2020 一月禱告信 | January Prayer Letter

親愛的弟兄姐妹, 

2020年喜樂與蒙恩!又十年過去了,時間好像比前十年更快速地成為過去!但願主幫助我們更認識自己的方向與目標,使我們更準確的為祂的國而活!也為願意為主擺上我們自己。

 

 

 

活的精彩、死的榮耀

 

「弟兄勝過他,是因羔羊的血和自己所見證的道。他們雖至於死,也不愛惜性命。所以,諸天和住在其中的,你們都快樂吧!⋯⋯」(啟 12:11-12)

末世撒但的作為是越來越利害,他與他的使者變本加厲的攻擊神的家,要破壞神的國度,在最後的日子要與至高至尊的萬王之王爭戰。那空中的掌權者被打敗了,撒但與他的使者被摔到地上,因為在天上天使長米迦勒和他的使者勝過了那迷惑人的魔鬼,又因在地上有一班愛主、不斷跟從羔羊耶穌腳蹤的人,他們不僅被羔羊的血洗淨,也不斷為羔羊的血作見證,用羔羊寶血的權能,抵擋黑暗的權勢;他們不單相信神的道,他們也是神的道的見證人,不單認識神的道,也經歷神的道的大能,他們不僅用言語傳揚神的道,更不斷用他們的生命與生活見證神的道,在這見證羔羊的路途上,他們甘願為所傳的道擺上一切,不愛惜自己的生命,樂意讓自己被澆奠在天國的祭壇上。為了得勝的羔羊,他們活得精彩,死得榮耀,因著他們對羔羊的血與神的道作了美好的見證,宣告了基督的得勝,搖動了撒但的權勢。末世的教會需要有更多這樣的見證人起來,見證羔羊的得勝。

江一峰牧師(基督工人中心的董事)於十二月二十九日榮耀的被主接回天家,九個月前那天,我從美中到San Jose去講道,之後就到他家去拜訪,他親自來開門,我看見他,臉色蒼白,心中就知不妙。門一關,他就笑笑的開口告訴我,他昨晚稍晚才從醫院回家,我是他返家後第一個客人,醫生說他患了癌症,若不作化療,他只能約活半年,若作化療,可以活一年左右。他跟著要求我說:「不要為我得醫治禱告,因為我過去一直向神所求的,就是不需要給我活得長,但讓我的生命活得有挑戰性,為神的國活的美,活得精彩。這就是為什麼我神學院畢業後,選擇到中國大陸事奉,因為我知道這個事奉很有挑戰性,我也知道我的年日不會長,但是非常值得的。」這位為主不愛惜生命的僕人,在這二十多年間,在國內從南到北不斷奔跑,中國所有的省份,各地的大城市,幾乎都留下他福音的佳美腳蹤,在各地建立教會,栽培工人。他不僅自己為神的國度不斷活在挑戰中,他也挑戰年青的大學生勇敢的跟從主、甘願作主的門徒,畢業後能走上宣教的路,出去開荒建立教會。感謝主!我也親眼見到不少年青人,甘願接受神的呼召與挑戰,畢業後就走上宣教的路,走去各地開荒與建立神的教會。求主紀念他僕人所擺上的,也挑動更多弟兄姊妹與傳道人,雖至於死,也不愛惜性命,為擴展神的國度、見證大能的主而活!

 

冬令會 – 感謝主!密蘇里州是全美國的中心點,1600 位弟兄姊妹不怕路途遙遠,從東南西北四方來這州的Kansas City參加了這次的冬令會,有開車來,也有不少坐飛機來,大家共聚一堂,一方面追求主,一方面帶領福音朋友信主!這是何等喜樂的事情。感謝主!這次約有五十多位朋友接受耶穌做他們的救主,這些都是主奇妙的作為,請為他們的成長禱告,也為各地的跟進工作禱告。這次雖然換了新場地,我們本來以為會遭遇許多的難處,但感謝主!祂將智慧的心與合一的靈賜給我們,整個聚會都彰顯了主奇妙的作為。

