蔡柏林、蔡何長樂代禱信2020年2月

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Dear Prayer Partners and Friends,

        Thank you for praying for Christa’s spinal surgery. She is recovering now and still needs many months of rehab before she can be like normal.

        Jan 24 she went into surgery at Stanford hospital at around 7:30 am. The doctor did not come out to tell me that everything is fine at 2:30 pm. The original schedule was for about 4 and half to 5 hours. I was really worried that something might have gone wrong. There was some spinal fluid leak and the doctor had to sew up the leak. That was why the operation was much longer. The first 24 hours she had to lie flat in the hospital bed. Then she can slowly tilt up to drink and eat. She had to have a lot of painkiller medicine to cope with her pain. They cause her to be hallucinated most of the time. Praise the Lord she got into a very nice room in the new hospital. It is a single room with a sofa bed so I can stay with her overnight. She stayed in Stanford hospital for 6 days and then was transferred to El Camino Acute Rehab Center. This is a reputable center near our home. However, she had to do physical and occupational therapies for 3 hours a day. It was very tiring but needed. Today is the 7th day here and we were told that she is cleared to leave in two days. Praise the Lord.

        Next 8 weeks she will get 3-4 times a week home PT or OT visits. Hopefully by then she can be back to normal. Praise the Lord she is slowly coping with the pain and get reduced dosage of pain medicine.

        Thank you all for praying for us. We give all glory to God.

In Him,                        
John and Christa

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Dear Partners,

        2019 is coming to an end. Christmas is here. Let us remember Jesus Christ was born about 2000 years ago. He came to save us of our sins. May we rejoice and have hope in spite of the turmoil in the world.

        Since Christa and I came back from Kyrgyzstan in Nov 2018 Christa has been having pain in her body especially in her back and legs. She has seen many doctors, physical therapists, massage therapist and chiropractors with no avail. Just in Dec we have finally decided for her to have spine surgery. It is scheduled on Jan 24, 2020 at Stanford hospital. The surgery will take 4-5 hours. She will then stay in hospital for a few days to recover. Depending on her condition she may need to go to rehab center for further recovery. Doctor says it may take her a few months to be back to normal. Please pray for surgery and recovery so she can get back to her health quickly.

        I traveled to Kyrgyzstan twice this year. First was in April for one month to check on our kindergarten in Tokmok. Peter is taking good care of it and it is running smoothly. I have also reconnected with many missionaries from various countries. Kyrgyzstan economy is still quite backward. Previous president was put in jail for corruption. The country need to strengthen education to bring people out of poverty. Second was in Nov. This time I was mainly working with a group of people from Boston, New Jersey and locals to plan to start a new kindergarten in Bishkek. The one-month trip was quite successful. We were able to locate a piece of property in a prime area and purchased it. We also talked to a few designers and contractors on the building of the kindergarten building. The plan is to take one year for construction and start the kindergarten in 2021. We see the opportunity to influence the next generation through education. May God give us the wisdom to use His wisdom and resources for His purpose.

        Our older son Ivan decided to go to School of the Art Institute of Chicago for further study. He will be there for about two years. Ryan is getting into real estate apprenticeship. He will still be staying home with us. However he is currently very busy. I will make sure to be with Christa for at least 6 months to see her through this difficult time of recovery.

        May God be with you all. May you all have a great 2020.

In Him,                        
John and Christa

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近況和感恩

        今年二月我們接到Kamila(幼兒園的老師)車禍喪生的惡耗,崔峰帶領其他老師一同探望她的家人,安慰他們。謝謝許多聽到消息的弟兄姐妹為我們禱告,並且捐助他們。我馬上安排四月趕到吉國,慰問她的家人,並送上你們的愛心捐助。她父親一看見我就不停的流淚,我只能陪著他,直到他安靜下來。他把全部的經過向我陳述,警察收集到鄰近家庭的錄像,明顯的看到酒駕的人與車輛,但是罪犯還在監獄等待審判。吉國的法律,酒駕傷人的刑罰不嚴,可能兩三年就會獲釋。

