Pray BFF #59 June 22, 2004
Dear Prayer Team,
Blessings from God
After a whirlwind of activity, we can finally say God has brought us through this formidable challenge both in terms of writing and presenting the truths of God's Word. It was only last December that God granted us a laptop after several years of prayer. We know now why He finally gave it to us. We really needed it. It has been an invaluable tool in presenting so many classes which otherwise would have been impossible. Praise God for His timing!
We can pause and rest a bit but not relax. Although Paul is down to speaking only once or twice a week, these opportunities are in Chinese, on topics that he never studied in language school. We are thankful that God answered prayer for coworkers to voluntarily translate the English handouts into Chinese. Paul then transforms the handout and slides into a useful Chinese tool. We were surprised by the 60 people who are attending this class on marriage during this summer session. Our inadequate language forces us to come humbly again and again pleading for God's grace, ability and touch of the Holy Spirit.
Please pray for three opportunities starting Friday, June 25th to speak to non-Christians from mainland China (again in Chinese) on parenting . What an opportunity! May God pour forth His wisdom.
How many copies?
We are not sure whether we will be able to get everything done that has been put to the side for these past months. There are an increasing number of requests for printed materials. The problem is that many of these have been designed for the web. It takes a significant commitment of time to reformat them into nicely printable materials. For example, Paul was astounded after he reformatted only one session of the Overcoming Anxiety series and ended up with about 43 pages worth of material. We sense through these requests that God is directing us more into the area of printing.
We are thankful that God has enabled us to figure out the intricasies of making (burning) Cds. We now have the full BFF web site on Library for $15. In order to encourage the spread of God's living truth, we have what we think is a unique policy. We allow everyone to install the whole website from the Library including downloads right onto their computers for free. Just loan your friend the BFF Library and let him install it. We only ask that the Library itself not be copied.
Outside of US and Canada, however, we are encouraging people to copy the Library itself. We hope this enables Christians around the world to build up their 'truth' libraries. Did you ever wonder what you could give to your missionary friend? How about a BFF Library?! Praise God for helping us to finally get to this point–even though about one year late (our time)!
What's in Making a Movie?
Perhaps the most challenging project ahead this summer has to do with combining video and audio with the slideshows. If this is anything like learning to make a Library, then we will still be learning well after the summer sun sets. Paul has a 750 page manual to digest. He has already watched the hour training session about 6 times. But we think back when we didn't have a clue as to how to make a web page. We have had a lot of practice since that time. God gives extra grace for the needy.
Trip to India
Paul's trip to India is going to be a challenge. Six messages a day. He is trying to settle the actual speaking topics this week so they can be translated into Telugu. Praise God that there are some people there that can help. If we give each person a US$5. handout of materials (goes much further there), we expect it to double the cost of the trip. We are thankful that support has started coming in. Unfortuately, there is no sure sign of a teammate to go with Paul yet. Keep praying.
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