洪立民、鄭怡珠宣教士代禱信(2017年12月)

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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姊妹們主內平安:

        聖誕的季節,溫馨歡笑的12月即將結束;一元復始,萬象更新的2018年即將登場。當我們聚焦在耶穌的身上,「盼望」永遠是無止境的。

        感謝神!11月的冬季營會有201人參加,10人決志信主,弟兄姐妹都得造就,將一切榮耀歸於神。因著學校的聖誕假期,各城的聖誕聚會也必須提前舉行,感謝神在各城的聖誕晚會中,有喜樂、有神的同在,也有多人決志信主。

        2018年又是一個新的開始,一個新的目標,新的盼望,是一段新的里程與經歷。希望在新年度的開始,我們共同經歷神,有更倚靠主的信心及更真實美好的盼望,並更多愛神愛人的心志及行動。

感恩與代禱

  1. 為剛決志信主的20多位弟兄姐妹感恩,並為他們能繼續追求及成長代禱。
  2. 請為新年度牧區中各城同工的忠心事奉代禱。
  3. 請為1月19至20日的聯合同工退修會代禱。
  4. 請為新牧者2018年5月的順利到達代禱。

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2017年12月29日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安:

「我要以感謝為祭獻給祢。」(詩篇116:17上)

        詩歌「感恩歌」的作者寫到,有人為著家庭、朋友、美花、翠草、閃星感恩,但他卻為著主的救恩頌讚主,為著主拯救他的靈魂而感謝主。他提醒我,前面的事物都是好的,因為是神所創造的。但是,最重要的還是為祂拯救靈魂而感恩!

        感謝主的帶領,自從吉森團契二月份開始建立了學生小組,基本上都固定有幾位同學來參加查經聚會,其中一對年輕夫妻更是積極參與,每次也會發問很多問題。在他們尋求的道路上,神為他們預備了十月初的福音營。營會中,丈夫「被決志」了,意思是他還沒有明白什麼是決志之下,他已經被一位牧者帶領做了決志禱告。他妻子剛好看到我,便問什麼叫決志。她太太聽了之後,認為她丈夫還不清楚。當晚我正好坐在他們旁邊,講道結束之後,就更詳細地向他解釋和解答他的一些疑問。過了一個星期,在查經班的時候,他主動向跟他比較熟識的弟兄姊妹說他已經決志了。而且他很快就把初信成長的書看完,每天開始讀聖經。太太仍然有很多問題,但是她很喜歡來查經班,對我們比較信任。今年迎新活動都是她主力邀請新同學來查經班,她還納悶這麼好的人與活動,為什麼新生不願意來參加。

        為著這位初結的福音果子,團契的弟兄姊妹都很感恩,看到的不是某一個人的功勞,乃是整個團隊的付出;是從八十歲的老弟兄、姊妹至十幾歲的青少年,都一起來服事的果效。自從開始服事學生小組之後,團契的弟兄姊妹因著大家留下來吃飯,關係親密了,團契也活躍起來。今年十月四次的迎新活動都由團契的弟兄姊妹來分享講座信息,都是按著各人的恩賜來服事。感謝主的帶領,去年來的幾位學生,有些已經去了別的城市,但是今年又來了幾位新同學。

        感謝 神的預備,當我們的德國教牧同工提出第二代事工缺乏工人之後,黎明啟差會的宣教士就在他的神學院接觸到一位願意來華人服事的畢業生。我們教會便馬上與宣教士聯絡,接觸這位學生,彼此了解,最後經過教會會員的接納,聘請這位年輕傳道人來服事教會的青少年。雖然這位德國傳道人對中國人與中國文化沒有太多的認識,但是她也很願意了解和接納。最近我帶她參加一些查經班,慢慢去認識弟兄姊妹和中國人的文化,從她享受弟兄姊妹的食物,和她主動與陌生的中國人交流,看她已經比較接納我們。她才來幾個星期,昨晚已經可以嚐到一對新人在餐館擺設的豐盛喜宴。除了愛中國食物之外,但願她愛我們的青少年,把他們帶到主面前,堅固他們的信心。

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,帶領吉森團契成為一個合神使用的團隊,同心合意的興旺福音!
  2. 感謝主,感動那位丈夫信主!求 主保守他的信心,在沒有一個屬靈的環境下仍然不動搖!求主也感動他太太,挪去她的困惑,接受主的救恩!
  3. 求主賜下智慧,服事知識份子!
  4. 感謝主的預備與供應,帶領德國青年傳道來到我們教會服事第二代!雖然只簽了一年的合約,求主感動,讓她在這事奉上得力,以後還可以繼續服事我們的青少年!
  5. 吉森團契將於12月9日舉行聖誕聚會,求主藉著海報通知,吸引新人來參加聚會,得聽聞福音!
  6. 法蘭克福華人教會也於12月17日舉行聖誕聚會,求主帶領負責弟兄在統籌上一切安排順利,讓大家共慶之時,能接觸新朋友,以致他們日後能再來教會!