        長樂去年從吉國回來身體就嚴重不調,不能再與我一起飛去吉國。她看了無數次的醫生復建都無效,只好吃止痛藥減輕身體疼痛,直到現在還是常常背痛、腳痛、頭痛。我只能陪著她作輕微運動,希望身體能慢慢恢復。不幸兩個月前在家的後院又摔了一跤,馬上到急診室照了X光,還好沒有骨折,只是胸部疼痛,可能有淤血,要多休息,更要處處小心,以免再受創。

        因為她的狀況,我只能四月自己去吉國一個月,還好我們兩個兒子都住在家裡,可以有些照應。幼兒園有45個孩子,一切都順利。因著Kamila的事件,老師們都需要輔導,也慢慢恢復正常。

        我又見了許多以前從各地來的年輕宣教士,關懷鼓勵他們。遇見一位克族的弟兄,幾次邀請我去幫助一位從中國來的哈族弟兄,他在哈薩克開辦了一間幼兒園,希望我能幫他們設立一間蒙氏的幼兒園;於是我飛去Astana四天,帶了一些蒙氏教材,有一套是我幾年前準備幫助當地幼兒園的,答應他們以後可以來我們學校實習,並且把其餘的教具帶回去。

        現在越來越多宣教士看到蒙氏的教學理念,可以幫助當地的穆民,與他們建立關係,可以用我們的幼兒園做示範。他們有在吉國、約旦、迪拜等等,願神繼續帶領這些宣教士,加上後面支持的機構,一起把這理念發揚光大。

代禱

  1. 為Kamila的家人禱告,讓他們能認識我們的神。
  2. 為長樂的身體禱告,讓她身心靈都得到醫治。
  3. 崔峰能夠接手幼兒園的重任。
  4. 幼兒園的同工與老師們的身心靈及教學。
  5. 年輕宣教士能夠有堅定的信心,又有足夠的資金。
  6. 有合作夥伴一起建立與擴展幼教事工。

柏林、長樂上

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        In Feb we heard the sad news of Kamila’s death. Peter and our teachers visited her family to comfort them for their loss. Thanks to everyone who heard the news and offered prayers and donations. I decided to travel to Kyrgyzstan to express condolence to Kamila’s family and brought the donations to them. As soon as her father saw me he began to weep uncontrollably. I had to calm him down by sitting with him. He then explained to me the whole incident. Police were able to get the video from the neighboring house camera that captured the accident. The drunk driver was apprehended but is still waiting for trial. In Kyrgyzstan driving under influence of alcohol and accidentally killing someone is not punished severely.

        Christa was still suffering from the long travel back from Kyrgyzstan and cannot go with me again. She has been going through chiropractor adjustments, physical therapies and taking many painkillers to reduce her pain. Even up to now she is still experiencing pain on her back, legs and head. I had to stay with her to make sure her condition does not get worse. Two months before she tripped and fell in our backyard. We went to the emergency room and after many x-rays they determined she did not have cracked ribs but there were internal bruises in the chest area. Praise the Lord that it was nothing major.

        Worrying about her health I can only be away for the month of April. Fortunately, our two sons lived at home and can watch over her and take care of her needs. While in Kyrgyzstan I visited our kindergarten and it was running smoothly. We had regularly 45 children in the classes every day. Teachers are slowly getting over the loss of Kamila. They also need to be counseled. I also met with many young missionaries in Tokmok and Bishkek. They are from nearby countries.

        I met a Kyrgyz brother from China. He has been asking me to help a Kazakh brother from China and he started a kindergarten in Kazakhstan. After talking to this Kazakh brother on the phone I decided to travel to Astana to help him with Montessori method. I flew to Astana for 4 days and brought him a suitcase full of Montessori teaching material I purchased from China. The children loved it. In the future he and his teachers can come to our kindergarten to learn the Montessori method and also take back the rest of the material that I could not bring.

        More and more Christians are seeing the benefit of using this method to reach the Muslim families and also to establish themselves in the Muslim world. Right now a group of people are getting together to help missionaries in many Muslim countries to establish Montessori kindergartens as a way of approaching Muslims. Our kindergarten will be used as a model for training and example. Some of them are from Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Dubai, etc. May God lead them with backings from mission organizations to expand the ministry.

