Taiwan Times – March 2008

My friend Mark’s March Newsletter.

Easter Activities

Greetings everybody. I know this is a little late, but March was an important month, so I do want to write a little bit about some things that happened. Of course, March brought Easter, the most important day for us! The day God proved His victory over sin, death, and the devil. The day Christ came alive again, giving us peace, hope, and new life.

At Salvation Lutheran Church Easter also brought 2 baptisms. A college aged girl, Jacquelyn was brought into God’s family through water and word. Also, little baby Olivia Wasmund (the new adopted daughter of Matt and Dee Dee Wasmund) was baptized. Easter is always a time to rejoice, but how much more when baptism are also part of the day.

The second major event happened in the afternoon on Easter. A group of teachers and college students went down to Tainan to help celebrate Easter with other churches in southern Taiwan. 3 other Lutheran Churches also participated and we got together for an afternoon of songs, games, and creating short Easter dramas.

The group from Salvation Lutheran was specifically in charge of leading a group game and a couple of songs. We lead the group of about 80 people in an acting game called the animal game. Our songs we sang include Jesus You Are My Best Friend, and My Redeemer Lives. All in all it was a great day to celebrate Easter with fellow brothers and sisters in Taiwan.

Extending for Another Year

This is the time of year in which decisions have been made or need to be made about the coming year in Taiwan. I would like to place a couple of requests on you.

First, I have decided to extend and stay for a fourth year in Taiwan. God has greatly blessed my ministry here, and do feel called to serve here for another year. LCMS World Mission has informed me that I need to raise $2910 to support my mission for the next year. God has blessed me beyond my imagination with financial and prayer support, and I have full trust that He will continue to provide what is needed.

I would like to ask you all to prayerfully consider support of the mission work being done here in Taiwan. If you would like to support me, you can send a check to the following address:

Missionary Support
LCMS World Mission
1333 S. Kirkwood Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122

On the memo line for the check please write “Mark Wolfram account #50152”.

Thank you all for your prayerful consideration.

Second, because this is the time when people are making decisions, LCMS is looking at filling positions here in Taiwan. We are currently short 2 people to teach at the High School next school year. These positions would be for English and Bible teachers here at CMS, teaching grades 7-10. If you know of anyone who would be interested in serving as an overseas missionary/teacher here in Taiwan, please pass on the word. Also, feel free to email me if you or the person has any questions. You can also contact LCMS World Mission for more information.

It’s Prayer Time!
Here are the prayer requests for this month. As always we lift these up according to the will of God, praying for Him to be glorified through everything.

1. Pray that God would continue to increase my trust in Him, in all things related to teaching, life, and ministry. Pray also that I would be able to continue to find time for personal devotion and study of God’s word.
2. Pray for Salvation Lutheran Church, as we still do not have a pastor. Pray that God would prepare the people and future pastor for work together.
3. Pray for my financial support here in Taiwan.
4. Pray for God to raise up people to come and serve here in Taiwan.

May God’s peace,