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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姐妹們主內平安:

        感謝神,炎炎夏日的極端高溫過後,天氣慢慢的恢復,德國正常的夏日有燦爛的陽光,給人舒適的感覺。

        七、八月的夏天正是學生忙著考試及渡假的日子,各城的聚會人數都減少一半,甚至少數的城只剩三分之一。

        柏林愛加華人基督團契正在向政府註冊,成立愛加華人基督教會的法人團體。成立之後教會可更方便展開各項福音事工的推動,也可開立減稅收據。

        八月十八日舉行八個城的聯合敬拜及受洗與戶外郊遊,目前已有一百多人報名參加。

        八月底小弟將前往北美推動宣教事工,並招募對歐洲有負擔的牧者或長老參與接力牧養(教會提供免費住宿,但需要服事三個月)。

感恩與代禱

  1. 請為八月十八日聯合聚會中受洗的弟兄姐妹感恩代禱。
  2. 請繼續為萬牧師的工作簽證(希望今年冬天以前來到德國)及周傳道的工作簽證申請代禱。
  3. 請繼續為柏林的福音中心房屋租金需要(每月1200 歐元)代禱並支持。
  4. 請為九月初及九月中有兩對從北美來牧區的牧人能很快適應代禱。
  5. 請繼續為我的身體健康,有充分的體力及靈力負擔八個城市的福音事工代禱。

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2019年8月16日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安,

        那落在好土裡的,就是人聽了道,持守在誠實善良的心裡,並且忍耐着結實。路8:15

        主耶穌教導我們忍耐著結實。我們終於看到亞沙芬堡查經班的兩位慕道友,經過8-9年後,願意接受主成為她們個人的救主,並願意接受水禮。促成她們作這決定的,還要歸功給在她們面前有美好見證的姊妹。這位姊妹已經回國居住,但是假期必定回來。這次回來因為等著要帶兒子去美國讀書,逗留的時間比較長,所以有更多的時間與兩位姊妹交談,鼓勵她們接受主恩。

        最近接觸了一些情緒比較消極和負面的人:

        三星期前,教會的師母從台灣發來信息,叫我馬上聯絡一位姊妹,因為她說了些活著沒意思的話,怕她出什麼問題。我趕緊聯絡她,讓她來我家住,了解她的情況,照顧她,免得她做出不應該做的事。因為她剛信主,面對各方的壓力,又看不見神的帶領,就很失望。天天陪著她、鼓勵她的日子還好,可是當我出外過夜一晚,回來又看到她低落的情緒。求主施恩格外扶持她。

        最近一位姊妹突然有感動,想起要聯絡一位舊員工,經過溝通,得知她受了一個很大的打擊,醫生告知她得了末期癌症。那時候她在中國,聽到消息後,馬上回來醫治。因為姊妹陪她去看醫生,姊妹的女兒也幫忙辦理一些手續,當姊妹邀請她參加教會的福音講座時,她就答應了。雖然是科學與信仰的講座,對於一位做餐館業的人是聽不懂的,但是一句話卻深入她腦海中,就是:「神是創造宇宙的真神」。上週三查經聚會,姊妹邀請她來,她也願意參加。姊妹便請我去接送她,在路上她提到有人也邀請她去觀音廟,她也去了。但是她覺得參加我們的聚會比較聽得進去,加上弟兄姊妹的分享和氣氛都很好,回程時她還跟我分享她的感恩。前天姊妹的丈夫又去陪她看醫生,幫忙翻譯。看完醫生後,弟兄帶她回家,給她看一位傳道人的講道視頻,由於那位傳道人是她的同鄉,感覺特別親切,覺得他講得很好。

        香港近期發生的動盪,也影響在海外的香港人,特別是年輕人。由於背景不一樣,有時與國內的人討論起來,就會意見不合,情緒激動。一位在學的弟兄很關注香港發生的事件,情緒也受影響。他在社交網絡上認識了好些受香港事件影響的弟兄姊妹,便建立一個群組,邀請大家為香港禱告。作為他的牧者,我也加入這些年輕人的群組,給他有些支持。因為我們對香港愛莫能助,反而激發我們的,就是更努力的去傳福音。感恩有一位香港弟兄外派來德工作幾年,因為他有心福音工作,願意在選擇公司的住處時,選了住在教會附近,以便開放他的家聚會。因此,我們向神禱告,準備開始一個以年輕人為主的廣東話查經班。

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 感謝聖靈的感動,讓兩位慕道友終於接受耶穌基督為她們的救主!求主堅固她們的信心,充滿喜樂的心跟隨主!
  2. 感謝主讓我有能力陪伴失去盼望的姊妹,藉著禱告鼓勵,看到神一步一步帶領她,當她聽到多人的見證之後,她也願意上洗禮班!
  3. 求主醫治得癌症的慕道友,透過弟兄姊妹的愛心幫助,讓她看到神的恩典臨到她,早日認識真神,接受福音!
  4. 求主安慰那些因香港動盪受影響的年輕人,讓他們更多的仰望神,而不是在網上有激烈的言論!求主保護香港所有的市民,早日平息這場風波!
  5. 感謝主的感動,在我們的弟兄們心上興起建立一個廣東話查經班的意念!求主帶領我們接觸更多在信仰邊緣徘徊的人!
  6. 求主帶領8月8-11日的全德華人基督徒同工訓練營,讓赴會的同工們都有滿滿的收穫!

