Dear co-laborers in Chr.st,
It has been a relatively mild winter here in Astana (-20 deg C) up until the end of 2017 but the usual winter freeze has finally arrived with avg temperature of -30. And, it looks like next week will go down even to -40. Yikes! But cold weather doesn't bother us much anymore. May be we're becoming like Kazakhs! Yay!
Kidding aside, we continue to thank the Father for all of you and your faithful partnership in this awesome journey, and here are the brief updates.
D.sc.ple-Making Movement (DMM) at our local club: We continue to meet every Friday evening with 12 to 15 people participating. Although some people come and go, we are thankful for the core 10 people who consistently come. And, we are so excited to see that the DNA of "obedience to the L.rd" is starting to take shape! Praise the L.rd! The core group especially is starting to take commitments such as weekly scripture memorization (up to 6 now) and pr.yer walk more seriously, and it's a joy to see that they're not doing it for men but for the L.rd. We can see hunger in their eyes, the hunger to be true disciples of the L.rd.
This past Friday, we studied Deuteronomy 6:4-9 from which the Greatest Commandment comes from, and we discussed how our G.d-centered, G.d-honoring lives (in both words and deeds together) are central to not only our being true d.sc.ples but also our ability to make multiplying d.sc.ples. We are calling this "Shema life-syle" taking after the Hebrew word "Shema" from Deuteronomy 6:4 which means "listen and obey". We learned that both "Shema-statements" and "Shema-actions" always have to go together in order that people are pointed to the Father only, and through actively living out "Shema life-style" everyday, we are learning that the "people of peace" whom the HS is preparing in advance will be drawn to us for more. This coming week, we're committing to intentionally living out "Shema life-style" in both words and actions among unbelievers in our daily lives. Please pr.y for boldness and you continue to pray that;
Seeking People of Peace (PoP) at an indoor bazaar: Woojin has started Pr.yer-Walking past couple weeks through one of the largest indoor bazaar in the city trusting that the HS will lead to the PoP who are hungry for God's truth. Please pray that the HS will prepare the hearts of the PoPs, and also please pray for boldness and wisdom as Woojin plans to start engaging shop owners in conversation in the near future.
For Meesook's work: Meesook started full-time teaching two week and she is thankful for the opportunity. However, due to additional grades (she is now teaching 5 grades) and still learning new system, the work-load has been very high. She is barely getting 5 hrs of sleep a day. Would you please pray for strength to persevere and wisdom in balancing the work-load.
For young man (R): Please continue to pray for "R". He continues to be "angry" at G.d and his heart is hardening.
Lastly, please continue to pr.y for others we've mentioned in our previous letter.
Woojin and Meesook