04/12 SYME (Jami Update)

SYME gives me opportunity to be in ministry and love on people with the word of God.. and it’s the accountability that I need. Lately God is showing me that I love to love on people and encourage and this is the best place for me.

I’ve been given the opportunity to be in a directions group leading a group here at SYME

This is my directions group we meet every week at  syme and I just want to pray that this group would grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ … I pray that this group would be able to connect on a personal level so I’m asking you ALL to pray with me for that.

04/12 Family Update (Thank You)

We went for an interview today at Morrison Academy.  We met with Alicia (Administrator) and Mr. Shu (Counselor).  Alicia gave us a quick tour of the campus.  She showed us the High School portion of the school and the student lounge, where we met with Mr. Shu.

Mr. Shu was a Taiwanese man who grew up in the United States and finished his High school in Taiwan.  Listening to him, we knew that Abbey would be in good hands for the coming two years.  He asked some important questions and professional let us know, he understood where Abbey’s strengths and weaknesses will be in the future.  It was very comforting knowing she will have a great support team.  Also, we met our old Chinese teacher from 20 years ago.

She did well on all the English but was weak in her writing abilities.  I am sure this will change in a short time, her gift is language.  We know she will thrive there and find new avenues to grow.  There is a lot of emphasis on Bible education, a must in these times.  We were assured she is in.  Thank you for your prayers and support.  We are very proud of her, go Ab go.

Pray for Abbey:  1) She will need to finish her time at Shin Min High School.  2) She will need to begin reading more English.  3) She will be entering a new environment, a US school, where the education system is quite different than her current school. 

04/07 Family Update (Abbey School Admission)

Abbey continues her quest to enter Morrison Academy.  Next week, Thursday, we will all meet with the Principle of the school to discuss her next two year plan.  This will be quit the change for her, leaving the Taiwanese School culture and changing her way of thinking and studying.

Pray for her, and allow God to open her heart in a different way.  Allow her to embrace her culture in the light of her preparation for the future.  Pray for the final confirmation of her acceptance into her new school. 

04/06 San Di Men Directions Group (Update-Ping Dong Plant)

In the 03/09 Gao Xiong/Ping Dong Directions plants (Update) post, I mentioned to you how God was using Pastor Zhong to plant Directions groups in the Southern part of Taiwan.

This post is to report the expansion and renaming of the Ping Dong small group.  It is now the San Di men group.  It is specifically reaching an Aboriginal church in this location.  he had mentioned that he wanted to change the meeting time to Friday night, allowing more people to participate.

I receive a quick update and picture from Pastor Zhong today, and saw the group had grown from three to over ten individuals.  As you already know, we are trying to start as many groups as possible, preparing for the future of the ministry.

Pray for Pastor Zhong, as he continues to reach out to his people along with all who wish to grow in the Grace of the Lord.  Pray for my participation, that I may be a useful tool for Pastor Zhong, and allow him to use me where he needs. 

04/05 Cambodia Directions (Pastoral Follow-update)

Today, Kunthy Prak and I finished up final preparations for a 04/24-30 Pastoral follow-up.  Kunthy will be spending time with those Pastors who attended the 02/23-25 Directions Introductions conferences held in Phnom Phen, Cambodia.

He has already started the study in his church, and is willing to follow up with the rural Pastors, encouraging them, and answering any questions they may have.  We have learned through past experience that follow up is key for planting this ministry.

Pray for Kunthy, as he makes trips to Districts outside of the capital.  Pray for safe travel.  Pray for his protection.  Pray for his wisdom, as he begins to take on this so critical ministry.

04/01 Nan Tou Pres. Church (Update)

This Church continues 2 Ti 2:2.  They have a core group of about 10 individuals about to finish up D2.

Three Directions groups have been started by those who have come through that portion of the mentoring process.  It is moving toward a deeper Biblical based membership.  Because of the time spent over the past three years, the Pastor and church leaders are open to help with their youth ministry.