        願主賜你們一個愉快的夏天!

主的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一九年八月五日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

        “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:15

        Lord Jesus taught us to persevere in order to produce a crop. After listening to God’s words for 8-9 years, two seekers finally decided to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and they are willing to be baptized in the upcoming baptismal service. Because of our sister’s good testimony, our sister helped in prompting their decision. This sister has already moved back to China but she returns to Germany for every holiday. Since she is going to bring her son to study in the US later, she stays longer than usual this time. As such, she has more time with the seekers and encouraged them to accept Jesus’ salvation.

        Recently, I had the opportunities to meet with some people with pessimistic and negative emotions:

        Three weeks ago, our pastor’s wife sent me a message from Taiwan requesting me to contact a sister immediately because she told her that there was no meaning in living. For fear of something unpleasant might happen, I contacted her right away and let her come to stay with me so that I could learn more from her and took care of her. She was facing a lot of pressures from all sides. Since she was a newly convert and didn’t see God’s leading, she was very disappointed. She felt better when I encouraged her every day. But whenever I went out of town overnight, she became depressed again. I also need God’s power to support her.

        Recently, a sister had an urge to contact her former employee. After talking to her, she learned that she got a big blow when her doctor told her that she had late stage cancer. She was in China where she was diagnosed. She returned to Germany for treatment. Because our sister accompanied her to see doctor and her daughter helped her to do some paperwork, when our sister invited her for an evangelistic meeting, she accepted the invitation. Although it was hard for a restaurant worker to understand the topic on science and religion, a sentence was impressed on her mind, i.e. “God is the true God who created the universe”. Our sister also invited her to join our fellowship last Wednesday. Our sister asked me to pick her up. On our way, she mentioned that her friend also asked her to go to Chinese temple and she did. However, she said that she could listen more from our meetings. Together with the sharing of our brother and sisters, the atmosphere of our fellowship, she shared her gratefulness with me on our way back. The next day, our sister’s husband went with her to see her doctor as her interpreter. After the doctor’s visit, our brother brought her home and let her watch a sermon on video. The preacher came from her home town and she felt very close and appreciated his sermon.

        Current situations in Hong Kong had affected some oversea Hong Kongers, especially young adults. Because of different background, it was hard to discuss this matter with mainland Chinese without triggering emotions. A student from Hong Kong was very concerned and was emotionally affected. He met some new brothers and sisters who were also very concerned on social media. Our brother set up a group so that we could pray for Hong Kong. As his pastor, I joined him to show support for them. Since we can’t do anything for Hong Kong, all we can do is to spread the gospel more diligently. We are thankful that a Hong Kong brother was just sent to Germany to work by his company for some years. He has a heart to serve and decided to choose a company provided apartment which was near to our church so that he could open his home for meeting. Therefore, we prayed to God to prepare us to establish a Cantonese speaking bible study group for young adults.

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank the Holy Spirit for touching the long-time seekers to come to accept Jesus as their personal Savior! Pray that our Lord will strengthen their faith and they will follow Him joyfully!
  2. Thank God for giving me the strength to accompany the sister who lost hope in Him. Through prayers and encouragement, we could see God’s leading step by step. After hearing others’ testimonies, she was willing to attend the baptismal class!
  3. Pray that God will heal the cancer patient! Through the love of brother and sisters’ help, pray that she can see God’s grace be upon her so that she can come to know God and accept His gospel!
  4. Pray that God will comfort those who are being affected by what happened in Hong Kong! Pray that they would turn to God instead of hot dispute on the internet! Pray that God will protect the Hong Kong citizens and bring peace to the city!
  5. Thank God for touching our brothers’ heart to be willing to set up a new bible study group! Pray that we could reach out to those who are wandering outside the sheep pen!
  6. Pray that God will lead our Co-worker Training Camp on 8-11 August! Pray that all the attendees will get a lot out of this camp!

        May you have a blessed summer!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姐妹們主內平安:

        感謝大家的代禱與關懷,特別要感謝長期為我們和德國宣教工場代禱及支持的教會與個人,非常抱歉因事工忙碌(要關顧四個牧區的八個城市,又要兼顧在歐洲三個教會的顧問與輔導),故代禱信延遲了一個月。

        五月的營會以人際關係及家庭為主題,參加營會的90多位弟兄姐妹都得到了很多造就及感動,願將一切榮耀歸給神。

        五月中旬在各牧區舉辦的歐陽聖康年輕世代音樂佈道會,參加的人數雖不理想,但也有四人決志歸主。

        六月在柏林、耶拿、魏瑪、布倫瑞克、馬格德堡分別舉辦了BBQ聚會,參加人數合共超過了200人,很感恩也來了很多第一次參加的新朋友,特別是Jena及Weimar兩場聚會,信息和見證都很感人,也有人決志信主。感謝神,五月及六月有來自加州的三谷基督徒會及達拉斯恩友堂的短宣隊來協助事工,成為牧區上很好的支持。

