- Category: Pastor Letters
- Published: Sunday, 26 January 2020 00:00
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。
- 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。
- 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。
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.
- Thank God for the smooth completion of the three camps.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pray for March Gospel Camp’s invitation works. May God prepare attendees’ hearts. Also pray for the speakers.
- Pray for March North Carolina Discipleship Training camps that God will prepare the hearts of the attendees.
- 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.
- Pray that God will raise more campus coworkers for CWC that can build up more disciples for various campuses for the Lord.
- Pray for the health of Mrs Ko. May God continue to heal and sustain her.
- 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!