Chia-Lin Yu

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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September 3, 2020

Make Christ Known to Many More

“Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:1-4)

We would like to know how far the RSM 102.0FM radio broadcast could be heard, so we sent out a tech team to inspect the strength of the signal in Mboukou and in Madigou-Keyes region from Pointe-Noire to Youbi. The findings are encourging.

Depending on the locations, with a simple bamboo pole of 20-30 feet and a wire connected to the roof, most residents in Mboukou and villages along the road from Pointe-Noire to Youbi are be able to receive our radio signal during certain hours of the day in dry season. However, since these villages do not have access to electricity, the next technical challenges for us will be how to harvest solar energy in ways affordable to the villagers, and how to make it anti-theft. The thieves in Congo are phenomenal! They steal everything.

On administrative side, the legal dispute over the ownership of the radio properties is not yet over. A hearing will take place on Tuesday morning, September 8, 2020. Please pray that God’s will be done.

Care for Widows and Orphans

Mama Honorine is a widow and church planter who lives and serves alone in Mboukou. She is a true widow in biblical sense according to Apostle Paul’s teachings in 1 Timothy 5.

Her husband was a pastor of an Evangelic Church in Congo (EEC, Eglise Evangelique du Congo). He passed away many years ago. She lost all her children to war and sickness. More than 10 years ago, she answered the call to plant an Alliance church in Mboukou. In spite of old age, failing health, and poverty, she has been faithfully serving in that village ever since.

When her health permits, she grows manioc and vegetables on a small piece of land she rented from a local farmer. She also does embroidery and handmakes purses and phone pouches to support herself. When she receives a gift of money from missionaries, she would share it with her neighbors. Her roofs leak during rainy season, and the church is just too small and poor to pay for her pastoral services. She lives by herself, and people from the village steal from her. She receives no financial support from the Congolese national churches who sent her to serve in Mboukou. She has nothing except Jesus Christ.

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." (James 1:27, ESV). Part of your financial contributions to Chia-Lin Yu’s Work Funds has been used to support individuals like Mama Honorine.

A More Permanent Presence in Vili Communities

The current APH Center for outreach among the Vili is located in Youbi. This is where the orality ministry spearhead team stays whenever its members share the Bible stories from village to village in the Madingou-Keyes region. It’s a plywood structure defenseless against termite attacks in a rural environment.

We recognized the need of a more permanent and durable structure in late 2019 and started the building project with Dave and Teresa Bill’s Work Funds. But the fund quickly ran out.

We were able to resume the building activities when more gifts became available to us. With no access to electricity and public water system, we build little by little, brick by brick. The last trip I went (August 28, 2020), we delivered approximately 1 tone of cement. We transported more than 1,000 liters of water from a nearby lake. We have been trying to make as many cement bricks as possible before the rainy season starts in October.

If you would like to help us finish building this center, you can give to Chia-Lin Yu’s Work Funds and send me a note indicating the amount of your contribution to the building project.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

1. Thank the Lord for the daily ministries at the Radio Sangu Ya Mbote à Pointe-Noire. May the Lord continue to bless his people with quality productions of Bible stories, teachings of sound doctrines, and Christian music. May God make the gospel and the teachings of his word available to more villages around Pointe-Noire. May more and more people tune in RSM 102.0FM to listen to God’s word.

2. Please continue to pray for the lawsuit over the ownership of the radio’s properties. A hearing is scheduled on Tuesday morning, September 8, 2020. Please pray that God’s will be done, and that God will protect RSM from any attempts to frustrate God’s purpose for the radio.

3. Please continue to pray for our orality ministries in Vili-speaking villages and our APH Center building project in Youbi.

4. The Bible Institute of Christian Education in Pointe-Noire is in the process of switching from 2-year pastoral ministry program to a 3-year program. Ever since the institute became the only Bible school recognized by the local government, we have seen more religious workers enrolled in the program at the center in Mawata. A lot of them lack good basic foundation in Bible knowledge. We have decided to add “Master Life” and “Orality Ministries” in the first year of a 3-year pastoral ministry program. Thank the Lord for good responses to this change from the Alliance pastors in the region. Please pray for the recruitment of qualified instructors and student enrollments.

5. Please continue to pray for my French language study and driving in Pointe-Noire.

6. Please pray for my mother’s salvation. She is 72. May she come to know experientially the love and goodness of Jesus Christ.

7. Please pray for David Bill’s mother who is diagnosed with late stage of lung cancer. She is 86 and is getting weaker day by day. Please pray for David’s sister, Sue, who in her 60s and is battling against an aggressive type of breast cancer.

8. Please pray for John Combest’s parents. John’s mother is suffering the Guillain-Barre syndrome. She is 70. Please pray for complete healing. John’s father is in ICU fighting COVID-19 and double pneumonia. He has pre-existing heart conditions. Please pray for his healing and recovery.

9. Thank you for your loving and faithful prayer and giving. Without your support, I won’t be able to serve in Congo.

Ways to give

If you feel led to give financially to support me or my ministries in Pointe-Noire, Congo, please designate your gifts at http://secure.cmalliance.org/give/.

Once get on the page, please scroll down and click on "a worker you love" to get a pop-up window to "Select an international worker". Please enter:

Yu, Chia-Lin

While you are typing Chialin Yu’s name, the webpage will show you the best match list. Once you click to select the matched name, you will see 4 types of "Fund" to which you could donate:
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SUPPORT - A salary support
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Updated: September 03, 2020

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

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