Prayer Requests

  1. Please pray for Kamila’s family that they will come to know our God.
  2. Pray for Christa’s health that she will be healed physically, mentally and spiritually.
  3. Peter can take on the responsibility of the kindergarten.
  4. Pray for our staff and teachers in the kindergarten.
  5. Many young missionaries from the neighboring countries to stay firm and to have adequate funding.
  6. Bring partners to continue develop and expand the kindergarten ministry.

John & Christa

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近況和感恩

        最近兩年我們的家庭醫生非常用心的調理我們身體狀況,因為我們好些年沒有好好的照顧自己,加上經歷了許多的壓力。這次她看我們,認為我們兩人的身體都有顯著的進步。她很欣慰,因檢查報告的結果幾乎達到正常指標。

        感謝神,柏林父母的後事都順利完成,兄姐都把瑣碎的事情都處理好,我們實在感恩有神的同在,我們彼此相愛互助,爸爸媽媽給我們每個家庭都留下美好的回憶,他們留下的榜樣,會永遠記在我們心裡,榮耀歸於神。

        前幾年我們的差派教會要擴展,買下了旁邊的樓房,價錢不低,超過了教會的能力。感謝神的恩典。幾年的堅持,總算付清了,並且裝修完畢。現在有新的教堂來敬拜神,感謝弟兄姐妹同心合一,榮耀歸於神,只有祂事情才能成就。

        五月我們回了吉爾吉斯一個月去看幼兒園,感謝神,在Peter的管理下,加上同工們的努力,現時幼兒園有45-50個孩子。但是因為長樂的哥哥被主接走,我們急忙趕回美國。教會的牧長同工們都非常關心,幫助我們為哥哥籌備一個很圓滿的葬禮。在他離世前幾天,教會許多牧長們都探望他,為他禱告,肯定他有得救的確據。他平靜的離去,我們相信我們會在天上相見。

        在這段時間,嫂子Vivian為哥哥的事忙碌時,發生六個車子碰撞的大車禍,車子全毀了。但感謝神,她沒有生命危險,只是必須動膝蓋手術,把斷骨和筋修復,已住在療養院兩個半月,可能需要一年的時間才能完全復元。

        我們為這些事忙著,又要為去年十月火燒租出去的房子整修,大概還要兩個月才能完工,靠著神的恩典夠我們用。

        六月我們去了東亞短宣兩個星期,神讓我們看到別地的事工,神在世界各地各族各民作工。

        非常感恩回到灣區,這裡有豐富的資源,好的講員,工作坊,不像別的其他地方什麼都缺乏,但神教導我們不要安於現在安穩的狀況下,要扶助窮困有需要的人。把他們帶到神的面前來。

        差我們出去的中福團,兩個星期前她們泰國工場孟芳的女生宿舍起了大火,整座樓房全焚燬了,一位15歲的女生遇難,其餘的學生都搬到暫時宿舍,需要籌錢,從新再造。請為這離世女孩的家庭禱告,他們失去了寶貝的女兒,願他們能來認識主。

        我們計劃九月下旬飛回吉爾吉斯,請為我們禱告。

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

        For the last few years, our family doctor worked extremely hard to patch up our numerous health problems, due to our continuous negligence in recent years and the increasing pressure of many unexpected stresses. However, at our recent visit, she expressed her satisfaction of our great health improvements since we started seeing her two years ago.  She commented that our test results are getting closer to being acceptable.

        We thanked God abundantly that John’s parents’ funeral affairs were all taken care of peacefully and smoothly by the siblings, close relatives and friends. We felt God’s presence with us, and His blessings were upon us. We love and support one another as close family and give all glory to God. As we departed to return to our own homes, we left with fond memories of Dad and Mom and of what they had done in their lives to influence the whole family. They will continue to be remembered in our hearts.

        In the last few years our sending church has been trying to expand by acquiring neighboring UC extension. The price was way beyond our church ability at the time and yet God showed grace upon us. After many years of persistent work, our church has paid off the building and finished the remodeling. Now we have a new spiritual home to worship in. We are proud of brothers and sisters and give the highest glory to God. This is only possible with Him behind us.

