洪立民、鄭怡珠宣教士代禱信(2017年10月)

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

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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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親愛的代禱同工、弟兄姊妹們主內平安:

德國在二月下旬已春回大地,遍地野韭菜也發芽長葉,已有春暖花開的現象,這在過去是少有的,但願今年的三月、四月不再是寒冷的日子。

今年牧區同工研討會1月6-8日在圖林根洲的一個渡假村舉行,同工有31人,連家屬有40多人參加,感謝神,研討會順利圓滿。

感謝神2月26日(主日)聯合敬拜在Leipzig舉行,在將近百人的敬拜中感受聖靈的同在並充滿神的愛與感動,會中有八位弟兄姐妹受洗,願將一切榮耀歸於神。事後才知道領唱的弟兄前兩天預備回國休假,在機場被人偷走了手提包,所有的證件機票也都沒了,因此走不了。剛好原本領唱的姐妹因故不能出席,臨時找了這個弟兄代替。弟兄在領唱中滿有平安喜樂與交託,完全看不出他面臨這麼大的困境,看出他是滿有信心、滿負責任的好弟兄。

萊比錫的小組事工將會全面檢討與繼續拓展,原本已發展成了的五個小組,如今因流動及各種原因,只剩三個小組,其中福音小組也快要面臨瓦解流失,求神差派有負擔的基督徒重新穩固與拓展。

 

感恩與代禱

  1. 請為剛受洗的八位弟兄姐妹的靈命繼續追求與成長代禱。
  2. 請為新同工的裝備及服事代禱。
  3. 請為5月19-21日第十四屆春季學人福音造就營代禱,祈求更多基督徒得造就,更多的慕道友決志信主。
  4. 請為牧區中需要聘請一對對宣教及知識分子有負擔的牧師或傳道夫婦代禱。

 

您的同工:洪立民、鄭怡珠 敬上
2017年2月28日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安:

今年得到感冒的人又多又嚴重,本以為氣溫開始上升一點,可以逃過一難。沒想到主日崇拜坐在我後面有兩位帶口罩的弟兄姐妹,加上週一有一位剛得到感冒的年長弟兄也來我家聚會,結果還是難逃一難,週二就病倒了。

雖然得病,但是心中還是充滿喜樂,因為週一終於開始了一個廣東話的查經班。原來我家附近有兩位香港人居住,其中一位因為婚姻的緣故找到我們教會,後來她信主,我就用廣東話單獨給她上洗禮課程,她也就受洗了。可惜她的工作是輪班制,不能固定來教會參加主日崇拜,加上她同時找到她的愛好,週日有空便組織中國人一個月去一次徒步,已經有兩年的時間。之前都有勸她不要在週日辦活動,可惜時間未到,她沒有接受勸勉。但是今年初,除了我之外,還有認識她的幾位姐妹也勸她,她也下定決心把活動改為週六,那麼她有空也可以參加主日崇拜。更感恩的是她也答應我一個月組織一次廣東話查經班;因為她很年輕就來德國,已經有二、三十年在德國生活,也是早期過來做餐館業的,所以她認識比較多的廣東人。透過她的網絡,第一次聚會就有十二人;有四位退休人士,有幾位還從法蘭克福附近的城市開車過來,其中有幾位也沒想到幾十年後能在我家相遇。我們也有一位年輕弟兄,他是廚二代(廚師的後代),不過他還在讀大學,也有負擔來支持我們。

經過幾次的講座,吉森的大學生小組從二月份開始已經固定每週有福音性查經,每次都有幾位同學過來。第一次聚會來的都是男生,結果現在固定來的都是女生,除了一個家庭,先生是訪問學者,太太在這裡讀博士,還有一位小女兒。現在來的學生要不是語言班學生,就是來讀博士班的。更有趣的是有兩位青少年,因為去兒童主日學覺得自己年紀太大,他們跟大人一組也無聊,所以他們也來參加學生小組。

 

感恩代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主感動說廣東話的姐妹,讓她看重主日崇拜聚會和周邊的廣東人的福音需要,願意把活動調到週六並組織了廣東話查經班!願他們透過查經班來認識真神!感謝主,由於姐妹害怕被組員問到聖經信仰問題,她也開始多讀聖經!
  2. 感謝主帶領學生來參加吉森的學生查經班!最近有兩位女生要考語言班的考試,求主帶領,讓她們考過之後可以進入大學!感謝德國教會的支持,讓我們可以使用多一個房間作為學生查經的地方,但每次他們有活動我們就要靈活變動場地,求主憐憫,讓我們都有好的安排!
  3. 感謝主保守吉森年長及中年的弟兄姐妹的身體!自從開始學生工作之後,他們每週都要帶一至兩道比較大份量的菜去教會,大家在教會裡聚餐。
  4. 求主保守最近感冒的弟兄姐妹包括我與小朋友,讓得病的人得到早日康復!

 

願主的平安與喜樂也常與你們同在!
謝謝你們在背後的禱告支持與記念!

