February went by very fast! Again, it was another busy month. Though our long trip to the USA is drawing near, Stephen had to make another quick mission trip to Myitkyina to gather several books that had been printed out there. Not only was the cost of publishing his books cheaper, but more audiences are there. The cross over the border into China was a lot smoother as well. Actually, he even distributed his commentary on the book of Hebrews to churches in China. Praise the Lord! His commentary on Hebrews is written to shape Christian leaders; elders, deacons, evangelists, bible teachers and students with the truth of the Scripture. Many people are now very excited and some have requested for him to offer an intensive course to study this book after reading his commentary. Many official workers are discussing the possibility to invite Stephen to teach his other book about poetic songs to both believers and unbelievers in China. Hopefully his book on poetic songs will be a great tool for evangelism to Lisu unbelievers in China. May His will be done! By the way, his commentary on First Corinthians is in the process of publishing. During his 5 days in Myitkyina, Stephen also offered an intensive course on New Testament exegesis to preachers and students at the rehab center and preached at several bible colleges or training centers. Though it was a quick mission trip, it was a very blessed and effective time.
|Commentary on Hebrews|
|Lisu Traditional Poems|
|Stephen teaching NT Exegesis|
|Preachers and students at Rehab Center|
in Myitkyina, Myanmar
|Preaching at Jamaitee Bible Training Center, |
Wain Maw, Myanmar
Please continue to pray for peace in Myanmar! The fighting in the mountainous areas of Danai, Kachin state of Myanmar decreased the intensity. After several weeks of intense fighting with air strikes, tanks, bombs, etc. several thousand civilians who had been caught in the middle of the war has slowly been released from the fighting zones. However, the relief for the civilians was blocked. The government does not permit any help or the building of refugee camps in the area. The local people still cannot go out to get their means from their own farms because of the sporadic ambush that has appeared all over the place. The fighting is expecting to be broken up again in the matter of days or weeks.
One of the huge impacts from this on-going fighting is the death of innocent people. Many people have lost their loved ones; their husbands and wives, families and relatives, parents and children. Many people have turned to be homeless and even hopeless. Many children have lost their loving families, parents and siblings. Please continue to remember these children as Jesus says in Matthew 25:35-36 “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me… (NRSV).
|People who caught between the war zone|
Mary has been tending to the rice field behind the house since the new season for rice had just began. Becky has been diligently preparing English lessons in order to go teach in Myanmar when the opportunity arises. Nick has been tutoring English in the city to make some money for the next Myanmar trip. Isaac recently had a play where he played as Jafar (from Aladdin). Isaac also completed his final exams. John has been able to chat with us about life at Boise Bible College. He seems to enjoy every moment of it: the teachers, the fellow classmates, and the lessons that are being taught. He has also been updating us with his potential internship opportunities in Oregon. Please continue to pray for him and his internship that he may grow in experience and in the Lord.
At the moment, Stephen, Mary, and Isaac are very busy packing for the upcoming trip. Isaac is very excited to see the place where he was born. Much thanks goes to all of you for your prayers on our safe journey. We are anxious to seeing you all face to face soon. May our living God bless you!