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Second generation missionaries to China

June 2019 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends,

June is here and with it our family is taking a turn of schedule as I prepare to finish out my school semester. Our eldest daughter has finished first grade so Beth and the kids are spending a lot more time out in the community and our family as a whole is doing a lot more entertaining as we host people in our home. 

My work load is always very heavy at the end of my school semester. I praise the Lord that I only have to go in to school one day a week even though the reports and research projects tend to pile up at the end of June. Please pray for me as the next few weeks will be very busy. The opportunity to keep a visa for our whole family through my school visa is still very much worth it! 

Over the last few years I’ve been collecting resources and materials for a new Chinese Hymnbook. The work has been tedious up to this point. I’ve collected over 20 hymnbooks dating from as early as 1880 to as recent as 1948 and have recorded and compiled a “master list” of over 2000 different hymns with over 7000 different translations in total from all of these hymnbooks. With my resources collected and my list compiled, I’ve started the next phase of editing and digitalizing the hymns we want in our book as well as translating several hymns myself. Please pray for this project as well. The desired result will not come about without prayer and wisdom. Please pray for me as I continue to produce Chinese materials.



Last month we had a brother from Beijing come to Xi’An and help us with the work here. He was a help to me in the hymnbook project as well as teaching and preaching in the church and going soul-winning with Pastor Xu. While here, he and Pastor Xu had a small scare with the local police as they were handing out tracts. They saw the police with the tracts in their hands and as they searched for the distributors of the tracts, the two men were able to quickly get out of sight and leave unnoticed. We are always doing our best to be wise and safe, while also not being afraid to share the gospel and do the work of the Lord. Again, we ask for your prayers!

In the last few months our family has been encouraged to see some growth and activity in the church. We have been in XI’An for two years and it has been a slow and tedious job. We’ve had family after family come to our home for meals. We’ve reached out and given to those around us. We’ve committed ourselves to the task at hand and we have watched as the people we were working on and witnessing to slowly dropped off for lack of interest. Just in the last few months, however, the Lord has blessed us with a few new contacts who have been coming to church faithfully and who have an apparent desire to grow and learn.

I have been discipling one young Christian who began by coming to church recently. He has recently commited himself to reading the Bible every morning. Just last week he read Genesis and Exodus and already this week has finished Leviticus. Another class mate of mine has expressed some interest in knowing more about Christianity, and we are hoping to see him come out to church soon. We are watching God work and it is happening right in front of our eyes. He is doing it and we are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of it. We are reminded that “faithful is He which hath called you, who also will do it”

Thank you for the continued prayers and support. God is working and He is faithful.

In Christ, 
Neal, Beth, Lois, Abigail, Naomi, and Edward


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