門徒與同工訓練營 – 冬令會一結束,有幾十位留下來也要參加門徒與同工訓練的弟兄姊妹,大家同心合意,靠著主的力量,用一個下午,收拾聚會的場地,將所有的聚會器材、兒童用具與玩具,廚房的食物與工貝,打包與裝箱,將東西裝進中心的校巴,塞滿每一個空間,有如大搬家一樣,又載滿一輛卡車、兩輛大拖車,到晚餐時才離開旅館。當晚在中心就開始有第一堂聚會了,我們本預計聚會結束後,弟兄姊妹們一同幫忙卸貨,將東西放回原位,可惜我們的卡車路上壞了,擔誤了行程,早上三點才回到中心,很多弟兄姊妹睡前都沒有拿到他們的行李,但他們毫無怨言,再加上營會的第一、二天,適逢中心的主要水管破裂,只有少量水源供應,很不方便。但感謝主!這些困難都沒有影響弟兄姊妹追求的心!因為大家都帶著喜樂的心,專一的追求主,看見這二百多位弟兄姊妹、加上他們四十多位孩子,如此地追求主,被主改變,心中實在非常地感動,相信主會在各地更多使用他們。

讀經營 – 兩個營會後,一百多位弟兄姊妹還是帶著一個興奮的心情,繼續在這第三個營會中學習,除了學生外,約有一半是上班的弟兄姊妹,願意請假一週來參加這營會,他們實在付上很大的代價,因為他們覺得這裡有神的話,他們不但能學習神的話,也能被裝備成為神話語的出口,學習到如何帶查經與分享神的話。主藉著蘇桂村牧師與師母的教導,再一次挑旺弟兄姊妹愛主與愛主話語的心,結束時有數十位弟兄姊妹已經報名今年八月的「詩歌書」讀經營。

福音營 – 接下來的聚會將是三月六至九日舉行的福音營,講員為莊祖鯤牧師與徐肇基牧師。請多為福音營禱告,求主在春假得著更多的靈魂。有人以為福音營是只給福音朋友參加的,弟兄姊妹沒有需要來;但這是錯誤的了解,因為基督徒不來參加,福音朋友也不會來參加。基督徒先決定來參加,才能有力的邀請福音朋友參加。福音營中我們也有培靈信息,建立弟兄姊妹,讓我們自己早早報名,多為福音營禱告,靠信心與愛心早早作邀請的工作。

三月東岸門徒訓練營 – 在東岸Raleigh,NC 附近舉行,共分兩梯次,第一梯次是3月11-14日,第二梯次是 3月 13-16 日,講員為李玉惠姊妹,請儘早報名參加,詳細內容與報名,請按此處。東岸營地目前可以住六十人,正計劃擴建至可容納一百人,請為此禱告,若願意為此奉獻,請在支票上註明為東岸營地奉獻。

代禱事項:

  1. 為冬天三項營會能順利完成感恩。
  2. 請為三個營會中同工能靠主完成繁重的事奉感恩。也為聚會後同工體力的恢復代禱。
  3. 請為在冬令會中信主的弟兄姐妹的跟進代禱,求主賜各地同工力量去完成這長久的跟進工作。
  4. 請為弟兄姊妹參加完營會後,回到校園後能忠心地服事神,能帶領別人代禱。
  5. 請為三月即將到來的福音營的邀請工作禱告,也求主預備人心參加;也請為講員禱告。
  6. 為三月初北卡州東岸門徒訓練營禱告,求主預備人心參加,。
  7. 為中心的擴建工程禱告,求主保守工順利完成,並供給所需的經費,也為 Pastor Shull 的工作禱告。
  8. 求主為中心興起更多校園傳道人禱告,一同在各校園與中心為主建立門徒。
  9. 為高師母的身體健康禱告,求主醫治與扶持。
  10. 為梁慶龍弟兄在Columbia,MO 與中心的事奉禱告,求主紀念與賜福他一家。

願神祝福您和您的全家,一同在主前成長,也一同為主名多結果子!

