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  1. Missionaries

    Looking forward to hearing your testimony on your early experiences at the church you were saved in Alaska. God's accomplishments are always great to hear. "For God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
  2. Missionaries

    One of the greatest joys that I remember shortly after I got saved was visiting with missionaries in various countries in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. It was a blessing in visiting the works that God gave them. The Lord gave me the honour of seeing dedicated, and sacrificial, men of God, their wives, and their ministries. A special missionary in my heart is Brother Earl Beegle. Brother Beegle was a missionary to the U.S. GI's on Taiwan. Brother Earl Beegle, helped a lot of young men gain a strong love for the scriptures, soul-winning (both Chinese and American), and HOLY living. Brother Beegle is in heaven now rejoicing in the presence of the Lord Jesus. I love missionaries. I love supporting missionaries. I love being around missionaries. As far as I am concerned, the command of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 is the marching order of the Captain of our Salvation until He calls us home. A New Testament church is a missions minded church.
  3. Both Sherry and I want to thank all of you for your concern on our behalf.
  4. Today we were able to take some close up photos of the toppled building near Mark's residence. In English, the name of the building is, "The Emerald Levee Gateway to the Clouds Building." Behind the building, is a levee that has numerous parks and is very scenic. Here is a side view. The street we are taking the side view on in on the left side of the photo on the side of the two-story red tiled roof. Sherry is taking the photo and I am standing on the side of the photo.
  5. To fully answer Rebecca's question I must give some personal information that our supporting churches know but I have not (if my memory is working this morning), given here on OnLine Baptist. At the moment of the initial earthquake we were actually in Taitung. Although we have a small apartment at the church, and live at the church when we are in Hua Lien, we were at our house near Taitung at the moment of the earthquake. The last church we started is in Taitung, Taiwan (south of Hua Lien). Somewhat north of Taitung we have built a house for a permanent residence on Taiwan. The house we own is our "legal residence" here on Taiwan. All of our legal requirements to live on Taiwan has to be done in Taitung. I would at this time let everyone know a blessing that occurred in our lives at that time. On Taiwan, a missionary must re-apply, every year, for a missionary VISA, or a ""Alien Resident Certificate," or "ARC," to legally stay on Taiwan from the "Taiwan Immigration Office." For some time now, we have been in the process of trying to obtain a, "Permanent Alien (or Missionary) Resident Certificate," or, "PARC," from the government of Taiwan. The 'PARC,' is a permanent missionary VISA. With a PARC we are considered a permanent resident on Taiwan and do not have to go through the yearly process of obtaining a missionary VISA. The requirements for the ARC is difficult and the requirements for the PARC is very difficult. As our official residence on Taiwan is in Taitung all of the legal paperwork with the government has to be done in Taitung. Sherry and I had received an official notice from the government of Taiwan that my PARC had been approved. So, to answer Rebecca's question, Sherry and I were at the Immigration Office in Taitung yesterday morning where they gave me the legal notice that my PARC has been approved. To us, the obtaining of the PARC is answered prayer and a blessing from God. After we left the Immigration Office in Taitung we drove to the church in Hua Lien (where we are staying at our apartment at the church), and told Bro. Job Gwoh the good news of the PARC. Job, and his family, were overjoyed as we were. To the folks at church, and to the Chinese that know us, we are a part of their country. To me, and to my family, the Apostle Paul's attitude in 1 Corinthians 9:22, explains our motive in not only having our own house on Taiwan, but also obtaining the PARC, "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men,that I might by all means save some." As I explain to our supporting churches on furlough, we are becoming as much Chinese (living, having our own home, obtaining a PARC, etc...), in order to try and lead as many Chinese on Taiwan to a saving knowledge of Christ. Alan
  6. I think it is, "Ni (pronounced "knee"), Hao Mah? Of course, to a Chinese it is: 你好嗎? Either way, I am fine.
  7. Both Sherry and I want to thank all of you for your concern on our behalf and the behalf of the church members here at Victory Baptist Church. We have been able to get a hold of most of our family members and our home church, Gilead Baptist Church, Pastor Reggie Adkins. The north section of Hua Lien received the blunt of the earthquake. Some roads are buckled with some buckled side walks. A lot of stores have minor damage with falling items off of shelves and one of the major bridges on the south side of the city is buckled on one side. Besides physical safety for us, and our church members, God has blessed us in many ways. Our assistant pastor, Bro. Job Gwoh, after finding out all was well with him and his family, took the time out of his own schedule (Bro. Gwoh is a Dentist with his own office), throughout the day, found out the situation with all of the members of the church. Bro. Gwoh has a pastor's heart: a heart of compassion. As with most of the folks here in Hua Lien, just about every member of our church has received minor damage from articles falling off shelves, kitchen damage, and being shaken up with the aftershocks. Just a moment ago as I was writing this, another aftershock hit us. The church has received only minor "shaking" damage. About one third of the furniture was physically moved out of place (including my desk with this computer), numerous household items have fallen off shelves, some minor items destroyed (the iron, some glass from the kitchen), when they hit the floor (all of our floors are tile). A couple of the large bookcases on the second floor (the church has three floors), which has a lot of Sunday school material all fell to the floor. Probably tomorrow we will have it cleaned up. The most affected member of the church was one of our personal converts, Kang Yue (his English name is Mark), his wife, and young son. They live in an apartment building very near to one of the major buildings that nearly toppled. All of his family is safe and are at a relatives house as their building is too near one of the toppled buildings. On a personal note. It has been raining most of the day, a lot of emergency crews are working had. It has been a difficult day for one and all.
  8. Last night a major 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the city that our church that we started, Hua Lien, Taiwan. Here is a link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-07/magnitude-6.4-quake-strikes-north-east-taiwan-hotel-collapses/9403408 The major damage to the buildings seen in the photos are in the north side of Hua Lien; our church, Victory Baptist Church, is located in the southern end of the city. It is dawn now here on Taiwan and more news will follow. Both Sherry and I are fine. Alan
  9. Attention Bible Scholars

    Do you have a specific scripture verse in mind Rosie?

    All of us care for the youth in our churches, our homes, and there are posts here on OnLine Baptist that have talked about the Youth Ministry and the need them and good Youth Leaders to train the youth. Here is the link to a recent post: I am sure that you may have some ideas that you may want to talk about. Maybe you could start by letting us know more about your church, and their Youth Ministry, in Malawi.
  11. Hello

    Welcome to our circle of friends Lokendo. I am looking forward to knowing you, your church, and the situation in Malawi better.
  12. I would repeat my previous answer. I am a Biblicist. Neither John Calvin, nor Jacob Arminius, were correct in there writings. And, neither one is a standard for doctrine. If the person is seeking a good answer, and he is a just man, than your answer will help him in his quest for the truth. Proverbs 9:9 "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning." If he is a fool, and just looking for an argument, then don't waste your time.
  13. Last one to post in this thread wins

    I figure about the second month into the Tribulation period, just before all of the electricity is cut off as the government decreed private individuals have to live without electricity, and the solar power gives out due to the darkness, and that living off the grid and in caves preclude anyone from any further posting on the internet, that someone will win the prize.
  14. Last one to post in this thread wins

    I won! I won! I won! I won!

    Sounds like you know how to cook a good meal. My wife posed a question. When can my wife and I come over and decide for ourselves how yummy they are?