Dear brothers and sisters,
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. “Col. 3:17
Every year at the Bible Study meeting on Thanksgiving, brothers and sisters are invited to share God’s grace. Thank God our Father that the Bible study group in Aschaffenburg began to meet in person again. Since the family of sister Sun who started the Bible study group, moved back to China a few years ago, we changed to meet at another sister’s restaurant. A few years have gone by, unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the restaurant was closed. So, we switched to online gathering. Since young unbelieving mothers were reluctant to go online, we only had four or five sisters. Recently, because sister Sun’s sons have returned to Germany to go to university, she has also stayed for the time being. Since her return, our bible study group has been meeting in person, taking turns in some sister’s place. Since the meeting time has been changed, some mothers can also participate. There is a sister who has a part-time job. Now whenever we have meeting, she also applied for that half-day leave to attend our meeting. A seeker gave birth to a second child a few months ago, and the baby was born prematurely. She herself experienced heavy bleeding during delivery, as if on the verge of death. Now her body is slowly recovering, and the baby went to a check-up recently. When she heard the doctor announce that there was nothing wrong with the baby, she was so excited that she burst into tears. She is now actively participating in Bible studies. Although she admits that there is a god, she is not yet sure who he is. She is willing to continue to seek this God. A sister’s mother moved in with her daughter’s family during the pandemic due to divorce. Although she is also a Christian, she was reluctant to attend our meeting every time her daughter went online. Now that we meet in person, she is very willing to come to the meeting with her daughter. In addition to Bible study meetings, because Sister Sun drives to church every Sunday, she also brings the other two sisters who usually do not go to Sunday services. Thank the Lord for bringing Sister Sun back, because of her loving dedication, the mothers in our Bible study group are once again active!
Thank God that Giessen Fellowship held two orientation activities, both of which were attended by several students. At the second event, two new students who had Covid-19 came to our meeting instead of quarantine at home thinking that Germany was open with Covid-19 measures. We are thankful that they didn’t infect us. Recently, an exchange student also came. Since her teacher and classmate had told her to go to church in China, she came to our church service as soon as she arrived. One of the German sisters, who is retired and a former teacher, is willing to help students learn German through Bible reading. The sister in charge of the fellowship introduced two new students to her. Thanks to this sister who was eager to help students. She also used to go to the Chinese Bible study group in nearby city to help teach German.
Several parents of the fellowship took their children to learn musical instruments from a German music teacher, and she was very active in arranging rehearsals for the children, so that we could have the children’s performance at the Christmas party. We are also preparing for this year’s physical Christmas party.
Thank God that our Cantonese Bible Study group has also started a physical and online gathering! People who didn’t attend online meetups before now come to meetup in person as well. Originally, physical meetings were mainly for brothers and sisters living in Frankfurt, but since sisters in other cities are willing to participate online, we first have a meal and then invite online sisters to join the meeting. Thankful to one of the brothers in charge, he took in a recent graduate who did not find a job last year to live in his apartment. After a long period of job search, he found a job before the visa was about to expire. Since he lived in the brother’s place, he also knew some Christians and participated in some fellowship activities. Now he also participates in our Bible study because he is a Malaysian Chinese and can also speak Cantonese.
Thanksgiving and prayer items:
- Thank God for counting God’s blessings on Thanksgiving!
- Thank God for leading sister Sun of Aschaffenburg back from China and actively caring for the mothers in that place!
Pray that the faith of believers will be strengthened and that God-seeking mothers will know the true God and receive salvation!
- Thank God for the German teacher for helping students learn German and evangelizing to them!
- Pray that the Lord will help us prepare for Christmas service and attract new students to this evangelistic meeting!
- Thanks for God’s protection so that the elders in the Bible reading class are happy to read God’s Word!
- Thank God that the student taken in by the brother found a job and are willing to attend fellowship meetings! Pray that the Lord will draw him to receive salvation soon!
- Thank God for brothers and sisters who have an opportunity to read this letter and thank you for your continuous support and prayers!
May we count God’s blessings and give glory to God!