Chia-Lin Yu

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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September 11, 2021

At RSM102.0FM

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
(Romans 10:17 ESV)

August and September prove to be a very busy time for RSM. After weeks of recruiting volunteer workers from local Alliance churches, we organized a series of trainings for more than 30 potential volunteers. The trainings take place on several Saturdays, from mid-August to the end of September. Nicaise Kitsoukou-Ngoma, John Combest, Beverly Bellamy, and I each teaches different aspects of the ministry at RSM.

Jeannette Mikouiza is one of the first two volunteers we recruited after RSM re-launched in April 2020. She and Honorine Boulombo have become invaluable partners for me in RSM Chaplaincy and narrative songwriting. When I first met Jeannette, she was not happy and struggled to find direction in life. She had hard time holding a job due to healthy reason. She also felt bitter and hurt by the rejections experienced in ministry. With the recent death of one of her brothers, the burden of taking care of their aging mother with advanced diabetes weighted heavily on her shoulders.

Since she started to serve as a volunteer in RSM Chaplain team, she has been coming to the radio 3 days each week for prayer ministry on and off the air. Every Tuesday at 12:30 PM, the chaplain team pray with listeners LIVE on the air. Once a few weeks, after the live show, she would call to follow up with those who sent in prayer requests. Every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, she hosts a program on the radio with soft worship music and Scripture reading. I also encouraged her to see her mother not as a burden but the primary ministry that God has called her to do in this stage of her life. As the result of her involvement in RSM, she is much happier as she has found purpose in life.

Serving as a volunteer is a super-strange concept for the Congolese. It is unattractive and challenging especially when jobs are scarce, wages are low, and people are poor. As I am writing up this ministry update, Merveil Biziki is working on creating a jingle for RSM after the training on audio production. He is a one of the night guards we hire for the radio. He volunteers his time and talent to serve the Lord in the area he enjoys doing while trusting God to provide for him what he needs in life.

Hagar Project: A Holistic Discipleship Ministry to Widows without Family Supports

Due to extreme poverty and traditional culture practices, widows, both young and old, have been treated unjustly after the death of their husbands and are often left with little or no family support. Younger widows with children face tremendous challenges in providing for the family and raising their children alone. God has brought into our attention the needs of widows without family support in the Alliance churches in Pointe-Noire. We want partner with the local Alliance Women to create a holistic discipleship ministry in a safe living environment, where older widows can teach younger single-mothers with their children, modeling godly family living. We are calling it the Hagar Project (La Maison d’Agar 夏甲之家).

Thank you for giving financially to help support this new initiative. Two single mothers, Chancelvie and Almeria, have temporarily moved into David and Teresa Bill’s apartment with their children. We are praying and looking for a rental property to house them before the Bills’ return from home assignment in November. It has really worked very well for both families, and they are looking forward to settling in their new home.

If you sense God’s moving to financially support them, you can give to Chia-Lin Yu’s Ministry Package with a memo specifying for the Hagar Project.

Teaching English at La Plantation

The children have been out of school since the end of June until the beginning of October. La Plantation is facing a serious problem of teacher shortage. Before the school starts, they need to recruit a qualified school principal and 2 teachers. This appears to be quite challenging for the school since this is a private Christian school. The character and faith of the potential candidates need to be taken into consideration. Except the 4 children who graduated in June, I hope to see all my students return to La Plantation in October.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

1. Thank the Lord for the daily ministries at the Radio Sangu Ya Mbote à Pointe-Noire. Please pray that (1) God will use the daily program to bless and equip the listeners. (2) God will protect RSM from all corruptions and injustice so it may remain faithful to God’s purpose and vision for the radio to broadcast God’s word and sound biblical teachings. (3) May the Holy Spirit be present and anoint the RSM Chaplain Team whenever people call or stop by at the radio asking for prayer, counseling, or help. We are encouraged to know that more and more people are tuning in to “Let’s Pray Together” LIVE at RSM every Tuesday from 12:30 to 13:00. (4) Please ask the Lord to send good volunteers to serve at the radio. Please pray for their health, family, and financial needs so they can continue to serve. Please pray for the training on radio journalism on September 25. (5) Please pray for wisdom in organizational restructuring and workable strategies in generating revenues from local listeners so the radio can become self-sustainable. (6) Please pray that we will successfully obtain the title deem of the radio property without paying an unreasonably high amount of real estate taxes. Please pray for patience and perseverance.

2. From September 8 to 11, the Alliance pastors will be meeting in Pointe-Noire for a continuous education on character formation and pastoral leadership. Jay and Beverly Bellamy with a team of “Freedom To Lead” trainers will be guiding the participants in tackling various challenging issues relevant to African pastors. Please pray for paradigm and heart changes for deeper holiness.

3. God has brought to our attention the needs of widows without family supports in local Alliance churches. With extreme poverty, local churches may not be able to provide consistent support for them, especially those with children. Please pray for affordable and safe housing for them and their children. Please pray that the local Alliance women will be moved to partner with the missionary team. Please pray for wisdom for this ministry.

4. Please pray for the APH songwriting team. We just finished the narrative song, Cain and Abel, in French. Jeannette and Honorine will be working on translation to Kituba. Please pray for a good translation of the lyrics.

5. Please remember David and Teresa Bill in prayer. They are currently doing 1 year home assignment in the US. They are preparing to return to Pointe-Noire in early November this year. Please pray that David’s mother will have peace about it.

6. Thank you for praying for Emily Combest who is doing well in her pregnancy with their third child. All is well with her and the baby. As her due date approaches in late September, please pray for her and the baby to stay healthy. Pray for safe delivery.

7. Please pray for John Combest’s brother, Joshua Combest, who became critically ill with COVID a few weeks before he and his family were scheduled to move to California for a full-time pastoral ministry. He is currently in an ICU in Boston. His condition remains stable but critical, still not awaken from induced coma. He and his wife have 3 young girls. Please remember them in your prayer.

8. Our team is getting smaller. Please pray that God will send more prepared and qualified workers to join the Congo South Team in Pointe-Noire.

9. Please continue to pray for my mother’s salvation. She is 73. May she come to know experientially the love and goodness of Jesus Christ so that she will truly trust Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.

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Updated: September 11, 2021

Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Congo
Address
B P 4797
Pointe Noire,
REP OF CONGO

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