Mission Team News

Missions

Our church participates in several missions activities. In June of 2008, a group of members will be traveling to Taiwan to work with the Village Gospel Missions organization. 

This organization conducts bilingual summer camps throughout rural Taiwan. Our members will be partnering with VGM, acting as English instructors, as well as ministers of the Word.

These camps are designed to reach those in Taiwan who have not yet had the opportunity to recieve the  wonderful news and gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mar 16:15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Two-Weeks Missions to Taiwan Letter

Dearest Family and Friends,

               We are writing this letter to let you know that we believe God has called us to a two-week mission trip to Taiwan.  Our mission lasts from July 5 to July 19.  FPC sent out a mission team last year to Taiwan and we were all blessed in our fruitful interactions with the Taiwanese children and adults.  During the trip, we not only taught English to the students along with sharing the love of Jesus with them, but we also were blessed with receiving the grace of our Lord and Savior.  God has placed a desire on each of our hearts to continue spreading His love and saving message of the Gospel this summer.

We will spend two weeks teaching at a children’s English camp.  These camps are part of the annual summer outreach program of “Village Gospel Mission,” which patiently plants churches in rural areas that have had limited exposure to the gospel.  Only 2 percent of Taiwanese inhabitants profess to uphold Jesus Christ as their Savior, so we seek to continue reaching out to the unsaved.  We hope to serve as God’s witnesses in loving and teaching the children and sharing the passion He has given us.

The VGM camp theme is “The best friend” and they would like to incorporate the idea that “Jesus is my best friend” by giving the rural students an image of  how a real friend should act.   With prayer and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we have chosen our mission theme,  “Jesus is my best friend”  and God gave us  these theme verses  because, as Jesus said,  “The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them “ (John 15:13)   and “I call you friends“ (John 15:15).   Also, the Lord has commanded us thus, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47).

God has already shown us his faithfulness in many ways. Please pray for our safety, endurance and opportunities to demonstrate God’s love and truth. You may want to join with us in using the following evangelistic prayer for Taiwan:

Dear Heavenly Father, You are the mighty God, sovereign over the entire universe and all the nations. We thank you for creating the beautiful island of Formosa, where inhabitants are searching for truth and purpose. We pray that you would bless our homeland and the souls of the 23 million Taiwanese inhabitants. Soften their hearts and use us in spreading Your love and saving Gospel message. Give us strength, perseverance, and guidance as we share the gift of your Son with them. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations. (Psalm 67:1-2). Adopt Your chosen children in Jesus so they may dwell forever in Your kingdom. May our homeland become a promised land that longs to praise Your Name. May You be proclaimed among all the peoples so that they may accept the offer of living an eternity with You. Grant to many Taiwanese people, salvation, and eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because he is the Way, the Truth and the everlasting Life, we pray in his name.   Amen.

Our church has blessed us with a strong financial commitment. However, if you want to share in the financial costs of the trip (without affecting your regular church giving), then we’d be grateful to receive checks made out to FPC at the above address. Writing an email would also be a great way to encourage us and to let us know you are praying: potterjohnw@hotmail.com. We look forward to sharing what God reveals to us this summer.

   Thanks and may God richly bless you,

    FPC Taiwan Mission Team, May 2008  

August 04, 2008 (Letter from Jun 22 2008)

Letter to the mission team from Pastor John:

 

July 20, 2008

Rick had sent an updated letter stated that Tammy fell and got hurt, please pray for her earlier recovery.   They are doing very well, have fun and kids in Budai and Dongshi loved them so much, during the departure farewell time there were a lot of tears among the kids and our mission team members! The team completed the teaching, witness and mission on 7/19 Saturday and returned to Taipei. Most of them will be home by 7/23, please continue pray for their return safely and healthy in the extreme hot whether in Taiwan.  

 

July 6, 2008

The mission team is doing very well and having fun.  We have a great Taiwan co-worker team that we are working with and they are very helpful.  The training is going well and this will be a great camp.
Maria had a headache and upset stomach but with additional sleep and rest she is okay now.  Tammy took good care of her.
Wilson had a mild sore throat Sunday morning but is doing fine now with Tammy's loving care.
Andy arrived the day after the rest of the team and it only took 1 hour and 5 minutes to get from the Airport to to Chau-Yi by the High Speed Train and was pick up by a church member.  He said the trip was easy with no complications.  He passed his Greek test on the 3rd of July and was relieved so now he can focus on the VGM.
Tammy is doing what she does best, cooking and taking care of the team,  making sure we are healthy and safe. 
God's Holy Spirit is very much alive in the camp and with His grace and strength we will endure with great joy.  It is very hot and humid and not like the comforts back home but the team members have a big smile on their faces.
Please send this update to everyone that you have on your Email address.  I have included everyone I have in my address book.  Please pray for us.
May the Lord work miracles in the camp and our church.
Rick

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