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Liu Prayer Letter (October 2020)
Posted on Dec 3, 2020
Dear PMU supporters,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
The year 2020 has brought no shortage of surprises to our family and to the church. But none of those things are surprises to our God, who wrote all the days of our lives in His book before any one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).
In 2020, Cornerstone followed the MN governor’s order and ceased our public worship services in mid-March and we did not start meeting again until the beginning of July. In the period of our “shelter in place,” Cornerstone had live-stream sermons each Sunday from my living room on Facebook, which was a means by which God brought us a family and two visitors once we started again in July. Since we started meeting again, there has been a much more steady stream of visitors each week. Some have come as the result of invitations and earnest pleas to consider the Christian faith. Some others have come looking for sound teaching from the Word of God and a solid foundation for their children. Others have come looking distinctly for a reformed church, and some have also come recovering from harm suffered in previous church experiences. Elder Wayne has been faithful in caring for God’s people during this time and has also been a wise counselor to me. He recently had a heart procedure that required a brief stay at the hospital. It was a great blessing to see how many members stepped forward to show love and to care for him in his recovery.
Melissa’s work with the local city district council has also provided means for witness and ministry. She is referred to by the board members as the resident “pastor’s wife.” The spouse of a fellow board members suffered a life-threatening illness, but God healed her through the prayers of the saints at church. Another has had a life of anxiety and depression and received prayer for encouragement in her time of need. Recently, a board member, along with two other local residents, were ministered to when they were involved in an assault in the neighborhood.
Cornerstone recently had a photo shoot in a rural Minnesota sunflower field. The goal was to provide an occasion that families could minimize the charge for a photographer while also obtaining the pictures of our seasoned members in their golden years. We also used it as an occasion for fellowship and a time for a picnic lunch together.
Our children Timothy (12) and Hannah (2.5) are growing up quickly. Timothy has lost his boyish face and is growing into a young man. Hannah is a bundle of energy and has recently made the transition from parent-led prayer (i.e., an age-appropriate, “repeat after me” prayer) to an independent, “I will choose my own words” prayer. As you can imagine, at times it is not always coherent and we may not know where she is going with it; but, then again, people can probably say the same about my prayers!
We don’t know what God has planned for the rest of 2020, but that is okay with us. We trust Him who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them (Psalm 146:6). That was the confidence of Peter and John and the saints of the early church, and may it be ours as well (Acts 4:24).
Thank you for your continued support in prayer and your encouragement in the work of the gospel ministry.
Your fellow bondservant in Christ,