Chia-Lin Yu

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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October 2, 2019

Arrived in Pointe-Noire, Congo

After months of preparation and saying good-bye, I finally arrived in Pointe-Noire in the evening of September 10, 2019. Thank God all my 8 pieces of baggage arrived and passed through customs without complications. I felt happy, really happy, seeing the Bellamys and the Bills who were at the airport to welcome me to Congo. I was a little tired after a long flight, but I knew I was where God wanted me to be.

With the help of the Congo South teammates and Congolese Christians, I am slowly learning my ways in town as I continue to explore unfamiliar streets, various shops and stores to get what I need to settle in. I got a new phone numbers, hooked up with the WI-FI and French cable TV services, brought a new fridge to replace the one destroyed by power surge after a power cut lasted from evening to the next morning. Because of the poor economics and lack of domestic manufacturing, things are comparatively more expensive here.

Besides shopping trips, I have visited a couple of Alliance Congolese churches on Sundays, joined a Saturday morning English women’s Bible study using Beth Moore’s series on the book of Daniel, attended an English Fellowship composed of expats and missionaries, participated in the Storytelling team’s orality ministries, and assisted Teresa Bill when she did a three-day Christian Education Training for the Sunday School teachers. My life in Pointe-Noire is full of new beginnings and possibilities.

Orality in Action: Working on Story Crafting

One of the new beginnings is that as a new member of the team, I look at everything with fresh-eyed curiosity. While the Bellamys and the Bills are busy with many ministry responsibilities, I have been taking pictures and video recording the storytelling team as they working on crafting the Bible passages on Jeroboam into narrative form in different languages. When it is finally done, this story will be used in leadership training series to address issues of character formation relevant to the Congolese culture.
With the images and recordings I had taken, we started to think about the possibilities of building a digital audio-video library for orality ministries in French, Lingala, Munukutuba and Vili languages. We also started to talk about the ideas of expanding the theological training at the Christian Education Center in Pointe-Noire to include an orality-based missions track. The sky is unlimited!

However, with my tendency to rush into new things, the Holy Spirit has been gently reminding me in the past few days to not running ahead of him but to listen and follow the Lord Jesus Christ humbly. Jesus said in John 5:30, “I can do nothing on my initiative. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.” (NASB) Jesus said in John 8:29. “He who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (ESV) Thank Jesus for showing me what he expects of me.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Thank you for remembering me in your prayers. God has been faithful in answering our prayers and supplications.

1. Thank the Lord for a safe and uneventful trip to Pointe-Noire, Congo.
2. Thank the Lord for my teammates who are orienting and helping me to get settled in.
3. Thank the Lord for good health and quick adjustment to the climate and daily living in Pointe-Noire.
4. Thank the Lord for the opportunities to get involved in various expat and local communities.
5. Thank the Lord for my French language teach/helper, Esperance Kamata, a young missionary from France, who teaches in a Christian French primary School in Pointe-Noire. Please pray for our friendship and language learning activities.
6. Please pray that God will help me identify and build meaningful and deep relationship with 3-5 Congolese Christian women for mutual encouragement and peer discipleship.
7. Please pray that God would give me clear directions on my role and ministry responsibilities regarding orality and radio ministries.

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Updated: October 02, 2019

Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Congo
Address
B P 2030
Brazzaville,
REP OF CONGO

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