp; Ivy offered to teach them how to make the “American” style of mooncake (a name Ivy created for the cake she made.)&nbsp; We ate mooncake and chatted until midnight, rejoicing in the “reunion dinner,” the Mid-Autumn Festival we shared with our young friends after our first year in Macau. &nbsp;We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for these young people whom God has brought us to serve.</b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>Our PSG is 85% now. &nbsp;We pray for God’s children to hear the call to support His ministry.</b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><br></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless each and everyone of you and your families!<o:p></o:p></b></p> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56452-a-story-of-thanksgiving-in-macau https://internationalministries.org/read/56452-a-story-of-thanksgiving-in-macau New WMO DVD Focusing on Teens in Macau Is Now Available to Congregations <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">This year’s </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin">World Mission Offering’s (WMO)</span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin"> video collection is now available on one DVD at no cost to congregations. It focuses on the Macedonian Vision in Acts 16 and illustrates through compelling stories and informative narrative how this vision is alive even today through American Baptist International Ministries (IM) in Macau, China, and all over the world.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">This 4-part video series brings to light the plight of teenagers affected by gambling, addictions, crime, prostitution and broken families in the world’s largest gambling mecca: Macau, China. It tells the story of how Evangelize China Fellowship (ECF), IM’s partner in China, reached out to IM for help and how God is leading IM and churches in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to respond to this call. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">The videos, each about 2 minutes in length, are designed for use in congregational worship, small group Bible study and Sunday school classes. The first three videos are narrated by Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chan, IM area director for East Asia, India, Hong Kong and China. The fourth summarizes the story and is narrated by Rev. Dr. Reid Trulson, IM executive director.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">The videos come with an in-depth study guide developed by Rev. Ron Schlosser. This is designed to help a small church group walk through the stories independently, or with the guidance of a pastor or lay leader.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">World Mission Offering</span></b></a><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"> resources were mailed to congregations in July.</span></b> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">WMO educational materials based on this year’s theme, <i>Rise to the Challenge</i>, were mailed to churches in July and are available for free download on the </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin">WMO website</span></a><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">. <b>To order additional materials at no cost, call <span class="skypec2ctextspan">1-800-4JUDSON</span>.</b></span> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">In addition to the DVD and study guide, these educational materials include a full-color map of IM’s missionaries and development workers, bulletin inserts, pew envelopes, a Leader’s Guide and a Mission Study Guide. </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Why focus on IM’s new ministry in Macau?</span></b> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Macau is the home of the largest casino gambling mecca in the world, far surpassing Las Vegas in revenue and size. Less than 1% of the population consists of Protestant Christians, according to a recent survey by Dr. Ellis Yau, former principal of IM partner the Macau Bible Institute. ECF recognized the great need to help the teenagers and college students. It approached IM for help to change the hearts of teenagers and to raise up a new generation of Christian leaders.</span> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Congregations’ gifts to the World Mission Offering made this new ministry possible.</span></b> <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">The </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">World Mission Offering</span></b></a><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"> is a vital source of support for the entire work of IM, including this new ministry with teenagers and college students in Macau. Gifts to the WMO support current global personnel as well as new missionary recruitment and training efforts.</span> <o:p></o:p></p> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Contributions to the WMO will be used to glorify God in all the earth by crossing cultural boundaries, with the goal of helping people <i>come</i> to faith in Jesus, <i>grow</i> in their relationships with God and <i>change</i> their worlds through the power of the Spirit. Many of the global ministries that IM supports and develops could not continue, nor could new areas of mission be established, without generous contributions to the WMO. Individuals and churches can give to the WMO year-round.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Adobe Garamond Pro&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"></span><div><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><br></span></div><div><p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">For more information, contact Catherine Nold at </span></i><a href="mailto:Catherine.Nold@InternationalMinistries.org"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Catherine.Nold@InternationalMinistries.org</span></i></a><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p></div> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55534-new-wmo-dvd-focusing-on-teens-in-macau-is-now-available-to-congregations https://internationalministries.org/read/55534-new-wmo-dvd-focusing-on-teens-in-macau-is-now-available-to-congregations Home, Sweet Home <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">In July and August, we came back to the US to take part in the International Ministries 200th Anniversary event at Green Lake for two weeks.&nbsp; Though we had been on the field for only 10 months, it was an emotional moment when our airplane touched down on our home land, and especially when we saw our children.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">At the “All Staff Gathering” in Green Lake, in our session of meeting with fellow missionaries, several shared their concerns of missionary family life.&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the issues was “where is our home?”&nbsp; One shared that they were afraid to tell their 90 years old mother that they had sold their house and were going to the mission field.&nbsp; In the mother’s mind no permanent house (physical building/place) meant that they were homeless, and they did not want to hurt her feelings.&nbsp; Another shared that when they sold their house, their children were sad.&nbsp;&nbsp; Someone else shared that their children had difficulty transferring the idea of home, and even though they had a new rental house on field, they thought their memorable home sweet home was gone.&nbsp; Another one shared that when their children came to the mission field to visit them, she cried when she heard her husband say, “Welcome home,” to their children.&nbsp; When I heard those feelings, I had tears and asked myself, “Did we abandon our children, though they are adult and on their own, to become “homeless?”&nbsp;&nbsp; It was a “rain of tears” session when we shared our heartfelt concerns.&nbsp;&nbsp; The session leader commented, “Certainly, this is one of the proofs that missionaries pay a high price to serve people.” <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">When we began our return to Macau, one of our flights was canceled, and we were delayed two days in going to San Francisco to visit churches, relatives and our children.&nbsp;&nbsp; We tried to squeeze a five-day schedule into three days.&nbsp; So, we planned a late evening to visit our relatives on the day before departing the US.&nbsp; The relative suggested that we come early and have dinner at a restaurant.&nbsp; However, we already had plans with our children to have a “home made” dinner at our daughter’s apartment.&nbsp;&nbsp; We had taken our children to buy Chinese groceries in the morning, and Ivy cooked for hours and trained our daughter to make Zhongzi</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">&nbsp;(sticky rice with bamboo leaves.)&nbsp;&nbsp; It was a wonderful and memorable homemade dinner, memorable because it was the family having dinner at “home.” The children later made the comment: “Making Zhongzi made the house smell good.” Certainly, there was the <b><u>special ingredient</u></b> added, the relational love of the family.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">While at the All Staff Gathering, I was thinking about “what is home?”&nbsp; Is home a physical building/place?&nbsp; Do missionaries consider themselves homeless? Where is our home?&nbsp; Then I saw the double rainbow’s response during the conference.&nbsp;&nbsp; This sign reminded me of the promise of our eternal home.&nbsp;&nbsp; “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.&nbsp; My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?&nbsp; And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.&nbsp; You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">Please pray that &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Holy Spirit will help us to discern the evil on every dark corner in Macau.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Lord will strength our physical condition to deal with the environment and weather.</span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">(c)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Lord will call His children to support His ministry’s financial need.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55276-home-sweet-home https://internationalministries.org/read/55276-home-sweet-home Congregations Kick Off 2014 World Mission Offering on September 1 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML></o:RelyOnVML> <o:AllowPNG></o:AllowPNG> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves></w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting></w:TrackFormatting> 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</xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Adobe Garamond Pro","serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML></o:RelyOnVML> <o:AllowPNG></o:AllowPNG> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">In recognition of American Baptist International Ministries's (IM) 200th year in global mission, this year’s <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21">World Mission Offering’s (WMO)</a> educational resources highlight a new ministry to teenagers affected by gambling, addictions, crime, prostitution and broken families on the Chinese island of Macau. This new ministry of evangelism and discipleship was made possible by churches’ and individuals’ gifts to the WMO. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Why Macau?</span></b> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Macau is the home of the largest casino gambling mecca in the world, far surpassing Las Vegas in revenue and size. Less than 1% of the population is estimated to be Protestant Christians, according to a recent survey by Dr. Ellis Yau, former principal of IM partner: the Macau Bible Institute. Evangelize China Fellowship (ECF), another IM partner, saw a great need to help the teenagers and college students. It approached IM for help to change the hearts of teenagers and to raise up a new generation of Christian leaders.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Congregations’ gifts to the World Mission Offering made this new ministry possible.</span></b> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Empowered by U.S. and Puerto Rican churches’ gifts to the World Mission Offering, IM was able to respond. IM worked with ECF to assess the situation, then found and prepared a couple with a strong track record of working with youth. In 2013, IM development workers, Emerson and Ivy Wu joined with ECF to open a new field of ministry in the heart of this world-famous gambling mecca.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21">World Mission Offering</a> resources were mailed to congregations in July.</span></b> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">WMO educational materials based on this year’s theme, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Rise to the Challenge</i>, were mailed to churches in July and are available for free download on the <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21">WMO website</a>. <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">To order additional materials, call <span class="skype_c2c_print_container notranslate">1-800-4JUDSON</span><span id="skype_c2c_container" class="skype_c2c_container notranslate" dir="ltr" tabindex="-1" onmouseover="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.showMenu(this, event)" onmouseout="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.hideMenu(this, event)" onclick="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.makeCall(this, event)" data-numbertocall="+18004583766" data-isfreecall="false" data-isrtl="false" data-ismobile="false"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr" skypeaction="skype_dropdown"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span" id="non_free_num_ui"><img class="skype_c2c_logo_img" src="resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png" height="0" width="0"><span class="skype_c2c_text_span">1-800-4JUDSON</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span"></span></span></span></span>.</b></span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">These resources include an inspiring four-part video series telling the story of IM’s response to the call for help from Macau and how Emerson and Ivy Wu stepped in the meet the needs. Also included are a full-color map of IM’s missionaries and development workers, bulletin inserts, pew envelopes, a Leader’s Guide and a Mission Study Guide. These educational materials can be used in worship services, Sunday school classes, adult and youth groups, Bible studies and more!</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">The <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">World Mission Offering</b></a> is a vital source of support for the entire work of IM, including the Wu’s new ministry with teenagers and college students in Macau. Gifts to the WMO support current global personnel as well as new missionary recruitment and training efforts.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Contributions to the WMO will be used to glorify God in all the earth by crossing cultural boundaries, with the goal of helping people <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">come</i> to faith in Jesus, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">grow</i> in their relationships with God and <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">change</i> their worlds through the power of the Spirit. Many of the global ministries that IM supports and develops could not continue, nor could new areas of mission be established, without generous contributions to the WMO. Individuals and churches can give to the WMO year-round.