主的使女
鄧秀珍
二零一七年二月廿六日

 

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Many people got serious flu this year! I thought I would escape from catching the flu since the temperature had climbed up a bit. Unfortunately, there were two wearing mask sitting right after me during last Sunday service. In addition, one elder brother who just got this serious flu came to my house for a meeting. Inescapably I got the flu myself last Tuesday.

Although I got sick, I was full of joy because we finally started a Cantonese speaking bible study group last Monday. There are two Hong Kong mothers living in my neighborhood. One of them came to our church because of her marriage problem. Later she became a believer and I taught a baptismal course in Cantonese with her alone. She was later being baptized. Because of her shifting work hours, she hasn’t been regularly attending Sunday Service. At the same time, she developed a new hobby, hiking. She organized a hiking activity once a month with the local Chinese. She has been doing this for two years already. I tried to tell her not to organize activity on Sunday but she didn’t listen then. But somehow, God has touched her at the beginning of this year. After talking to some of us, she decided to change her activity from Sunday to Saturday so that she can attend Sunday Service when she is not at work. Even more grateful, she finally agreed to organize a Cantonese speaking bible study group each month. Since she came to Germany at a very young age, she has been living here for 20-30 years. Like many who came at those early days, she worked in restaurants. So, she knew more Cantonese speaking people. Through her connection, there were 12 in our first meeting; 4 retirees, some even drove from near-by city. Some of them were surprised to see each other again in my place after several decades. We have a younger brother whose father is also a cook. He is studying in university and is willing to support us.

After several seminars, the student group in Giessen started bible study every week since February. Every time there were several students. There were more male students at our very first meeting. But since our bible study, there were more female students who came. There is one family where the husband is a visiting scholar and the wife is a pHD student. They have a small daughter. So far, these students are either from the language school or studying pHD. More interestingly, there are two teenagers who feel boring in the adult group and found themselves too old for Sunday School. So, they also like to join our student group.

 

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank God for touching the Cantonese speaking sister so that she would treasure the time of worshiping God on Sunday and saw the need to evangelize to the Cantonese speaking Chinese here. So, she was willing to change her activity from Sunday to Saturday and organize the Cantonese speaking bible study group. Pray that these people would come to know our God! Thank God also for touching the sister to read more the bible for she fears that she would be asked by these people.
  2. Thank God for bringing those students to the Giessen student bible study group! Pray for the two students who need to pass their language exam, in order to enter university. Thank God for the support of the German church to give us an extra room for bible study purpose. However, every time they have activity, we have to seek for another place. Pray that God will help us for a better arrangement each time!
  3. Thank God for keeping the elderlies and middle aged brothers and sisters in good shape! Ever since the student ministry started, they have to bring one or two dishes of extra portion of food to church each week to share with the students!
  4. Pray that God will keep those (including me and small children) who got sick so that they may get recovery soon!

 

May God’s peace and joy be with you!
Thank you for your prayer support and remembering us!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

 

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安:

但我親近 神是與我有益;我以主耶和華為我的避難所,好叫我述說你一切的作為。”詩篇73:28

還沒有來得及回顧2016年,2017年已經隨著人們的炮竹聲來臨了!雖然沒有白色的聖誕節,卻在除夕夜下了不少的雪,給我們一個白色的元旦,給我們煥然一新的景色。而且地上沒有已往的髒,因為人們燒完煙火的垃圾被白雪蓋住了。

感謝 神賜給法蘭克福華人教會有多才多藝的弟兄姊妹,加上技術上的配搭,在去年聖誕聚會中演了一場很好的戲劇,吸引不少人繼續聆聽與戲劇主題有關的證道。一如既往,在特別的日子裏還是見到很多平時見不到的臉孔。由於場地空間有限,無法讓每位來賓都好好正式的坐下享受弟兄姊妹預備的美味食物,但是大家都很珍惜這樣一年一度的愛宴。

吉森團契的成員主要是由幾個在當地住下來的家庭和不是長居的留學生或工作者組成,相對來說比其他團契成員的年紀大了一點。因為家庭的緣故,她們帶著下一代的小朋友也來參加聚會,更有兩家三代同堂的都來團契。因此,團契有好幾位小朋友。由於前年來帶領小朋友的德國神學生已經於去年畢業離開吉森,有兩位姐妹便請纓帶她們上兒童主日學,雖然她們沒有受過什麼訓練。

由於團契成員傾向老、中年,所以很難吸引年輕人留下來,當中一位女生也是不定期的出席聚會。雖然團契的弟兄姐妹也明白傳福音的重要,但是礙於沒有長期的傳道人,而她們因為種種原因(年老不方便出門的、上班的、開餐館的、有年幼的小孩要照顧等)都覺得沒有辦法做福音工作。但是去年年底,他們(包括團契唯一的女生)同感一靈,都覺得很虧欠 神,必須開始做一點學生工作,因為當地有兩所高等學校。他們覺得年齡大,與學生有代溝,所以選了三位比較年輕的姐妹(其實她們都已婚,只有那位女生不是媽媽)來做學生工作。他們則以提供晚餐來吸引年輕的留學生。他們向我們教會提出馬其頓的呼聲,為了支持他們,我與三位姐妹商討開始一些福音預工,聖誕前辦了幾次活動,每次都有幾位學生來參加。團契的老、中、小的成員都積極投入支持學生工作,他們等待在廚房做善後工作的家人時也會參與學生活動的唱詩或遊戲部份,大家都感謝 神帶領學生來參加聚會。