        This May we took a trip back to Kyrgyzstan for one month to evaluate our kindergarten ministry. We are grateful that under the supervision of Peter and the faithful service of supporting staff, the kindergarten has 45-50 kids. But our trip was cut short because Christa’s brother passed away suddenly. We rushed back to US and with great help and support from our loving church Christa’s brother had a beautiful memorial service. Before Robert’s passing he was visited by many from church and he had assurance of salvation. He departed and be with the Lord peacefully and we know that one day we shall meet again in heaven.

        During this time our sister-in-law Vivian while busy managing Robert’s affair got into a serious 6 car accident. Her car was totaled, but thank God, her life was spared. However, she has to have knee surgery on both legs to repair the fractured bones and torn tendon. After her surgery, she had to be in rehab facility for 2 and half months and may take her one year to gain full recovery.

        We were quite busy with handling all these as well as trying to monitor the repair of the rental unit that got fire last Oct. It still has about two months to go. Still, all we can say is that God’s grace is sufficient for us.

        In June we also had a chance to travel to East Asia for mission work for two weeks. God gave us opportunity to see His work at other parts of the world to know that He is everywhere touching people of all races, colors and locations.

        We feel so blessed to be back in the Bay Area as there are so many good resources, lecture, workshops whereas elsewhere everything is limited. But God teaches us not to be contented with just living comfortably but to go out and administer to the poor and needy. Bring them to the Lord.

        Just two weeks ago, our sending organization CEM reported that their girl’s dormitory in Chiang Mai was burned down totally and unfortunately a 15-year-old girl died in the fire. They are now relocating the 73 students to a location temporarily and are raising fund to rebuild. Please pray for the girl’s family who lost a precious daughter. May they come to know the Lord.

        We are planning to fly back to Kyrgyzstan in the 2nd half of September. Please pray for our trip.

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.
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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,
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近況和感恩

         我們兩個都做了白內障手術,還來不及完全恢復,四月十八日就趕回吉爾吉斯。我們的幼兒園在崔峰的管理下漸上軌道,老師同工也很穩定,有四十個孩子,讓我們鬆了一口氣。雖然我們還不能完全收支平衡,負數還算可以維持。我們去了Kara Balta 看了另外一間幼兒園,是今年四月中開始的,他們有八個孩子,去年給他們做了一些培訓,也捐給他們一套蒙式教材。這間學校是當地教會附屬開的,有新加坡來的宣教士Richard和Yatling幫助他們,請為這間幼兒園能順利運作禱告。

         我們在吉國配了眼鏡,只要美國的1/5價錢,一天就可以拿到,真是無法想像。

         在美國的時候,我們常看到伊拉克和敘利亞難民的消息,他們因為ISIS的迫害和國家的政變,逃離家園,身無分文。我們接觸到一位在Sacramento的宣教士,他每六個星期往中東一次,培訓當地牧者。他願意帶我們去約旦接觸當地難民,所以我們五月去了約旦一周。當地的教會陪同我們探望伊拉克和敘利亞的難民,他們也幫助難民在約旦站立得住,神也特別恩待這間教會,讓他們有能力幫助這些難民,帶領他們信主。感謝神!我們在那裡看見神的作為。

         六月初有一批牧長來探望我們,他們對吉國的少數民族有感動。我們邀請了一些東干和烏茲別克基督徒來做見證,大家都有很好的得著。然後與他們一起到北疆走禱十二天。幾年前我們路過新疆,當地設施仍很落後,沒想到這幾年中國開發大西北,加上一帶一路,這裡已經大不一樣。我們看到神的手在後面推著,讓更多的基督徒藉此與鄰近國家接觸(中亞,東南亞,南亞和歐洲)。願神打開福音的通道,也讓我們基督徒跟著祂的腳踪。

         現在我們已回到美國,長樂已做眼皮手術,但一個月後眼睛還是腫的。如今一隻眼睛只能瞇著,不能打開,九月還要再開刀一次;現在兩隻眼睛焦距不配,容易頭昏。請繼續禱告,記念眼睛能消腫,並下一次手術成功。

