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鄧秀珍代禱信2020年2月

親愛的弟兄姊妹平安,

        「耶和華是良善正直的,所以祂必指示罪人走正路。」詩篇廿五8

        武漢病毒肺炎還未引致德國有死亡個案之前,癱瘓了三年的弟兄卻不幸因肺炎離開這個世界,留下妻子與三名幼齡孩子。安息禮拜那天,看到很多德國與外籍的弟兄姊妹出席,因為弟兄是星加坡華裔,他們一家都去國際教會崇拜。這些弟兄姊妹都常常提供幫助予這個家庭,也常常為弟兄禱告。因為他們的幫忙,弟兄太太的父親,雖然語言不通,但親身感受到弟兄姊妹的愛心,留下深刻印象。

        因為疫情的緣故,有些來探望兒女的父母只好暫時延期回家。其中一對父母,曾經來參加亞沙芬堡查經班兩次。父親很想回家,只因女兒擔心,父母就延遲回國。由於女兒上班,天氣也經常下雨,他們待在家裡,覺得很無聊。所以,他們特別喜歡來參加查經班,既可以與其他人見面聊天,又可以學習認識聖經。母親是天主教徒,父親還沒有信主,但每次來都覺得很有收穫。

        吉森團契有些弟兄姊妹是年長的,當中幾位有機會接觸中國人,因為不了解這些人的行蹤,為了避免被感染,都不來聚會了。也有學生害怕,所以團契與學生聚會就合併在一起,願意來的,我們一起繼續查經禱告聚會。更有團友害怕我們被感染,會傳染給德國教會肢體,勸我們不要聚會。經過與德國牧師溝通,他與他的同工都很明理,讓我們繼續聚會,更叫我們在這特別時期,一起向主禱告祈求。因此,我們都沒有停止聚會過。若疫情惡化,我們再作相應考慮。

        去年五月與一位79歲的姊妹見面後,就聯絡不上她。我們都擔心她出了什麼事,因為電話一直不通。上周,一位姊妹為了找她,特別去她住的地方找她,她住在靠近法蘭克福的一個城市。雖然找不到人,但是留下聯絡資料在信箱裡。不久,那位老姊妹就聯絡上了。原來她搬去與女兒同住,因為沒有帶上任何人的聯絡資料,所以我們就失聯了。感謝姊妹的愛心與堅持,終於把老姊妹找出來,我們更聯絡上老姊妹的好朋友,一位90歲的老姊妹,一起去探訪她。她見到我們特別感動,非常開心。她住的城市只有德國教會,雖然語言不懂,每週還是與女兒孫女一起去敬拜神,女兒或孫女會給她翻譯。她十幾歲就受洗,後來結婚來了德國做餐館業,都無法參加華人教會,但是她還是靠著主恩渡過很多艱難的歲月。

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 求主記念離世弟兄的家庭,母親與三個孩子!求主賜力量給姊妹照顧孩子!求主賜她健康,每天有精力花大約四個小時在公共交通往返上班!求主給她父親有體力照顧孫兒,也因著見證基督徒的愛心而思考接受基督信仰!
  2. 感謝主帶領亞沙芬堡慕道友的父母來參加查經班,因著疫情留下來,有更多的時間來認識神!
  3. 感謝吉森德國牧師的體諒與鼓勵,使我們仍然可以聚會!法蘭克福教會雖然保持聚會,但人數明顯下降。求主記念弟兄姊妹的憂慮,在相對自我保護的安全下,來參加聚會!
  4. 感謝主,藉著姊妹對長者的愛心,不辭勞苦地把她找出來,讓我們可以去探訪她,鼓勵她!求主記念教會的老姊妹們!
  5. 求主施恩,垂聽全球弟兄姊妹的呼求,讓疫情能夠控制下來,讓人的靈魂得到拯救!

        願主的平安與你們同在!願主的保護圍繞你們!

主的使女                                   
鄧秀珍                                   
二零二零年二月二十五日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

        “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.” Psalms 25:8

        Before there is a death case from Wuhan coronavirus disease 2019 in Germany, a brother who had been paralyzed for 3 years died with a respiratory disease. He was left with a wife and 3 young kids. Many German and foreign brothers and sisters attended the memorial service because the brother was a Singaporean Chinese. He and his family have attended International church at different cities. Among these brothers and sisters, some have been helping this family and praying for the brother. Because of their love and help, the wife’s father was very touched even though he could not communicate with them.

        Due to the coronavirus epidemic, some parents who came to visit their family have to postpone their return date. One couple came to our Aschaffenburg bible study group twice during their initial stay. The father wanted to go home. But his daughter was so worried that the parents delayed to return home. Since the daughter has to work and the weather has been raining, they felt bored staying at home. So, they were happy to join the bible study group when they could meet some other people and learned to study the bible. The mother is a Catholic. The father is a non-believer but he learned something every time he came.

        In order to avoid the chance of being infected by the coronavirus, some elderly brothers and sisters, and a few who might have contact with Chinese people from unknown places, decided not to come to the Giessen Fellowship. Some students were also afraid to come. So, we have been combining the two groups to continue our bible study. However, some members were so afraid that we might be infected and in turn infect our German church. So, they tried to persuade us to stop meeting. After communicating with the German pastor, he and his co-workers expressed their understanding of the situation and would let us use their facility continually. He even encouraged us as a group to especially pray to God in time like this. Therefore, we have not yet stopped meeting. We might consider that option only when the situation gets worse.

        After meeting a 79-year-old sister last May, we have lost contact with her. We were kind of worry that something might happen to her because we couldn’t reach her by phone. Last week, a sister made a special trip to her previous home which is in another city outside Frankfurt in order to look for her. The sister didn’t see anyone but left her information in the mailbox. Soon, she got a call and got connected with the old sister. The old sister had moved to live with her daughter and didn’t take any contact information with her. Thanks to the love and persistence of the sister, she finally found her. So, we picked up another 90-year-old sister who has been friends with the 79 yr. old, and visited the old sister. She was so touched and happy to see us. Even though she doesn’t understand German, she would go to worship in a German church in her city with her daughter and grand-daughter who would do the translation for her. She was baptised in her teenage year. After she married, she came to Germany with her husband and worked in the restaurant business. Therefore, she was not able to attend the Chinese Church. But she relied on God to face many difficult times in the past.

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Pray for the sister with 3 kids who have just lost their loved one! Pray that the sister will have the power to take care of her children! Pray that God would keep her healthy as she needs to take nearly 4 hours daily on public transportation to go to work and home! Pray that her father will have the strength to take care of his grandchildren and he will consider accepting Jesus Christ as his Saviour after seeing the testimonies of brothers and sisters!
  2. Thank God for bringing the parents of our seeker to come to our Aschaffenburg bible study group! Pray that they would have more time to know our God due to an unexpected longer stay because of the coronavirus epidemic!
  3. Thanks to the German pastor in Giessen for allowing us to continue to meet! Although the Chinese Church in Frankfurt has never stopped worshiping, the number of attendees has dropped a lot. Pray that God will remember the worry of our brothers and sisters that they would come to worship after proper self-protection!
  4. Thank God for the love of the sister who had made an effort to find out the old sister so that we could visit her and encourage her! Pray that God will remember our old sisters!
  5. Pray for God’s mercy and that He would listen to the cry of brothers and sisters worldwide! Pray that God would let the epidemic be controlled and more souls would be saved!

        Pray that God’s peace be with you!
        Pray that God’s protection be surround you!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

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