在主裡面的,
高榮徳
牧師/主任

 

 


 

Dear brothers and sisters,

We wish you joy and blessings in the year of 2020! Another decade has passed. Time seems to go faster than ten years ago. May the Lord help us to know our direction and goals, that we will live more for His Kingdom! May we are more willingly dedicate ourselves for the Lord.

 

Live brilliantly, Die Gloriously
 

“And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!” (Revelation 12:11-12)

Satan’s misdeeds will be more and more ferocious during the end time. Satan and his angels will aggressively attack God’s house to destroy God’s kingdom. They will fight against the King of Kings. Yet this one who is the “spiritual force of wickedness in the heavenly places” will be defeated. Satan and his angels will be thrown to the earth.  Archangel Michael and his angels will win over the Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. Meanwhile, there is a group of people on earth who love the Lord and follow every step of the Lamb, Jesus. They are washed by the blood of the Lamb and also continuously witness for the blood of the Lamb. With the power of the blood of the Lamb, they fight against the power of darkness. They know God’s truth and have experienced the great power of God’s truth. They believe God’s truth, they are the witnesses of God’s truth, they use words to spread God’s truth, and they use the way they live to witness to God’s truth. On the path of witnessing for the Lamb, they willingly dedicate themselves for the truth, not loving their own lives, joyfully sacrificing themselves on the altar of the heavenly kingdom. For the victorious Lamb, they live brilliantly and die gloriously because they have done beautiful testimonies for the blood of the Lamb and God’s Truth, boldly proclaiming Christ’s victory that shatters Satan’s power. Churches need to raise more of these kind of witnesses to testify of the victory of the Lamb.

Rev. I-Feng Chiang, board member of the Christian Witness Center, was gloriously received by the Lord to his heavenly home on December 29, 2019. I preached in San Jose (CA) and visited him nine months ago. He welcomed me in. My heart sank when I saw his pale face. After he closed the door, with a smile on his face, he told me that he just arrived home from the hospital later the night before and I was his first guest after he returned home. Doctors told him that he was diagnosed with cancer. If he did not do chemotherapy, he would live about six months. If he went through chemo treatment, he could live for about a year. Then he told me, “Don’t pray for my healing because what I have been asking God is that He doesn’t let me live long. Rather, pray that God will let me live a challenged life and live beautifully and brilliantly for the Kingdom of God. That’s why I chose to serve in mainland China after I graduated from seminary. I knew the ministry was very challenging and I did not have many years left. But it was worth this cost.” This servant of God for the Lord’s sake did not love his life. In twenty plus years, he traveled from south to north in various provinces and cities in China, leaving beautiful Gospel footprints everywhere. He built up churches and edified workers for the Lord. He not only lived a challenging life for God’s kingdom, but also challenged the young college students to boldly follow Jesus and be disciples. After their graduation, they would be missionaries to plant and build up God’s churches. Praise the Lord! I have seen with my own eyes that many young people willingly accept this calling and challenge from God to be missionaries after graduation, planting and building up churches for the Lord. May God remember the sacrifices of his servant and also encourage more brothers, sisters, and ministers to live to witness of the Lord’s mighty power and the expansion of God’s kingdom, even to death, not loving their life. 

 

Winter Conference—Missouri is at the center of the United States. Praise the Lord! Sixteen hundred brothers and sisters traveled from all directions to Kansas City, Missouri for the 2019 Winter Conference. Some drove and many flew. We gathered together to pursue God at one location. We also lead nonbelievers to become believers in the Lord. What a joy it is. Thanks be to God that about fifty people accepted Jesus as their Savior. These are the wonderful works of our Lord. Please pray for their spiritual growth and the follow-up ministry. We at first thought we would face many difficulties with the new location this year. Thank God! He gave us wisdom and unified spirit. The whole conference has displayed God’s wonderful works.

