Chinese New Year (CNY) just ended this past weekend, but you can still see “ang pows” (red envelopes with money), hear firecrackers, eat traditional Asian treats, and smell incense burning in the dry air. Yesterday our family was invited to the home of our friends to celebrate this festive occasion with their family. They greet each other with “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (Happy CNY) and bring the host family all kinds of gifts. It’s similar to our version of Christmas because of the big emphasis that is placed on spending time with family.
Last week our close friend Tasha and her girls invited us to dinner at an upscale Chinese restaurant (see pic below) for CNY. Many people celebrate this holiday for fifteen days. This past weekend most of the stores shut down for two days while the owners visited their families in the different hometowns.
“Fan” is a new believer (praise God!). Pray for her husband to accept the One true God as well. He’s only attended our church once. Her daughter (Fei) and her son (Sunshine) are precious kids. They seem to love our church.
Pray for Joel & Leah, (kids-Enoch & Naomi) Sanders as they prepare to journey here to assist us in late April through mid-May. Praise God that He has provided them with housing within walking distance to our church and the local stores.
Of course, we always appreciate your prayers for our Robert as he completes his Associates degree in Liberal Arts on 4/28.
We have many more requests, but these are the first that come to mind.
As we labor together, let us not grow weary as we seek to honor Him. (Read Galatians 6:9). May He receive all the praise and glory! Thank you!!
In service and love,
Pat & Michelle
Robert, Elisabeth, David & Anna