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.
- God continues to speak to our hearts to bring the Muslim children to Him.
- Bring more Christian workers and teachers to work with our kindergarten.
- Bring partners to continue develop and expand the kindergarten ministry.
- Bring partners to work with us so we may transition out of Kyrgyzstan back to US.
- Work with churches in other villages to develop kindergarten ministry.
- Pray that God would lead our team in Kyrgyzstan.
- 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