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
  8. 為我們的身體禱告,能繼續事奉祂

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         After both our cataract surgeries and before our eyes were settled we decided to fly back to Kyrgyzstan. We arrived Kyrgyzstan on Apr 18. Our kindergarten was in good control under Peter Tsui the administrator. Our teachers and workers are stable and we have about 40 children now. This helps relieve a big load off our shoulder. Although we are not quite at breakeven point but the negative is manageable. We had some time to visit the Kara Balta kindergarten. They started operation in the middle of April and have about 8 children. We did some basic teacher training end of last year and provided some Montessori material that we purchased. This kindergarten was attached to the church pastored by Marat. Richard and Yatling missionaries from Singapore was working with them. Pray that they will be successful.

         We ended getting prescription glasses made in Kyrgyzstan at 1/5 the cost of getting at US. It is a one day service. This is just amazing.

         While in US we watched so much news on the Iraqi and Syrian refugees. So many of them had to run away from ISIS persecution with nothing but their lives. We connected with a missionary from Sacramento. He traveled to the Middle East every 6 weeks to train the pastors. He welcomed us to go to Jordan with him to visit the refugees firsthand. We went and traveled with the Jordan church to see how they helped the Iraqi and Syrian refugees to cope with their loss of everything and struggle to survive in a foreign country. God really bless this church and lead them to witness to many refugees and bring them to Him. Praise the Lord. We were so touched by their work.

         At beginning of June a group of pastors visited us wanting to know the ministry to the minority groups in Kyrgyzstan. We arranged a few Dungan Christians to share their testimonies. It was a great gathering and we were all very encouraged. Afterwards we traveled with the group to Xinjiang for a 12-day prayer visit to the north part of Xinjiang. Years ago we passed by Xinjiang and had the impression of it being a backward part of China. But this time we saw the big change. China has been developing the West in the last few years and together with one belt one road initiative push we can see God’s hand is leading in helping more Chinese Christians to connect with the surrounding countries (Central Asia, South East Asia, South Asia and Europe). May God continue to open channels for gospels to move to these people and may we Christians follow His leading.

         Now we are back in US. Christa had her eyelid surgeries done. It has been a month now and her eyelids are still swollen. We can see one of her eyes cannot open and she need another surgery in September. With one eye almost shut her two eyes cannot focus well together. She gets dizzy often. Please pray for the swelling to subside and the next surgery will be successful.

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.
  8. Pray for our health to continue to serve Him.
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Our last prayer letter was sent out in Dec 2016 as we were preparing to fly back from Kyrgyzstan. After we got back we were tired from the traveling and also spiritually drained. After a little rest we went to Chinese Mission Conference (CMC East) for the badly needed recharge. This time our son Ryan accompanied us. During the conference we heard so many great speakers talking about their experiences and also were able to meet with many missionaries to the Muslim World. Our spirit were uplifted and we understood God was leading us in the direction He wanted us to go and we must follow.

 

During this time, we are following up with many of the needed checkups and body repairs. Our primary doctor is a good Christian. After seeing Christa and she said she is like a 50,000 pieces of puzzle to solve. She even asked us to pray for her because Christa is giving her a headache. We have been seeing her and getting many referrals. So these past few months we have been seeing many doctors and getting our whole body checkups. Scheduling for medical examinations and eye cataract surgery requires a lot of waiting. Finally, we both have our surgery done. Now we are preparing to go back to Kyrgyzstan on Apr 16.

 

At first I was planning to rush back in Feb to meet with the Korean couple who were planning to partner with us. Unfortunately, Jenny found out she has breast cancer and had to fly back to US for surgery and chemo. They will not be able to go back until at least July. So I decided to stay back for longer and have my eye surgery done before returning. While waiting we had opportunity to connect with some Christians who are serving to the Muslims in our local area since US has hosted many refugees in the past decade. Many are from the Muslim countries. God brought them to the bay area. They are settled down here and are trying to assimilate to US living by learning English and US culture. They are in our back yard and we no longer need to travel far to evangelize to them. We feel God is opening the door for us to work with them.

