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Liu Prayer Letter (May 2021)
Dear PMU supporters,
Peace be to you all who are in Christ!
This spring in the Twin Cities has been quite a harrowing experience indeed. March 29 marked the beginning of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, charged with the murder of George Floyd. The trial lasted about three weeks and the jury announced their verdict on Tuesday, April 20th. The civil leaders did not want a repeat of the rioting and looting from last summer, so in preparation for the announcing of the verdict, there were 3,500 MN National Guard troops in addition to Ohio and Nebraska state troopers in the Twin Cities in April. It seemed as if the whole world (at least the whole country) was watching. One of the ways that a society benefits from the Christians within it are the prayers of the saints. A city, state, and nation benefit greatly from the Christians residing within them when we pray for the Lord’s guidance, blessing, and protection. We have been praying for justice and peace, and the Lord has answered.
The heightened measures of security resulted in local Saint Paul Police officers being called back from their regular days off to work every day until the unrest should come to an end. To the average civilian what appears like “business as usual” means no permitted vacation days and less time with spouses and children and family. In preparation for what many thought would be a long ordeal, some youth from church put together care packages for officers and members of the National Guard. The extended shifts also provided an opportunity to host some officers for a meal at our home and also good conversations about the gospel.
This May also marked the end of Melissa’s five-year service on the neighborhood district council. It provided her with a good pulse on the thoughts and sentiments of the people within our community and also the knowledge of how local governments work. Coinciding well with the end of that role, the Lord has opened up a new chapter for her to work as a finance instructor/coach for clients of the Women’s Life Care Center, a local pro-life organization. Her education in Business Administration, previous employment as a banker, and her current pro-bono work as CFO (chief financial officer) of the Liu household has prepared her well for such a role. Conversations about money with strangers really do facilitate spiritual conversations, for as our Lord said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”—Matthew 6:21. What better way to identify and expose the false gods and idols of your life than a detailed sampling of how you spend your money?
Recently, several members have shared with me that family, friends, and/or co-workers have shared with them that they are looking for a [new] church, and that for good reason. Whether it be never having been part of the body of Christ, a long absence from the church, a departure of their current church from biblical authority, being lost in a mega-church or whatever, I and several others have been asked, do you like your church and would you recommend it? This is a reminder that church growth is rarely, if ever, a function of strategic marketing or clever advertising. It has everything to do with God’s people, who are each imperfect, believing that the Holy Spirit is actively working within their imperfect body to do a mighty work! But, “Speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”—Ephesians 4:15-16.
Thank you for your continued support in prayer and your encouragement in the work of the gospel ministry.
Your fellow bondservant in Christ,