Saturday, May 11, 2013

IMPORTANT:  This is the last weekly "Time for Taiwan" prayer update, until after Gloritrek.  Lord willing, we will resume these weekly prayer  updates beginning in mid-August.  Until then, please go to to sign-up and receive our daily blog updates by e-mail.

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Greetings from Taiwan:

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Rom 1:7b; I Cor 1:3; II Cor 1:2; Gal 1:3; Eph 1:2; Phil 1:2; Col 1:2; I Thes 1:1; II Thes 1:2; I Tim 1:2; II Tim 1:2; Tit 1:4; Phil 1:3)  See how many times the Apostle Paul begins his epistles with "Grace and peace to you…"  Grace and peace must be pretty important!  And, when you think about the kind of life Paul lived, both prior to seeing the light, and then, as a missionary, it's not hard to see why these attributes are especially coveted -- as they are gifts from above!  And, when I think of grace and peace, and gifts from above; can't help but think of our mothers!  They seem to embody these qualities more than any!

Happy Mother's Day to our mothers!  I've include a flower for you -- a water lily!  I took this picture yesterday on my bike ride south of Taichung, in the rain, just for you!  Lilies are Brenda's favorite flower!  :-)

We have challenged the Come Christian Church not to be idle this summer while the missionary is away!  To GO, we've added GROW!  So, Come Christian Church wants to GO & GROW this summer -- I've challenged all to reach at least one, and double our attendance by 3rd Sunday of August.  Can it be done?  With God's help, all things are possible!  Amen?  Shea-shea!

Gloritrek takes-off this Friday afternoon, May 17th!  Lord willing, we'll arrive in LA on Friday afternoon, and spend the weekend with Christ Church of Griffith Park.  On Monday morning, we will set out for NYC from Huntington Beach, on the south side of LA.  I cannot describe what I am feeling right now, so I'll just ask you to pray for Noah, Luey, Andy and me.  Pray for our families that we will be saying good-bye to (Lord willing, we will see Brenda again in Tulsa; nearly a month from our departure.)  Pray for the churches we will visit -- that the message of unreached people groups (UPG's) will be embraced.  Yes, pray to the Lord of the Harvest!

Thank you for your partnership with us!  Here in Taiwan, when someone is going on a journey, we say, "One road to peace!" (Ye-lu ping-an!)  Many years ago, while biking and sharing in China, I never tired of hearing that phrase, but they say it differently.  They say, "One road, tail breeze!" (Ye-lu, swen-fong!)  However you say it, your prayers give us peace, and are like a tail breeze pushing us forward!  Grace and peace to you and yours!
All for God's Glory Among the Nations,
David, Brenda & Noah Atkin  /