感恩與代禱

  1. 請為新決志信主者,有繼續渴慕追求的心代禱。
  2. 請為八月中旬有聯合戶外敬拜及受洗代禱。
  3. 請繼續為萬牧師師母及周傳道能順利取得工作簽證來德國事奉代禱。
  4. 請為牧區中需要有講員及牧養的短宣夫婦代禱(為期三個月,福音中心可免費提供住宿)。
  5. 請繼續為洪牧師的靈力及宣教工場的繁重事奉代禱。

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2019年6月27日

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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姊妹們主內平安:

        感謝神給我機會能飛到香港參與中福團宣教士行前訓練。

        當天6月10日早上出了機場,一眼看到很可愛的姊妹,拿著印有中福團的大字報笑著歡迎我,讓我有回家的感覺。

        一進到中福團的辦公室,最吸引我的是看到牆上有一個宣教地圖,有50幾位宣教士的照片,上面有「將那山地給我」幾個大字,心中不由的激動,是什麼動機,這些人願意放下所有,來跟隨主。不是他們有多麼厲害,我深信是一顆愛主和願意順服的心。

        中午與牧師和同工們一起吃飯,一起交通,因著我是台灣人,全部的人轉音頻,不講粵語,全講普通話,讓來自台灣的我,享受在主裡一家人的愛心與接納,也謝謝主的恩待與憐憫。

        四天的宣教士受訓時間很快過去,收獲滿滿,當然還有天天吃著喜歡的菠蘿油和奶茶,雖然朱昌錂牧師笑著提醒我,會胖喔!果然幾天下來有胖了的現象,呵呵。

        接下來,回到台灣繼續學習德文,目前德文已完成課程級別A1(144小時),七月開始上A2(144小時),未來還有B1課程與檢定考,因德國政府對於工作人士要求的語文資格是工作任期兩年內B1檢定需通過,否則會影響後面的延簽,所以在台灣的日子也加快腳步學習德文,除了學習之外,一方面等待德國簽證文件備齊寄到台灣,雖等待了一段日子,但深信神所定的時間是最好的,叫我凡事謝恩,主能用、主保守。

感恩與代禱:

  1. 為能來香港中福團,完成宣教士裝備,以及認識中福團的家人獻上感謝。
  2. 為支持德國福音事工的弟兄姊妹獻上感恩與禱告。
  3. 為德國華人靈魂得救,福音復興禱告。
  4. 為我德國簽證文件備齊寄到台灣一切順利禱告。
  5. 為我七月開始德文A2密集課程,有專注力和理解力禱告。
  6. 為我與主的親密代禱,時時刻刻在耶穌裡,定睛仰望十架。

您的同工:周伯玉(Sunny)敬上
2019年06月15日

中福團的姊妹來接機

中福團的姊妹來接機

中福團的宣教地圖

中福團的宣教地圖

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安,

        「看啊,弟兄和睦同居,是何等地善,何等的美!」詩篇133:1

        感謝神保守帶領一位長者來到我們教會,她來了德國已經超過半世紀,自從有了華人教會,便忠心耿耿的來參與聚會。今年教會為她慶祝90大壽,她的一子一女因不懂普通話,從來不參加教會活動。這次卻與母親一起慶祝,看到弟兄姊妹對他們母親的敬愛,深受感動!老姊妹也很開心,在私下和公開場合,過了五次生日慶祝。老姊妹的生日日期是以農曆年算的,因為在德國居住,也以德國的方式慶祝生日(德國人慶祝生日的傳統是以生日當天或以後的日子來慶祝的),同樣的日期,兒女就以新曆開始給她慶祝!她農曆生日的第二天剛好是洗禮主日,有弟兄邀請弟兄姊妹們慶祝他的員工受洗,也順便再給她唱生日歌!

        感謝神在一位餐館老闆弟兄的生命中作工!他自從受洗之後,生命有很多改變,很願意傳福音給身邊的人。他對待餐館那七十多歲的員工,如同對待自己的父親一樣,在生活上提供很多幫助。原來那位員工很早就離婚,在德國一個人生活幾十年,有錢都拿去賭了,連自己剩下只有幾顆牙齒都不去處理。因為弟兄愛心的關懷,幫他把錢積攢起來,帶他去看牙醫,辦理退休手續;甚至為了他能上洗禮班,每週日提早安排餐館的工作,開車幾十公里載他去教會上課,講道結束才回去工作!弟兄花了很多心思和時間在這位老弟兄身上。但是,弟兄也發現服事一個人也很不容易。就在受洗前幾天,老弟兄因為與餐館另外一名外籍員工發生衝突,主要是他們語言無法溝通,當外籍員工針對他的時候,他就無法忍受,選擇自動消失。害得老闆夫婦為他擔憂,不知道他出了什麼事,這次受洗或許會耽誤了。不過,感謝神的帶領,過兩天他就回去了,老闆再次跟他詳談,他還是願意接受洗禮。感謝主讓他看見弟兄對他的愛心,他的信心沒有動搖!老闆因此特別開心,邀請弟兄姊妹到他餐館一起慶祝老弟兄的受洗!在他受洗那天,我第一次看到他有那麼燦爛的笑容!

