Deaf Ministries Update
Bringing the Gospel to the Deaf
Prayer & Praise
- Praise the Lord for those who support this ministry through prayer and sacrificial giving
- Give thanks for the continuing success of the work in China
- Pray for Godís protection, guidance and wisdon for Neville & Lill as they visit various fields in the Asian region
- Give thanks for Godís provision of new leaders in Egypt
- Pray for Godís continued protection for the DMI workers in Egypt and Syria as the deaf are facing very frightening situations
- Give thanks for the teams visiting the Philippines and Myanmar; pray for their traveling safety and to be used by God
- Please pray for the damaged areas in Cagayan de Oro; that God will make provision through His people
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Dear Friends and Supporters,
This is our first letter for 2013 with the first month already behind us. We hope that your Christmas was a blessing and that you are excitedly entering the New Year expecting, like us, great things from God. Last year was a year with many ups and downs for sure and no doubt we will have our share this year also. We have been greatly encouraged though with a good financial start to 2013, which we hope will continue. Thank you to so many who responded to the needs of the DMI section of our work, which had been struggling somewhat. This part of the work is not tax deductible in Australia and is the part which deals with the spiritual ministry of our activities such as church planting and evangelism. A very large anonymous gift was a great encouragement and, to whoever it was who gave so generously, our grateful thanks.
I am writing this letter from China so you can see I am on the road again already. I am escorting a Californian group to China and Myanmar. I then fly to Thailand and the Philippines where I will be joined by Lill; meet up with a group from Melbourne, then escort a Japanese sponsorsí tour to Ligao and Davao. Already a busy start to the year. One of the highlights of the China visit was to spend some time with Joey’s grandparents. Our US group was spellbound by grandmotherís stories of faith during adverse times. This couple endured much persecution during the cultural revolution but remained faithful.
Joey's grandparents with mission group from Huntington Church USA
Grandfather was a surgeon at the local Christian hospital. He was paraded through the street wearing a Dunce’s cap because he would not deny his faith. They look back at these times as being a jewel, when they could suffer for Jesus. Their faith and endurance was a great foundation for the current work in #### where Joey’s sister, who is deaf, was a foundation member of our deaf Church.
Lill’s 65th Birthday
Lill celebrated another milestone by reaching the grand old age of 65. I am still in the lead, as I turn 68 next month Ö help!
Here is Lill with our current crop of grandkids. One more on the way (to celebrate on next yearís greeting card) God willing.
Alec, the current youngest, was not too impressed with birthday cakes and did not want to cooperate at all!
Part of our mission in the Philippines will be to investigate the damage caused by last year’s typhoon to the work in Cagayan de Oro and to ascertain the repair needs. We have reportedly about $16,000 worth of damage, which includes repair of the road to the rubber plantation so that we can get our rubber out. Most of the trees were unaffected but harvesting the rubber has stopped as we cannot access the property. A lot of damage was done to the pig business when a large tree crashed on to the pig pens and so it goes on. These projects are income generating projects, which we are hoping will financially support the ministry in Mindanao and lessen the reliance on foreign support. However, we keep getting set backs; two typhoons have hit the area in the past 12 months and this is an area which is usually not subject to typhoons.
Our brothers and sisters in Egypt and, in particular, Syria are not finding things very easy. The unrest in Egypt is quite worrying as things become more difficult for Christians in that country. The deaf are quite vulnerable as they often do not know what is going on. Sobhy left the country due to threats from the Muslim Brotherhood, so our work there is now lead by a committee of 5 or so who administer the meetings and activities throughout the country.
In spite of the difficulties they all maintain a very cheerful and positive attitude and carry on their activities in spite of war and disruption. Christmas was celebrated in good form with gifts for all in the meetings through-out the country. Regardless of the political and religious scene Christ was proclaimed and we pray that He will also be lifted up throughout the coming year. Pray especially for our work and people in the Middle East.
Syria - Fadi and Nadal made the international sign "I love you"
Thank you again for your support and encouragement for our work among the deaf worldwide.
God Bless Neville and Lill