        雖然感恩節已過,還是感謝 神各樣的恩典,包括你們長期的代禱支持!
        預祝各位有一個愉快的聖誕!神恩滿溢!

 

主的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一七年十二月六日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

 “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you .” Psalm 116:17a

        The writer of the hymn “Thank you , Lord” wrote that some thank the Lord for friends and homes, for flowers and stars. But he thanked God for saving his soul and His great salvation!

        Thank God for His guidance! Since we started the student group in Giessen in February, there are some who attend the bible study group regularly. One couple participated actively and asked a lot of questions. In their path of seeking God, God provided for them an evangelistic camp in October. During the camp, the husband prayed the prayer of accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior without understanding what the prayer meant. His wife just happened to see me and asked me what it meant. She thought that her husband was not clear about this acceptance. On the same night, I happened to sit next to them. I explained to him again what it meant to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. After he returned to our bible study group the following week, he himself told to his closer friends about his decision. He has already finished reading a book on how to grow spiritually and started reading the gospel books. Although his wife has still a lot of questions, she also enjoys coming to our bible study group. She has more trust on us than other Chinese. She also invited new students to our ‘welcome new student’ activities. She even wondered why the new students did not come for she really liked our activities and brothers and sisters.

        Our fellowship is very thankful for this gospel fruit. We see that it was a result of the team work, from 80+ years old brother and sister till teenagers. Because brothers and sisters bring food to serve the students and stay to eat together, the relationship among our brothers and sisters is also being built up. The whole fellowship is quite active.  We held one seminar each week to welcome the new students for the whole month of October. They were being presented by our brothers and sisters according to their gifts. Thank God that even though some students came last year and had left for other cities, He brought some new students this year!

        Thank God for His provision! After we mentioned the lack of workers for our second generation in our German co-workers retreat last year, one graduate from the Liebenzell Mission seminary was willing to serve Chinese when she was told about our situation. Our church contacted her immediately. After getting to know each other, passing the vote to hire her by church members, she became our youth minister. Although she is a German and has little knowledge about Chinese and Chinese cultures, she was willing to learn and accept us. Recently, I brought her to the fellowships which I’ve been serving to get to know our brothers and sisters. From the way she enjoyed our Chinese food and actively talking to Chinese strangers, she has been adapting quite well.  Even though she just came for a few weeks, she got a chance to attend a Chinese wedding banquet which was being held in a Chinese restaurant by the newly wedded couple. Besides loving Chinese food, pray that she would love our teenagers so that she would bring them to our Lord and have their faith being strengthened.

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank God for leading the Giessen fellowship who works as a team to advance the gospel!
  2. Thank God for touching the heart of the husband who accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior! Pray that God will keep his faith so that it would not be shaken even when there is no spiritual environment when he returns home! Pray that God will touch his wife and take away her doubts so that she will also accept God’s salvation!
  3. Pray that God will provide wisdom to serve those educated!
  4. Thank God for His provision so that one German youth pastor comes to serve our second generation! Although the contract is for one year, pray that she would have power to serve and she might consider to serve for longer term in the future!
  5. Giessen fellowship will hold a Christmas meeting on the 9th December. Pray that new comer will come and hear the gospel!
  6. Frankfurt Chinese Christian Church will hold the Christmas meeting on the 17th. Pray that God will help the brother who is in charge of the program so that it would be run smoothly! Pray that the new comers will continue to come to our church after the event!

        Although Thanksgiving has passed, there are still much to be thankful including your long term prayer and support!
        Wish you have a blessed Merry Christmas in advance!God’s grace is abundant!

 

Serving In Christ,
Karen Tang

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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姊妹們主內平安:

        雖然現今的世代邪惡與環境的不安及誘惑,造成傳福音確實不易,但感謝神藉著您在主裡常常的代禱記念與支持,看見神的手繼續在德國許多海外學人學者的心中播種了福音的種子,並結出福音的果子來。願將一切的榮耀歸於神!

