I am here in small-town America, in the Midwest of Illinois, and I am enjoying every little thing I am encountering here. Wide open spaces and vast cornfields are just reflections of the openness of the people here and the big heart they have for missionaries like me as well as for my family. I love America!
Last night, Sarah and I shared at Avon United Methodist Church (AUMC), the original home church of Sarah. We talked about the work in Taiwan. I told stories of the experiences of migrant workers in Taiwan. I mentioned the efforts of Ghoa and the Vietnamese work in Taipei and Tessa and the ministry in Nantze. The stories I shared were well received. I knew then that this group of Christians here would be interceding for us in prayer and petition God for help in our behalf. I thank the Lord for John, Judy, Elaine, Bill, David, Dee, Trish, Joyce, Martha, and many others I cannot remember right now. I praise God for His people.
There were friends from two other churches in the area who came. All in all we represented four or five different denominations at yesterday’s mission presentation. I was very humbled at the sight of these friends who came and listened to us. It was a picture of heaven!
I praise the Lord for small-town America, for country churches in this region that are engaged in cross-cultural work and global missions. If you are reading this right now and you belong to a small country church like AUMC, then glory to God! God has a special place for you in heaven. Thank you for your commitment to missions.