        最近接觸一位弟兄的父親,是早年來德國做餐館業的,轉眼已幾十年,因為身體健壯,七十幾歲還給餐館做幫工。因一次的見面,他居然願意把他的WhatsApp給我,主要是他覺得我可以幫他管教兒子。因此,有機會與他溝通,了解他對教會的看法、他的信仰等。雖然他正在研究佛經,但是他還是比較開明,也願意接觸其他宗教信仰。可惜他住得很遠,無法參加我們的聚會。只好先與他建立友好關係!

        這幾個星期,因著老姊妹和自己,吃了不少蛋糕!感謝弟兄姊妹的愛心,讓我們在海外成為一家人,一起彼此慶祝生日!感謝主,讓我踏入人生的另一個年齡層!昨天教會為我慶祝生日,有幾位弟兄很驚訝我的年齡。感謝神的保守,雖然裡面的肉體衰敗,外表與心靈還是保持年輕!但願主繼續加力,使用這個身體為祂奔跑!

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主!為老姊妹慶祝生日,藉此向她的兒女作美好見證!求主成全姊妹的心願,讓兒女能夠切實的認識真神!
  2. 感謝主保守餐館老弟兄的信心,在洗禮前雖遭遇不如意事,但仍然不放棄洗禮!求主感動他繼續渴慕認識 神,帶領他年老的日子!感謝主感動餐館老闆弟兄,繼續關心身邊年老的弟兄姊妹,將會帶領他們參加教會的生活營!
  3. 感恩有機會接觸來德幾十年的餐館業人士!求主藉著新科技的方便,可以與他認識,有機會向他傳福音!
  4. 求主保守我的身體,雖然有疼痛,仍有力量到各處服事!
  5. 求主帶領這週的兒童主日學老師培訓,讓更多的弟兄姊妹有感動投入「兒主」的服事!昨天母親節,有三十多位小朋友上台獻唱!
  6. 求主感動弟兄姊妹踴躍參加6月20-23日教會的生活營!求主帶領籌備的同工!

        雖然剛過了母親節,在此為各位母親感謝主,因為有你們的付出,家庭蒙福!

主的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一九年五月十三日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

        How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1

        Thank God for bringing an elder sister to come to our church! She came to Germany over half a century ago. Since the establishment of the Chinese Church in Frankfurt, she has been faithfully worshipping in our church. Our church just celebrated her 90th birthday a few weeks ago. Her son and daughter don’t know Mandarin and therefore they never joined any church activity. But they came to celebrate their mother’s birthday and were touched by the love shown by our brothers and sisters. Our elderly sister was very happy. She went through 5 celebrations privately and openly. Her birthdate was according to the lunar calendar. Since she has lived in Germany, her children celebrate according to the German way (German celebrates on the same date or after). So, they celebrated her birthdate according to the western calendar. It happened that her lunar birthdate fell on the day before our baptismal service. So, when our brother invited brothers and sisters to his restaurant to celebrate the brother who was baptized, we celebrated her birthday once again!

        Thank God for His work in the life of the brother who owns a restaurant! After his baptism, he has changed a lot and is willing to share the gospel to those surrounding him. He has treated his 70+ years old worker like his father and helps him a lot. The worker was divorced long time ago and has been living by himself for several decades. He has spent most of his money on gambling and would not even spend any money on his teeth. He has left with only a few teeth. Because of the care of this brother, he helps him save the money and bring him to see dentist and applying for his retirement. In order for the old worker to attend the baptismal class, the brother would arrange his work early so that he could drive him to church to attend the class and return to work after sermon is finished. The brother has spent much care and time on him. But he also found out that it was not easy to serve a person. Just days before the baptism, the old worker had a conflict with another foreign worker. They both do not understand each other’s language. So, when the foreign worker picked on him, he decided to disappear! The restaurant couple was worried and wondered what would happen to him. We thought that he might missed the baptism this time. But, thank to God’s leading, he appeared two days later. After talking to his boss, he was still willing to be baptised. Thank God that he has seen the love of the brother and his faith has not been shaken! The brother was very happy and invited brothers and sisters to his restaurant to celebrate the old brother’s baptism. It was the first time I ever saw his big smile on that day!

        Recently I was able to meet a brother’s father. He also came to Germany for many years as restaurant worker. Because of his good health, he would still help out in some restaurants at 70+. After the first meeting, he was willing to let his son to add me to his WhatsApp. He probably thought that I might be able to teach his son. Because of the social medium, I was able to talk to him and listen to his thought on church and his belief. Though he is studying Buddhism, he is also open to listen to other religions. It is unfortunate that he lives far from me and cannot attend our meeting. I try to build up a friendship with him first.

        Because of the birthday celebrations of the 90-year-old sister and myself, I ate a lot of birthday cakes for the past weeks! Thanks to the love of brothers and sisters, we become a family and celebrate each other’s birthday together. Thank God for keeping me and allow me to step up to another level of age! Yesterday, our church celebrated my birthday. Some brothers were very surprised after hearing my age. Thank God for His keeping so that even though my inner body is decaying, my outer appearance and inner spirit is still young! My wish is that God will continue to give me strength so that He will use this body to run for Him!