        10月份是各城開學的日子,我們今年的迎新改變了方式,不再用講座及愛宴;而是遊園會及燒烤(BBQ):有破冰遊戲、競賽、美食攤、祝福攤、信息交流等,雖然來的新同學不算多,但效果較好,各城繼續來參加聚會的新同學都有一些。

        11月17至19日的第十四屆營會正在緊鑼密鼓的報名及籌備中,目前報名約有205人左右。願意主的靈與主的話充滿在參加營會的每個人心中。

        接著12月的聖誕佈道事工,求主引領及動工。各城的籌備,無論是海報、詩班練唱、短劇、愛宴等,都求主保守。願主重用祂僕人于斌牧師的佈道。

        感謝神的作為,萊比錫教會有一點開始復興的表現;弟兄姐妹更熱心的服事及更多人投入事奉,尤其是年輕一群弟兄姐妹組成的敬拜讚美團隊(6-8人)。每週三晚上到福音中心練唱、禱告及聚餐,願神大大的使用他們,期待有一天他們可以到北美短宣及見證,回饋長期支持及代禱的教會。

感恩與代禱

  1. 我們牧區新的牧者希望明年夏天能順利加入牧者團隊,請繼續禱告及支持。
  2. 請為11月17-19日第十四屆冬季學人營會有聖靈的同在及感動代禱。
  3. 請繼續為江平夫婦在西班牙歐華神學院的造就及成長代禱。
  4. 請為洪牧師將在2018年3月中至4月9日的北美行程及服事代禱。

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2017年10月26日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安:

「當趁耶和華可尋找的時候尋找祂,相近的時候求告祂。」(賽五十五6)

        進入八月底九月初,中、小學生已經陸續開始新的學期。德國人放暑假都會帶著孩子出外度假或探親。由於德國地方不算大,只有幾條主要幹線公路通往東南西北,如果各州同時放假的話,就會有大量的交通堵塞。因此,各州除了兩個州以外,就會商量學生放假的日期,為了疏通人流。我們所在的黑森州放暑假的時候,立德查經班的大部份媽媽也帶著孩子回國,因而停止聚會。到她們快要回來的時候,拜仁州才開始放假,位於拜仁州的亞沙芬堡查經班的媽媽們就帶她們的孩子出外,輪到那邊的查經班停止聚會。

        在這些媽媽回國之前,查經班的一位姊妹請大家為她禱告,因為她這次帶孩子回國有一個感動和使命,就是要向她的婆婆傳福音。原來她婆婆幾個月前得到癌症,她先生已經回家看望母親,雖然他已慕道多年但還沒有信主,那次回去,也受太太所託向自己母親傳福音,他就把傳道人給他的四律讀給母親聽了。當姊妹回家的時候,竟聽到她自己的母親也得到癌症,她同時要兼顧兩家的病人。因為她早就有負擔向婆婆傳福音,而 神也預備她婆婆的心,當她跟婆婆聊到信仰的時候,才知道婆婆的女兒(她自己也不是基督徒)也給了她一本聖經,她講完福音後婆婆接受了救恩。由於姊妹的家人害怕把得癌症的消息告訴她媽媽,所以她媽媽還被蒙在鼓裡。

        八月份舉辦了全德的同工訓練營,今年特別的地方是沒有邀請外來講員。因為去年檢討時提到多年來提供的神學知識比較多,實踐方面比較缺乏;因此,今年教牧同工們就為參加的弟兄姊妹度身定做,設計了一些比較針對同工本身需要的課題來作討論,由教牧同工帶領各小組。感謝主的帶領,雖然是新嘗試,但反應不錯!教牧同工與參與的領袖同工有更親密的接觸。

        去年,吉森團契在過了大學新生入學的日期才有感動做學生事工,所以沒有做迎新活動。去年底才開始舉辦好幾個活動,今年初正式開始每週的學生小組聚會,轉眼就快一年了。感謝 神的帶領,有幾名學生基本上都固定參與聚會,有六名學生已報名參加九月底的福音營。新學期十月就開始,我們也準備了一連串的迎新活動,藉這些活動吸引他們留下來參加查經聚會。

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 暑假結束,各查經班也開始恢復正常聚會。求主保守各查經班,使弟兄姊妹與慕道友都能藉著神的話語認識 神!
  2. 求主保守姊妹的婆婆信心不搖動!求主醫治姊妹的婆婆和媽媽,讓她有機會向媽媽傳福音!
  3. 感謝主的帶領,使所有參與同工訓練營的人都有收穫!求主保守弟兄姊妹的心,讓他們在營會的立志得以實現,讓教牧同工都可以繼續跟進他們的進度!
  4. 南德福音營將於九月三十日至十月三日舉行,今年由法蘭克福華人教會主辦,求主賜下所需的同工,使各崗位的事奉都能順利進行。感謝主讓吉森六名學生參加營會,求主感動更多各地的慕道友參加,以致他們得聞福音,接受主的救恩!本來邀請的講員因為身體健康問題,不能出席,但感謝 神的預備,有兩位講員來幫忙!求主帶領講員在臨時應急之下仍能預備美好的福音信息!
  5. 很多城市的教會、團契都密鑼緊鼓準備迎新活動,求主帶領新學生來參加活動,讓他們認識一班基督徒,讓 神的愛吸引他們繼續去查經班!
  6. 求主憐憫各地被風暴、地震摧殘的受害者,讓他們得到及時的援助,身體得到保護,可以重建家園!求主安慰死者的親友!

