When I was gained on the UCI campus in 1993, I did not think I would be in Irvine for 23 years. I watched the children we served in the children’s meeting grow up into faithful servants of the Lord. Now with children of my own, the north wind was blowing when my boss of 20 years passed away early last year, and his lab at UCI closed. At the same time, there were practical considerations for the living situation of our growing family. Sining and I had much fellowship and prayer before the Lord concerning where He would lead us to go. I cast a wide net, sending resumes even to other states, fully open to follow the Lord wherever He would go. But the Lord closed all those doors, as the only job offer I received came from a small company in Cypress with a company culture favorable for the church life for raising a family.
As we were considering the need for a more appropriate home for our growing family, we did not want a homy just for ourselves. We wanted our home search to be for the building of God’s house. Would the Lord lead us to stay in Irvine, and I would commute to Cypress? Or would He lead us to move to another city, perhaps closer to work? The Lord’s word to me was “Cast your net on the other side.” On the other side of where? On the other side of Irvine? On the other side of which of the cities in which we were looking? Again, the Lord closed the doors that would not be opened and opened the door that would not be shut. We cast our net on the other side of Orange County, and closed escrow on a place in Cypress. We had already met with the saints there.
As we continued to pray that the Lord would gain the building of His Body throughout the process of our move, the Lord spoke a further word in our experiences from the saints who helped us build the furniture from Ikea. There was a sense of satisfaction when a piece of furniture was completed according to every detail in the pictures shown with no parts left over. But when something was finished with even a few of the smallest screws or even a dowel no larger than a pinky finger left over, there was no feeling of rest, although outwardly it seemed complete (those parts belonging in the less visible parts of the furniture). There was the feeling to take it apart and put them in where they belonged. How much more the Lord feels about the indispensability of every member of His body! He left the 99 to seek the one lost sheep because every single one was needed for His building. Whether we are like those of high esteem from the tribe of Judah or those of low esteem from Dan, we all must take part in His building work. Praise the Lord for such a governing vision for every work for His building work. Praise the Lord for such a governing vision for every work for His increase in the Body!
– Jemmy, Shining, Hosanna and Moses Chen
Noah and Huong Lee will host a send-off open house for Jemmy and Shining at their house (12 Reunion, Irvne, CA 92603) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm on February 5, 2017. Please join to send them in blessing.
Internation Prayer Burdens: European young people’s conference, attacks in Germany and anti-terrorism law in Russia
European young people’s conference in Male Ciche, Poland (July 29 — August 4) Read more…
- Any person, thing, or matter can cause us to fall into the sin of idolatry. Read more…
We need to enter within the veil, into our spirit, and go outside the idolatrous camp of religion to have the closest and most intimate relationship with the Lord so that we can be persons who share a common interest with God and who can be used by Him to carry out His enterprise on earth. Read more…
Going outside the Idolatrous Camp and Entering within the Veil Read more…
- Pray that the churches and the saints in the US and His recovery will continually cooperate with the Lord for the current move of the Lord in Europe to bring in His ultimate move on earth to consummate the age by prayers, giving and mi-grating. Read more…
This past weekend, from 14-16 May, we had our annual German-speaking conference as well as the first Lord’s table of the church in Frankfurt. Read more…
- Pray that the SPOPs this summer at UCI will establish solid connections with in-coming freshman. Pray for a strong, living coordination among the saints to care for the ones being contacted. Pray that every district will be a channel for the Lord to flow out to others for the enlargement of His expression in Irvine.
Irvine YP Gospel Meeting
On Saturday April 25, the young people will be having a gospel meeting at Hall 1. The title of the gospel meeting is, “What Does It Mean To Be A Believer?”
- Please pray that many friends could come to this time and that the Lord would have a way to advance in every one that comes.
Southern California Junior High Conferences (April 10-12)
- Pray for the Lord’s appearing to these young people during this time that they would be captivated and drawn by the Lord to be His lovers.