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank God for celebrating the elder sister’s birthday so that we had an opportunity to witness to her children! Pray that God will fulfil her wish that her children really know the true God!
  2. Thank God for keeping the older brother’s faith! Even though he encountered a conflict, he did not forsake the opportunity to be baptised! Pray that our Lord will continue to touch him to desire to know Him and lead his life ahead! Thank our Lord for touching the brother to continue to care the older brother and sister whom he will bring to participate our church camp!
  3. Thank God for the opportunity to know the restaurant worker who has been in Germany for many years! Pray that through new technology, we get to know each other and have opportunity to share the gospel to him!
  4. Pray that our Lord will keep my body, even though pain persists, He will give me strength to serve Him!
  5. Pray that God will lead the training of the children Sunday school teachers this weekend so that they will commit to serve in this ministry! Yesterday Mother’s day, there were over 30 children who went up on the stage for the singing!
  6. Pray that God will touch more brothers and sisters to participate our church camp which will be held 20-23 June! Pray that God will lead the co-workers preparing for the camp!

        Though Mother Day has just passed, I’d still like to thank God for all the mothers. Because of your efforts, families are blessed!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安,

        耶穌說:「潔淨了的不是十個人嗎?那九個在哪裡呢?除了這外族人,再沒有別人回來歸榮耀與神嗎?」路17:17-18

        今早看到上面的經文,就想起上週聽到一位非基督徒的見證,讓我驚訝他願意和我們分享他經歷神蹟的喜悅。他與妻女三人回德國辦理證件,前兩次都沒有成功,眼見不可能約到與官員見面的時間,他信主的親戚建議他向神禱告。之後,果然神蹟性地出現,拿到他們恰恰需要的三個預約時間,而且順利把事情辦完。剛好聽到見證的另一對夫婦也在辦理手續,他們也知道能在短期內得到那些預約安排是非常難的。他們是慕道友,親耳聽到這樣的見證,也不得不讚嘆神的作為!

        另外一位去年已經決志的基督徒,在學業上也經歷一個神蹟,本來不夠資格申請入讀碩士學位,太太為他禱告,最後得以提高他的分數達到申請資格。可惜他並沒有把榮耀歸給神,卻是感謝他的教授。

        前面的「外邦人」經歷神蹟願意回來團契和大家分享神的奇妙作為,可惜我們作為基督徒卻不一定感謝神給我們的恩典。所以,趁我還記得的時候趕快來感謝神在我身上的恩典與作為!感謝神藉著中福團給予我的支持,讓我可以在宣教工場上不用為經濟憂慮。自從16年踏入德國工場,在籌不夠宣教經費的情況下出發,至每三年回美國工作匯報所籌的經費仍然達不到預算的情況之下,中福團不但沒有收取一分錢的行政費,還要不斷的補貼我的不足。若不是神的憐憫與恩典,不知道中福團為何要為我承擔這個擔子!所以,在感謝神的同時,也要感謝中福團的支持!

        因著籌款的不足,雖然FMCD的同工(我們在德國的合作夥伴)多年來曾經向差會提出提高我的工資以應付通貨膨脹,都沒有成功。不過,前兩個星期傳來喜訊,得知中福團向FMCD提出以今年為期一年的加額,這是我都沒有求過的。感謝神的恩典與中福團的付出!也要向支持我的眾教會與弟兄姊妹獻上感恩!

        上次提到的白血病患者,已經順利完成骨髓移植手術,但是身體還是很虛弱,醫生告訴她在這段時間可能會發高燒。果然她就連續兩天高燒,醫生告訴她若繼續發燒,就要把裝在她脖子上的輸液接口拆下來,再找另處安裝。她聽了就害怕,因為這個安裝過程是很痛的,她不想再經歷一次。於是她向神禱告,神也憐憫她,垂聽她的禱告,第三天燒就退了,免去她受痛苦的折磨。這是她笑著向我分享的見證,雖然她還不是基督徒。上週本來已經出院,但是到晚上發燒又住院了。而且現在造血很慢,若不夠就要接受輸血。感恩她勇敢地面對這個病,沒有聽到她發怨言!她母親的精神狀況也好很多!

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 感恩慕道友經歷神的恩典,讓他的見證也鼓勵其他慕道友!求主施恩,讓他們不是追求經歷神蹟,乃是認識神的救贖,接受救恩!
  2. 感謝神持續的供應,藉著中福團與眾教會和弟兄姊妹的支持,得以在工場事奉!
  3. 感謝神賜予機會服事癌症病人!求主保守她們的身體,有足夠的心靈與體力去面對漫長的康復過程!求主醫治青年人,藉著這個經歷認識神!求主憐憫得了乳癌的年輕姊妹,治療過程已經完成,但是由於住在偏遠的小鎮,一個人面對各樣的挑戰,缺乏心靈上的支持,癌症治療後需要每天往返附近城市的醫院接受心理治療。求主醫治她的全人,讓她有足夠的體力準備病假後上班的日子。
  4. 求主感動德國各地弟兄姊妹報名參加復活節的造就營和青年營!

        感謝主的恩典,超過我們所求所想!