感謝主保守我們的生命,讓我們還有生命氣息來事奉祂!
謝謝您們的代禱與支持!

 

主的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一七年九月九日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isa. 55:6

        Entering the end of August and beginning of September, students from grade school gradually start their new semester. Germans like to bring their kids out for vacation or visit family during summer holidays. Since Germany is not a very big country, there are only a few major highways that connect areas from east to west and north to south. If all states start the summer holidays at the same time, there will be traffic jams. Therefore, all states except two would discuss and plan their own holiday dates in order to avoid the problem. We are in the State called Hessen. When summer holiday started, most of the mothers in our Riedberg bible study group would bring their kids back to China. As such, our bible study group stopped meeting. When it was almost time for them to return, the state of Bayern started their holidays. Since Aschaffenburg is in Bayern, that bible study group stopped meeting.

        Before returning home, a sister from our bible study group requested to pray for her because she had a passion and mission to evangelise to her mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law got cancer a few months ago when her husband returned to visit her. Even though her husband is not yet a believer, he was asked by her to tell her mother-in-law the gospel. So, he got a 4 spiritual law booklet from our pastor and read it to her. As soon as the sister arrived home, she was told that her own mother also got cancer. She was heavy laden. Since she had this burden to evangelise to her mother-in-law and amazingly, God had also prepared her. When she talked about her faith to her, she found out that her sister-in-law who also was not a believer had already given a bible to her mother-in-law. So, when she asked her to accept Jesus Christ as her Saviour, she accepted. On the other hand, because her own family member was afraid to tell her mother about the cancer, her mother was not told of her illness yet.

        This year’s co-worker training camp was held in August. One thing special was that we didn’t invite any speaker for this camp. Co-workers mentioned that there were a lot of biblical knowledge but not the practical know-how in last year’s feedback. So, some of our pastoral co-workers designed this year’s program especially tailored to our co-workers who are leaders in different churches, bible study groups in Germany. This is a new attempt and the feedback was good. Both the pastoral co-workers and lay leaders had closer contact.

        Last year, it was after the new students came that Giessen bible study group had the heart to start student ministry. Therefore, we missed organise any welcome program. Since end of last year, we had several programs for the students and beginning of this year, we started a student group meeting every week. Soon, it is almost one year! Thank God for leading some students to join the group whenever they can. There are 6 of them who have applied to participate the gospel camp at the end of September. New semester will start in October, and we will prepare some welcome programs to attract students to stay for the student group.

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

1. After summer holidays, our bible study groups resume meeting as before. Pray that God will keep each bible study group and lead all to learn to know God through His words!
2. Pray that God will keep our sister’s mother-in-law’s faith! Pray that God will heal her mother-in-law and her mother and give our sister the opportunity to evangelise to her mother.
3. Thank God for His guidance so that all who attended the co-workers training camp learned something! Pray that God will keep our brothers and sisters’ heart so that they will fulfill what they had committed to change in the camp! Pray that our pastoral co-workers will follow up on their progress!
4. Our South Germany gospel camp will be held from Sep. 30- Oct.3. Our church will be the host organiser. Pray that God will provide the necessary co-workers for each division of works so that the camp will run smoothly! Thank God for the 6 students from Giessen who have already applied for this camp! Pray that God will touch more seekers from other areas to join the camp so that they will hear the gospel and accept our Lord’s salvation! Due to physical problem, our original speaker couldn’t come. Thank God for providing two speakers to replace him! Pray that God will prepare their message in such a short notice!
5. Many churches and bible study groups are preparing programs for welcoming new university students for the first semester. Pray that God will help bring these students to attend the activities so that they will be attracted by God’s love among the Christians and will be willing to stay for bible study group!
6. Pray that God will protect those victims of flooding and earthquake and that they will get all the help that needed to re-build their homes! Pray that God will comfort the families and friends of the lost ones!

Thank God for keep our lives so that we still have the breath of life to serve Him!
Thank you for your continuous prayer and support!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安:

「人遭難,我豈不為他哭泣呢?人窮乏,我豈不為他憂愁呢?」(伯三十25)

六月參加一位姊妹的婚禮,她媽媽第一次看到我,充滿感激之情。被她提醒,原來已經是四年前的事。當時她從台灣打電話給我,請求教會接待她的女兒,因為她女兒被前任女婿趕走。她女兒就在我家住了半年,期間辦完離婚手續,繼續學習德語,考進大學才搬離我家。之後,她又交了一位男友,雖然都是德國人,但這是一位基督徒,結交幾年,終於結婚。感謝主保守這位姊妹與媽媽從一個嚴重的打擊走出來,賜姊妹一位愛她的丈夫。

