牧者手记/Pastor’s Notes - July, 2016
While shepherding churches a few years ago, I remember writing similar ‘Pastor’s Notes’. Through this writing, I believe it is a wonderful way to express my heart and message to you. With a few words, I hope to bring some encouragement, so that everyone will be more involved in our church happenings.While shepherding churches a few years ago, I remember writing similar ‘Pastor’s Notes’. Through this writing, I believe it is a wonderful way to express my heart and message to you. With a few words, I hope to bring some encouragement, so that everyone will be more involved in our church happenings.
We thank the Lord for bringing us into the latter half of the year 2016 as well as the hot summer days. This is the time of the year with the most activities all happening in the same timeframe. Aside from individual families traveling or visiting loved ones back home, there are many ministries in church to keep us all busy. We often say, though our church is not huge, but God didn’t give us less work to do. These past two weeks, there were many changes in the serving arena. I will share this news with you so you can pray for these changes.
First of all, we are still praying for a Youth/English Ministry Pastor. We are thankful that God raised up many brothers and sisters who are working together to help. Recently, the deacon’s board has delegated a willing and loving brother, Mr. Da-Shi Su, to be the Interim Director of the youth ministry. Through this new role, we pray that we can combine the power of serving as well as reduce the workload of the current coworkers in this ministry.
The deacons are also working hard to improve the Chinese Sunday school courses. The pastor will be leading a systematic, complete Sunday school series. From seekers, new believers, discipleship training to higher level courses, everyone will be built up and thoroughly equipped in God’s words. We pray that this will help everyone grow spiritually, and help teachers prepare for courses more effectively.
Some people say, a pastor’s job is the most complicated and difficult, hence God raised up elders to shoulder the challenge. All pastors hope that God would call upon mature believers to take on this important role. Praise the Lord that since the pastoral support team was formed, God touched the hearts of some of us toward this goal. As a guide/teacher, I will be discovering and preparing those who fit the biblical description of this important position, the Elders. I hope that at the end of next year, we will be able to appoint Elders. Please pray earnestly for this.
Not only did God expand the work of His gospel here, but also calls us forth to participate in the Great Commission of mission work. This year our short term mission will be in Dublin, Ireland in November sharing the gospel to Chinese food service workers. We welcome baptized brothers and sisters interested in mission work to participate. In addition, the church mission committee and deacon board voted to support Minister Tsun-En Lu to be our partner in missionary work to share the gospel with 90 Chinese students studying abroad here.
Yes, God’s work is never-ending, yet I encourage everyone with these words, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)