Update & Give Thanks
For the last few years, our family doctor worked extremely hard to patch up our numerous health problems, due to our continuous negligence in recent years and the increasing pressure of many unexpected stresses. However, at our recent visit, she expressed her satisfaction of our great health improvements since we started seeing her two years ago. She commented that our test results are getting closer to being acceptable.
We thanked God abundantly that John’s parents’ funeral affairs were all taken care of peacefully and smoothly by the siblings, close relatives and friends. We felt God’s presence with us, and His blessings were upon us. We love and support one another as close family and give all glory to God. As we departed to return to our own homes, we left with fond memories of Dad and Mom and of what they had done in their lives to influence the whole family. They will continue to be remembered in our hearts.
In the last few years our sending church has been trying to expand by acquiring neighboring UC extension. The price was way beyond our church ability at the time and yet God showed grace upon us. After many years of persistent work, our church has paid off the building and finished the remodeling. Now we have a new spiritual home to worship in. We are proud of brothers and sisters and give the highest glory to God. This is only possible with Him behind us.
This May we took a trip back to Kyrgyzstan for one month to evaluate our kindergarten ministry. We are grateful that under the supervision of Peter and the faithful service of supporting staff, the kindergarten has 45-50 kids. But our trip was cut short because Christa’s brother passed away suddenly. We rushed back to US and with great help and support from our loving church Christa’s brother had a beautiful memorial service. Before Robert’s passing he was visited by many from church and he had assurance of salvation. He departed and be with the Lord peacefully and we know that one day we shall meet again in heaven.
During this time our sister-in-law Vivian while busy managing Robert’s affair got into a serious 6 car accident. Her car was totaled, but thank God, her life was spared. However, she has to have knee surgery on both legs to repair the fractured bones and torn tendon. After her surgery, she had to be in rehab facility for 2 and half months and may take her one year to gain full recovery.
We were quite busy with handling all these as well as trying to monitor the repair of the rental unit that got fire last Oct. It still has about two months to go. Still, all we can say is that God’s grace is sufficient for us.
In June we also had a chance to travel to East Asia for mission work for two weeks. God gave us opportunity to see His work at other parts of the world to know that He is everywhere touching people of all races, colors and locations.
We feel so blessed to be back in the Bay Area as there are so many good resources, lecture, workshops whereas elsewhere everything is limited. But God teaches us not to be contented with just living comfortably but to go out and administer to the poor and needy. Bring them to the Lord.
Just two weeks ago, our sending organization CEM reported that their girl’s dormitory in Chiang Mai was burned down totally and unfortunately a 15-year-old girl died in the fire. They are now relocating the 73 students to a location temporarily and are raising fund to rebuild. Please pray for the girl’s family who lost a precious daughter. May they come to know the Lord.
We are planning to fly back to Kyrgyzstan in the 2nd half of September. Please pray for our trip.
- God continues to speak to our hearts to bring the Muslim children to Him.
- Bring more Christian workers and teachers to work with our kindergarten.
- Bring partners to continue develop and expand the kindergarten ministry.
- Bring partners to work with us so we may transition out of Kyrgyzstan back to US.
- Work with churches in other villages to develop kindergarten ministry.
- Pray that God would lead our team in Kyrgyzstan.
- Pray for our staff, children and their families.