上週日被邀請去哥廷根講道,當晚住在一位姊妹家。時間飛逝,數算一下,認識她已經十六年了。回想當年,她打電話來求住宿,因為要從她的城市過來考試。之後考試通過,但入學通知已經晚了,找不到住處,又接待她在我不到十五平方米的房間住了一個月,每晚把床墊拿下來,早晨把它放在我的床墊上。因著接待她,也把福音傳給她,成為我在德國第一顆結的福音果子。很感恩看到姊妹從剛被錄取進入大學至畢業、結婚到成為四個孩子的媽媽,更感恩的是她的信心堅定,一直都有參與團契的服事,不單是在中國人的團契,更在外國人當中服事。她嫁給一位在德國工作的荷蘭弟兄,他們雖然有四個孩子包括一對雙胞胎,在教養孩子之餘還開放家庭給華人團契的姊妹們和一個英語的查經班。感謝主給他們有這樣的精力!

相映之下,另外一位姊妹卻因為照顧家庭和三個孩子的緣故面對很大的壓力,加上大孩子對她叛逆,她快要崩潰了。兩個家庭差別這麼大的原因,主要是前者夫妻同心,一起承擔家庭責任;後者因為丈夫不但不會幫忙,還成為妻子的負擔。雖然丈夫已經意識到妻子的壓力,但是還有很多學習的空間。

一個多月前收到一封電郵,有一位姊妹來信告訴我,她丈夫因為在上班的路上突然暈倒,未能及時搶救,大腦缺氧,差不多成為植物人一樣。原來事發於今年的二月,可是她都沒有找過我。幾年前她先生找到工作,搬來這裡,去過教會幾次就沒有見到他們。他們去了一個國際教會崇拜。她也有三個年幼的孩子。她先生去了康復中心之後,每次去探望來回就要四個小時(坐公交車),長久的奔波也讓她疲憊。感恩的是信仰還是給她很大的力量,儘管丈夫沒有什麼反應,她每次都去讀聖經和屬靈書籍給他聽。她的教會也幫忙照顧她的孩子,直到她的父母來幫忙。她的母親已獲批准延簽多住半年。前幾天,她丈夫已經被送去看護的老人院,離她家只有一個小時的路程。

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主讓兩位回國多年的姊妹願意等候 神,最終今年五月都嫁給主内弟兄了!
  2. 感謝主的愛護,讓母女經過打擊之後嚐到主恩的滋味,女兒終於嫁給德國弟兄,學業快完成!
  3. 感謝主感動哥廷根的姊妹,願意服事她身邊的姊妹們!
  4. 求 主賜下智慧給有叛逆孩子的母親們,讓她們知道如何處理親子關係!
  5. 求 主憐憫丈夫成為植物人的姊妹,讓她往返探病的時候都有體力!姊妹也希望找到一份工作來維持一家的生活,求 主預備工作的機會!
  6. 感恩參加教會的生活營,與弟兄姊妹有美好的時光!
  7. 感恩參加教牧同工宣教士的退修會,與中、德的同工們一起相聚,分享事奉的難處,彼此禱告扶持!

感謝主恩常偕!感謝你們的代禱支持!

 

主的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一七年七月七日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

“Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?”  Job 30:25

I met a mother of a sister during her wedding in June. She was grateful to see me. She reminded me of her request four years ago. One day, she called me from Taiwan to ask if someone from church could help receive her daughter. Her daughter was being kicked out by her German ex-husband. So, I let her stay in my home for half a year. During that period, she finished her divorce process and her German language study, passed the entrance examination into university and moved out. Later, she met her boy-friend who is also a German. The difference is that this one is a Christian. After dating for several years, she is married. Thank God for protecting this sister and her mother from a big blow and coming out of it! Thank God for the man who loves this sister!

I was invited to preach in Gottingen fellowship last Sunday. I stayed overnight at a sister’s house. Time flies. I got to know her for 16 years already. I still remembered that she called one day to ask for an accommodation because she needed to come to write an examination. After she passed her examination and got her admittance letter to university, it was already late to find a place to live. I received her to stay in my less than 15 mone-room apartment.

Every night, we took an extra mattress off my bed and she slept on it. Every morning, we stacked the mattress on my bed again. Because we lived together, she became the first gospel fruit in Germany after evangelizing to her. I was grateful to see her being admitted to university, graduated, married and is now a mother of four. Her faith is stable and has served not only in the Chinese fellowship but also in international bible study group. She married a Dutch working in Germany. Although they have four children including a twin, they still have time to open their house for sisters gathering and an English bible study group. Praise God for their energy!

In contrast, another sister is having a lot of pressure taking care of a family with 3 children. She is really helpless facing her rebellious daughter. There is such a big difference between the two families mainly because in the former the couple takes up the responsibilities together while in the latter, the husband not only is not helping much after work but becomes an extra burden for the wife. Now even though this husband realizes the pressure of his wife, there is much learning for him.

