Friends,

Before Jesus became the Lord and Master of my life in 1971, I was quite pessimistic about the future. I was sure the world would self destruct. I had 7 reasons we would all be gone by the year 2000.

Here we are in 2017! I am more optimistic than ever! Our theme this month is “Fill your tank, start your engine, and floor it”.  My optimism is not based on economic forecasts or political prospects.  It is based on knowing the heart of a loving God who is still in the saving business. Jesus is still healing the broken hearted. His grace is enabling people to overcome their addictions. Families are being reconciled, hungry people being clothed and fed, and new generations of young people committing their lives to serving others as they serve Jesus.

The biggest problem in mission is not doors closing, but people who have the faith to go through the doors that are open!  The harvest fields of the world are ripe, but the laborers are few.

Philippines

On our last mission trip Diane and I taught leadership principles to 75 young people for 3 days in Zion Ministry Bible School in the Philippines.  Then we went to the mountains of Northern Luzon to speak in church and teach a seminar from my booklet “Jesus’ Victory is Yours!”

BTW my new booklet “Jesus’ Peace is Yours!”  is now available for free upon request.

China

We left P.I. and passed  through Hong Kong picking up some copies of the recently completed New Testament Tibetan translation. The day after our flight to SW China we traveled all day to a village in the foothills of the Himalayas. Diane said it was a new definition of remote!

Believers came together for 3 days from churches far and wide to pack out the church and worship with all their hearts. Diane and I are so thankful to be a part of the great teams Chuck Lenhart puts together. The people came expecting God to move and He did not disappoint them. Many were filled with the Spirit and charged to go to the harvest.

You might notice we do not announce our trips to China on social media, nor do we give much detail about what happened. Recent reports are that persecution is increasing. That does not really matter to us as far as planning trips. But we try to be cautious and stay under the radar. Our main concern is exposing our Chinese friends.

Prayer Requests

  1. We are planning a trip to the Philippines in April. Also in our sights are trips to China and possibly Myanmar. The last 2 years our trips to Vietnam have been cancelled, but we are ready in God’s schedule.
  2. The upside: 2016 I had a blast deer hunting in Alaska for the first time. The downside: I slipped and fell stepping over a log and detached my bicep. Dec. 9 I had surgery and the rehab is about 3-4 months.

May you have a great year in 2017. Don’t miss an opportunity to do your best for God’s glory,

Dennis and Diane Teague