主的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一九年三月二十日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

        Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:17-18

        When I read the above scriptures this morning, I remember a testimony that I heard last week from a non-believer. I was surprised to see that he was willing to share the joy of his experience on God’s miracle. He and his wife and daughter returned to Germany to get a transfer of visa to their new passports. The first two visits to the immigration office failed. After seeing the impossibility to get appointments to meet with the officer in a short time, his aunt suggested to pray to God. Soon after, he got all the three appointments needed for their family to finish the process.  It happened that a couple who was listening was also going through the similar situation. They knew that it was very difficult to get one appointment in such a short time not to mention to get three! So, they were also amazed to hear God’s miraculous work!

        Another new Christian who accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior also experienced a miracle. Originally, he was not qualified to apply for a master degree with his grades. His wife prayed to God and he got the points he needed for applying to the master degree. Unfortunately, he didn’t give praise to God but give thanks to his professors!

        The “foreigner” mentioned above experienced miracle and was willing to come to our fellowship to share God’s wonderful work. However, as Christians, sometimes we might not necessarily give thanks to God for His grace. Therefore, while still remember, I should give thanks to God for His grace upon me! Thank God through CEM’s support for me, I was able to go to the mission field without worrying for my financial support. I set foot to Germany 16 years ago, when there was not sufficient fund raised. Till now, the situation remains the same even though I went back to the States for furlough every 3 years. Under such circumstances, CEM not only does not receive a penny for administration fee but supplies for the deficit. If not out of God’s mercy and grace, why would CEM take up the burden for me. So, I am really thankful to God as well as to CEM for all the supports!

        Because of the deficit in the fund raised for my budget, although FMCD co-workers (our partners in Germany) have been trying to ask CEM to raise my salary due to inflation, they were not successful. However, we got good news two weeks ago. CEM told FMCD to raise my salary just for one year for 2019. I had never asked for this. Thank God for His grace and the sacrifice of CEM! I am also grateful for all the supporting churches and brothers and sisters!

        In my last prayer letter, I mentioned a leukaemia patient. She had a successful bone marrow transplant but her body was still very weak. The doctor told her that she might get high fever during this period. Soon, she got a high fever for two days. The doctor told her that if the fever persisted, he would have to remove the connector installed on her neck and tried to install it some other place. She was afraid to hear that because it was a painful experience that she didn’t want to go through again. Then she prayed to God and He had mercy on her and listened to her prayer. Her fever was gone the next day. She didn’t have to suffer the pain. This was what she told me with a smile on her face although she was not a Christian yet. Last week she was discharged from the hospital but went back again that night due to high fever. Right now, her blood is being made slowly. If it is not enough, she will get some blood transfusion. Grateful that she has a courage to face her illness and I don’t hear her complain. Her mother’s spirit has also improved.

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank God that the non-believer experienced God’s grace and that his testimony would encourage the seekers who heard it. Pray that they will not seek after miracles but seek after God’s redemption and receive God’s salvation!
  2. Thank God for His continuous supply through the support of CEM and churches and brothers and sisters so that I can serve in the mission field!
  3. Thank God for the opportunities to serve cancer patients! Pray that God will keep their bodies so that they will have the spirit and strength to face the long term recovery process! Pray that God will heal the youth and that she may come to know God through this experience! Pray that God will have mercy on the sister who had breast cancer. She finished all cancer treatment. But because of the fact that she lives in a small town and fighting all the challenges by herself, she lacks spiritual support. After cancer treatment, she now goes to a nearby city hospital for psychological treatment. Pray that God will heal her wholly and she will have enough strength to prepare herself to go back to work after her sick leave!
  4. Pray that God will touch the heart of brothers and sisters to apply for the Easter Camp and the Youth Camp!

        Thank God for His grace which is more than we ask for!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姐妹們主內平安:

        感謝大家的關懷與代禱,身體已恢復健康,血壓也恢復正常了,不過小弟3月將返台灣一個月再詳細檢查內耳及頸椎,請繼續代禱。

        新年度開始,四個牧區中各城都按照CCF(四層查經)的進度進行查經與討論,效果良好。

        感謝神,從三月起一對宣教士夫婦將加入德國工場與我同工,支持他們的母會是德州恩友堂,他們每年將入境德國兩次,每次三個月。

        三月至五月有三對牧者夫婦從美國來德國協助,並在四個牧區中服事。

        新開拓的柏林愛加基督徒團契,將於今年上半年成立法人,登記成為柏林愛加華人基督教會,請大力支持福音中心的經費,為福音事工的拓展與興旺代禱。

        四月將有加州三穀基督徒會堂的短宣隊來協助柏林新開拓的福音事工,願神大大的使用與祝福。

感恩與代禱

  1. 感謝四個牧區的同工體諒牧者的辛勞,願分擔更多的事工,願神賜福他們的愛心與忠心。
  2. 3月10日參加周伯玉傳道在臺北基督之家的差遣禮(求主帶領她盡快取得工作簽證,順利前往德東事奉團隊)。
  3. 請繼續為萬牧師一家來萊比錫華人教會長期事奉的簽證能批出代禱。
  4. 請為柏林愛加團契4月開始推動辦理法人登記,成立愛加華人基督教會代禱,記念一切順利。

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2019年2月21日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安,