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">For more information, contact Catherine Nold at </span></i><a href="mailto:Catherine.Nold@InternationalMinistries.org"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">catherine.nold@internationalministries.org</span></i></a><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">.</span></i></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55214-congregations-kick-off-2014-world-mission-offering-on-september-1 https://internationalministries.org/read/55214-congregations-kick-off-2014-world-mission-offering-on-september-1 Global Workers Rise to the Challenge in the Shadow of Macau's Casino Glitter <p align="center"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><font size="3"><strong>The story of how spiritual darkness is confronted by International Ministries workers</strong> </font></span></i></span></p><p align="center"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></i></span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><font size="3"><strong>and Christian partners</strong></font></span></i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><font size="3"><strong>&nbsp;in Macau, China.</strong> </font></span></i></p><h1 style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><font size="3">This is the second in a series of articles.</font></span></i></h1><h1 style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><font size="3">Free educational materials will arrive in churches in August.</font></span></i></h1><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">When God’s people rise to the challenge of mission, searching and struggle are often part of the process.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o /--><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">That is as true today as it was during the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys almost 2,000 years ago. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">So it should come as no surprise that, when International Ministries (IM) workers Emerson and Ivy Wu arrived in Macau, China, earlier this year, they were faced with several challenges to their ministry to the youth and college students in a spiritually dark, casino-dominated culture.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Macau’s insidious gambling industry draws millions of people each year with the dazzling lure of quick riches, but has resulted a younger generation trapped in a culture that discourages the pursuit of higher education and fulfilling work.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Challenges and Opportunities<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">The biggest surprises that confronted the Wus when they arrived in Macau were the unexpected changes in leadership in both of IM’s partner ministries with which they will work, the Macau Bible Institute (MBI) and Evangelize China Fellowship (ECF).<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">“It took us some time to get settled and move forward into the ministry,” Emerson says. “Looking back, however, we realize that both of us had been prepared by God with the experience and education necessary to provide leadership. Beginning a new ministry could have been hindered by ‘we’ve never done it before’ thinking. God’s wisdom and timing never cease to amaze.”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">In addition to the work with IM’s partners, the Wus also spend time tutoring Macau teenagers. But there have been challenges there, too.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">“The youth are struggling,” Ivy says. “Many youth are struggling from the impact of both the casino environment and the community. Family is often the first thing to be affected. We have learned to be sensitive and have a listening ear in every situation. It is like we are in the midst of their struggle and are fighting the spiritual war with them.”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Still another challenge faced by the Wus has been communication.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">“The people of Macau are more reserved but will open up when you gain their trust. In this respect, the needs for God’s intervention and for spending time in prayer are very clear to us. Unless hearts are well prepared and cultivated by God, any gospel, truth, discipleship or ministry could hardly bloom,” wrote the Wus.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">What has been the Wus’ biggest victory in their first few months in Macau?<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">“The biggest victory we have had is that the Lord blessed both of us with our own personal transformations before we were given any victory with our work at MBI and ECF,” Emerson and Ivy wrote. “Daily surrender to the Lord and trusting in his faithfulness have been key to our joy. However, by God’s grace, we have contributed to the stability of our partners in their leadership transition. We are also involved in two exciting projects: conflict transformation training for pastors and Christian leaders and micro-movie production training for young adults.” <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">“I am delighted to see how the Wus’ ministries have blessed the people in Macau,” commented Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chan, IM’s area director for China and Hong Kong. </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Rise to the Challenge!<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">As the Emerson and Ivy continue to rise to the challenges in Macau, American Baptists will also be encouraged this year to <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Rise to the Challenge</b> through the World Mission Offering in support of the Wus and for the global work of IM as it recruits, places and sustains missionaries and workers around the world.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">This summer, many churches will be receiving a package of World Mission Offering educational materials. The package will include a four-part video series chronicling the call of Ivy and Emerson Wu, as well as additional materials to help touch the hearts and broaden the perspectives of church members for global missions.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Churches may request these free materials by emailing <a href="mailto:daniela.glomb@internationalministries.org"><font color="#0000ff">daniela.glomb@internationalministries.org</font></a>, or by leaving a message at 1-610-768-2208. Starting July 20, educational resources and the videos may be downloaded from the World Mission Offering website at <a href="http://www.worldmissionoffering.org/"><font color="#0000ff">www.worldmissionoffering.org</font></a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><em>For more information, contact Catherine Nold: </em><a href="mailto:catherine.nold@internationalministries.org"><em>catherine.nold@internationalministries.org</em></a></span></p><p> </p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/54565-global-workers-rise-to-the-challenge-in-the-shadow-of-macau-s-casino-glitter https://internationalministries.org/read/54565-global-workers-rise-to-the-challenge-in-the-shadow-of-macau-s-casino-glitter A Modern-Day Prodigal Son <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;color:#282828;background:white">March 27 through June 10, 2014 is Ivy’s first quarter of teaching and her first time to be a Practicum Supervisor at Macau Bible Institute (MBI), one of our ministry partners. Most students have to choose a practicum field, either in a church, an organization or other place during the school year. One of the students, Mr. Xu, has a strong sense that the Lord has called him to serve people with drug addiction, and he has devoted his time and energy to serve the people across the Pearl River Delta areas in the southeast part of China which includes Macau.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;color:#282828;background:white">In April, MBI had a two-day faculty and staff retreat at a distant city.&nbsp; On the way there, Mr. Xu invited us to visit his Gospel Rehabilitation Center for Drug Addiction. The Center consists of two simple buildings with one or two floors with a minimum allowance of electricity.&nbsp; The Center houses about ten people along with some volunteers. They have planted 250 fruit trees and vegetable fields around the center and raise chickens and pigs. They cook outdoors over open fires. Within two years, the gospel has borne fruit in several young people coming to the Lord. One of them recovered from his addiction and became a volunteer. The following is his story he shared with us that day.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;color:#282828">"When I was addicted, I was rejected by my family, especially my father. Every one isolated me because they were afraid I was going to steal their money.&nbsp; Since I accepted Christ as my Savior and Lord and was transformed through His words, my father trusts me. His acceptance of me has restored my dignity.&nbsp; He trusts me to be the head of the house.&nbsp; Once again, I am accepted into the family. I am honored. The most important thing is that I am loved.”&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;color:#282828">Indeed. <i>“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this one of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”</i> (Luke 15:21-24)</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Times&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Times">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial; color:#282828">He is a modern example of the prodigal son in scripture.&nbsp; Surely God's word and truth change lives.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;color:#282828">We will return to the US for the World Mission Conference (WMC) at Green Lake, WI in July.&nbsp;&nbsp; After the WMC, we will visit churches in Ohio and the San Francisco Bay area in late July through mid-August.&nbsp; If God is willing, we may see you soon this summer.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;color:#282828">May God bless you and give you a wonderful summer!</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Times"><o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/54095-a-modern-day-prodigal-son https://internationalministries.org/read/54095-a-modern-day-prodigal-son IM Rises to the Challenge of Bringing the Hope of Jesus Christ to Macau <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">The Story of How Spiritual Darkness is Confronted by </span></i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">IM Workers and Christian Partners in Macau. <!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p align="center"> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">The first in a series of articles. <o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p align="center"> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Free educational materials to arrive in churches in August.</span></i></p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">The problems are so clear—and so devastating—that they can be easily seen though the eyes of a teenager.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Kris, a 17-year-old who recently came to know Christ through a church evangelist, sees deep-seated problems in her native Macau. Even as a young teen, she knows that her generation is suffering and in need of immediate help.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Macau is a special administrative region of China near Hong Kong with a casino gambling presence far larger than the Las Vegas strip, and with a population that is less than one percent Christian. </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">On the surface, Macau looks glamorous, prosperous and thriving, with millions of tourists arriving each year. But underneath, there is a darker story. It is one of crime, addictions, prostitution, broken families and spiritual need. </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Worse still, there is an entire generation of 15- to 25-year olds who are forced to choose between two worlds—the empty lure of money OR a fulfilling life in the Spirit.“This isn’t the way it should be,” Kris says, echoing the frustration of her peers.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">“Come Over to (Macau) and Help Us!”</span></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">The call from youth and young adults like Kris and from two International Ministries (IM) partners: Macau Bible Institute (MBI) and Evangelize China Fellowship has led IM to raise up, train and place global personnel in Macau.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">After two years of preparation, IM sent Emerson and Ivy Wu to Macau—Emerson as an administrator and Ivy as a lecturer and student counselor at MBI. The Wus also work alongside IM partner Evangelize China Fellowship to minister to children and youth.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Their goal is to provide the teaching, encouragement and support so desperately needed to raise up a generation of new Christian leaders in Macau.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">“This is a thrilling story that every church member needs to hear,” says Reid Trulson, IM executive director. “It vividly demonstrates the role played by IM to help people around the world come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit.”</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Free videos and educational materials available to pastors this August</span></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">This summer, many churches will be receiving a four-part video series that chronicles the call of Ivy and Emerson Wu to minister in Macau. </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Churches may request these free materials by emailing Catherine Nold at</span></i></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><font color="#0000ff"><a href="mailto:catherine.nold@internationalministries.org">catherine.nold@internationalministries.org</a><u>&nbsp;</u></font></span></i><i style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">or by calling <span class="skype_c2c_print_container notranslate">1-800-768-2182</span><span id="skype_c2c_container" class="skype_c2c_container notranslate" dir="ltr" tabindex="-1" onmouseover="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.showMenu(this, event)" onmouseout="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.hideMenu(this, event)" onclick="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.makeCall(this, event)" skype_menu_props="{&quot;numberToCall&quot;:&quot;+18007682182&quot;,&quot;isFreecall&quot;:false,&quot;isMobile&quot;:false,&quot;isRtl&quot;:false}"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr" skypeaction="skype_dropdown"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span" id="non_free_num_ui"><img class="skype_c2c_logo_img" src="resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png" height="0" width="0"><span class="skype_c2c_text_span">1-800-768-2182</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span"></span></span></span></span> (leave a message).