Update from Jana Hoobler

Jana HooblerJana Hoobler, missionary in Macau, sent the following updates on July 22.

  • The street carnival was a big success. I was especially blessed to see most of the people who regularly attend Living Stone Church jump in and help in one way or another. This was the first event in which we’ve all served the neighborhood together, and I loved seeing that happen. Pray for wisdom and direction as Michael Chan and I consider how to best involve more Living Stone attenders in children’s ministry on an ongoing basis.
  • We had record numbers at Vacation Bible School, thanks to having a record number of adults willing to help. Over 60 children attended, and 12 children prayed to believe in Jesus for the first time. Pray for Michael and Sally, my Chinese co-workers, as they follow-up with these children. I was extra-excited about the parents’ program on the last night: 45 children came, 44 family members came, and our 18 adult helpers were all there. That’s over 100 people. Unless you’ve seen the size of our main meeting room (which is only around 800 square feet), you can’t quite appreciate the miracle it was to have that many people in our church at one time without anyone getting trampled (although a few of us almost passed out from the heat!). One of my desires this year is to find ways to connect the families of our children with Living Stone Church. Most of the parents who came to the program have a very positive impression of Living Stone. Pray for wisdom as we look for ways to keep in touch with these parents, serve them, and draw them into the church.
  • This week Macau hosted the CCCOWE conference, a meeting of about 2400 delegates from Chinese churches around the world. This was a huge undertaking for the churches here, and I think they did a great job. Of around 3000 Christians in Macau, about 600 of them volunteered at the conference in one role or another. When they recognized all the volunteers at the closing service, I sat there feeling like a proud mother about poppin’ my buttons. (This missionary thing does funny things to your heart). Pray that this experience will lead to greater unity among the churches in Macau in reaching this city for Christ.
  • On August 5 we’ll start Kids’ Klub again on Saturdays. Pray for direction as I plan for Kids’ Klub. Also pray that children who accepted Christ this summer will come and join Kids’ Klub so that we can continue to help them grow in their faith. Having Beth Nelson here focused on children’s ministry for the summer has also been a boost.
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