Disciple and Co-worker Training Camp—As soon as winter conference ended, dozens of brothers and sisters stayed behind in Kansas City. By God’s strength, they cleaned up the meeting areas, and packed up all the meeting equipments, toys, kitchen supplies and tools we brought to the Winter Conference. We loaded them on the CWC school bus leaving no empty space. It was like moving a big house. Besides the school bus, we also loaded a pickup truck, pulled two trailers fully packed, and left the hotel around dinner time. Simultaneously that night back at the Center, the first class started. Originally we planned that after that first class, the brothers and sisters could help unload everything from the school bus, truck, and trailers. But our truck broke down on half way. So we did not arrive at the CWC camp untill 3am. Many brothers and sisters who loaded their luggage on the school bus and trucks did not get their luggage back before they went to bed that nigh. All the passenger vehicles were fully loaded too. We planned to bring back the brothers and sisters to the camp in time for the class. But they did not complain. What’s more? One main water line broke on the first days during the camp. We only had limited water supply which caused inconvenience. Praise God! All the difficulties did not affect the hearts of brothers and sisters to pursue the Lord! Everyone with joyful heart to pursued God with one accord. I was greatly touched when I saw over two hundred adults brothers and sisters plus about forty children pursuing God this way and being transformed by the Lord. I believe that God will use them in their local churches.

Bible Camp—After the Winter Conference and then Discipleship Training, over one hundred brothers and sisters continued to learn in the third camp with enthusiasm. Many are students, yet about half of the attendees have fulltime jobs and took off a week from work to attend the Bible Camp. They have paid a big price because they felt that here is God’s Word. They not only could study God’s Word, but also become equipped as speakers of God’s Word to lead Bible studies and share God’s Word. The Lord used David Su and Mrs. Lois Su’s teaching to rekindle the hearts of brothers and sisters to love God and God’s Words. As a result, many brothers and sisters have signed up to attend August Bible Camp to study the books of Wisdom. 

Gospel Camp—The Gospel Camp will be held from March 6 to 9. Speakers are Tsu-Kung Chuang and George Hsu. Please pray for the camp. May the Lord win more souls over spring break. Many people mistakenly think Gospel Camp is only for nonbelievers, and so believers do not need to come. But if Christians do not come, how can the nonbelievers come? Christians need to commit to come first, then they will have the opportunity to invite the nonbelievers to attend. We have special revival messages to edify believers. Apply early, and pray for the Gospel Camp. May we by faith and love promptly invite others to attend.

March East Coast Discipleship Training Camp—It will be held in Raleigh, NC in two periods. First period is March 11-14 and second period is March 13-16. Sister Grace Lee is our speaker. Please apply soon and click here for details. Presently the East Coast Camp can host about sixty people. We are planning to expand it to hold a hundred people. Please pray for this. If you want to financially support this ministry, please mark your check for East Coast Camp. 

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for the smooth completion of the three camps.
  2. Thank God for our WC coworkers who can serve these heavy ministries by God’s grace. Please also pray for their physical recovery after the meetings.
  3. Pray for the follow up work on the new believers from the Winter Conference. May God strengthen coworkers everywhere to complete this long term follow up ministry. 
  4. Pray for the brothers and sisters who have attended the camps that they can serve God faithfully on their campuses. They can also lead others. 
  5. Pray for March Gospel Camp’s invitation works. May God prepare attendees’ hearts. Also pray for the speakers.
  6. Pray for March North Carolina Discipleship Training camps that God will prepare the hearts of the attendees.
  7. Pray for the expansion of CWC camp. May God help us to complete the construction and provide funding. Also pray for the work of Pastor Shull.
  8. Pray that God will raise more campus coworkers for CWC that can build up more disciples for various campuses for the Lord.
  9. Pray for the health of Mrs Ko. May God continue to heal and sustain her.
  10. Pray for brother Qinglong Liang’s ministry at Columbia, MO, and the CWC. May God remember and bless his whole family.

May the Lord bless you and your family to grow in the Lord and bear more fruit together!

In Him,
Billy Ko
Pastor/Director