02/03 SYME (Jami Update)

This term I (Jami) have decided to help at SYME for the Wednesday night directions  groups. We know that some of the students need the Lord in their life…

Pray with us that the students in each group and the leaders would grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

01/31 Cambodia Directions (Directions Ministry Conference)

It has been a long time coming, but we are finally ready to take the Cambodian Directions translation to Cambodia and start introducing the ministry.  Through Jason Powers, 20 year Cambodia Missionary, we have been able to plan our first Directions Introduction outreach based in his previously establish Orphanage.

Graceway will be providing a two day Directions introduction conference to 50+ Pastors in Phonom Penn from February 21st through the 22nd.  Elisha Katamura, Graceway Outreach Pastor and I will be traveling to Cambodia February 19th through the 24th.

Our purpose is simple.  Develop a network of Pastors/Churches over the coming years who have an interest in a mentoring ministry.  Also, provide Pastors a tool and methods which will allow them to take Discipleship to every church member.

In the future, we would like to take this same ministry Laos and Vietnam.

Pray for us, the plan is set, vision needs to be established in the hearts and minds of the Pastors.  Pray for further opportunities and more trips with Jason in the future.   

01/19 Tan Zi Love Church (Compass/D2-Final)

Tonight we finished the Compass/D2 study.  It has been a year coming, but we finally made it to the end.  Pastor Zhong has been a close friend and co-worker.  It started with almost 15 people, but the final included 5.  We also had some neighbors in the picture.  Due to work schedules, many were not able to attend the Friday night meeting.  Pastor Zhong brought them through the study ass we progressed at different times.

They will come back and review Directions again, with different mentoring methods in mind.

Pray for Pastor Zhong and his church members as they continue the mentoring effort within their church and other places.  

01/15 SYME Monday ESL Meeting (New Connection)

This one simply passed by the spot light.  Last Summer, I took over a Bible study being led at SYME on Monday night.  Tish was leading this group for almost two years, faithfully.  I talked her into allowing me to introduce the Directions study.  Three people showed interest.  Well, over the past few months, others have joined.  Though they are there to study English and are not believers, I know God is working in their hearts, as they participate in the mentoring process in those believers who are present.

Pray for this group, that the lost accept Christ, and the saved are built up.

01/14 Nan Tou Presbyterian Church (Update D2/New Directions)

This church has had its ups and downs.  But the Lord has been working behind the scenes preparing hearts and minds.  Currently, the original Directions group and another led by the Pastor continue to meet to study through Compass (D2).  Our progress has been great.  We have a great time, talking through, never heard doctrine, the Pastor weighing in quite often.  I always look forward to joining them each week.

Last month I encouraged the members of this group to begin the process of mentoring in their own lives.  Before, none of them felt they could do it, but now, they are empowered to engage in the Ministry of reconciliation.  So, they announced Directions small groups will be held Sundays after church.  Over 25 people signed up, and they divided them into three smaller groups.

Today, I had the opportunity to introduce the study to the church, with the Pastors blessing, answered prayer.

Six of the D2 group members have paired up to lead the three smaller groups.  The study, for the most part, was received positively.

Pray for the leaders, as they begin the process of injecting God’s word into peoples lives.  Pray for their encouragement, as they begin to meet with less mature believers.  Pray for the 25 who signed up.  That they will be inspired by the study, and to apply what they learn in their lives.

01/09 He Ping Presbyterian Church-Yuan Lin (Update)

Over the years, I have had a relationship with Mr. and Mrs Chao and their church.  Many years ago, there was an introduction made church wide, but it fizzled out.  From this initial start, the Yuan Lin Small group started their own study.  Originally, it was led by Jerald Zhu, who passed away several years ago.  This group also studied through Discipleship II. Since this time, they have dissolved their small group to lead other small groups in their community.  They continue to promote Directions.

Well history is repeating itself again.  Today. I met with this couple and we have formulated a plan to reach out to their church body again.  Starting in March, we will provide a Directions time, being sensitive to church members needs.  We all know, mentoring needs to be done.  It is finding the correct method to encourage is key.

So, pray with us for relationships to be established that are conducive to spiritual growth.  Pray for us, as we formulate a healthy plan, to build up the believers in their church.

12/21 Jami In the States (12/20-01/10)

Abbey and I gave Jami a Christmas present.  A trip back to the States to see family, friends, and church.  She will be there until January 10th.  She will be winding her way around the area, so if you see her, say hello.

Pray for her safety and protections.  Pray for strengthened relationships with family, friends and church.  Pray for her Spiritual Batteries to be recharged.

12/18 Nan Tou Pres, Church (D2)

This church continues to follow the Lord’s commandment.  We are coming to the overview, Two Kingdoms study.

 

 

But more importantly, they have just recently announce new Directions groups in their church.  I just heard, they will start three new groups next January (01/14), being lead by some of those of the original group.  Generation three, Praise the Lord.

Pray for this church.  The leadership/group members are on fire for the Lord.  

12/16 Tan Zi Holy Church (Compass/D2-Update)

Pastor Zhong and I continue to meet and work together.  Jami, Abbey and I went to his church for a Christmas outreach.

It was a fun time of some great music.  Their church has a great band and they often perform.  Tonight, they were going out to their neighborhood to carol.

Jia Ying (Pastor Zhong) is starting small groups down South.  He wants to take the ministry to his home area.  I will help anyway I can.  Their church is about to finish the Compass (D2) study.

Pray for his ministry, that it will be pleasing to the Lord and fruitful.