Dear mission partners,
Mission in Europe and UK is not easy. On the surface, we seem to enjoy the so-called religious freedom in countries that are by and large “Christian” historically. But Christian workers do encounter difficulties in many areas when we want to be bold and openly share the gospel. Oppositions can come from unlikely sources such as government regulations in their effort to ensure fairness towards all religions. Obstacles may be encountered because of immigration control, which sets up unnecessary hurdles for travelling from one country to another for the sake of the gospel ministry. As COCM expands its mission work, we need to be mindful of the unforeseen oppositions from all sides. At the same time, Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 16:9 rings true to me that even though there are many oppositions, a great door for effective work has opened to COCM.
This February was an unforgettable month as I lost two people who were so dear to me and had wholeheartedly supported my family to embark on our missionary journey. On the 8th of February, I heard over the phone that my father went to be with the Lord peacefully in his sleep. Even though I did not get a chance to say goodbye to him before his passing, I am grateful to the Lord for giving me a wonderful earthly father who loved me and was my best mission partner through encouragement and support. On the 25th of February, an email informed me that our beloved Ms Ellen Giebel finished her work on earth and went to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Paradise. Having been a missionary to China and Taiwan for more than 40 years, Ellen knew how important it was to pray for God’s people. I still remember her parting words to us when Ling and I left Amherst Massachusetts to join COCM as missionaries: “I have followed the Lord for a long time and sure there had been difficulties. But when I look back, it is all joy! There will be tough times for you down the road, but trust in His provision. I will pray for you!”
The older generation of mission partners is passing. As I give thanks for their life and legacy, I earnestly pray that God will raise up a new generation of mission partners to take their places and pray for the work of the gospel ministry in UK and Europe. Please pray for me and the COCM team to stand firm and fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.
Attached please find my March thank you letter. If you would like to support our ministries or one of our missionary staff financially, please click the following link for online donation or other relevant information.
Serving together in Christ
Rev Henry Lu