</span></i><i style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></i>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">The videos will be downloadable from the IM website at</span></i></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/"><font color="#0000ff">www.internationalministries.org</font></a>; click on "World Mission Offering."</span></i></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span></i>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">These videos, each less than 2 minutes in length, are ideal for showing in worship services and Bible study settings.They succinctly demonstrate the need for the gospel in Macau, and how development workers Emerson and Ivy Wu were called, trained and supported, and how they began their ministry in Macau with IM’s help.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">“It’s important for church members to see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into sending missionary personnel abroad—from prayerful vision and planning to raising up, to identifying a need and a global Christian partner, to training and to placing workers where they are needed most,” Trulson says. </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">“<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">It’s all about how IM works to send the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">right global personnel </i></b></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">for the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">right task</i> to be <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">effective</i> in meeting a country’s spiritual needs.”</span></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The videos will be sent to churches in July with this year’s World Mission Offering materials, with an accompanying study guide and sermon suggestions. </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Rise to the Challenge!<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">PRAY</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"> for the Wus and the youth and college students of Macau<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">GIVE </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">to International Ministries to help grow and sustain IM’s ministries and global staff and partners who serve in more than 70 countries worldwide.&nbsp; </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 9pt;">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: <a href="mailto:Catherine.Nold@InternationalMinistries.org">catherine.nold@internationalministries.org</a><o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p> </p><div data-uiid="0" data-murl="https://pipe.skype.com/Client/2.0/" data-fp="{E7041D1F-B18F-45C9-B3EF-8C27304125D9}" onmouseout="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.hideMenu(this, event)" onmouseover="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.showMenu(this, event)" style="display: none;" id="skype_c2c_menu_container" class="skype_c2c_menu_container notranslate"><div class="skype_c2c_menu_click2call"><a target="_self" id="skype_c2c_menu_click2call_action" class="skype_c2c_menu_click2call_action">Call</a></div><div class="skype_c2c_menu_click2sms"><a target="_self" id="skype_c2c_menu_click2sms_action" class="skype_c2c_menu_click2sms_action">Send SMS</a></div><div class="skype_c2c_menu_add2skype"><a target="_self" id="skype_c2c_menu_add2skype_text" class="skype_c2c_menu_add2skype_text">Add to Skype</a></div><div class="skype_c2c_menu_toll_info"><span class="skype_c2c_menu_toll_callcredit">You'll need Skype Credit</span><span class="skype_c2c_menu_toll_free">Free via Skype</span></div></div> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53535-im-rises-to-the-challenge-of-bringing-the-hope-of-jesus-christ-to-macau https://internationalministries.org/read/53535-im-rises-to-the-challenge-of-bringing-the-hope-of-jesus-christ-to-macau A Time for Everything <p class="MsoNormal">Time flies. &nbsp;Six months have passed since we left for Macau. Because we did not yet have approval of our visas for Macau, we stayed in Hong Kong in the missionary apartment. We were disappointed but were thankful for a place to live and thought perhaps God was giving us time to adjust to the culture, customs, transportation and financial systems, weather and time to learn Cantonese. But it was taking so long that we began to wonder if God really wanted us to serve at Macau.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Praise the Lord! We were finally informed in January that our work permit was approved, and we traveled back and forth from Macau and Hong Kong completing visa paper work, finding an apartment and purchasing a few things we needed for the new place. After moving, we were physically exhausted, but we were excited and wanted to quickly settle down so that we could start to serve. Very soon, however, the vision in Ivy’s left eye was blocked by lots of black floating specks so we quickly went to see the doctor.&nbsp; The doctor in Macau called Hong Kong’s hospital and arranged an appointment for her and instructed us to go to Hong Kong immediately. Believing it was an extreme emergency, we hurried. But going to Hong Kong and waiting for the doctor took three hours. While we waited, Ivy went to get a cup of coffee. I was anxious about her eye, but when she returned, she was smiling. Then she showed me what was written on her cup, “Take a break”. How marvelous! God had given us a reassuring message even before seeing the eye doctor. Ivy’s eye would be fine; we just needed to take a break from our frantically busy time.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Regarding our assignment, we work at Macau Bible Institute (MBI) from Tuesday to Friday. Ivy serves as Lecturer and student counselor; Emerson serves as Administrator. We both are Sunday school teachers for Evangelize China Fellowship (ECF) children. Ivy preaches in churches when she is called. We also have ministries for ECF Children Center alumni fellowship and youth fellowship, and for some activities we open our apartment. Currently we are mentoring an 8th grade girl who was one of three girls who guided us to see Macau’s famous street and casino when we had our four-day vision trip to Macau in 2012. After we left Macau in 2012, her spiritual journey was up and down, resulting in her walking away from the Lord. Now that we have reconnected with her, she has returned to Christ. Ivy counsels and mentors her for life transformation, and Emerson coaches her for academic work.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">While we were still in the States, many people asked, "Why Macau?" Now that we are in Macau, many Macanese ask the same question. When we came to Macau last fall for our first meeting with our visa sponsor/partner MBI, we found them in chaos. The principal of MBI had resigned, and the administrator, who was on sabbatical, later resigned also. After those two resigned, MBI had only one full-time faculty memberand was in need of more. The other partner, ECF Grace Chapel, had a similar circumstance. Important personnel had retired. Our reason for being in Macau was clear. This is where we were needed. After our move to Macau and assessment of our situation, IM sent a Conflict Transformation team to lead a conference from which there have been good results. We are thankful and deeply appreciative of their guidance and leadership. We will also help Dr. Dan Buttry and Rev. Ben Chan to arrange a three years conflict transformation training in Macau. God is so good.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">If you have been reading our newsletters, you know that Macau has a casino environment which brings alcohol, sex, drugs and gambling issues to the people, especially the youth. Satan uses the casino to destroy family relationships. For the benefit of earning a good living, many parents sacrifice family time, especially with their children, opening the door for them to look elsewhere for love and emotional support. Youth are easily trapped in temptation. How would we have known that we would be the ones called to fill the needs? God's timing is always right. Our omniscient God knew what was needed and when it was needed two years before we came. Although Macau is affected by sin and also a city that God will not give up. God has not forsaken His love for the people of Macau.&nbsp; Macau desperately needs the gospel and His servants to serve here. So why Macau? Our answer is consistently “It is God’s calling.” Through these months on the field, we have realized that mission is not what we want or can do, but what God wants. Our desire is but to follow His will.&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Prayer request:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 24pt; text-indent: -24pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]-->•<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->that God’s love will melt the hard-hearted people<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 24pt; text-indent: -24pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]-->•<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->that God’s light will shine on every dark corner<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 24pt; text-indent: -24pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]-->•<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->that God’s word will grow in the hearts of the youth</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 24pt; text-indent: -24pt;"><o:p></o:p>•<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>that God’s protection will cover these young people</p><p> </p><br> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53114-a-time-for-everything https://internationalministries.org/read/53114-a-time-for-everything Prayers Have Been Answered <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">Peace and Happy New Year!<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">Praise the Lord!&nbsp; Macau Bible Institute (MBI), our partner in Macau, just notified us that our working permit finally was issued.&nbsp; We are really surprised that it has come so soon after the unexpected delay and "restart" process after we arrived.&nbsp; Thanks for all your faithful prayers in the past several months. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">MBI wants us to start the work beginning in February 2014 (after Chinese New Year). So we will go to Macau on Tuesday (1/7/2014) to submit more documents for the visa application and look for the rental apartment. We may stay in Macau for two to three weeks to set up and prepare what we can for ministry.&nbsp; After that, we will come back to Hong Kong and do the final move from the mission apartment.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">Please pray for us with the following requests. Thank you in advance for your faithful prayers.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.25in;line-height:115%; mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">•<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">For the smooth visa process <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.25in;line-height:115%; mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">•<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">For quickly finding a suitable rental apartment<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.25in;line-height:115%; mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">•<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">For making the new adjustment to the environment <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:38:16 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/52114-prayers-have-been-answered https://internationalministries.org/read/52114-prayers-have-been-answered Life of the Banyan tree and the life of the Church <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; It has been three months since we left home in early September. Since then, we were in HK for a month and a half, in Macau for one month, and have returned to HK for four weeks. All the moves were necessary as we wait for our working visas for Macau. Without those visas we are not allowed to do our ministry with the partners there. Currently, we plan to stay in HK and wait patiently for the visa approval before we reenter Macau.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We praise the Lord for His leading and preparation, providing for us a full month’s orientation in both HK and Macau when we arrived those new lands.&nbsp; Macau is quite different from HK, although they are only an hour's distance via speedy jet boat. In history and lifestyle, the biggest differences are these: Macau is a former Portuguese colony from the mid-16<sup>th</sup> century until late 1999.&nbsp; It is a much smaller land mass and the pace of life is much slower; the people, many of whom worship small gods, are more gentle and relaxed.&nbsp; Hong Kong is a former British colony from after the First Opium War (1839-42) until 1997. The pace of life is much faster, and the people are more self-focused and aggressive.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Praise the Lord.&nbsp; Right before we left Macau, we attended a Sunday night worship meeting at our partner church (ECF). It was their first meeting after the church promoted and prayed about it over a year ago.&nbsp; From that time no one had attended, so the pastor was going to close it. However, right before he made that decision, an alumna from the Children Centre (attached to ECF) insisted on keeping the church open and made a large financial contribution to the church. At the first meeting, although there were only five people in total, the pastor shared his thanksgiving with tears. I (Ivy) wept also at seeing our Lord’s faithfulness in that He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. But when we are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that we can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On the day after Thanksgiving (at that time we already returned to HK), we attended a first meeting for couples, held through the outreach of The American Baptist Mission Hong Kong Swatow Baptist Church Community Service Association (ABMSBC). We saw God’s grace and faithfulness again through their many services, especially the Food Bank. A pastor joined their ministry and took charge of the Caring Service two years ago.&nbsp; With numerous home visitations, he brought Christ’s image of love, faithfulness, and trust to many low-income families.&nbsp; Through his personal ministry, two cases of suicide were miraculously prevented.&nbsp; Several people became Christ-followers and were baptized, and many new fellowship groups were formed. Now, a new Life Center will be God’s leading vision for them.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: .5in"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">Hallelujah! Our God is mighty. Christ Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords.&nbsp; As we celebrate Baby Jesus’ birth during this Advent season, our greatest joy and comfort is what the angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a SAVIOR has been born to you; He is the MESSIAH, the LORD. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Afterward, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel and gave the praise, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:8-14) Truthfully, Jesus Christ has proclaimed His mission to the world was to “proclaim good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, set the oppressed free and the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:17-19)</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are lots of banyan trees in HK and Macau.