Greetings in Jesus, and thank you all for the encouraging response
from so many of you assuring us of prayer over the past 6 weeks. God has answered, but
other challenges have arisen!
First a report back!
The Asia tour was
one of my most demanding ever, but it went extremely well in the main. My frustrations
and pain were the unresolved issues at
home, and the break-down of my connection
to my ISP mail box. The result - few answers sent to the 700+ emails that came
to me! This I am now handling!
South Korea. Oct 25 - Nov 9. The WEC team were brilliant. The tour was well
arranged by our leaders, Byung Kook and BoIn and the WEC Board and WECers +
pre WECers in Korea. The tour was on a larger scale than I had imagined. Colin
Nicholas and I spoke to around 8,000 people in the WEC meetings and possibly
12,000+ more in Sunday services. Response and impact were significant. We sold
hundreds of the Korean OWs and The Church Is Bigger Than You Think in Korean
The negative - it will worsen the pressures on our WEC team. There are now
180 Korea WECers and 150 pre-WECers in the pipeline....Please pray as we contribute
with advice for solutions to the looming wrenching changes that will be needed
for all to survive and WEC Korea to grow healthily.
- Hong Kong Oct 21-25,
which front-ended Korea was intense. Wonderfully I slept for 6 hours on the
plane, but at 7 a.m on arrival I had my first intereview as Chairperson of
the WEC Missionary Training College (MTCA) review. These interviews and intensive
discussions as well as busy schedue of meetings filled my days 7 am to 11 pm,
followed by preparation for the following day's meetings. I was wonderfully
sustained. The meetings were not as well attended as our folk had hoped - a
demonstration of the need for us to set up a more effective Sending Base and
MTCA ministry. Please pray for the on-going review process (Sandy Hart, Trevor
kallmier, Eleanor Chee and myself involved) which should be completed by June
2004, and involve maybe several more visits to HK for me during that time.
Pray for Eleanor and also her the handover to other WECers to run the SB ministry, and
for her as she continues contributing to the local assessment.
- Taiwan Nov
10-13. Violet McMaster, our SB leader there arranged meetings as well as a
visit to our basically Korean WEC team working among the Hakka. These all went
well, but it was intense with both a poublic and pastoral input for me! We
did have ONE copy of the new OW in Chinese, and many copies were sold in advance
- My Mother. She survived - just. She came out of intensive
care after several weeks, but is now back in hospital with a minor stroke.
We aim for a Celebration of her life on Dec 13 whether she is still with us
or not, but we would love her to be with us and participate with us for as
long as she can manage on that day.
- The Joshua Project list improvements
I have submitted are being well incorporated with pleasing results. Pray for
my writing of the Visual OW to proceed well! I have much more in editing and
improving to do.
- Global Mission Executives networking - we need answers from
key individuals before proceeding....
- Spanish Operation World - work on
translation is now about to start! Pray for completion!
- I leave for a week-end of ministry in Serbia at a key
Bible School Dec 5- 7. I would value prayer for the 6 ministry slots I have
for that time.
- Plans are finalizing for another tour of teaching and ministry
in Australia and New Zealand 8 Feb - 8 Mar with a further few days attached for
input into Hong Kong.
- Numerous crises in our home situation over my recent
absence were causes of deep pain and concern - Ruth and Andy lost their Mother (-in-law)
in the street in Antalya through a massive heart attack when visiting last
month. The heart problem is genetic - there is concern Andy could have inherited
this and thus their three daughters. They are home for tests. Our little local
home church is going through a damaging crisis and Robyn and I are involved
in trying to find a solution. We'd value prayer.
and Robyn Johnstone,