Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Final Thoughts of Ministry time with Joy Fellowship

Grandpa Bill says, "Literally speaking Joy fellowship is a articulated fundamentally sound ministry. Joy fellowship lives a life of praise before God."
Pastor Craig's thoughts:
1) While here with the ministry team I have been humbled by their loving service. They live a simple life of faith. Where at times we tend to get caught up with what is going on around us.
2) Worship of God is more than just the portion of a service we sing. Worship should be a life lifestyle we live with thanksgiving to God. The ministry team in Siloam Joy fellowship demonstrates that principal everyday with their ministry in Chongli city.
3) True discipleship is not only leading people to Christ. But showing them how to grow closer to God. It also assists them when they are walking through tough times by adopting them into the Family of God and praying for them.
4) God had a way of making us meet the people we needed - Even when we were out sight seeing ministry took place with "chance meetings" we know were orchestrated by God. We must look for these opportunities in our own daily lives.
THANKS FOR ALL THOSE WHO PRAYED FOR US DURING THIS TRIP. It was a pure pleasure to serve with Joy Fellowship. I will continue to post through the weekend services I preach at in Taipei. Please pray for these services. God Bless!

Final Dayz Pictures

Angel Center's leader was excited to see the gift Joy fellowship brought. She told us that she could use the magnets to teach the centers children about animals.
Pastor Dave presents the magnets to Angel Center.
Nicholas presents the center's head with a gift.
A picture in the Angel Center.
Physical Therapy area at Angel center.
Classroom at Angel Center.
At the hospital to visit a baptismal candidate.
Coffee house by the River.
Coffeehouse on river. Former guesthouse for foreign dignitaries.
Group at bridge leading to Coffeehouse.
Pastor Dave baptizing Amy's father in hospital. Bridge leading to coffeehouse (one of Chang Kai Sheik's old houses was on river. (Why the bridge is so fancy).

The final Dayz

The last two days of the time we spent with Joy fellowship went by much to fast. Monday was a special day because we started at a Special Education Center for kindergarten and Adults after High School. (Could it have been special because my wife works with special needs children back in the states? Probably.) We were first treated to a presentation by the staff about the facility (where one of the staff of Joy Fellowship Siloam works). They then gave us a tour of a very up to date facility (Pastor Dave says he hadn't seen this good of facility in all of his Asian journey's). They work with children who have Cerebral Palsy. But the work is not just limited to them they have Autistic children and many other diseases. The adults there are treated a little bit differently. They are taught how to care for themselves, cooking and adl's (activities for daily living). All the program are tailored to meet the clients need and aim for them to be able to function as independently as possible. Goal to help children to attend school and adults to live a more productive life. This facility is so up to date that they offer Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies either onsite or at local hospital. Following this visit we had a huge lunch (sometimes it seems all we have done is eat). The highlight of the day was to baptize a church members father who has had a few strokes. During his life he was against Christianity, but came to Christ recently. His eyes truly shone when he was baptized!
We met the morning of the next day and discussed how the trip affected us on the team and how it affected the Fellowship in Taoyuan. The Fellowship in Siloam felt that having the team (especially Anna Mah, Nicholas and Nana) were an excellent example of how to live a Christian Life everyday. They told us that they have been teaching the principals of Christian living. But to see it acted out in daily life taught their people how to live. They told us that morning one of the church goers had called and told them that since the team showed so much of God's love - he thought he should by helping to pay our meals. Can you believe it? We then had coffee at a coffee house overlooking a river at one of Chang Kai Sheik's many homes. What a view in the evening. We then rushed back to get Grandpa Bill and Pastor Craig to the train station.