&nbsp; Most of them are very old with many extended roots. I love watching them as I imagine the life of the churches, striving under the change or oppression of culture and time, yet, they continue to grow even more vigorous. As we think of you and give thanksgiving for all your continuous prayers and financial support, we also pray that you will grow strong as those banyan trees. May our Lord’s glory be magnified through you and the churches.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Please keep lifting us up to the Throne room of Grace in your prayers for&nbsp;</p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>The visa application to go smoothly and be approved soon</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Mastering Cantonese with an in-home class twice a week with a volunteer mentor&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Learning about the culture and people around HK, Macau, and the nearby areas in Mainland China</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fellowship with the churches and friends that we have already established and those to come in HK and Macau</p></blockquote><div style="text-indent: -24px;"><br></div> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51907-life-of-the-banyan-tree-and-the-life-of-the-church https://internationalministries.org/read/51907-life-of-the-banyan-tree-and-the-life-of-the-church Our New Chapter <p class="MsoNormal">After the Mission Summit at Kansas City in June, we were busy visiting churches and planning the Commissioning Service.&nbsp;&nbsp; We were close to reaching 100% of our personal support goal and had been advised that with the goal achieved and the commissioning service held, shortly thereafter we would be departing to the mission field – Macau.&nbsp; We wondered how that could be done within three months and how we could say “Good bye” to Ivy’s 93 years old mother. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">August was a very stressful month.&nbsp; Ivy’s mother went to the Lord on August 1st, the Commissioning Service occurred on August 18, leaving us only about 10 days to choose and pack what we would take to Macau, dispose of or store everything else, clean the apartment and pack the luggage.&nbsp; We had our brothers, sister, sisters-in-law and nephew to help in the last three days before we left Columbus on August 29.&nbsp; After that we stayed a few days with our children in San Francisco. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">All praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, for we safely arrived in Hong Kong with seven large pieces of luggage on September 5. Some of our bags contain the materials and/or computer accessories for ministry.&nbsp; Only our Omnipotent God could have made it happen within three months.&nbsp; While waiting for the approval of our visas to Macau, we will stay at IM’s mission apartment in Hong Kong.&nbsp;&nbsp; We will have orientation consisting of learning Cantonese, the local culture, the environment, and we shall visit churches.&nbsp; Thanks to be the Lord that calls His children and faithful servants from local churches to help us.&nbsp; Since the environment and the process of doing simple business is different, we need to learn many things such as the location of the ATM for withdrawing money, how to take the subway and even how to turn on the burner of the stove.&nbsp; So many things that ordinarily would be taken for granted, we have had to learn.&nbsp; We have now experienced the “wet market”; the alley in the market where we have to walk is really wet!&nbsp; Fortunately, the market where we buy our daily food or the restaurant are all within walking distance.&nbsp; Because the weather here is hot and humid, we sweat all the time with any kind of activity, especially walking on the street. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">We have met with our partner, Macau Bible Institute, to discuss the ministry, and we have already received some assignments in studying Macau’s church history and culture. &nbsp;We will update you about the ministry progress when we are settled in Macau. Our communication channel so far is the following:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">By email: wu@internationalministries.org<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">(Please keep in mind, our time is 12 hours ahead of EST)<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">We are so very thankful for all the prayers and financial support that you, our faithful Missionary Partnership Network, give us.&nbsp; Without your prayers and support, we would not be on the mission field today. In that regard, please pray <br></p><p class="MsoNormal"> - that the Lord will be working on hearts in Macau, <br></p><p class="MsoNormal">- that the Lord will give us the wisdom and energy to learn Cantonese and adjust to the new environment quickly <br></p><p class="MsoNormal">- that our visas will be approved quickly and without difficulty, <br></p><p class="MsoNormal">- that our health and travel will continue to be blessed. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">May you be blessed with God’s warm love and trust in His living grace!<o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal">Thank you for being a part of this ministry through love and prayers.&nbsp; If you prefer to receive the newsletter by email, please notify Carol Kirn:&nbsp;&nbsp; carol.kirn@yahoo.com.<o:p></o:p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:12:21 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/50357-our-new-chapter https://internationalministries.org/read/50357-our-new-chapter Emerson and Ivy Wu's Commissioning Service <p><!--[if gte 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They leave for San Francisco on August 29 to spend a few days with their children Jack and Jessica, before they fly to Hong Kong on September 4.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Wus will stay in the Mission Apartment in Hong Kong for Cantonese language study and orientation while they wait for the approval of the Macau worker’s visa.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">My Special Assistant Rev. David Wong will go to Hong Kong and help them with the visit of Swatow Baptist churches in Hong Kong. During this time, Ivy and Emerson can visit partners in Macau. (Macau is an hour from Hong Kong by speed ferry.) They can move to Macau and start serving as IM Development Workers and staff of the Macau Bible Institute. Please remember their transition, language study and orientation in your prayers.</p> <p></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49959-emerson-and-ivy-wu-s-commissioning-service https://internationalministries.org/read/49959-emerson-and-ivy-wu-s-commissioning-service Asian American Caucus Deepens its Role in Mission <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>JA</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> 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The action by the entire Alliance followed the Caucus steering committee’s endorsement earlier this year of Emerson and Ivy Wu. The Wus have recently been appointed by IM for service in Macau. <br><br>This historic announcement along with the change in designation from a Caucus to an Alliance, signal the group’s intent to more fully participate in the ministries of IM and of the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). The announcement was made to a gathering of over 100 at the Asian American Baptist Convocation at the ABC Mission Summit/Biennial in Overland Park, Kansas on June 21, 2013.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“Since our first connection with the Asian American Baptist Caucus in 2010,” commented the Wus, “ the spirit of unity in Christ in worship and serving among the American Baptist congregations inspired us to pray for and step into global service. We greatly appreciate the Alliance’s confirmation and support and pray the Lord will raise up more servants from Asian American believers to utilize their cross-cultural training and Christian experiences to serve globally for the sake of and glory of His Kingdom.”</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“Asian Americans are very active in the American Baptist life,” reflected Benjamin Chan, IM’s area director for East Asia. “The transition from the Caucus to the Alliance has better positioned us to serve the members and the denomination. The decision to sponsor IM personnel is a meaningful beginning. IM is in full support of partnering with Asian American Baptists, especially the young generation, in global missions.”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">In addition to voting to support the Wus, the Alliance voted to expand its support to include 12 more mission personnel serving with IM:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Dan and Sarah Chetti (serving in Lebanon), Scott and Tan Coats (serving in Thailand), Lee Ann and Gordon Hwang (serving in Japan), Katie and Taku Longkumer (serving in India), Mike and Becky Mann (serving in Thailand), and Jonathan and Thelma Nambu (serving in the Philippines).</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">At the same meeting, the formal decision was made to make a transition from a “Caucus” to an “Alliance.” The Alliance will continue to be an American Baptist entity. IM’s Executive Director Reid Trulson applauded the decision. I think this will strengthen the role of Asian Americans in mission and will add to the vitality of American Baptist life.” </p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“The Caucus has traditionally provided a voice for Asian American churches and individuals within our denominational life,” continued Trulson. “As an Alliance with a missional purpose, the Asian Baptist community will have new opportunities to participate in planning for mission and supporting Asian Americans working in a variety of mission settings.”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><br></p><p class="MsoPlainText"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: </i><a href="mailto:catherine.nold@abc-usa.org"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</i></a></p> <p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49729-asian-american-caucus-deepens-its-role-in-mission 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mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">Emerson and Ivy Wu, two of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) appointed development workers, have reached the final phase of preparation before IM sends them to Macau for full-time ministry service. IM is delighted to announce that the Wus will be commissioned by the IM Board of Directors on August 18, 2013.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Rev. Hopeton Scott, IM Board President, will preside over their commissioning service. It will be held during the Sunday morning worship service at the Karl Road Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio on August 18 at 10:30 am.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>All are welcome to attend. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">“We are excited and thankful for this day to come,” commented the Wus.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>“By God's grace and power, the prayers and financial support of his people and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are ready to go.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Our affairs in the United States have been attended to, we have nearly completed packing the few things that will go with us, and we eagerly await the Lord's direction in the work He has for us in Macau.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The official commissioning of the Wus opens the door for the couple to move to Macau, a special administrative region of China, and begin their service in partnership with the Macau Bible Institute and the Evangelize China Fellowship (ECF). They expect this move to take place in September 2013. </p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">As IM development workers, the Wus <span style="mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">will assist in the training of young Christian workers at the Institute. In partnership with ECF, they will assist the ministries of the Grace Community Chapel and Orphanage and youth outreach in Macau. They will also help to promote ECF and IM’s work with partners in Mainland China.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">“God has prepared Ivy and Emerson to serve in Macau in a critical time when the city cries out for assistance to provide direction and hope to the young generation who is captive to the casino culture,” remarked Ben Chan, IM area director for East Asia, India, Hong Kong and China. “Please pray for them to have the wisdom and strength from God to transform Macau in partnership with churches and Christian organizations there.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Individuals and churches may learn more about the Wus and their ministry in Macau, their journals and opportunities to participate in their ministry as part of their Partnership Network on the IM website: </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:blue">www.internationalministries.org</span></a><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">. Click on PEOPLE, then click on Wu. The Wus may be emailed directly at Wu@internationalministries.org.<br></span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</span></b></p><p class="MsoPlainText"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><br></span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt"></span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49679-im-announces-commissioning-of-global-servants-emerson-and-ivy-wu-on-august-18- https://internationalministries.org/read/49679-im-announces-commissioning-of-global-servants-emerson-and-ivy-wu-on-august-18- The fields are white unto harvest <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After the Pikes Peak adventure and training in Colorado, we were on the road again.&nbsp; We have driven almost 6,000 miles since then.&nbsp;&nbsp; Most of the time, it seems like we were on I-70 or McDonalds.&nbsp; We went to visit a church in Indiana, back to visit two churches in Ohio, and then we went to Valley Forge for orientation.&nbsp; After orientation we drove from Pennsylvania to Illinois.&nbsp; It was our first time stay in a “five stars hotel” (a parsonage) at the church site in Hillsboro.&nbsp;&nbsp; Then we came back to visit churches in West Virginia and Ohio. <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On our way to the Mission Summit at Overland Park, Kansas, we went to visit a church in Great Bend, Kansas.&nbsp; While we traveled to Great Bend, the Lord brought to our attention a huge wide field of ripe, golden-colored wheat, a visual reality of our mission.&nbsp; “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”&nbsp; John 4:35b.&nbsp;&nbsp; "Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop." — Kurt von Schleicher.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When we arrived at Overland Park, we joined the International Ministries’ staff and missionaries to assemble a huge “Caravan” at the conference center.