Today, I visited their youth group.  Many of the youth are leaving because the church in the past has not been willing to change to meet the needs of their young people. The leadership earlier this month saw a SYME youth group presentation at another local church.  Because of this, well….they want to make a change.

Dale & Anne Marie Noland and SYME are teaming up to help them start a revised youth ministry in their church.  April 29th, they will come in lead their youth group and to demonstrate a new approach to youth ministry.  Afterward, they will give the youth leaders a workshop to show them how they can run their own exciting youth group.  During May and June, they will practice the new method, preparing for new youth coming to their church after a 07/09-12 SYME Camp.

I am only a facilitator, but our family and a visiting group from Graceway will be helping in their ministry change.

Pray for the upcoming demonstration and workshop.  Pray for youth to step up and be willing to help.  Also, pray for someone to step up and help manage this ministry into the future.  Pray for the Noland’s as they speak into the lives of believers in this Local Church.  

03/27 Family Update (Abbey School Change)

Jami and I have been working to move Abbey over to a recognized (accredited) American school (Morrison Academy) here in Taichung.  This school has been here for many years, and was initially set up for Missionary Kids.

Abbey has taken her Taiwan Public School participation into the 10th Grade.  Now is the time for her to start preparing for here future educational direction.  In Morrison Academy, she will bring her English abilities up to USA English standards, while at the same time, be immersed in an American School environment.

Pray for the Admission process.  Today, she tested well enough to move forward through the admission process.  Pray for her commitment to the new challenges that will be coming her way. 

03/20 Taichung Prison Tuesday Directions Group (Update)

This year we have a new group of Prisoners.  We got a late start due to the Chinese New Years Holiday season.  We have fifteen men, 6 of them call themselves Christian, the rest come from Buddhist or Taoist background.

Pastor Zhong and I have been experimenting with different methods for this fellowship.  I must admit, we have mist the mark for a year.  But this year, we are doing something totally different.

We have taken the two pronged approach, first is to use cultural biblical queues.  The second is to take them back to their Creator, Genesis.  The cultural queues are the Genesis stories in their own language.  Many of the ancient Chinese characters have the Genesis story built into them.  They tell of one God, before the Buddhism, and Taoism religions were started.  These characters show them they had the Bible stories before the English Bible was written.  They are coming to see that the Genesis narrative is not only ours but theirs.

Pray for us as we use these insights to introduce them to their Historical God, Shang Di.  Pray that the transition to the New Testament study based out of Directions is understood in the light of their own culture.


03/16 Taichung Sheng Ming Church (Update/D2)

I continue to encourage this church by visiting often to their Directions group.  We are about 1/3 the way through the study, and the Lord is using the relationship to change us all.  We have become good friends and often have a simple Friday dinner together.

Last year Pastor Zhong gave Pastor Liu a copy of Compass (D2).  I have not brought up the D2 study, but I have been using many of its principles during our Directions time every Friday.  Pastor Liu often asks  where I have learned these principles.  Last week I told them of the Discipleship process I came through when I was a new believer.  After hearing the testimony, I asked him if he would like to take an hour, before our Directions time to take a look at it.

We have been meeting for several weeks now, Pray for his continued interest. 

03/13 Yuan Lin He Ping Pres. Church (Update)

Today we opened the Directions book to start the study.  Four prior Directions participants were there to help watch kids, help participants, and give their testimonies.

I always like the first lesson, zeroing in on the Gospel and making sure people understand the decision they may or may not have made.

We follow a 3-3rds format and include a lot of time building relationships, and sharing experiences as we come through the study.  I like to take time to understand their point of view when it comes to Chinese Christian culture in Taiwan.

Pray for this group, two new people came.  Pray for clarity of thought and a willingness to change the way we think based in the Word of God.  Pray for continued relationship building as we cement our relationships based in God’s Word.