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Yong Prayer Letter (November 2020)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am writing my prayer letter two days before Thanksgiving Day.  I believe you will get this letter before Christmas.  I really love this time of season, although it is rainy and cloudy in Tacoma, WA.  This is a time to give thanks to God with family and friends.  It is a time to remember the irreplaceable event in history that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born to save sinners.  From Genesis to Revelation, God tells men about His plan of salvation through His Son.  However, we live under God’s plan of salvation, and, though it was already finished when Christ died on the cross, it will be finally completed on the Day when Christ comes again.

The writer of Hebrews preaches God’s command to us concerning that Day, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).  Was the writer talking about our time?  One thing we surely know is that the Day of Christ is approaching because time is going forward, not backward.  One thing we see, at least this year, is that Christians are forsaking the assembling together either by their own choice or by the decisions of others.

We also have faced some challenges this year in gathering people at the church.  I have lost contact with some promising attendees due to health issues.  Some have decided to stay home because of fear of the virus.  Please remember us and pray with me that we would not be afraid of death, but receive the peace of Jesus Christ; that we would not be deceived by the world, but know the truth in Jesus Christ; that we would not live for ourselves, but live for the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

On the other hand, I invite you to join in my thanksgiving to God that we still have more people gathering than any time before and more ministries have been done in the church this year.  I see there are two reasons for this good result.  One is that people’s lives became simpler because of the virus and its impacts on society.  The other, and ultimate reason, is that the Spirit of God has led peoples’ hearts to the church.

Since the last Lord’s Day, we are thankful that Tacoma BPC has kindly allowed us to use their dining area for a worship meeting place.  We needed a larger space for our group because of the government requirements for gatherings.  However, at the same time, I believe it is time to get a bigger pot for our planted church to take root deeper and to grow more in 2021.

Please also remember my family in your prayers.  My wife, Jin, is doing many good works, including homeschooling and teaching children’s Sunday school.  Jin and I are so thankful that our two boys Isaac and John are growing well in the Lord. Our little girl, Sarah, just turned 2 last week, and the same day Jin and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary.

God has been gracious to my family and our church plant for the sake of Christ.  I believe He will continue to be gracious.  Thank you for your prayers and support.  May God be gracious to you and your family.

 

Myungjoong Andy Yong

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