&nbsp; It was a model, 70' long and 13' wide, of the ship that took the Judsons to India.&nbsp; I had a chance to sit down in the ship to hear Judson’s story from "Captain Herb."&nbsp; While I was listening to the story, I fell into a daydream, hearing “All on board; we are sailing to the mission field.”&nbsp; Ivy and I will soon be joining that group who for 2000 years have been sent by the Holy Spirit to tell God's story.&nbsp; In the worship service I was deeply moved seeing the parade of all the flags of the nations and hearing the choirs of hundreds of Burmese, so many voices singing praise to God.&nbsp; The Mission Summit of 2013 was attended by an internationally diverse group; we were blessed to experience so many different tribes and races worshiping together.&nbsp;&nbsp; Praise the Lord!&nbsp; It was a preview of worship in the kingdom of God.&nbsp; “Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.” Psalm 117:1.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Our current personal support goal (PSG) is at 97.5%.&nbsp; When it reaches 100%, we will be commissioned.&nbsp; It is time for those who have verbally committed to support our ministry to take action and send us over the top.&nbsp; We are so very thankful for all the prayers and financial support that you, our faithful Missionary Partnership Network, give us.&nbsp; As we are now so close to reaching our support goal that we have begun to plan the commissioning service on Sunday morning, August 18 at Karl Road Baptist Church, Columbus, OH.&nbsp; The details will be announced when we reach 100% of PSG.&nbsp;&nbsp; In that regard, please pray<br></p><blockquote><p>that the Lord will call His children to fill the 2.5 % of PSG,<br>that the Lord will be working on hearts in Macau,<br>that our visas will be approved without difficulty,<br>that our health and travel will continue to be blessed.<br></p></blockquote><p>May you be blessed with God’s warm love and trust in His living grace!&nbsp; Thank you for being a part of this ministry through love and prayer.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:12:10 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49285-the-fields-are-white-unto-harvest- https://internationalministries.org/read/49285-the-fields-are-white-unto-harvest- Learning to Rest in the Lord <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">Attending the Cross-Cultural Training in Colorado gave us valuable insights, blessed fellowship and the fright of our lives.&nbsp; Classes and assignments had been demanding and stressful, and we are thankful for them.&nbsp; During the “Silence and Sabbath” session, I could not relax and receive the intended lesson.&nbsp; I had to confess that for many months I had been so focused on fundraising, that I had not really rested.&nbsp;&nbsp; I was tired. Our leader suggested that we take a day off and do something different.&nbsp; Ivy and I decided to have an adventure and drive to Pikes Peak for relaxation and fun.&nbsp; Not our best idea!&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When we reached the entrance gate, other classmates from the conference, Kate, Matt and Brittany, came by and asked if we would like to join them. &nbsp;I asked myself, “Am I really sure I want to drive up there?”&nbsp; Since the idea for our going was to relax, Ivy and I thought we would want to go a little slower than they wanted, so we declined their offer.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I was nervous driving up.&nbsp; I gripped the steering wheel to the “white knuckle” stage.&nbsp; Ivy asked, “Are you OK?&nbsp; Do you want me to drive?”&nbsp; I responded that I could go up, but not drive down.&nbsp; When we passed the half-way point, Ivy tried to encourage me, for we had already reached 11,000 feet, but I didn’t feel good about going higher; nevertheless, on we went.&nbsp; When we passed Glen Cove Station, there was a steep slope and I drove very slowly with sweaty hands.&nbsp; Ivy said, “We reached 12,200 feet.”&nbsp; We had gone another thousand feet!&nbsp; No wonder I was nervous.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Then we saw a car parked on the road so I stopped the car.&nbsp; I looked at the passenger side of the road.&nbsp; It was a cliff down without a guard rail or even a pine tree!&nbsp; Ahead I saw a steeper slope, zig-zagging up. I was so scared I could not drive anymore.&nbsp; I wanted to turn around and go back. But how could I do that on the narrow road without a guard rail or anything to tell me how much room I had?&nbsp; I put the car in reverse, but Ivy called out, “Stop, stop!&nbsp; What are you doing?”<b>&nbsp; </b>We decided to park the car on the right side and ask someone to help us turn around.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Shortly, there came two young men who helped us turn the car around to go down the mountain.&nbsp; Then Ivy and I looked at each other.&nbsp; Now what?&nbsp; Both of us were too scared to drive the car down, so we waved for help again.&nbsp; There came a couple from Germany.&nbsp; They were accustomed to driving in the Alps, and the lady stepped out to help us.&nbsp; After she had driven for miles, I began to relax a bit from all the chaos.&nbsp; Then she asked which gear was the low gear.&nbsp; I realized that she had driven all that way in “drive,” using the brake.&nbsp; When we finally stopped, the people in the car behind us said the brakes had been smoking.&nbsp; It was panic time again.&nbsp; Would our car catch on fire?&nbsp; Would the brakes work?&nbsp; Would the car stop?&nbsp; Could we get down the mountain?&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Finally we reached Crystal Lake, a quiet and beautiful place to stop for lunch.&nbsp; Pikes Peak was in front of us in all its majesty, but I was still frightened by the experience of that steep, zig zag slope.&nbsp; What would have happened if no one had come to help us?&nbsp; After our lunch, enjoying the setting, Ivy suggested that we take a short nap on the shore of the lake.&nbsp; I lay down, but my knuckles were still white, and my legs were drawn up in anxiety.&nbsp; Then I began to communicate with the Lord.&nbsp; “Lord, help!&nbsp; I was freaked out!”&nbsp; But there was only silence.&nbsp; “Lord, we didn’t reach the summit.&nbsp; The mission failed.”<b>&nbsp; </b>Then I heard a voice: <span style="color:red">&nbsp;“Let it go.”&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">“Lord, will you walk with me for thousands of miles?”<b>&nbsp; </b>The voice spoke again, </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;color:red">“Have your rest in me.”&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">My legs began to straighten, and I fell asleep.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After I woke up, there was complete silence.&nbsp; I saw Pikes Peak again, as beautiful as ever.&nbsp; “Lord you are still here.”<b>&nbsp; </b>Again I heard that precious voice, firmly assuring me and saying, <span style="color:red">“Be still and know that I am God.”</span>&nbsp; My heart sang.&nbsp; “Yes, indeed, you are the Lord God Almighty.&nbsp; You will be exalted among the nations.&nbsp; You will be exalted in the earth.&nbsp; I praise you for teaching me how to rest in you through this chaotic adventure.”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent: .5in"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">&nbsp;Our current personal support goal is at <b>92.5%</b>.&nbsp; When it reaches 100%, we will be commissioned.&nbsp; We are so very thankful for all the prayers and financial support that you, our faithful <u>M</u>issionary <u>P</u>artnership <u>N</u>etwork, give us.&nbsp; As we are now so close to reaching our support goal, we are very aware of all that must be done in the few coming months as we prepare to be commissioned.&nbsp; In that regard, please pray<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-add-space:auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"></p><ul><li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: Symbol;"><span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">&nbsp; &nbsp;That the Lord will be working on hearts in Macau</span><br></li><li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;"><font face="Symbol">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</font>That our visas will be approved without difficulty</span><br></li><li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;"><font face="Symbol">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</font>That our health and travel will continue to be blessed</span><br></li></ul><!--[if !supportLists]--><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">May your hearts rest in the peace of the LORD.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 04:24:58 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/48949-learning-to-rest-in-the-lord https://internationalministries.org/read/48949-learning-to-rest-in-the-lord Praising God in All Things <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">It was our fifth day of a three week-long cross-cultural training near Colorado Springs, CO. Our lesson for the day was “Conflict Provides Opportunities." In order to help us recognize styles for coping with conflict, we were first instructed to analyze and understand which conflict styles we are. Later on, after listening to lectures, the class engaged in discussions and acting out the conflict styles in order to learn and experience dealing with conflict. It was a fun and interesting lesson. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Unfortunately, we needed to leave the afternoon session early in order to get our flight to attend the <span style="color:#1A1A1A">Central Pacific Coast</span> Annual Missions Conference in Oakland, CA the next day.&nbsp; In the airport, I was attracted by a small booth with a big sign that said "AMBASSADOR."&nbsp; A sweet lady served there. Immediately, I prayed and gave praise for her from the bottom of my heart.&nbsp; Her service and smile spread the aroma of Christ in a place where people come and go from all over the world.&nbsp; May God bless her as she blesses others with the spirit of Christ.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Although we arrived in San Francisco very late in the night and had only a couple of hours rest, the Lord refreshed us with a spirit of joy for the next morning’s presentation and two repeated workshops in the conference. We were thankful for being invited to be there, and were blessed by the messages brought from Rev. Dr. Reid Trulson, Rev. Ray Schooler and other facilitators. <o:p></o:p></span></p><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><br>We flew back to the Colorado training center on Sunday. Monday was the last session for “Conflict Provides Opportunities."&nbsp; I was amazed to see that through the weekend the whole class had bonded from openness and fellowship, knowing each other more personally through dealing with conflict. As discussion went on, more people shared their stories, struggles and tension through their life's journey.&nbsp; People opened themselves to reveal their hurt, and there were many tears around the classroom.&nbsp; God can use people who have experienced pain and discouragement in their lives as examples of God's healing grace.&nbsp; They will share His gospel and encourage others. Who are they? Merely, mortal!<o:p></o:p></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">I am one of them. I am so thankful for being redeemed and called to be a child of God. I am thankful for the adversities of my life's journey.&nbsp; I recognize them as opportunities, drawing me to my Lord and Master with greater depth and reality.&nbsp; I praise the Lord and say, “Yes, You intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done and to know You more intimately.”&nbsp; I am also thankful for the Master’s promise, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)<o:p></o:p></span></p><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><br>May the Lord bless you with His promised peace.&nbsp; Emerson and I truly thank you for your prayers and support which allow us to participate in trainings, attend conferences and visit churches to share God’s love and His vision for the ministry in Macau.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span><p></p><p></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:47:47 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47927-praising-god-in-all-things https://internationalministries.org/read/47927-praising-god-in-all-things IM Development Workers Emerson and Ivy Wu Move Closer to Commissioning <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> 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</style> <![endif]--><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"></span> <br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Emerson and Ivy Wu, two of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) endorsed candidates, reached an important milestone on April 1 by being appointed for service as development workers in Macau, a </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">special administrative region of China. The couple’s home church is Karl Road Baptist in Columbus, OH. </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">The Wus will work in partnership with the Macau Bible Institute. They will assist in the training of Christian young workers of the Institute. In partnership with Evangelize China Fellowship International (ECF), they will assist the ministries of the Grace Community Chapel and Orphanage and youth outreach in Macau. They will also help to promote ECF and IM’s work with relations in Mainland China.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The Wus were first endorsed by IM to form a Partnership Team (MPT). <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Assisted by their MPT and IM staff, the couple then began building a Partnership Network (MPN) to secure commitments of prayer and financial support from individuals and churches. Having built a network sufficient for an initial level of support, Emerson and Ivy moved from endorsement to development worker appointment.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The Wus are in the process of completing cross-cultural orientation, security and other pre-field training to prepare them for international, cross-cultural ministry. They are also working to expand their MPN to secure the remaining personalized support needed to be commissioned by the IM Board for missionary service. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">“There are lots of opportunities to share the gospel with people in Macau and with visitors who speak Mandarin. We know we may confront many uncomfortable zones such as cultural difference, casino environment, the language barrier and the possibility of rejection,” described Ivy.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Yet they are strengthened by the gospel. “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">When asked why they believe they have been called by God to this ministry, Ivy responded, “The Lord uses the hunger in my heart for His Word to feed others wherever there is spiritual hunger.”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Emerson added, “He keeps opening doors for us to serve the Chinese community. God’s direction guides us to see His leading in being a part of His great commission. That is why we firmly step up to IM’s mission.”