About one month ago, I received an email from a sister who told me about an incidence. Her husband suddenly fainted while on his way to work. Since there was no immediate resuscitation, his brain lacked of oxygen and became almost in a vegetative state. This happened in February but she didn’t contact me. Her husband found a job here several years ago and moved to Frankfurt area. They came to our church for a few times and never saw them again. They went to worship in an international church. She has 3 children. Perhaps after her husband was transferred to a rehabilitation center, she was wearied. She had to take 4 hours both ways in order to visit her husband taking the public transportation. It was grateful that her reliance on God gave her much strength to endure such difficult situation. Even though her husband had no reaction, she still read him the bible and spiritual books in every visit. Her church helped in taking care of her children until her parent came. Thank God that her mother got another 6 months extension to stay and help her. A few days ago, he was transferred to a nursing home which is now only an hour distance from home.

 

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank God for two sisters who returned to China several years ago and was willing to wait upon God for their life long partners. They were both married to brothers in Christ this May!
  2. Thank God for protecting the mother and daughter after a big blow! Thank God that the daughter married to a German brother and will finish her study soon!
  3. Thank God for the sister in Goettingen, who is willing to serve the sisters there!
  4. Pray that God will give wisdom to those mothers who have rebellious teenagers!
  5. Pray that God will have mercy on the sister whose husband is in a vegetative state! Pray that God will give her strength and let her find a job to sustain the family.
  6. Thank God for having a good time with brothers and sisters in our family camp!
  7. Thank God for a great fellowship time sharing difficulties in ministries and spent some time praying together with Chinese and German pastors and missionaries in our pastoral annual retreat!

 

Thank God for His grace! Thank you for your prayer support!

 

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姊妹們主內平安:

世界各地的動蕩不安與現象,正印證了聖經上的話:「人心比萬物都詭詐,壞到極處,誰能識透呢?」(耶利米書十七9)又說:「萬物的結局近了,所以你們要謹慎自守,儆醒禱告。」(彼前四7)。

感謝神,5月份的營會有10位慕道友決志信主,正在積極上真理班,目前至少有6位預備在8月6日的戶外聯合主日敬拜中受洗。

王柏牧師夫婦6月底已離開萊比錫的事奉,轉到ECM(歐洲校園事工)往Köln開拓,牧區需要牧者,正在接洽安排禱告中。

萊比錫教會5年前的四個查經小組,現只剩下兩個,今年下半年將全力推動敬拜事工及小組事工。

7月份學生正忙着考試,聚會人數下降,7、8月有些家庭及學生回鄉探親,求主堅固牧區中的小城不要停止聚會。

馬丁路德改教500週年紀念活動很多,6月10日萊比錫教會的詩班獲邀請在馬丁路德城Wittenberg的一間禮堂中獻唱兩首詩歌,我也被德國宣教單位邀請,分享德國華人福音事工的緣起與現況。感謝神看見詩班的19位成員,多次熱誠練唱及忠心的擺上自己,這種光景已好久沒見了,令我相當感動,甚至流淚。

 

感恩與代禱

  1. 為詩班的重新誕生感恩。
  2. 為7位年青弟兄姐妹願意委身在禱告與敬拜事工上感恩。
  3. 請繼續為剛決志的10位弟兄姐妹代禱,願他們繼續追求主,靈命成長。
  4. Braunschweig有兩家弟兄姐妹離開,一家因工作搬到德國南部,一家返回中國,目前只剩下一位司琴,請代禱。
  5. 請繼續為牧區中需要牧者代禱,求神親自揀選預備。

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2017年6月29日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安:

「我要起來,到我父親那裏去。」路15:18上

感謝 神的帶領,上星期有七位弟兄姊妹接受洗禮,其中有一對父子,繼女兒兩年前受洗之後,終於接受洗禮。妻子是第一位受洗的,多年以後,看到全家都受洗,喜樂的心情是難以形容的。這位父親有很多親兄弟,與他最接近的哥哥表示,最了解他的信仰情況,弟弟能信主受洗,作兄長的也驚訝不已。他們的母親都是虔誠的基督徒,家裡就剩下這位最小的弟弟一直都遠離 神。他們從小就來德國打拼,因為做餐館,事業成功,他很驕傲,心中沒有 神。但是 神的恩典仍臨到這家。十多年前信佛的妻子接受主,把兩個兒女從小帶去教會。雖然小孩們不怎麼認識 神,但是總是喜歡去教會;縱然母親因為疲倦想偷懶不去,兒女還是要求母親帶他們上教會去。這幾年弟兄犯了錯誤,生意也失敗了,才知道自己的能力還是有限。去年他重新開始一家餐館,當中有很多難處, 神卻出人意外地為他解決,他才意識到沒有 神,那些事是不可能成就或如此安排的。他不得不承認 神的大能,終於願意歸家跟隨主。兒子雖然從小去教會,但是還沒有完全認識 神。今年高中有一個重要考試,如果成績不好就不能繼續升學,所以有點緊張。因為姐姐兩年前已經走過同樣的路,而那時的她就靠著禱告去面對。所以他也開始禱告,而 神垂聽他的禱告,成績都比他平時考得好,連老師都稱讚他有進步。因此,他相信是 神的帶領,也願意接受洗禮,認真地走 神的路。由於他們兩位的經歷都是最近發生,他們想受洗的時候洗禮班已經快結束,所以都要額外給他們補課。雖然他們的中文程度有限,但是為了受洗,他們都甘願熬夜完成作業,實在感動,因而我也願意成全他們。