 

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.
  8. Pray for our health to continue to serve Him. Pray for Jenny’s speedy recovery

 

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China Evangelistic Mission, Inc.
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近況和感恩

前次的代禱信我們提到從吉爾吉斯回美,路過泰國清邁,慶祝中福團40週年紀念。雖然沿途很累,但是我們看到其他宣教士的工作而被激勵。然後又去了台灣,再次檢查長樂的中風康復情況。回到美國已經是十一月中旬了,長樂非常需要好好的休息。

 

2015年十二月聽到我們的主要同工們不能合作,電話裡無法解決,只好趕回去。長樂還沒有完全恢復,我只好一月先過去。預計三月兒子Ryan可以陪同媽媽來。到了三月長樂還是不能來,問Ryan願不願意自己飛來陪我兩個月,這也是長樂寧願犧牲自己在美的不便,讓孩子來幫助我。

 

到了吉爾吉斯,立刻召集主要的同工們一起禱告,他們不願意,只好重新規劃他們的主要工作,不需要常常接觸。雖然這不是最好的安排,求神打開他們的心門。

 

二月Sophia和我到土耳其參加了中亞研討會,目的是讓一些對吉爾吉斯有負擔的牧師同工們知道我們的幼兒事工,看他們可否願意與我們同工來教導當地的孩子們。感謝神,我們聯絡了不少的人,回來要繼續跟進,準備可以聯絡開辦培訓中心。

 

Ryan三月到來,他剛到問題就接踵而來,相信這一定是神為我們父子預備的挑戰,而長樂卻在地球的另一邊。

 

一個星期五,當我們正在機場接一位宣教士的時候,四位警察來到幼兒園,要檢查我們的一切證件。他們用粗暴的言語,在幼兒園待了兩小時不肯走,我答應下星期親自拜訪澄清。沒想到下星期一三位老師和廚子決定集體辭職,因為他們怕警察會找他們麻煩。那幾天Ryan和我每天在skype上與長樂禱告,討論研究如何解決這頭痛的問題。如果老師們都走了,我們就要暫時停止幼兒園的運作,又要重新開始。長樂建議我們需要一一的面對老師,了解他們的想法看法。他們是不是單純的只是怕警察?那幾天我們好像完全走在黑暗裡,我們迫切的禱告。感謝神,祂是聽禱告的,老師們都決定留下來,化解了這場屬靈的爭戰。

 

一星期後的禮拜一,當我走出家門要去幼兒園時,我們心愛的Kasbek家門口,擺設了一個蒙古包,又有一些親戚朋友站在門口。天氣還是寒冷,他的兒子走過來跟我說「爸爸沒了」,他昨天在家裡心臟病發作,來不及搶救,就這樣離開了世界。我實在無法接受這樣的厄訊,我們失去了一位忠心良善的好同工,11年前我們就認識了,他一直忠心的事奉慈善基金會和我們的新事工。他是哈薩克人,這些年來我們有負擔要把福音傳給他,他參加了我們不知多少的晨更和禱告,可能也做過決志禱告,但是我們不確定,只有把他交給神。請為他的家人禱告,願他們有一天會全家都歸於主的名下。

 

有許多的政府官員隨時來查我們,他們有從衛生局、電力局、天然氣還有消防局的,常常來找麻煩。還有帶著別的幼兒園給他們的禮物來給我們看,我們裝作不明白他們的意思。

有件好消息是兩位學幼教的IUCA大學生,剛剛畢業,願意做我們的老師,他們可以從六月開始上班。他們有很好的英文底子,又有專業的知識,以前也來我們幼兒園實習過,所以增加了我們老師的水平,又可以讓我們現有的老師可以有短暫的休息。感謝神!但願這些新老師能夠成為以後培訓的老師。

 

暫時幼兒園穩定下來,長樂關心我的身體,希望我提早與Ryan回美檢查身體。這一個月長樂與我忙著看不同的醫生。我們新找到的家庭醫生特別嚴格,規定我們要好好的保養自己,因為這些年來我們沒有做好,現在要有規律的飲食、吃藥及運動,不然我們不能回工場。醫生認為柏林九月可以回去,但是長樂還需要留在美國繼續休養。

