May-June 2017 // Murray Missions Update

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Mundane Christianity ceases when a God-given recognition of the eternal perspective is brought into greater focus. -Click to Tweet

I'd like to commence this update by honoring God with praise. May our Triune God be glorified in His unstoppable master plans for His Kingdom. As the Lord Jesus taught us to pray, so may we align our hearts, prayers, desires, wishes, and strivings (Luke 11:2-4). We marvel at the power of God's grace and depths of His mercy (Eph. 2:4, 1 Pe. 1:3). We are awed by the initiative God has taken in the redemption of all nations, tribes, and tongues (Rev. 5:9-10, 7:9-10). We are most humbled as undeserving beneficiaries of such amazing grace of God. We worship our God and our Maker for He does all things justly. We recognized that it is by Him, through Him, and for Him all things exist (Col. 1:16). We joyfully existence to magnify His glorious name (Eph. 1:14, Phil. 1:11, 1 Pe. 1:7)!

Having expressed our praise to the only Praise-worthy One, we also wish to display our continued gratitude to our partners in the Gospel and for the prayers of God's people in our mission to Taiwan. As always, we are most thankful for entrusting us with the means to do God's Kingdom work full-time!

Not a One-Man-Show

We have spent the past two months diligently working to return to Taiwan and begin our gospel mission. Humanly speaking, we project to require two to three years to procure enough ministry support to return indefinitely. (If you are reading about us for the first time, you can visit our about page to learn more.) We invite you to visually see and learn more our missional goals by viewing our Goals and Affiliations online.

If you would like to learn more, I'd love to tell you more! At any applicable time, you can schedule an online presentation of God's Kingdom Work with me. I'll host a webinar and share a visual demonstration of our goals and plans with you.

Whereas our efforts are never in vain in the Lord, we do have an urgency in His mission, and we recognize our responsibility to create gospel partnerships to accomplish it. Therefore, we are constantly traveling and making new connections with pastors and churches. Practically speaking, we have to make countless phone calls and send thousands of emails. Primarily, this is what takes up the majority of my time as a missionary raising support. I trust readers to understand the necessity of this during the current stage of our ministry. Great strides have been made in this regard, and we are building strong relationships and trust with prospective ministry partners. The Lord's work is never a "one-man-show." Foremost, it is by God and for God. What's amazing is that God incorporates inadequate human beings in His plans for global evangelism! Fellow Christian, we are in this together, and God alone should get all the glory! Let's work together in the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and reap an eternal harvest together!

Car Troubles

Obviously, Not our car...

Obviously, Not our car...

As I mentioned before, we are often traveling. On our journey to Ohio for some meetings, a sovereignly designed mechanical interruption intervened. Driving on Highway 37N, I looked in the driver-side mirror and noticed smoke billowing out from underneath our vehicle. Smoke is never a good sign when driving, so I slapped on the hazard lights and pulled off to the narrow shoulder right away.

To my dismay, there was red fluid leaking profusely from the transmission housing which fell on the exhaust which caused said-smoke. Fortunately, we carry roadside assistance and to make a long story short; we were safely delivered from the dangers of the narrow shoulder and redirected on a divine detour. I cannot call it a setback because God is in control and we trust the Lord to do all things well and according to His master plan.

Whereas it seems all life's events are a series of uncontrollable circumstances, we confess that God has supreme control over all things. I confess, I often doubt the goodness of God when seemingly unfair situations befall even the most religious Christians of history. May we recognize it is by God's mercy that He withholds what we rightfully deserve as sinners - eternal condemnation. As I appealed before, let us, by faith, be granted an eternal perspective on life and it's (seeming) unfortunate circumstances.

Divine Detours

We ought ask God to adjust our hearts to align with His holy ambitions.

Needless to say, we didn't make it to our scheduled meetings in Ohio. Please know, we do not share this story as a plea for pity. I simply wish to testify that God is faithful! It is not God who fails us. We ought ask God to adjust our hearts to align with His holy ambitions. Such is why I dubbed this happening a "divine detour." I recall the life of the Apostle Paul in these times. God detoured Saul from his path to Damascus so significantly that he would never be the same after his encounter with the risen Savior! (And that's a good thing!) Later in his life, I think of when God directed Paul to Macedonia rather than Troas. What's fascinating is that God not only detoured Paul, Silas, and Timothy from Troas but God also forbade them to go to Asia and Bithynia. As we read the text (Acts 16:6-12), they apparently intended to go to these other places by faith, but God had other plans in mind. 

The divine providence of God should never replace God's divine Word but rather work according to it. -Click to Tweet

Whether our "divine detours" are pleasant surprises or bad outcomes, don't forget that God is in control and He does all things well for His glory and the good of all nations (Rom. 8:28-30)! Life doesn't make perfect sense to us now. We have limited knowledge but God's knowledge is infinite! We can trust His impeccable righteous character of justice and mercy for God remains constant and does not change (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8).

Seminary Online

Integral to our missions philosophy is discipleship.

We cannot dismiss this massively important biblical method of training Taiwanese converts as disciples of Jesus Christ. Because we place such a high biblical priority on teaching/discipleship (Matt. 28:20), additional theological and biblical study is vital for me. And not just me, but my wife too. As of this summer, I have officially begun (additional) seminary training. With a desire fueled by God's grace to deepen my understanding of the Scriptures, I've sought out a school which would allow for us to continue raising support and not be required to relocate. With the option of online classes, my seminary needs as a missionary are met. With full recommendations from our sending church and Project China, I have been accepted. Furthermore, I have been granted a massive scholarship opportunity through the seminary's financial aid program. 100% tuition (including books) will be covered! Through my enrollment, my wife may also take online classes free of charge. Over the course of three years (or more depending on our circumstances), I will pursue a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies. (As a side note, given the course load and time allotment to finish, I do not foresee my seminary classes as counter-productive or a hindrance that would seriously slow down our support raising.)

The goal is to be more effective as a missionary and trainer of men for the pastorate (2 Tim. 2:2). A key component in the propagation of the gospel (anywhere) is the establishment of many self-supporting autonomous churches. To facilitate the staffing of every church God allows us to plant, the Bible mandates for us to train national elders/pastors and leaders within that local body of believers for long-term gospel impact.

The Road Ahead

Constantly making new connections by day, taking seminary-level classes by night, and traveling to new churches nearly every weekend, will certainly keep us busy! Our missionary schedule is filling up as we go and the coming months we have meetings set in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri. Thanks be to God for making it possible to get our transmission fixed and getting us back on the road! God does provide for His mission, folks!

Attention pastors/elders, if you are interested in God's Kingdom Work and would like to schedule us to present our church-planting mission to Taiwan at your church, click here to view our calendar and set up a meeting. It only takes seconds! If you have any reservations about our ministry, please visit our FAQ page or set up a webinar with me to hear more about our theology, missions philosophy, mission goals, partnerships, and evangelistic methodology.

Prayer Exhortations

  • Divinely orchestrated connections with prospective ministry partners in the Gospel

  • God's anointing in our meetings at churches for the calling of labors into God's harvest (Matt. 9:38; Luke 10:2)

  • Universal alignment of the hearts of God's people to God's good and righteous will (Matt. 6:10)