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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:
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!