 

現今我們有32個孩子,幼兒園繼續的成長,願神大大的使用我們成為多人的祝福。

 

Ryan這兩個月的吉爾吉斯經歷,感動他願意花更多的時間事奉神,考慮進入神學院,我們禱告神帶領他,裝備他來事奉神。

 

代禱

  1. 願神帶來更多適當的孩子進入我們幼兒園,讓我們能夠影響他們,也帶來願意學習的老師,我們可以給予適當的培訓。
  2. 幫助我們的團隊有合一的心,彼此相愛順服。
  3. 繼續有培訓的老師來教蒙式教育、領袖訓練、品格訓練。
  4. 核心同工和諧配搭。
  5. 其他同工、孩子及家長。
  6. Kasbek的全家都能得救。
  7. 給我們順服的心。
  8. 長樂和我身體及靈命,堅固信心事奉祂,能一天新似一天。
  9. Ryan清楚明白神的帶領去事奉祂。

*如蒙感動為蔡柏林、何長樂宣教士夫婦在吉爾吉斯的事工奉獻,請用劃線支票,抬頭請寫「中華福音使命團」,或可直接存入香港的匯豐銀行014-014625-001之戶口,然後註明「吉爾吉斯事工」後擲回本團。歡迎每月以銀行自動轉賬,請與本團聯絡。

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近況和感恩

九月裡我們加了一些新生,現在已有25個小孩。看見他們來到幼兒園學習感到非常喜樂。這時我們又要預備寒冷的冬天即將來臨。買煤,清理熱水鍋爐,預備天然氣供應,電力加成三相電才能支持冬天的暖氣。隨時都要準備好停電、停天然氣的準備。

 

這時市政府也要來檢查我們的設備、文件。像清潔、防火安全、孩子的文件、教學大綱、稅收等。不知為什麼這個國家需要這麼多的手續章程。在這落後的國家越是彼此沒有信任。

 

今年三月我們知道中福團要在泰國清邁舉行40週年慶典,時間是十月中旬。我們既然是中福團的宣教士,可以見到來自各地的宣教同工,當然預備參加。再安排之後可以回台灣身體檢查,再參加一個夫婦營。沒想到七月長樂得了小中風,我們特地要在八月趕回台灣醫病,這時我們還在考慮長樂中風後能不能飛泰國,因為我們已經累得精疲力竭。

 

雖然沒有力氣,但我們還是決定照著原來的計劃去泰國。見到從世界各地來的宣教士,給了我們很大的鼓舞。中福團40年的工作結了許多果子,有許多少數民族接受主,建立教會、神學院、孤兒院等。我們讚歎這些結的果子,但是朱老師提醒我們,他們頭十年也沒有看到多少果子,要長時間才可以看到。讓我們相信這三年在吉爾吉斯幼兒園的工作,雖然沒有看見果子,但也不會是白費的。

 

夫婦營對我們很有幫助,我看見自己一直都是獨居,雖然跟長樂已經結婚41年了,應該改變自己對人的心態,不要再自以為是,不要活在自己的框框裡。

 

離開吉爾吉斯沒有多久,我們就聽到同工意見不合,為了一點小事,彼此沒有信任。在電話裡無法解決,真是讓我們傷心。都是基督徒卻不能放下自己的驕傲,看別人比自己強。我們怎能表現出對穆斯林的愛呢?祈求神賜同心合一的心。2015是艱難的一年!感謝神,我們現在已經回到美國了,願我們抓緊神,相信祂必定是我們的力量,讓我們穩行在高處上。

 

「雖然無花果樹不發旺,葡萄樹不結果,橄欖樹也不效力,田地不出糧食,圈中絕了羊,棚內也沒有牛;然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的神喜樂。主耶和華是我的力量;他使我的腳快如母鹿的蹄,又使我穩行在高處。」(哈3:17–19)

 

