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2014 May newsletter Cross Cultural Connection 2014 May newsletter Cross Cultural Connection Document Transcript

  •       2014  April    Newsletter  Cross  Cultural  Connection     Dear  Prayer  Partners  and  Support  of  Cross  Cultural  Connection:     New  things  starting  and  good  things  for  which  to  look  forward!      This  week   Fairview  Park  Church  will  start  a  bi-­‐  monthly  Bible  study.    We  will  start  in  the  New   Testament  with  the  book  of  Matthew.    Two  ladies  (Dorothy  and  Jenny)  have  been   in  prayer  for  a  Bible  study  to  start.    I  did  not  know  this  when  I  asked  Jenny  if  she   would  help  translate  if  I  started  a  Women’s  Bible  Study  group!    The  result  is  that   Dorothy  has  organized  and  asked  me  to  lead  the  studies.    We  start  Thursday,  April   3.    For  me,  starting  a  study  with  the  genealogy  of  Jesus  is  a  daunting  task.    Most  of   the  time,  people  skip  over  the  “begats”  as  if  it  is  not  important.    I  will  be  asking   the  WHY  question?    Why  is  the  genealogy  of  Jesus  important?    Should  it  be   important  to  Christians  today?    Needless  to  say,  this  will  involve  a  lot  of  research.     Pray  for  me  to  lead  this  group  wisely  and  for  each  in  the  group  to  be  willing  to   study  on  their  own.     Dorothy  and  Jenny  are  also  involved  in  teaching  Sunday  school.    Dorothy,   Janed  and  I  take  turns  with  the  older  class  (Very  Important  Children!)    I  have  not   taught  VIC  for  several  weeks  now,  but  will  start  again  in  April.    Jenny  and  Evelyn   teach  the  younger  class  and  quite  often  have  them  involved  in  participating  in  the   worship  services  by  singing  songs.    Both  classes  will  be  involved  in  the  Easter   Sunday  program  on  April  20.         An  event  to  happen  in  June  is  a  service  project  which  will  involve  making  an   hour  and  half  program  to  present  at  The  Home  of  Loving  Faithfulness  nearby.     This  is  a  home  for  mentally  and  physically  disabled  people.    This  home  has  been  a   model  of  how  to  teach  handicapped  and  even  non  handicapped  people.    It  is  such   a  model,  that  in  the  past,  even  the  Education  department  in  Hong  Kong  has  sent   teachers  there  to  learn  about  teaching!    I  have  known  of  this  place  for  many   years,  and  am  exciting  to  participate  in  this  project.    Please  pray  for  especially  the   VIC  to  become  involved.     AND  it  is  getting  very  close  to  the  one  year  anniversary  of  Ken’s  death.    I  do   not  bring  this  up  to  gain  sympathy,  but  to  encourage  you  to  pray  for  me  as  I   continue  to  discover  what  God  has  in  mind  for  me  and  for  the  Fairview  Park   Church.    I  continue  to  support  FPC  in  whatever  way  I  can.    As  you  may  remember,  
  • our  application  to  get  a  visa  for  Cody  Ching  from  the  Philippines  was  rejected  by   the  Hong  Kong  government.    We  are  no  closer  to  hiring  anyone  at  this  point.     Meanwhile,  our  members  continue  to  work  together  in  many  ways,  teaching,   leading  in  worship  services,  preaching,  etc.    Scott  continues  to  be  an  inspiring   preacher.     I  am  patiently  (that  is,  as  patient  as  I  can  be!)  awaiting  my  June   appointment  concerning  the  macular  hole  in  the  right  eye.    As  far  as  I  can  tell,  my   eyesight  is  about  the  same.    However,  it  is  quite  frustrating  to  not  see  well  as   many  of  you  could  probably  understand.    My  father  is  mostly  blind,  but  he   doesn’t  complain.    I  should  be  so  calm  about  this  just  in  following  his  example!   My  dad,  Richard  Gudahl,  had  his  88th  birthday  in  February,  and  Ken’s  mother   turned  86  in  March.         Again,  thank  you  for  your  continuing  prayers  and  financial  support.    I  could   not  continue  without  your  faithfulness.     I  want  to  close  with  verses  of  encouragement  which  my  friend  Ellen,  shared   with  me  very  recently:    Thank  you,  Ellen,  for  this  reminder!   II  Corinthians:  1:21,  22:    21   Now  it  is  God  who  makes  both  us  and  you  stand   firm  in  Christ.  He  anointed  us,  22   set  his  seal  of  ownership  on  us,  and  put  his   Spirit  in  our  hearts  as  a  deposit,  guaranteeing  what  is  to  come.     And  here  are  some  pictures  for  you  to  enjoy:     Younger  class   singing  for  church       Wing  paid  a  surprised   visit  in  March  and   preached  for  us.     Prayer  time  before   services.     Scott’s  donut   birthday  cake.    JJJ   and  one  of  their   cousins  help  bake                            the  donuts.