Prayer is Power in France

As I write this I am pretending that you are sitting across from me at a local café that makes their own baguettes (because I might be suffering from French baguette withdrawal!), and that you just asked me about what God taught me through this trip.

My answer: Prayer is power.

Is that cliché? I used to think so. At the beginning of the France trip, I was surprised – even completely floored – when God answered our prayers directly and amazingly. I almost didn’t believe it was true. But by the end of the trip, God had taught me to pray with the beautiful blending of confidence and contentment in my heart. Many mornings I brought the burdens on my heart or the team’s heart to Him and left them there. He made it obvious that He had heard and answered those requests in ways I never had considered. I was no longer so shocked, and in its place He increased my capacity to be thankful.

Will God always say “yes” to our prayers? No. Does asking in faith guarantee a favorable answer? Absolutely not. But can we pray with confidence that God can and does answer our prayers beyond what we ask or think? Absolutely yes. When I present my requests to the Lord now, I walk into the future with anticipation that His answer will be the best one. I am confident yet content at how He will answer. And it’s frighteningly exciting.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)  #CUGO
–Abby Mouring

God Cannot Be Stopped

In a country where the government regulates Christianity and where people cannot freely share their faith with others, I began to see that God cannot be restricted by anyone. We talked with believers who were so passionate about the gospel and understood the urgency of telling it to others. One girl told me a story about how she tried to share the gospel at a university and had to run from the police. Another puts her job on the line by openly preaching the gospel in her classes.

I was amazed at how much Christianity is growing in China and how passionate the believers are there. Their stories showed me that no man, no government can stop God. He is able when we are not, and he will move no matter who is in the way. #CUGO

— Lane Yoder (China Team 2017)

Southeast Asia Arrival and Prayer Update

Thank you for your prayers and support as the team and I made it to Southeast Asia a few days ago.  Our connecting flight and travel overall was smooth.  We took our first day to rest, take in some of the sites, and prepare ourselves for worship the next day (Sunday).
 It is a joy to be with our missionary friends.  They are like family to me!  Sitting around their dining table at mealtime brings back memories while new ones start with the team that I am leading this week.  Thankful for the upcoming week of service, praying that our skills and knowledge in pharmacy would be used as a platform to share the gospel light and the message of the hope of Christ. #CUGO
–Thad Franz (Team Leader)