代禱

  1. 願神帶來更多適合的孩子進入我們的幼兒園,讓我們能夠影響他們,也帶來願意學習的老師,我們可以給予適當的培訓。
  2. 幫助我們的團隊有合一的心,彼此相愛順服。
  3. 繼續有培訓的老師來教蒙式教育、領袖訓練、品格訓練。
  4. 核心同工:Elena, Sophia, Peter 與 Kasbek能夠和諧配搭。
  5. 其他同工、孩子及家長。
  6. 給我們順服的心。
  7. 長樂和我身體及靈命,堅固信心事奉祂,能一天新似一天。

 

*如蒙感動為蔡柏林、何長樂宣教士夫婦在吉爾吉斯的事工奉獻,請用劃線支票,抬頭請寫「中華福音使命團」,或可直接存入香港的匯豐銀行014-014625-001之戶口,然後註明「吉爾吉斯事工」後擲回本團。歡迎每月以銀行自動轉賬,請與本團聯絡。

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Kytgzstan – John & Chrisita Tsai Prayer Letter 2015/12

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As of September we are getting a few more enrollment of children. Now there are 25 of them. It was such joy to see them coming to the kindergarten and learning. This is also the time we need to prepare for the cold winter to arrive shortly. This means buying coal, getting heating boiler cleaned, making sure natural gas can be used, replacing the electric meter to three phase to handle the heating load. We can never be prepared enough when no electricity or gas can come any time.

 

This is also the time when the city officials want to come to inspect our facility and documents, such as sanitation, fire safety, children documents, curriculum, social tax, income tax, etc… We do not understand why there are so much bureaucracy required. In this backward country there are just no trust to people.

 

March this year we already knew that there will be a special 40 year anniversary of CEM celebration in ChiangMai, Thailand in Oct. As missionaries of CEM we would like to join this celebration and get to meet with many of the CEM missionaries in the field. We planned our trip to attend and then to Taiwan for medical checkup following with a marriage enrichment workshop before coming back to US. Christa got a minor stroke in July and we had to go to Taiwan in August. We were wondering after the stroke whether Christa is strong enough to make the trip to Thailand. At this time we were physically and mentally tired from the struggle of the whole year.

 

Despite being exhausted we still decided to stay with our original schedule. Traveling to ChiangMai was rather exhausting, but the one week meeting with all the CEM missionaries from various different countries lifted us up. CEM’s 40 years work with many missionaries produced much fruit. There are many converts of minority tribes, new churches were built, and there are orphanages built and even seminary with dormitory etc. We made a remark that it is so wonderful to see all these fruits. But Pastor Chu said that the first 10 years there it was not so visible. Only time will show. Last 3 years it was really hard working in Kyrgyzstan with the kindergarten with no apparent fruits, but we know our efforts are not wasted.

 

Marriage enrichment workshop was very helpful for us. I realized that I have always been living as a loner even though I have been married for 41 years with Christa. It is time to correct my attitude and not be so self-centered. I am living inside my box.

 

Not long after we left Kyrgyzstan we heard the news that our workers are struggling with each other over minor issues. The main problem is that there is no trust between them. Over the phone we cannot resolve the problem. This saddens us. As Christians we cannot put down our pride and see others as better than us. How can we then demonstrate our love for the Muslims? We pray to God for unity in our coworkers to serve together. It has been a difficult 2015. We are back in US now and give thanks to God. He is our strength, he enables us to tread on the heights.

 

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Hab 3:17-19

 

Prayer Requests

  1. May God bring appropriate children to our kindergarten so we can make a difference in their lives. May He also bring interested candidates for training to be preschool teachers.
  2. Pray God lead our efforts in our team building and character building through daily practice.
  3. May God bring suitable trainers to us, on Montessori, leadership, character building.
  4. Do pray for our core team members working well together – Elena, Sophia, Peter and Kasbek.
  5. Pray for other staff, our children and their families.
  6. May God bless all that are obedient to Him.
  7. Pray for Christa and John’s spiritual and physical health. May we be strong in serving Him. May we be renewed day after day.

 

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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
Tel: (925)552-8088     Website: cemusaonline.org

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