</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; mso-outline-level:2"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">"The American Baptist Churches of Ohio is blessed to recognize and support Emerson and Ivy for service in China under the auspices of IM,” commented Dr. Lawrence O. Swain, ABC/Ohio Executive Minister. “The Wus are active members of the Karl Road Baptist Church in Columbus where their gifts are both recognized and used in the church's ministry. Emerson and Ivy have demonstrated faithfulness in their Christian life, and a clear sense of God's call and giftedness for missionary service. The Wu's will become another mission couple that ABC/Ohio will be proud to call ‘their own.’ ABC/Ohio has a long supportive relationship with IM and a number of Ohio-based ABC missionaries who serve in many locations around the world,” Dr. Swain added. “I am pleased to lend my blessing and support to the Wus as they develop their Partnership Team."</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Individuals and churches may learn more about the Wus <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>and their ministry in Macau, <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>their journals and opportunities to participate in their ministry as part of their MPN on the IM website: </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">www.internationalministries.org</span></a><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">. Click on PEOPLE, then click on Wu.</span></p><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: </span></i><a href="mailto:catherine.nold@abc-usa.org"><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</span></i></a><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></i> <p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47773-im-development-workers-emerson-and-ivy-wu-move-closer-to-commissioning- https://internationalministries.org/read/47773-im-development-workers-emerson-and-ivy-wu-move-closer-to-commissioning- He is Alive <p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">In Easter Sunday worship, the pastor asked the question, "Where is Jesus today?"&nbsp; My answer is, “He is alive everywhere, and His presence is with us all the time." <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We are back on the road, visiting churches as we were at the beginning of this year, and He is with us.&nbsp; If He were not alive, we would not see His presence all the time.&nbsp;&nbsp; We have seen two ladies at difference places and at different times saying, “I want to go to church too”.&nbsp;&nbsp; “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.&nbsp; And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).&nbsp; He is alive and His Holy Spirit is with His disciples to testify of His love and His grace.&nbsp; That was why we have heard people say, “I want to go to church too”.&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We visited a church in Pennsylvania, an example of what we call "a revival church."&nbsp;&nbsp; The church had been a congregation of mostly senior brothers and sisters.&nbsp; Now it has three generations of families, many young couples and children.&nbsp; We saw their spirit of sacrifice as they support many missionaries.&nbsp; “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11) &nbsp; All is from His presence, His work and His plan.&nbsp; In every church we visited, we received love, care, encouragement, prayers and support.&nbsp; The Lord is alive and is still commanding his disciples to follow.&nbsp; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37 &amp; 39).&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">His physical presence is not here, but He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us now.&nbsp;&nbsp; At a church in Michigan, during fellowship time the Holy Spirit led us each to share his conversion experience.&nbsp; Though each one had a different story and each had come on a different path, we all spoke of His saving grace.&nbsp; “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”&nbsp; (Revelation 5:13b)&nbsp; What a wonderful language of grace and life we shared, and what a beautiful picture we saw as though we were in the kingdom of God! <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">As missionaries, the primary purpose for our mission is to testify “He is alive”. &nbsp;Jesus has saved us from a life of sin and transformed our lives to be reconciled with Him.&nbsp; It is His love and His grace that we share with others.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">May His love and miracle today be part of your life!&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47627-he-is-alive https://internationalministries.org/read/47627-he-is-alive Eyes to See and Ears to Hear <p></p><p class="Default"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: font38">Our most recent presentation was to a group of students in a chapel service of the Tri-State Bible College North Campus in Akron, OH. The service went well, and afterward we enjoyed great, friendly fellowship. Dr. Alicia Malone, who is the Vice President of Student Affairs, wrote to us in a letter afterward, <i>“You and Emerson radiate as ‘the light of Christ’ would have us to do as we work in the vineyard. The general consensus from the student body and the leaders of the church was very positive…”</i> Her remarks were indeed kind, but to tell the truth we were likewise encouraged and blessed by the students attentive listening and enthusiastic questioning,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Two days after that event, we were invited to share with a family their Thanksgiving dinner along with three additional friends and three international students. The night was filled with fun, joy and lots of sharing which seemed to shrink the world's distance from thousands of miles into a distance we could see and reach. Some saw and heard things they had never heard before. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">“Wow, what is this? How does a can stuck into it keep turning, and then the lid is opened? I never saw it before?” “Oh, it is called ‘electric can opener.” </span></i><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">And that was something that he had never known before.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">“Does your country have a holiday celebrating and giving thanks like we do in the States?” “Not exactly, but we do have another…” </span></i><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Again, here was a fact that someone had never heard before;</span><br></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><i><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">“Friends, I can share my journey with you. A long time ago, I was a student coming to this state for study. One day, I met this Jesus, who is the Christ and Living God. I knew I had found the greatest treasure that was beyond everything I was looking for.”</span></i></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Curiosity to ask and learn from each other while we are trying to build a friendship is natural for a human being, especially when the curiosity crosses different cultures. Making friendships not only takes effort, time and energy, but also it requires lots of love, patience, understanding and respect to build a solid relationship with a person who begins as a stranger but becomes a good friend. While thinking on this, I realized that learning this lesson is a life-long journey. Everyday I meet strangers who may become friends; this is a normal experience. Yet, I also have to ask myself a more eternal question and evaluate my relationship with my dear Lord Jesus at this moment. Am I willing to cultivate the best friendship I can with Him regardless of so many things I still cannot comprehend about His kingdom? Do I know Him more each day? Am I getting closer to Him through further submission to His lordship?</span><br></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">John 1:5-17, tells us that John the Baptist was a witness to the true light—Jesus Christ – but also was the Apostle John, the writer of the book, who testified to His grace.</span></p> <blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background: white"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:font38;color:#5C1101">&nbsp;</span><sup><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">5&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">The light shines in the darkness,&nbsp;and the darkness has not overcome&nbsp;it. <sup>6&nbsp;</sup>There was a man sent from God whose name was John.&nbsp; <sup>7&nbsp;</sup>He came as a witness to testify&nbsp;concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.&nbsp; <sup>8&nbsp;</sup>He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. <sup>9&nbsp;</sup>The true light&nbsp;that gives light to everyone&nbsp;was coming into the world.&nbsp; <sup>10&nbsp;</sup>He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,&nbsp;the world did not recognize him.&nbsp; <sup>11&nbsp;</sup>He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.&nbsp; <sup>12&nbsp;</sup>Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed&nbsp;in his name,&nbsp;he gave the right to become children of God—&nbsp; <sup>13&nbsp;</sup>children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. <sup>14&nbsp;</sup>The Word became flesh&nbsp;and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,&nbsp;the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace&nbsp;and truth. <sup>15&nbsp;</sup>(John testified&nbsp;concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)&nbsp; <sup>16&nbsp;</sup>Out of his fullness, we have all received grace&nbsp;in place of grace already given.&nbsp; <sup>17&nbsp;</sup>For the law was given through Moses;&nbsp;grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.</span></p></blockquote><p class="Default" style="margin-left:.5in;background:white"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="Default" style="margin-left:.5in;background:white"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">During this Advent and Christmas season, I sincerely ask you please to join my prayer that every Christ-follower would boldly be a witness to the One who is Lord of lords and King of kings by sharing personal testimony with those who have never seen or heard.</span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Above all, may He have praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever, because</span><br></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">HE came, so we can know the <b>Everlasting Father</b>; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">HE spoke, so we can hear the Truth through this <b>Wonderful Counselor</b>;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">HE did signs and miracles for the needy, sick and poor, so we can know this <b>Mighty God</b>;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">HE lived a godly life, so we can follow Him;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">HE died, so we can be forgiven and reconciled to the heavenly Father through this <b>Prince of Peace</b>;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">HE was raised from the dead, so we can be saved through this <b>Savior</b>;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">As a <b>Forerunner</b>, HE entered the inner sanctuary and became a High Priest sitting down at the right hand of the throne of the</span></p><p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">the Majesty in heaven, so our prayers can be heard and we have hope for eternity and His second coming.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><b><i><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: font38;color:blue">“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class="Default" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:20:35 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45986-eyes-to-see-and-ears-to-hear https://internationalministries.org/read/45986-eyes-to-see-and-ears-to-hear The Sign of the Cross <p></p><h3 style="margin-left: 0.3in; text-indent: -0.3in; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">September and October were very busy months for us; we went to Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Indiana and back to Ohio.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">While we were in L.A. the Chinese Moon Festival occurred.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">It was a very hot night, (100+ degrees) so we stepped out to the yard outside our room, and there the Lord again showed His sign: another cross formed by airplane contrails.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">The first time God showed us this sign was the huge cross over our house we had just sold.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">This time was different because it was a cross beside the moon.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">How beautiful!</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">I remembered the scripture of Number 9:15-20 about “</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">The Cloud Above the Tabernacle”.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">The Lord used His sign to guide the</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;"> </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">Israelites to set out or to encamp.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">What a marvelous God we have!</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">He is continuously leading and guiding us to churches until His time comes to send us to Macau.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">Like the </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">Israelites</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; text-indent: -0.3in;">, we have to obey and follow His order and His call; our current assignment is to share His vision, love and mission work to churches.</span></h3> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <h3 style="margin-left: 0.3in; text-indent: -0.3in; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I have submitted my request for retirement at the end of this year so that I can be full time in ministry. &nbsp;Although recently we were physically exhausted, the Lord strengthened our spirits so we could accomplish 38 presentations to churches, Bible study groups, ABWM groups, ministers gatherings and association gatherings within the last two months.&nbsp; Praise the Lord! The Holy Spirit touched many hearts to respond to His call.<o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.3in;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Since beginning to share our call we have been blessed by an abundance of generous one-time gifts.&nbsp; However, our committed support rate is at <b>34</b>%.&nbsp; We are at the point that a small amount every month is more important than a large amount given once.&nbsp; While we attended an association ministers gathering, one pastor asked how he could help.&nbsp;&nbsp; After we told him that we have to raise 100% of committed support in order to be commissioned, he pulled out his cellphone and did some calculation.&nbsp; He asked the region staff how many ABC churches were in Ohio.&nbsp;&nbsp; Then he said if all ABC churches in Ohio can commit $50 per month, the Wus will be set to go to Macau.&nbsp; Another pastor said her church didn’t have that kind of budget but she could work with her congregation for three $20 of committed support to fulfill her church’s pledge.