 

另外一對年輕夫妻,兩人都是法律博士,在慕道的路上已經多年,因工作的緣故搬來法蘭克福。有一天,因著聖靈的感動,催促姊妹去教會。雖然先生不太願意,還是去了幾次。正當他們不想再去教會的時候,因著我發給她的微信問候與邀請參加洗禮班(這是她寫見證之後才知道的事),她就答應了。她與先生一起來上課,慢慢對信仰有更多的了解,也決定信主接受主的救恩。後來他們回國探親,沒有受洗。回來後,先生也決志信主了,於是兩人決定今年一起接受洗禮。

 

這麼多年來上洗禮班都沒有經歷過只有一個人上課的,而這一次只有一位年輕媽媽報名。 神特別憐憫這位媽媽,由爸爸帶著大兒子,她則帶著小兒子來上課,因為小孩沒有睡好午覺,總會哭鬧著。這時母親就只好餵哺母乳,他才會安靜下來,讓我們可以繼續上課。由於沒有其他同學,她都可以這樣做。到後期,當那對父子加入來上課時,她的小孩也沒有怎麼吵鬧,嬰孩的父親有時也有空照顧他。所以,我們兩個都特別看到 神的恩典實在太奇妙了!

 

感恩代禱事項:

  1. 感謝 神親自呼喚祂的孩子們歸家!求 主保守剛受洗的弟兄姊妹的信心,好好地走主的路!
  2. 感謝 神的帶領,吉森團契服事的學生小組,自從開始提供飯食之後,團契弟兄姊妹的關係也密切很多!他們有幾位年長或中年的弟兄姊妹也慢慢來參與學生的聚會,突破以前的擔憂,覺得年紀比他們大,不知道跟年輕人談什麼!求 主使用弟兄姊妹的愛心,繼續吸引學生來聚會!
  3. 感謝 神的保守,讓我上週感染的急性甲溝炎得以及時處理!剛開始只是紅腫和痛,去看了家庭醫生,她說塗幾天藥就好。但是塗了兩天都不好,開始發膿,而且越來越嚴重。可惜剛好遇上週末醫生不開診,本以為熬到週一去看醫生。但週一是五一勞動節假期,只好去醫院急診部。感謝 神的憐憫,不需要等候,馬上就有醫生處理,再找到假期營業的藥房,買了醫生開的抗生素吃,再轉去看家庭醫生跟進。目前還是有一點腫痛,已經好很多,求 主醫治!

 

感謝主的恩典,常常有你們的代禱記念!願主也恩待你們手所作的工!

 

主的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一七年五月九日

 

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Dear brothers and sisters,

 

“I will set out and go back to my father” Luke 15:18a

 

Thank God for His leading that 7 brothers and sisters were baptized last week. Two of them were father and son. The daughter was baptized two years ago. The wife was the first one who got baptized. Many years later, she was so happy to see that finally, the whole family was baptized. The father has many siblings himself. His closest brother told us that he knew very well about his brother’s unbelief. So, when his brother was told of his baptism, he was very surprised. Their mother was a devoted believer and always brought her children to church. But this youngest son had drifted away from God as he grew older. The sons came to Germany at their teenage years. As years gone by, their restaurant business has been very successful. That made the youngest son very arrogant and there was no God in his heart. But God’s grace came upon his family. More than ten years ago, the wife who had worshipped Buddha before became a Christian. She would bring her daughter and son to church. Even though the kids didn’t know much about God, they liked very much to go to Children Sunday School. Sometimes their mother was tired and lazy to bring them to church, they would beg her to go. Due to some mistakes made by this husband, his businesses failed in recent years. It was only then he realized that his ability was limited. Last year, he opened another restaurant again. Though he faced some difficulties, they were being solved by God. He was amazed because he knew now that without God, nothing could be accomplished. So, he finally accepted God’s power and was willing to go home and follow the Lord. His son on the other hand admitted he never took God seriously even though he went to church since he was little. This year he had to take an important high school exam. If he failed it, that meant he would not be able to continue to study in college. So, he was a bit nervous. But after hearing from her sister who went through the same process two years ago, he tried to pray to God like her sister did. God listened to his prayer and his results turned out better than he thought. His teacher also praised him for the progress. As such, he believed that it was God’s leading and he was willing to be baptized and follows God’s path seriously. Because the father and son both made the decision to be baptized only recently, our baptismal class was almost ended. So, they had to finish the lessons outside class. In order to make it to this baptism, they would spend long hours at night in order to work on their lessons despite their limitation on the Chinese language. It was touching to see their effort and I was willing to help them to get baptized.