 

感恩代禱事項:

  1. 感謝 神賜給教會各樣同工,彼此配搭一同服事!但各方面仍缺同工,今年更有幾位執事退出,求 主賜下願意服事的弟兄姐妹,一同承擔神家的事工!
  2. 庇哩亞團契原本在週五晚上聚會,但因冬天早黑,街道非常冷清,加上最近治安不好,有女生因此害怕而不來團契。感謝 神的預備,讓德國教會願意提供週六早上的場地給團契使用!
  3. 感謝 神感動吉森團契全體一起來做學生工作!求 主帶領今年建立學生小組,藉著查經來認識 神!求 主保守三位負責的姐妹,一同學習裝備自己,成為查經組長!求 主保守女生的身體,剛得知懷孕不久就流產!
  4. 感謝 主帶領2016年的起起伏伏,保守了哥哥和姊姊切除了有癌細胞的器官並完成了化療;也讓我有機會陪伴兩位離世親戚的家人!
  5. 求 主帶領新一年走在祂旨意的路上!

願 主賜恩給 神所愛的兒女!為你們的禱告感謝 主!

祝 2017  新年快樂,蒙恩!

 

主的使女,
鄧秀珍
二零一七年一月二日

 

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Dear brothers and sisters,

“But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” Psalm 73:28

Before there was time to reflect upon 2016, 2017 has arrived with the sound of fireworks from my neighbors! Although there was no white Christmas, after snowing on New Year’s Eve, we had a white New Year to give us a new scene. It was much cleaner than previous years because the snow had covered the garbage left after the fireworks.

We are grateful that God has given our Chinese Church in Frankfurt many talented brothers and sisters. With modern technology, they had performed a great show at our Christmas celebration meeting. People were attracted to listen to the sermon which was based on the theme of that drama. As usual, we met many old faces who usually showed up on special occasions. Because of limited space, there were no enough seats for everybody to sit down to enjoy the food prepared by our brothers and sisters. However, every one enjoyed the love feast once a year.

Giessen fellowship consists mainly of a few families who live permanently with a few who work or study. The average age is comparatively higher. Because of these families, they also bring their children to church. There are two families with 3 generations coming to church. So, there are several children in the fellowship. Since the German seminarian who helped teach them graduated last year, two sisters volunteered to teach them Sunday school even though they had no training before.

Due to the older age in the fellowship, it is hard to attract younger people to stay. There is only one student and even she doesn’t come regularly for that reason. Although brothers and sisters understand the importance of evangelism, due to the lack of permanent pastor and various reasons (like old folks with inconvenience, those who work, those who work in restaurants and those who take care of small kids etc.), they thought that they could not do any student work. However, at the end of last year, they were all touched by the Holy Spirit (even the only student felt the same). They felt owed to God and needed to start doing some student works because there are one university and one college in the city. Since the older brothers and sisters thought that they have generation gap with the students, they volunteered the three younger sisters (actually they were all married. Only the student is not a mother.) to do the student works while they bring food for dinner to attract the students. The fellowship also asked our church to help. To support them, I and the three sisters discussed to start some preparation works. We had a few activities before Christmas. Every time, there were some students. Some of the older brothers and sisters with the young kids also participated with singspiration and games while they waited for their family members to finish the cleaning work. Everyone was grateful some students came to each activity.

 

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank God for the co-workers serving in our church but there is still a lack of them in every ministry. There are several deacons who will resign. Pray that God will provide more co-workers in His house!
  2. Berea fellowship used to meet on Friday nights. Because it gets dark early, the streets are very quiet and security is not good, some sisters are afraid to go to the fellowship. Thank God that the German church give them Saturday mornings to meet during the winter times!
  3. Thank God that the whole Giessen fellowship was touched by the Holy Spirit to do student ministry! Pray that God will lead to establish a bible study group for the students so that they will come to know God through His words! Pray that the 3 sisters responsible will learn to equip themselves to be bible study leaders! Pray that God will keep the student in good health! Her fetus just died during early pregnancy.
  4. Thank God for leading me through the ups and downs in 2016! Thank God for keeping my brother and sister through chemotherapy after removing the organ with cancerous cells! Thank God for the opportunities to be with family members whose loved ones died!
  5. Pray that God will lead us through 2017 in His way!

 

May our Lord’s grace be upon those He loves! Thank God for your prayers!

Wish you a happy and blessed 2017!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

 

Email address: karen.ksau@googlemail.com
Please support missionary Karen Tang’s mission fund.
Check title: China Evangelistic Mission, please state “for missionary Karen Tang”.
Send to : China Evangelistic Mission, 2400 Old Crow Canyon Road, Ste A6,
San Ramon CA 94583

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