Gillman Family News
~ Making Christ Known in Taiwan~ Fall 2011 Update The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; Isaiah 61:1
Happy Fall Time,
With the thought of Thanksgiving being just around the corner and many people already starting their
Christmas shopping, 2011 feels to have just flown by. What a truly amazing year it has been! We are looking forward to the Holiday season that we are about to jump in to! Just this morning, Joel
asked when we are going to put our Christmas decorations up! November 25 th was the answer! Just
as excited we are about the Holiday season, we are also just as excited about all the great things that have been happening for the past 2 months here in Taiwan!
Joel has been busy teaching. He taught one week on “Having a Biblical Worldview” where he
was able to challenge the students to love what Jesus loves and encouraged them to stand up for the things they are most passionate about. A couple of students commented that this
week was “life-changing”. Joel also taught the book of Isaiah for a week. He really pushed the important need to TRUST God and most certainly, all 53 students that week were challenged! He did a great job. Thank you for praying for him and for the students!
If the name Olivia sounds familiar, it should. Last year this time, I (Grace) asked you to pray with me for a girl named Olivia. I was meeting weekly with her, sharing the Gospel with her and building a friendship with her.
Today, she is a Christian,
was just baptized last month and is currently doing a Discipleship Training School to learn more about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian! She also attends the church that YWAM has planted. Thank you for praying for her!
I (Grace) am still in charge of a weekly Mom's group at our house. It is a
chance for other mom's and kids to
come together, encourage one another
and pray for each other. Our heart and goal is to see other local moms come, hang out and hear about Jesus!
Joel is now back to doing weekly
ministry at the Medical University. It is a new semester which means a few
new students. In the first day of class for this semester, Joel was doing the “getting to know each other” week.
Out of nowhere, one of the students
asked Joel if he believes in Ghosts (if you remember, last update I talked
about a month dedicated to Ghosts.
Ghosts are very much a part of their culture here). As Joel answered, it
turned into him sharing the Gospel for 45 minutes with a large group of
(Yes, that is Faith in the pink ballerina outfit! Such a girly-girl!)
Something new and exciting happening for us is that we are now officially doing pre-marriage counseling for engaged couples – a huge need for couples who meet over seas. Meet Stephanie and Luke, dear friends of ours who we get to help prepare for marriage! They get married January 28th in North Carolina! Please be praying for them as the prepare for marriage and serving together here in Taiwan!
students gathered around him, asking
him questions and VERY interested in what he was saying. He shared their need for a Savior and the love of
Christ. We will keep you updated with this as they are growing in curiosity to know what Jesus is all about!
Liam is... busy! He is our little climber who also throws anything and everything he can get his hands on! He also got his first haircut!
Faith is doing great! She is keeping busy painting with Liam, jumping in puddles on rainy days and helping me do our daily shopping.
We are also trying to prepare her to start preschool in January 2012! Please pray for that!
One of the biggest blessings on the mission field is when a close friend or family come for a visit. This month, our close friend, Michel Musacchio, came not only to
visit, but to also teach “Father Hear of God” in the Discipleship Training School (DTS). He had a very
powerful week with the students, helping open their eyes to the love God has for them and what exactly that means for them and their life. He also got to
participate in an evangelism night that was held at the DTS house. He was a blessing not only to our family, but also to the students, staff and the locals!
Thank you to all of you who continue to faithfully pray for us and financially support us. We hope that through these updates, that you see that your prayers and
support are not in vain but are radically answered and used by God!
If it weren't for
you, we couldn't be doing what we are doing here in Taiwan. THANK YOU! A few prayer requests would be: •
That we continue to get opportunities to share Christ with the Taiwanese
• • •
That we continue to grow in our own relationship with God
That the Taiwanese hearts would be open and softened to the Gospel Financially! We are praying for an additional $400 of committed monthly support!
If you would like to be a part of what God is doing here in Taiwan through financially supporting us, here's how: Have a paypal account? So do we! Our email address for that is firstname.lastname@example.org You can also send a check payable to YWAM Montana with a separate note indicating that it is for Joel and Grace Gillman. Also, put #3500 on the memo line. (They process our support finances and all donations sent there are tax-deductible) Accounting Department 501 Blacktail Road Lakeside, Montana, 59922 We always greatly appreciate one-time donations too!