 

Another young couple being baptized was PhDs who majored in law. They were seekers for many years. Because of a job found in Frankfurt, they moved to here. One day, the wife was being led by the Holy Spirit to urge her to go to church. Even though the husband was not so willing, they did go to church a few times. Just as they decided not to go to church again (I learned this only when she wrote in her testimony), the wife received a message sent by me to say hello and invite them to our baptismal class. She accepted the invitation and came to class with her husband. Slowly they learned more about our faith and the wife decided to accept Jesus as her personal Savior. They then went back home to visit their families. She missed last year’s baptism. After coming back from China, the husband also decided to accept Christ’s salvation. So, they both got baptized this year!

 

Over the years, I’ve never had only one student attending our baptismal class. But this happened this time. Only one young mother attended the class. Because the father took care of the elder brother, she had to bring the toddler to class. Due to the lack of good sleep in the afternoon, the toddler cried a bit. She then had to breast-feed him to keep him quiet so that we could continue the lesson. Since there was no other student in the class, she could do so up until the last few lessons when the father and son mentioned above joined in. After that, the toddler was less noisy or his father could take care of him. So, the mother didn’t have to breast-feed him again. We both were so amazed that God had mercy on this young mother to provide such a condition!

 

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

 

  1. Thank God for calling His children to come home! Pray that God will keep the faith of those who were just being baptized so that they will follow God’s path!
  2. Thank God for His guidance! Since the older fellowship started serving dinner for both themselves and the student group, the relationship among brothers and sisters is getting closer! Some of the older brothers and sisters also join the student group. They have overcome their worry of not being able to communicate with the young people because of the age gap! Pray that God will use their love to attract students to come to our meeting!
  3. Thank God for His protection! I got an acute paronychia and was treated in time. At the beginning, I felt the pain as my thumb got swollen. I went to see a doctor who prescribed me a medicated cream. After two days of application, my thumb got worse and pus developed. Since it happened over the week-end, there was no doctor to see. I thought I would go the following Monday. Unfortunately, it was a holiday. So, I had to go to the emergency room in a near-by hospital. Thank God for His mercy, without waiting, I was treated immediately. I also got the antibiotic prescribed by the doctor in a pharmacy which was opened on that holiday. I later went to my family doctor for follow-up. Right now, it has gotten much better. Pray for a recovery!

 

Thank God for His grace that you always remember us in prayers!

Pray that God will bless your work also!

 

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

Email address: [email protected]
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Check title: China Evangelistic Mission, please state “for missionary Karen Tang”.
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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姊妹們主內平安:

雖然現今的世代與環境傳福音確實不易,但感謝神藉著您在主裡常常的代禱記念與支持看見神的手繼續在德國許多海外學人的心中播種了福音的種子,並結出福音的果子來。願將一切的榮耀歸於神。

3月中旬回台北探望父親家人及主內的朋友,老父親洪文山牧師已滿百歲,身體有時會病痛軟弱,求主憐憫,目前已出院在家休養。在台灣除了陪家人外,也到不同的教會證道分享。短短三週很快就結束,雖然時間短促,但心中也得到一些安慰與休息。

4月中各城正在密鑼緊鼓的推動5月19-21日的春季營會,營會中的三位講員皆來自北美,營會場地在Halle青年旅館舉行,目前報名人數已有120多人,估計會有130-150人參加。

5月有北美來的短宣隊,願主興起更多的弟兄姐妹一起熱心的彼此配搭,興旺福音。感謝主,Brauschweig的查經及主日參加人數皆有增長,查經從12人增加到平均20人參加,主日敬拜平均也有25人至30人。

 

感恩與代禱

  1. 為Braunschweig近幾個月人數增長感恩。
  2. 為Leipzig恢復了詩班的練唱及獻詩感恩。
  3. 為5月19-21日的第十四屆春季德國學人福音造就營的一切籌備與經費充足,以及弟兄姐妹得造就,慕道朋友願意信主代禱。
  4. 為牧區中需要牧者代禱求神預備,有負擔的牧者可直接與我聯繫。

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2017年4月27日

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