Dear Praying Friends,
Shortly after sending my prayer letter in March, the Covenant Bible Presbyterian Mission Church moved to a new church building. As the Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church moved to a building five minutes away from Heritage Christian School, our meeting was also moved. I am grateful to God for being able to use a room at Heritage for the past year and a half. It is also true that there have been difficulties in the meantime. It was not easy to carry items of luggage to the classroom every week, and it was hard to gather meetings on a weekday. TBPC has given us space, so we now have a lot of conveniences. We can freely do weekday meetings, as well. I usually work in the church on weekdays and use the space as an office. The building is still being remodeled, so not everything has been completely stabilized yet, but we expect a great work of God from this new location.
“However, if we don’t deny ourselves, we cannot bear fruit in our lives and in the church.”
In June, Jane Park, who attended our mission church for a year and a half, and my wife became official members. Pastor G.W. Fisher of TBPC taught the membership class for two months. It was even more meaningful because I was able to preach the charge to the new members, and my wife and I did special music at the joint worship service. I preached that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains without fruit. Jesus Christ died so that many people gained eternal life. They are the first members of a small number, but we believe in the power of God to do infinite things with the small things of man. However, if we don’t deny ourselves, we cannot bear fruit in our lives and in the church. When we die for our brethren in the love of Jesus, individuals, families, churches and societies will revive. (John 12:24) “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
After moving to a new place, more people visited our service. Some of them are settled with their regular visiting. It is the grace of God that I am able to serve these people through this small ministry. I started a Thursday prayer meeting in June. We see church meetings and evening worship disappearing more and more in many churches. However, on the other hand, I find that even though their lives are busy, their heart becomes empty, and they look eagerly for sincere fellowship. Only the Word of God satisfies the vanity of man. Only through communion of the Holy Spirit is there a fellowship of sincere love between men. We have just begun this ministry, so I am looking for God’s directions. Please pray that the Thursday meetings will be used to serve the people of God effectively.
One more item of good news is that God promised new life to our family. My wife is expecting a baby in November of this year. It is the grace of God toward my family. Although the US is the home country for our children, it is still a foreign country and a mission field for my wife and me. There are many difficulties in raising children and many obstacles to overcome. Please pray that we would humbly seek God’s will. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your love, prayers, and financial support to our family, who are not worthy without the grace of Christ. I ask for your continued prayer for our family and for the many people that this ministry serves. I desire that the glory of God will be revealed through this ministry. The grace of God be with you.
Rev. Myungjoong Andy Yong