蔡柏林、蔡何長樂代禱信2018年4月

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蔡柏林、蔡何長樂代禱信2018年4月

近況和感恩

        好久沒有跟你們述說我們的事工及我們自己的狀況。讓我們為2018的來臨給你們拜個年,同時也因為復活節的慶祝被提醒耶穌在十字架上受難,為我們死,所以我們必須單單為祂而活。

        我們需要承認最近幾年我們兩個都沒有好好的照顧自己的身體,認為神一定會看顧保守我們,我們幾乎忘記身體是神的殿。長樂去年七月中回到美國,神很有恩典賜予很好的家庭醫生Ester,在她嚴格的檢查下,認為長樂是50000片的拼圖,介紹了很多專科醫生作詳細的研究,決定要幫她恢復健康。雖然Ester已是非常繁忙的醫生,長樂還大膽的要求她也做柏林的醫生,Ester實在沒有時間多收另外一個病人,要柏林等候下一個空位,大概要幾個月,但是我們的神是信實的,很快的柏林也成為Ester的病人了。

        我們只能感謝神這些數不盡的恩典,知道我們就像破碎的老車,急需修理,更感謝主現在我們到了退休年紀,可以拿到Medicare保險。

        吉爾吉斯的幼兒園已經拿到正式的執照,同時也得到區民的認同,學校也得到蠻好的名聲,現在有足夠的學生來支持經費。

        我們還是積極的在找接班人——條件是愛主,愛孩子,可以培養孩子成為下一代的領袖。他/她需要真正認識神,為這個使命做好準備,因為吉爾吉斯是個穆斯林國家。

        我們從沒有忘記神呼召去吉爾吉斯,更沒有忘記起初對吉爾吉斯人民的愛,尤其是他們的孩子。但是我們需要清楚自己的身體狀況,會缺乏能力精力來帶領這些小孩子,實在需要年輕的一代來接班,他們有活潑的靈命、熱情來擴展這個事工。在不久的將來我們仍需籌款及禱告的支持,積極尋求神的帶領。

        長樂去年八月在美國有眼皮手術,柏林九月去到吉爾吉斯處理一些事情,他的父母親身體急速退化,長樂告知柏林及時趕回美國,轉到洛杉磯看父母。九十七歲的父親在感恩節早晨被主接去,九十五歲的母親一星期後也安息主懷,父母有八十年在一起。感謝神的恩典孩子們都在身邊。父親走前不斷的感恩說他的一生不能再好的了,因為兒孫們都很好,也彼此相親相愛。

代禱

  1. 願神繼續引領我們帶穆斯林的孩子來信奉祂
  2. 帶更多的基督徒工人與老師們來我們的幼兒園
  3. 帶合夥人與我們一起擴展幼兒園事工
  4. 帶合夥人來接替我們,讓我們能轉回美國
  5. 與別的教會合作開展幼兒園事工
  6. 神繼續帶領我們的吉國團隊
  7. 為我們的同工,孩子老師禱告

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Update & Give Thanks

        It has been a while since we wrote to you and update our ministry and ourselves. Let us first greet you with New Year greetings for 2018 and together celebrate Easter which reminds us that Christ died for us and we must live for Him.

        We have to admit that for the last 2 years neither of us have time to take care of our health and assume that God will take care of us. We completely forgot that our bodies should serve as temple of God. Christa has been home in US since July 7 of 2017 and under close scrutiny of her family doctor Ester. She referred many specialists to check her out. God has blessed Christa with a wonderful Christian doctor who described Christa as a “50,000 pieces of puzzles”. She is committed to try to restore her health. Dr. Ester was daring to take her in as a patient despite that she already had a heavy load. Christa then still asked her if she will take John in as a patient. Dr. Ester really has no time for a new patient and told us to get on the waiting list for John. But our God is faithful and He allows John to join in after a short wait for someone dropped out unexpectedly.

        We just want to thank God for His abundant blessings knowing we are like broken cars that have been running without oil for a while and are in need of desperate repairs. We are also grateful that we have reached the retirement age of 65 now and can have Medicare insurance.

        Praise God for that we finally are operating officially with license and recognition from the community. We have adequate enrolment and can almost pay for the operating expenses. Our school reputation is well established.

        We are still looking for a successor who loves to serve God and has a heart for the children who are the future leaders of the next generation. He/She needs to know God and be well prepared for the job. Bear in mind Kyrgyzstan is a majority Muslim country.

        John and Christa have not forgotten God’s calling to come to Kyrgyzstan nor forsaken their initial love for the Kyrgyzs especially their children. However we must acknowledge that physically we are less able to handle nor have the energy needed to work with the little children. We definitely need new blood with younger bodies and sharper minds to run the operations and enthusiasm to expand the ministry. In the future the thing that we may still do is for raising money and asking for prayer support from you. We are still seeking His wills for us and waiting for His guidance.

        John went back to Kyrgyzstan for one and half months in Sep and came back early November. Christa stayed back to recuperate from her eyelid surgery. John’s parents’ health deteriorate very fast. As soon as John came back from Kyrgyzstan Christa urged John to go to LA to be with his parents. John’s father (age 97) passed to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving and just one week later mother (age 95) went calmly also. I give thanks to God for He lets me have time with them in their last few days. Dad kept on giving thanks to God for having life that could not be any better. Their children and families are all at peace with each other.

Prayer Requests

  1. God continues to speak to our hearts to bring the Muslim children to Him.
  2. Bring more Christian workers and teachers to work with our kindergarten.
  3. Bring partners to continue develop and expand the kindergarten ministry.
  4. Bring partners to work with us so we may transition out of Kyrgyzstan back to US.
  5. Work with churches in other villages to develop kindergarten ministry.
  6. Pray that God would lead our team in Kyrgyzstan.
  7. Pray for our staff, children and their families.

        If God touches your heart to support our ministry please write check to CEM (China Evangelistic Mission, Inc.) with memo “for His Ministry in Kyrgyzstan”

        China Evangelistic Mission, Inc.
        2400 Old Crow Canyon Road, Suite A6,
        San Ramon, CA 94583-1214, USA

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