in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
one from the house of David—
one who in judging seeks justice
and speeds the cause of righteousness.
Both of these activities make Christmas at Concordia Middle School truly special time of year. The trees light up the campus in the evening, making it absolutely beautiful as the lights twinkle. Also, the activities are all outreach focused, helping students learn about God through Bible stories or songs. It is such a comfort to know that the school’s celebration of Christmas is ground in the helping students learn about God.
2. Praise God for a great Christmas and pray for all of these activities to work to bring people closer to faith in Christ.
3. Pray for preparations and my future travels. I will be going with 5 other people from Taiwan to Israel over Chinese New Year. We’ll be meeting up with my parents and a group traveling from Iowa.
4. Pray for my cousin Leah, her husband Matt, and their daughter Eve who will be coming to Taiwan for a short term mission trip during March and April. Pray for the preparations as they get set to travel.
5. Pray for decisions for next year. I am strongly considering a return to the States, but am seeking God’s guidance. A return to the US would potentially be to teach in a school or to attend graduate school. I see positives to both aspects, and ask for wisdom and discernment in making plans for next year.
May God give you a Merry Christmas season, and a New Year filled with hope and life in Christ!
Today is a very special day, not because it’s the day of my baptism, but rather because it’s the day to celebrate Jesus’ birth. I choose to get baptized today because it reminds me of Jesus’ incarnation and death to be our Savior from sin, and also to help me remember that Jesus is always with me.
It has been three years since I first encountered Christianity. In the beginning, I came to this church to learn English. Even though the lessons were based on the Bible, which I was quite unfamiliar with, I did not resist them. Rather, I was very happy to have these foreign missionaries be my companions. Although they lived in a foreign country, they treated me as their own family member. I was very touched, but this was not enough to influence me to want to be a Christian.
Later, I went to Australia by myself, to experience different types of living and to learn how to speak English fluently. When I first arrived in Australia, I was so afraid to face all the people, things and situations that were unfamiliar to me. I wished there were people who could help me, so I actively tried to find a church. Through Pastor Wu’s help, I found a Chinese church. Even though most of the church members came from South East Asia and Mainland China, they still willingly helped me. This made me calm down a lot. Sometimes we had gatherings and ate dinner at some members’ homes, this helped me to save some money too. Later on, in order to improve my English, I tried to find local church to attend. Thankfully, in the process of finding a local church, I found out that many of them provided free English classes for people from other countries, and I also made many friends from different countries. At that time I started to feel that God really existed, because God wants us to love one another, and these people were doing just that. Therefore, when I faced difficulties, I started to pray to God. Although He didn’t answer all my prayers, I could feel Him working through all the situations.
The event that gave me the strongest impression was Christmas of that year. I wished to have a wonderful and memorable Christmas in Australia, so I prayed to God. After praying, I went to a church organized charity bazaar, and became a volunteer for that activity. While there, I met many new people, and to my surprise, they invited me to a private Christmas party. I had only known them for 3 hours! That was truly my most memorable Christmas, and, I felt that God had really heard my prayer.
Through all these events, and not some great miracle, God has truly done a lot for me. Yet, I have not done a thing for Him. This made me think that it’s time for me to believe in Him, and made me want to be baptized as a Christian, so others can witness God’s greatness. I’m really thankful to my English teachers, Ben and Amy, who taught me patiently and cared for me. Because of their instruction, I was willing to continue to diligently study the Bible in English. I’m also thankful to Pastor Wu who taught me the Bible. He helps me understand the word of God clearly. And thanks to all the friends who are by my side, because of you, my faith became steadfast. Although I’m a Christian now, I still want to study the Bible diligently, pray, be close to God, have fellowship with the Holy Spirit, trust in the Lord, and always proclaim God’s word which says: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”(2 Corinthians 9:8). Our faith shall be steadfast, our views will broaden, and we’ll no longer rely on our own thoughts and emotions, but use God’s own word to evaluate our ability and potential to strengthen our faith. In closing, I really appreciate everyone who came to witness my baptism today. I believe from now on my life will be livelier, and more colorful. May all the glory be to the Lord most High, Amen!