Archive for January, 2012

January 2012

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.”  Ephesians 6:18-19 (NLT)

PRAISES:

1) Progress: For God’s continued wisdom and strength in learning this new language, Bahasa Indonesia, and for the progress so far.

2) People: For the families we are building relationships with—making disciple-makers; and for the people God is leading us to partner with regarding coaching/consulting of organic ministry.

3) Provision: For God’s continued provision regarding our needs here in Indonesia, and the needs of our kids in the USA.

4) Partnership: For partnership in God’s work, God’s family, with such a wonderful support team around the world! THANKS for all the prayers, gifts, emails, letters and continued support!!

PRAYERS:

1) Language learning: For the ability to learn this language well in order to fully communicate God’s truth with people. We need extra amounts of persistence & patience!

2) Relationships: For three families (we won’t use names, but God knows). One family of 5, they are new believers (someone else evangelized them) but they do not have any follow up, so when they learned our ministry of disciple-making, they asked us to disciple them. We meet weekly in their home for family Bible study and also have some one-on-one time with them. They are Indonesians, but studied in the USA for university degrees so they also speak English–that’s why we can have Bible study with them now. The other 2 families live near us. They speak Bahasa Indonesia, and Bahasa Sunda (the first is the official language, and the second is another people group language–one of the largest people groups in Indonesia who follow the Muslim religion). We are growing in our love & help to each other in daily relationship situations, and they know we are Christians, and this is not a problem for them. Pray with us that God would open their hearts, even through miracles, to invite us for sharing the Word of God with them in their homes so they can understand the relational nature of God and the truth God wants them to know & follow, through faith in Christ. God is all about relationships (organic in nature, based on the life within), not religions (non-organic in nature, based on man-made traditions).

3) Travels: For God’s purposes to be accomplished in our future travels in this New Year. Starting in February, Jon’s dad & brother will be visiting here in Indonesia. We will be traveling together in Papua, visiting various people, and helping dad  with some needed things up in the people group Dad & Mom Lunow ministered in for 35 years (in which they did Bible translation, church planting, leadership training, medical help, literacy, etc.) In March, Jon’s brother will continue his visit with us here in Java; plus in mid-March our friend from the Philippines will come visit us as well. Early April we plan to return to the USA for 3 months in order to care for important family matters–Ellie & Tyler’s wedding early June, Ethan’s graduation, Adam & Ethan needing to move to different housing, including packing up our family items from the current furlough house the kids have been basing out of, etc. We need God’s wisdom in all these things, to care for them according to what God wants. We will return to Indonesia mid-July to resume language study & organic ministry, with goals of expanding the rule & reign of our Lord Jesus Christ in Indonesia.

4) Support Team: For YOU, our support team, that God will continue to answer prayers on your behalf for His glory. Please feel free to email us anytime (with prayer requests, questions you may have, etc), since we do pray for you also, as God brings you to mind!

Jon & Sherri Lunow (Vonage Ph#312-602-2523, *12 hours ahead of Eastern Time*)

ADDRESS: Jl Gunung Mas G no 41 Ciumbuleuit Bandung 40142 INDONESIA

SUPPORT: PWM 22 Hemlock Dr. Franklin NJ 07416 USA Ph#973-827-4904

December 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year dear family & friends!

Greetings everyone! Last year our Christmas photo was taken with the 5 of us Lunows on a mountain in Papua, Indonesia. This year’s photo is also taken on a mountain in Indonesia (sulfur lake in the background inside a volcano crater), only minus our 3 kids, plus far to the East in Java where we now live. Language study is going well here in Bandung, and by the time you receive this letter we should be well into Unit 4. Even better than the language study are the many relationships God is allowing us to develop for HIS PURPOSES: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14 (NLT). We are here to show and teach those who are willing, how they can become pleasing to God, and help others to do the same. God is Creator and Judge of all. We exist for Him and others, not for ourselves. do the activities of our lives reflect this truth?

Thanks to all of you on our support team who make it possible for us to be here. Many details are in process regarding specifics of our ministry, but God continues to unfold them as we obey Him. Spiritual warfare is intense around us and we do struggle with various minor health issues, but we press on. Your prayers mean more to us than ever! The kids are doing well in the USA. Thanks to all who care for them–it means so much to us! More news to follow on ministry, family, and our travel plans in the New Year. Meanwhile, please pray with us for the people we are building relationships with (God knows their names).

With grateful hearts,  Jon & Sherri Lunow