The year of “2020 vision” that we may have eagerly anticipated in January has most certainly turned out to be anything but. Yet, we are reminded that God is not surprised by these events. He is sovereign and still ruling – so we trust in His providence in these unprecedented times. Despite the disruptions of COVID, it has been an exciting year for us as the Lord has placed it on our hearts to return to the mission field – Lord willing – in the coming year.
As most of you know, in February of 2018 we returned to the States based on the rising persecution in mainland China. Our concern at the time was not for our safety, but rather for the protection of the churches, and people, that we have been working with for twenty years.
Upon our return, the Lord, in His kindness, provided Mr. Jones with an opportunity to serve on the pastoral staff of our local church. Together, we ministered to the Church’s “seasoned saints” along with overseeing the Missions ministry. In that time, Mr. Jones was ordained and has served as an Elder in the church. All-in-all, this time has been both a great blessing and learning opportunity, while also fueling our desire to return to the field.
As we continue to pursue the “vision on our hearts,” we wanted to tell you how you can specifically pray for us:
Clarity: We have a vision in our hearts, but are ever mindful of Proverbs 16:9 – “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
Timing: We greatly desire to honor the Lord by finishing our present assignment well. Please pray for the Lord’s perfect timing, including His raising up a man to assume Mr. Jones’ present duties. And please pray for us to have patience as we wait on the Lord’s timing.
Preparation: Please pray that the Lord will direct us to “like-minded” churches and individuals with a desire to participate in ministries such as we hope to conduct. If you or a representative from your church would like to learn more about our work, please contact Doug Radford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are humbled by, and deeply grateful for, your faithful support of the work the Lord has given us. The prayers of the saints are indeed a mighty weapon.
*Names withheld for safety