「求你指教我們怎樣數算自己的日子,好叫我們得著智慧的心。」詩篇90:12

        感恩聖誕聚會之後與幾位弟兄姊妹去瑞士參加一對中德基督徒的婚禮。雖然雙方家長與親人都不是基督徒,但一對新人就盼望藉著婚禮與婚宴,讓親人好友都有機會聽聞福音。由於他們都參加過不同國家、地方的教會(他們曾經在德國讀書,現在先生在瑞士工作,姊妹在奧地利讀書,她往奧地利之前在法蘭克福華人教會受洗),所以眾多的弟兄姊妹從德國、瑞士與奧地利去參加他們的婚禮與幫忙。婚宴持續七個小時,當中有各地教會、團契、小組的表演節目,場面溫馨!回程的時候與一對母女坐在同一輛車,我們有幾個小時的溝通。女兒是我們教會的姊妹,畢業後找到不錯的工作,可是年齡有點大了,還沒有機會結婚。母親過來探親,女兒趁這機會帶她出去見識不一樣的婚禮。母親看見女兒年齡大了還不結婚,就開始批評她因為信仰基督教而令她找對象的標準提高了,所以到目前還沒有結婚。因此,她對信仰有抵觸,女兒邀請她去教會,去了一次就不願意再去了。她是共產黨員,但是為求女兒能出嫁,她也去廟裡祈求。她的觀念是只要能出嫁,哪怕將來會離婚,總比不出嫁強。剛好同車的一位姊妹就是嫁了一位未信者而陷入非常痛苦的狀態,連她十幾歲的女兒都大喊寧願她媽與爸爸離婚,免得她也過得痛苦。可是那位母親未能體諒姊妹的痛苦,還是認為只要女兒能出嫁就好,不管嫁後是怎樣。這就是獨生子女的壓力,特別是在國外信主而堅持找基督徒為對象的弟兄姊妹,他們的父母不明白子女在國外所承受的工作壓力與生活的孤單,還經常逼他們早點嫁娶,因此引起雙互之間有些張力。其實弟兄姊妹也想找到合適的對象,但是找不到,他們也很無奈!

        聖誕節前有姊妹提到她鄰居朋友的女兒突然發現得了白血病,那位非基督徒女士來德國兩年多,女兒才十八歲,打擊很大。加上女兒住院兩個多月期間,她一個人幾乎每天往返醫院二、三次,為的是陪伴女兒用餐,而家裡還有一個年幼的女兒要照顧,她睡不好覺,心理壓力大,想找心理醫生,可是約心理醫生的時間很長。後來我與她見面,了解情況,就藉著微信與她聯絡,她主動向我要禱告的詩歌。女兒出院前,我也帶了一位癌症病人去跟她聊聊她的經歷,離開前我問她願不願意我為她禱告,她說願意,她說她班上的伊斯蘭教徒同學,耶和華見證人同學也為她禱告。她還需要接受媽媽的骨髓移植,但願她媽媽能因這次的打擊,認識真 神,有平安去面對這次的骨髓移植。

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 感恩有機會去海德堡團契服事!為他們的傳道人感恩,得到從 神賜下的寶貝,師母是高齡產婦,蒙神保守,母女平安!
  2. 感恩一對新人有向親友傳福音的心願,藉著婚禮播下福音的種子,求主使用他們作美好見證。
  3. 為教會單身的弟兄姊妹禱告,求主賜下合適的婚姻對象。求主賜下智慧給他們,在婚姻的事上能與父母有良好的溝通,避免衝突,失去見證!
  4. 求主醫治得白血病的年青人,骨髓移植順利。求主保守,藉此病患讓她與媽媽接觸真正的福音,不受其他宗教、異端影響!
  5. 春節將至,弟兄姊妹開始準備春節活動。求主帶領,讓弟兄姊妹邀請未信朋友參加。吉森團契第一次邀請德國教會的弟兄姊妹來參與,求主給弟兄姊妹有足夠力量預備多人的飯食。求主預備講員普師母(德國人)的信息,藉著她流利的中、德語把信息傳得清楚,讓慕道友得聽聞福音。
  6. 聖誕期間各團契因為弟兄姊妹的休假、回國都暫停聚會!新年開始,團契也慢慢回復正常,求主帶領新一年的聚會。

        祝你們新一年裡福恩滿溢!常常喜樂!

神的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一九年一月八日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

        Grateful to be able to attend a Chinese sister and a German brother’s wedding in Switzerland with several brother and sisters after our church’s Christmas meeting. Although both parents and relatives were not Christians, the newly-wed were hopeful that they and their non-believing friends would be able to hear the gospel message during their wedding ceremony and at their banquet. Since the couple had attended churches in different countries and places (They studied in Germany; now the brother works in Switzerland, the sister studies in Austria. Before she moved to Austria, she was baptized in our Chinese church in Frankfurt.), there were many brothers and sisters from Germany, Switzerland and Austria to attend their wedding and offered their help. The banquet lasted for 7 hours during which many groups performed. The atmosphere was very warm. While riding back home for several hours, I was able to talk to a mother and daughter. The daughter is a sister from our church. She became a believer while studied in Germany. She found a good job after graduation. She is considered a bit over age and is still single. Her mom came to visit her. She took the opportunity to bring her mom to experience a different kind of wedding. The mother saw that her daughter was growing older and older and was still single and started criticizing her. She thought that it was her belief that limited her to find a husband because she insisted to find a Christian brother. Because of this, she resisted her belief. Her daughter invited her to attend church service. She went once and never returned. She was a communist but for the sake of her daughter to get married, she even went to pray in a Buddhist temple. Her concept was that it was better for her to get marry first than being single regardless of future possible divorce. It just happened that in the same car there was another sister who was in a great distress now because of her non-believing husband. Even her daughter screamed out that she wished that her mom and dad would get a divorce. She was also living in pain. However, that mother didn’t understand the pain of this sister. She still thought that no matter what would be the consequence, it was still good to have her daughter married. This is one of the pressures of ‘single child’ from China, especially those who become believers overseas and insist on finding a Christian as marriage partner. Their parents do not understand their child’s pressures from work and living alone in a foreign land. Because they always request their child to get marry soon, there is a tension between them. Actually, single brother and sister also would like to get married but they feel helpless without finding the right one.