&nbsp; Since then we have shared this message with churches and the committed support rate has significantly increased.&nbsp;&nbsp; What a marvelous sign!&nbsp; It not only demonstrates His leading, but also reveals His omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent power.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p></p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:23:45 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45535-the-sign-of-the-cross https://internationalministries.org/read/45535-the-sign-of-the-cross It’s Celebration Time! <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">On November 4, there will be a celebration at Karl Road Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We shall celebrate the ordination of Ivy Wu, a milestone event on the journey of Ivy and Emerson as they anticipate their commissioning to Macau, China.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Holy Spirit’s presence was very real at Ivy’s ordination council.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>There was power as Ivy told her story of abandoning her families’ Buddhism and coming to belief in the “one true God” that she had been seeking. And now, having completed her seminary study and recommendation for ordination, Ivy and Emerson are close to the top of a mountain from which they can, by faith, see their next earthly home in Macau. </span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">Their immediate travel calendar is full.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In October the Wus are going to California to present God’s call on their lives.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>They will speak to churches, Bible study groups and the annual meeting of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">ABC of Los Angeles and Congregations of the Southwest and</i> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Hawaii</i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">.</i><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>On their return Emerson and Ivy will stop off in Indiana for two days before going to Zanesville, Ohio.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The last of the month they will be so tightly scheduled that Emerson and Ivy will separate in order to keep all the appointments.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">With high activity come prayer needs.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Please pray the following for them:</span></p> <p class="DefaultText" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:0in;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:Wingdings;mso-bidi-font-family: Wingdings"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">w<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">Health and strength</span></p> <p class="DefaultText" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:0in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:Wingdings;mso-bidi-font-family: Wingdings"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">w<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">Safety</span></p> <p class="DefaultText" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:0in;mso-list:l3 level1 lfo3"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:Wingdings;mso-bidi-font-family: Wingdings"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">w<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">Annointing of the Holy Spirit as they speak</span></p> <p class="DefaultText" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:0in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo4"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:Wingdings;mso-bidi-font-family: Wingdings"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">w<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">Additional prayer and financial partners</span></p> <p class="DefaultText" style="mso-list:skip"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;">Every celebration needs music.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>One of Ivy’s favorite hymns is <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Blessed Assurance</i> so it will be a part of the ordination service because telling the story is exactly what Ivy and Emerson love to do.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>As they faithfully serve our God and Lord, may His truth and glory shine through them.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:35:02 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44911-it-s-celebration-time- https://internationalministries.org/read/44911-it-s-celebration-time- Giving God The Glory <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;tab-stops: 176.65pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Several weeks ago I was surprised by the earlier than usual changing color of the burning bushes. It meant fall was on its way.&nbsp; The colors of the autumn season are what I look forward to. Once, while I was commuting to and from seminary, on one particular stretch of road I found myself worshiping, inspired by the beauty of the landscape on both sides of the highway.&nbsp;&nbsp; Countless trees covered with yellow, orange, red and even brown stood tall with their branches spreading out and waving to the Creator God whenever the wind blew.&nbsp; The spectacular view was to my imagination a majestic troop of almighty God's army.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;tab-stops: 176.65pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Looking back over the past three months of summer break, there are several praise&nbsp;&nbsp; reports from a Bible study group that I was hosting at the campus student residential complex. The majority of those who attend are the family of the international students.&nbsp; Many reported increased faith, wanting to know Christ more and attending more Christian gatherings for worship and Bible studies. One sister was thankful for regaining the weight lost from anxiety and depression, fearing adjustment to her new retirement. At the last meeting before she went back to her country, she gave the praise to the Lord and the following testimony, <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;tab-stops:176.65pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;tab-stops:176.65pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">“This is the most remarkable trip for me. I came here to visit my son. Before I came, I was so frightened that I lost weight for months.&nbsp; I was like a wandering sailboat not knowing where to dock.&nbsp; After I came I heard the gospel, read the Bible, and now I know this Jesus. He gives me light, hope and saves me from sin and life's distress.&nbsp; Within two months, He made flesh come upon me. Now I have a joyful spirit, and I will take this God with me as the Lord, when I go back to my home.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;tab-stops: 176.65pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">That was my first time to hear her testimony and my last time to see her. I was deeply moved by her story.&nbsp; Praise and glory to the Lord. He is able to save and His loving kindness endures forever.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;tab-stops: 176.65pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">There are many brothers and sisters whom we would like to thank for supporting us in prayers and finances which help us hold the faith and move forward with sharing the good news, encouraging others and sharing God's vision for Macau,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;tab-stops: 176.65pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">September 7 through 16, we will visit churches in Kansas City, KS. Please pray for the people who are preparing the meetings, for those who will receive God's vision and for our travel safety.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;tab-stops: 176.65pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; ">We thank you with all of our hearts.</span><br></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:04:36 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44489-giving-god-the-glory https://internationalministries.org/read/44489-giving-god-the-glory In The Garden <p></p><p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Each garden seems to have its own personality.&nbsp; Some are casual, filled with variety, are flashy and filled with bright color; while others are more formal with bordered beds and balanced design.&nbsp; Some are kitchen gardens that have been carefully tended and fertilized to produce delicious vegetables for families.&nbsp; Recently I attended a fellowship cookout, celebrating the success of a church community garden. Not only were the plants of different colors, but also were the people.&nbsp;&nbsp; Some were happily cooperating in the watering of the garden beds.&nbsp; The atmosphere was one of joy, harmony and peace.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">On reflection, it seems that every garden, no matter what its content, design or purpose, has one common characteristic, peace.&nbsp; At the church community garden, in spite of the lively conversation and activity, there was peace.&nbsp; The hymn <i>In the Garden </i>describes a person coming to a garden alone, early in the morning, to spend time with the Lord.&nbsp; There is peace.&nbsp; The scripture tells us that Jesus himself, the Prince of Peace, often went to a place alone, a garden, to receive strength, direction, affirmation and comfort from his Father.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Perhaps the greatest peace comes from the fact that we have a living Savior who lives within each believer.&nbsp; When Mary Magdalene went to the garden tomb to care for the body of her Lord and found instead a living Master of life and death, imagine the joy and ultimate peace she experienced there.&nbsp; And so do we as we live each day in anticipation of how the Lord with use each of us to bring peace to this troubled, angry and sinful world.&nbsp; My prayer for all of us is that our gardens will be filled with seeds planted for the Lord and that many will bear beautiful fruits to bring God’s peace to our world.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><span style="font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="DefaultText"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">P. S.&nbsp; MPT member took conversation with Emerson and wrote this journal.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p></p> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:59:21 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44312-in-the-garden https://internationalministries.org/read/44312-in-the-garden The Gift of Faith Learned From Others <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:12.0pt;mso-hyphenate:none"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;letter-spacing: -.15pt">When we were on the vision trip to Macau in early March this year, we were blessed and excited to see how the Lord led us to see many potential ministries. When we came back, we began to share some stories of what we had learned with some churches in Ohio. In mid April, we went to a training class, but my mind was so very anxious about the few number of churches we had scheduled for presentation and the large amount of support we needed to raise, that worry kept me from complete attention on other things.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:12.0pt;mso-hyphenate:none"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;letter-spacing: -.15pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:12.0pt;mso-hyphenate:none"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;letter-spacing: -.15pt">When the classes moved on and I interacted with my classmates who were also missionaries, I learned a great deal about their strong faith from their stories and experience.&nbsp;&nbsp; I especially remember a young lady, who had a six month old baby, whose family was soon preparing to go to the mission field much more dangerous than Macau.&nbsp; Her faith and determination touched my heart deeply.&nbsp; I realized my spiritual strength was like Peter’s when he took his eyes off Jesus, and his fear of the wind and waves caused him to begin to sink in the water.&nbsp; But immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). I had to confess my lack of faith and my worry about the financial support.&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:12.0pt;mso-hyphenate:none"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;letter-spacing: -.15pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:12.0pt;mso-hyphenate:none"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Sans&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;letter-spacing: -.15pt">Reading the Book of Acts and the stories of how the early believers supported the apostles has been a true blessing.&nbsp; Since our return from training, we have started to share “Ye Su ai ni.” which is “Jesus loves you” in Mandarin, in our presentation.&nbsp; When we began to share our call and make our appeal for support, the response from our pastor, partnership team and congregation was strong.&nbsp; Now we go from one church to another to share the message of “Ye Su ai ni,” and sing the song using the Chinese words Ye Su ai ni.&nbsp; After the presentations, we have received many responses of “hearing His call.”&nbsp; The Holy Spirit has used our presentations to touch people’s hearts. We have not only received hospitality from churches but also have received their love gifts supporting our mission.&nbsp; The lesson I learned is that God will provide what we need as long as we share the message Ye Su ai ni, God’s love to the world. We ask you please to join with our prayer that the Lord will lead and provide many opportunities for us to share His message and vision. Thank you.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p></p> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 09:19:01 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/43214-the-gift-of-faith-learned-from-others https://internationalministries.org/read/43214-the-gift-of-faith-learned-from-others The most significant birth date of my life! <p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i>“The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”</i><span style="color: red;"> </span>&nbsp;(GN 12:1)&nbsp; On March 1, 2012, my birth date, I first stepped into the country of Macau. &nbsp;Coming on the ferry from Hong Kong and eager to get my first glimpse of Macau, I saw an ancient-style city gate wrapped in fog, and behind it rose modern brightly lighted signs, welcoming the visitors to the casinos.&nbsp; What a contrast!&nbsp;&nbsp; A hundred years ago this city gate was shut tight to keep foreigners out.&nbsp; But God loved this land so much that He sent His servant, Robert Morrison, to Macau in 1807, and from there he also went into mainland China.&nbsp;&nbsp; From this early seed planting the Chinese ministry grew and produced thousands of thousands of fruits.&nbsp; It is the same God who sent Abram and Morrison who has called us with the same love to serve the Chinese in Macau.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Later that day while we were visiting Grace Chapel, three teenage girls came after school to fellowship with the ECF minister.