Our Global Missions Team:
Matthew & Sarah Bates
Rick & Vi Brooks
Jim & Betty Brown
Patrick & Gina Cassidy
Frank & Roberta Curtis
Pink & Selena Davis
Alan & Beverly Ginn
Wai & Vicky Lim
Steve & Joyce Louie
Roy & Amy Low
Richard & Margine Mercado
Eric & Kristi Mock
Dave & Peggy Pardini
Alberto & Paloma Perez
Roger & Nola Perrott
Alton & Cheryl Shady
Jerry & Amy Smith
Richard & Sue Stepanek
Dongza & Hoiching Thawng
Short Term Missions
Child Evangelism Fellowship
PO Box 348
Warrenton, MO 63383
Mission Field: Macau
Supported since: 2009
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction." 2 Timothy 4:2
I just attended the CEF Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Indonesia and am traveling to an outreach country now. I look forward to sharing about it with you in my next update. I may have limited or no internet access for the next two weeks.
A frequent question I am asked is: “How are you adjusting to your new role?”
My answer is that I enjoy my new role as CEF Asia Pacific Regional Education Trainer and continue to learn to "be prepared in season and out of season" for unexpected ministry and events.
For my first assignment in Taiwan, I had to jump right into two weeks of training (IOT1 weekdays & Preschool weekends) without my regional education director and supervisor Miss Jan, who was not able to make it to Taiwan the due to medical tests. However, she did join us through Skype for a session. Praise God for the CEF Taiwan team who stepped up to the plate and welcomed and accepted me as we served together. I was thankful that Miss Jan made it in time for Singapore's Understanding Today's Child (52 students) and IOT1 (seven students) at a Chinese seminary. I am learning so much about training and supervising trainers at a different level - guiding, giving feedback and encouragement.
In addition to being ready to train, I need to be ready to serve as needed. With less than a day’s notice, I have shared a graduation message and taught Sunday School. I am learning flexibility too, like preparing to be a substitute missions speaker for children church then finding out that other arrangements were already made, or pressing on with training even after the power goes out at the host church.
Overall, I love it that I have the opportunity to get to know and serve students, instructors, Leadership Training Instructors and even National Directors from various countries, not only as a trainer but also as a friend - listening to their joys and challenges, praying, and encouraging these workers in their ministry.
*Please note my NEW EMAIL ADDRESS for better security as I travel to sensitive areas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Praise & Prayer
1. Praise the Lord for helping me to teach in Mandarin while in Taiwan and Singapore. My Mandarin has improved in the last five weeks being in Mandarin speaking countries.
2. Pray for health, strength and stamina as I teach and travel. I have gotten a different health issue each time I travel to another country (e.g. skin rash in Taiwan, sore throat in Singapore, and stomach problem in Indonesia).
3. Pray for continued protection from mosquitoes because they tend to like me a lot. Praise God for protection from Zika in Singapore.
4. Pray that I learn to travel well living out of my suitcase - packing lightly while making sure I have what I need with me, and the constant packing and unpacking.
5. Pray for Miss Jan's health, medical procedure and recovery, as she will be back home for three months from mid-November to mid-February.
6. Pray for continued adjustment in this new role as I learn from Miss Jan. Pray for the wisdom and creativity needed as I prepare new subjects in Preschool and IOT1&2 that I haven't taught before.
7. Pray for the Lord to turn my brother around again after he went back to his old ways. Pray for my parents' salvation and their attending church again even though my brother does not.
8. Pray for my parents' health, protection and safety as they travel separately. My father is in Macau now until Oct.12 but I won't be there, and my mom will be there (Oct. 25 to Nov. 8) after I get back to Macau. Pray for good quality time and conversations with my mom, especially about spiritual things.
9. Pray for a single sister, preferably a missionary or Christian worker, to be my flat mate to help care for the flat while I am away.
1. Where and how do you hang your clothes when you live in flats or highrise? Out the window! Yikes! Be careful! (Singapore)
2. Let's have a party! A DURIAN party! Have you tried DURIAN mooncake? Durian is a fruit that has a strong taste and smell. It's usually a love or hate relationship. (Singapore)
3. What do you do when there's no more parking spaces? 2 tier parking! car (Taiwan), bicycle (Singapore)
4. Many people use mopeds. There's separate lanes for cars, mopeds and bicycles. (Taiwan)
5. What comes to mind when you hear music getting louder around the street corner? Ice cream truck! (at least in the USA) Wrong! It's a garbage truck! LOL! People would come down with their garbage and put it in the garbage truck when it comes by. (Taiwan)
Sept. 23-30 - Indonesia (AP Conference)
Oct. 3-14 - Outreach Country (IOT1)
Oct. 15-Nov.12 - Macau (TCE1)
Nov. 12-Dec 2 - Singapore (IOT1 & Preschool)
Thank YOU for your partnership in reaching children in Asia Pacific!
CEF Missionary to Asia Pacific Region
AP Regional Education Trainer