        Before Christmas time, a sister mentioned to me that a daughter of a friend of her neighbor was diagnosed having leukemia suddenly. The friend was a woman who just came to Germany more than two years ago. Her daughter is only 18. It was a big blow for her. In addition, she went to the hospital 2-3 times per day to feed her daughter during her daughter’s two months stay there. She also has a younger child to take care. She became sleepless because of the pressure. She wanted to see a psychologist but the appointment was a long wait. After learning what happened, I started communicating with her using WeChat. She even took the initiative to ask me for hymns of prayers. Just days before her daughter was discharged from hospital, I brought a cancer patient to see her and talked about her own experience. I asked if I could pray for her before we left. She agreed because her Muslim classmate, Jehovah Witness classmate also prayed for her. She needs a bone marrow transplant from her mother later this month. Pray that her mom would come to know the true God and have peace to face the transplant!

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve the Heidelberg fellowship! Thank God for giving the pastor couple a lovely daughter and bless the mother and daughter in good shape even the pastor’s wife is a bit old for her first child.
  2. Thank God for the newlywed couple to have a desire to spread the gospel to their unbelieving families and friends! Pray that the gospel seed was sown in their hearts! Pray that God would use them to witness to them!
  3. Pray for our single brothers and sisters in our church! Pray that they will find a matched marriage partner! Pray that God will give them wisdom to talk to their parents to avoid conflicts because of this marriage subject!
  4. Pray that God will heal the leukemia patient and she will have a smooth bone marrow transplant! Pray that God will lead her and the mother to hear the true gospel and not be influenced by other religion and cult!
  5. Chinese New Year is coming soon! We are preparing for the event! Pray that brothers and sisters will invite non-believers to attend! Giessen Fellowship will invite the brothers and sisters from the German church for the first time. Pray that God will give them enough energy to prepare food for so many people! Pray for the message that is being prepared by our speaker, Mrs. Buchholz who is fluent in both Chinese and German! May her message be a blessing to the seekers!
  6. During Christmas time, our fellowships stopped for meeting for people left for holiday or returned to China. Now that new year starts, our fellowships will start meeting again. Pray for new guidance for the new year!

 

        May God bless your new year with abundant blessings! Rejoice always!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姐妹們主內平安:

        感謝大家對德國宣教事工不斷的代禱與支持,很抱歉,代禱信延誤了兩週,因為壓力太大及疲勞過度(目前4個牧區9個城市的事工只有我們一家牧者),一個多月前被救護車送進了醫院,高血壓衝到191,經過了一連串的檢查,身體已漸漸恢復健康,目前每天早晚需要吃降低血濃度及血脂的藥。

        10月份忙著各城的迎新音樂會及CCF(四層查經)的培訓,感謝神,各城都有正面的反應。11月份忙著第十五屆冬季學人福音造就營,感謝神,藉著神所重用的僕人戴繼忠牧師及周學信博士的分享,弟兄姐妹都得造就,大人小孩共170人參加。

        12月份各城的聖誕特別聚會也都順利進行,看見弟兄姐妹盡心盡力的排練及擺上,深受感動,感謝神的恩典,從10月至12月每個月都有一隊來自美國的短宣隊協助4個牧區的事工。新開拓的柏林事工簡介:2018年10月開始正式的崇拜聚會(每週六下午租借德國教會)是由10位基督徒(皆已離開華人教會至少一年半以上)組成愛加基督徒團契,其中5位是我開拓柏林第一個華人教會的時候給他們施洗的(我於1991年冬由台灣前往德國柏林宣教,1995年成立了華人教會)。他們2017年來參加我們的營會,之後請我牧養他們。因為柏林約有2萬的華人,為了福音的緣故,他們答應不去「拉」另外兩個華人教會弟兄姐妹的條件之下,開始拓展柏林的福音事工,目前已有20多人聚會,今年將會註冊成立法人教會。

感恩與代禱

  1. 感謝神有6位初信者,盼望他們繼續追求主,渴慕主的心不退後。
  2. 請迫切為萬牧師一家及周傳道的工作簽證順利獲批代禱。
  3. 請為柏林需要租屋(福音中心),預算每月900美金,請有負擔的教會及弟兄姐妹來大力支持並代禱(目前已籌到6個月的房租)。

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2019年1月8日

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