&nbsp; Though Ivy does not speak Cantonese, she used Mandarin to communicate and fellowship with them for hours.&nbsp;&nbsp; Since they enjoyed the fellowship with us, they offered to be our tour guides.&nbsp; What a blessing it was not only to have the pleasure of fellowship with these lovely girls, but also to feel we were being guided by God's hand to see what we were supposed to see.&nbsp;&nbsp; In the Casino environment it is easy for people to be lost in the “darkness”, especially for youth such as those girls.&nbsp; In Christ they had found meaning for their lives; they knew there was nothing for them in the casinos.&nbsp; Through them as they guided us around the city, the Lord not only opened our eyes to see the need of His truth and love for Macau, but He also opened our hearts to love those young girls.&nbsp; In sharing and fellowship with them, we saw their eyes shining with the joy of Christ.&nbsp; They learned that is Christ's love for them that brings people from far away to pay attention to them and care for them. </p> <p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;">&nbsp;“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'” (Isaiah 6:8). These words describe well the deep feelings and poignant memory of first seeing Macau on our vision trip on my birthday.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Would you pray with us for the Lord to open many doors that we may bring the love and ministry of God's grace to the people of Macau according to His will.&nbsp; </p> <p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;">Recently, Ivy prepared a song&nbsp; <i>Hi-Ne-Ni</i>&nbsp; (Hi-Ne-Ni is Hebrew for "Behold! Here I am")&nbsp; for worship.&nbsp; To listen to the music, please use </p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ittD5z5XM0&amp;feature=related"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ittD5z5XM0&amp;feature=related</span></a><p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;"> </p><p></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:32:14 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/42407-the-most-significant-birth-date-of-my-life- https://internationalministries.org/read/42407-the-most-significant-birth-date-of-my-life- We Are Not Alone <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>427</o:Words> <o:Characters>2437</o:Characters> <o:Company>wulabs</o:Company> <o:Lines>20</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>4</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>2992</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p style="margin-top:.1pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial; color:#222222">“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.</span><span style="color:#222222">”<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt; font-family:Arial;color:#222222">(Matt 6:9-10). One of the scariest parts of my living the Christian life is the fear of straying from my walk with the Lord. In today's fast-paced environment being busy often causes me to focus on myself instead of on Him.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin-top:.1pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial; color:#222222">The morning of Feb. 27 we were flying to Macau to see for the first time the place to which God is sending us. Although we were excited, our minds were peaceful. We knew every thing was under His control. I prayed that we would follow His steps to see and hear whatever He wants.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin-top:.1pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial; color:#222222">The take off was smooth, and when the plane became level, I looked out the window. There was once again a big cross hanging upon the blue sky. I woke Emerson to show him this “reminding” sign the Lord has often given to us, and I felt securely held beside Him.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin-top:.1pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial; color:#222222">When we reached our transfer destination and were getting off the plane, I noticed that a young lady sitting behind us was on the phone, speaking in Chinese. Later, we were at the same gate waiting for our next flight. We went to sit beside her since she was traveling alone and started the conversation with, ”Where are flying from?” Hearing that she was also coming from Columbus, Ohio, we quickly moved to other subjects and learned that we know several people in her campus-working environment. She was a visiting scholar to the university where we are serving. I was surprised because it seemed that the Lord had extended our campus ministry even though we were leaving that city and heading to the future mission field. On campus, our ministry is with students who come from other countries, but this time it was our flying companion who was going back to her country after finishing her half-year of training. God's field of ministry is truly worldwide and not limited to any location.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin-top:.1pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial; color:#222222">We were sorry not to have met her earlier, but we were glad it was not too late in God's time for us to know each other. Within a short time we had a very good conversation, sharing insights about living in a foreign country. Because Emerson and I were born and raised in Taiwan, America is, yes, “a foreign country”. I have been living in the United States for thirty-one years, but I had lived in Taiwan for twenty-four. In this short human life I do not know how many more “foreign countries” to which God may send us. Nevertheless, our short life in this world (country) is no comparison to the eternal life in that country—“the Kingdom of God”. “</span><span style="font-family: Verdana; ">I<i>nstead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them”<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></i></span><i><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial;color:#222222">(Heb 11:16).<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p style="margin-top:.1pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Arial; color:#222222">I pray that the seed we have planted in the heart of that sweet young lady will spring up, grow and finally bloom one day with her coming to know Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world. Would you please also pray for her, too? Her last name is Lee. Thank you.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:29:58 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41961-we-are-not-alone https://internationalministries.org/read/41961-we-are-not-alone His Word <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%">His Word<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">We are now in the fund raising process of our preparation before being appointed to Macau.&nbsp; In addition to seeking speaking opportunities to share our call, we are focusing on studying the Word, meditating and teaching.&nbsp;&nbsp; Years ago I read a book about God's working with people’s hearts during the time of waiting.&nbsp; Examples are Moses’ 40 years in exile, David's being in the fields as a shepherd before becoming a king and Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.&nbsp; Using them as an example, my recent weekly routine is to attend several Bible study groups and feed daily on His word, my spiritual bread.&nbsp; The Lord is richly blessing me and has enormously touched my heart, molding me for His use.&nbsp; Each time I am touched by His word, I gratefully pray, “You are the potter, I am the clay. Thank Lord. You are so good to me.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; ">This year, the subject of study at Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is the Acts of the Apostles.&nbsp;&nbsp; A few weeks ago at BSF after my group discussion, the leader prayed for us to continue in daily Bible study and to focus upon the Lord.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Nevertheless, I was still anxious about the vision trip to Macau, February 27 to March 5.<span style="color:blue">&nbsp; </span>In BSF after the group discussion<span style="color:blue">, </span>we went to the lecture session.&nbsp; The lecture leader opened his talk with “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span><b>For I am with you</b> …” (Acts 18:9-10).&nbsp; His word strengthened me once more. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">We would like to thank for your prayers, financial support, encouragement and especially partnering with us for His Holy work.&nbsp; Please continue to pray that the Lord prepares our hearts for the vision trip to Macau.</span><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%"> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p></p> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 23:39:21 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41894-his-word https://internationalministries.org/read/41894-his-word Why are we going to Macau? <p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Since our last journal, many friends have asked us, “Where do you live now? What are you doing? When will you, Emerson, retire? Why are you going to Macau and what is a MPT?”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Praise the Lord! He sent a buyer for our house so that we could sell it within a short time and pay the debt.&nbsp;&nbsp; The first time we went to look at a 700 square foot apartment we were shocked by the size of the space because our minds were not ready to downsize from a four bedroom house to a two bedroom apartment, but right now a two-bed room apartment is where we live.&nbsp; Although we have given away many things, we still have boxes of books and Bibles that occupy much of our space.&nbsp; Though space is very limited, we are learning to live within it.&nbsp; When we go to Macau, the living space there will be much smaller than we have now.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Emerson is employed as an IT manager; he volunteers for Bridges International (an Ohio State campus ministry) and teaches youth Sunday School at the Taiwanese church.&nbsp; Ivy also volunteers for Bridges International as a Bible study teacher and pastors the Taiwanese church.&nbsp;&nbsp; As <i>endorsed</i> missionaries, we are presently in the process of fundraising.&nbsp; We need to raise commitments for about 70% of our personalized support goal (PSG) to move to the next step as <i>appointed</i> missionaries.&nbsp; <span style="COLOR: #222222">The committed gift (contribution) for PSG means a regular<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span>and ongoing<span style="COLOR: red"> </span>gift<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>(<span style="COLOR: #222222">monthly, quarterly or annually).&nbsp; One time contribution</span>s<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span style="COLOR: #222222">will be used for start up<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span>expenses but do<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>not count as committed contribution for the PSG<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>because they do not provide for our support need on an ongoing basis.&nbsp; Friends asked me when I will be retired.&nbsp; It will be God’s<span style="COLOR: #222222"> timing.&nbsp; When the Lord<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span>provides<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>the resources for<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>70%<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>of<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>our<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>PSG I<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>will<span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="COLOR: red">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="COLOR: #222222">retire to move on as<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span>an<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span style="COLOR: #222222">appointed missionary. When we are appointed, we will start security training, culture training, and prepare to go to Macau.&nbsp; When </span>commitments of<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>support<span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="COLOR: red">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="COLOR: #222222">for the PSG reach 100%, we will be commissioned<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span>and<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>sent<span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="COLOR: #222222">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="COLOR: #222222">out to Macau.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Why Macau? <i>“The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.””</i>&nbsp; (Genesis 12:1) This same God has prepared and equipped us to go through education and serving, especially in the past 5 years. Last summer, He surprisingly helped us to sell the house quickly.&nbsp; And now, He is leading us to a place we have never been. Macau is three small islands located west of Hong Kong, one-hour's distance by ferry.&nbsp; The population density is at the top of the list for the world.&nbsp; The living cost is very comparable to that of San Francisco.&nbsp; Macau is called “Las Vegas in Asia”.&nbsp;&nbsp; Since it is connected to Mainland China, hundreds of thousands of visitors from China flood in for its world-famous gambling casinos every year.&nbsp; Addictions to drugs, alcohol and gambling along with crime and prostitution are rampant. In this small, congested region less than 0.8% of the population is Christian (4,000 of 0.5 million), and the visitors who come to Macau are looking for money, lust and leisure... Most of the people live in darkness and without hope.&nbsp; God calls us to present His light to the people in Macau. We will partner with the ECF (Evangelize China Fellowship) organization. This organization has a church called Grace Chapel and an orphanage. Our main ministries will involve church ministries, such as preaching on Saturday and Sunday, outreach to youth and college students and the orphanage’s after-school program. Your participation for this mission support will allow you to extend your ministry to Macau. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">On January 7, 2012, Mrs. Ruthie Stevenson from International Ministries came to our church, Karl Road Baptist church, to conduct the Mission Partnership Team (MPT) orientation.&nbsp; In His grace, the Lord has called seven people to walk by our sides to assist us in not only our preparation to go, but also in continuing to support our ministry in prayer, communication, fundraising, pastoral care, and building a network of additional friends in the US after we go to Macau.</p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; COLOR: #222222; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-font-kerning: .5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: AR-SA; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Please pray for the Lord to lead us and prepare our hearts for the coming vision trip to Macau on 2/27/2012 to 3/5/2012.&nbsp; Also please pray that the Lord would raise up a strong team of prayer and financial partners for us.</span><br> <p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41296-why-are-we-going-to-macau- https://internationalministries.org/read/41296-why-are-we-going-to-macau-