Let’s Get Started

29 08 2010

We decided to start this blog because we wanted to develop another way to stay connected with our friends and supporters.  We want to use it to share what’s happening in our lives and ministry on a more frequent basis.  We’re hoping to post something once a week – yes, we know we haven’t done that yet!

Sometimes we’ll share something about our respective ministries and ways you can pray with us.  Sometimes we’ll just post some interesting pictures and/or information about living in Asia or what’s new in China.  Every now & then we’ll add some personal reflections on what God is teaching us in our journey with Him.

We’d love to hear from you! We enjoy reading your comments– it helps us know how well we’re doing in communicating our story with you.  Send us your questions, whether it’s about life in Asia, our respective ministries, or something else that comes to mind.

We’d love to hear from you! We enjoy reading your comments about our blogs – it helps us know how well we’re doing in communicating our story with you.  Send us your questions, whether it’s about life in Asia, our respective ministries, or something else that comes to mind.

Thanks for taking the time to check out our blog. We’ve added a way for you to receive automatic updates – see the email sign-up at the right side of the blog.  This is all new to us – be patient with us as we conquer this new form of communication.

PRAY WITH US:

Last week (August 23 – 27th) marked the start of middle school Spiritual Emphasis Week at International Christian School here in Hong Kong. Our chapel theme this year is “Made to . . .” – from Ephesians 2:10, that we are God’s workmanship, created for good works. In the first session our speaker encouraged the students to seek God – we are made to experience Him. On Monday (August 30th) the message will be “Made to Excel” and Wednesday it will be “Made for Eternity.” On the alternate days teachers will meet with their advisory groups (small groups of about 15 students) to follow up on the previous day’s message. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work – convicting, drawing, enlightening.

Until next week.

Joel & Debbie

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Back to School – Already?

15 08 2010

This week marks one month since our return to Hong Kong – the time has gone by all too quickly.  For most of the time we’ve been busy finding an apartment, and then getting moved in and beginning the process of unpacking.  But with the start of August came something else to take up our time and attention (at least for one us) – Debbie returned to International Christian School, getting ready for another school year.

International Christian School (ICS) Campus

Yes, school does start a lot earlier here in Hong Kong!!  The first week of August was orientation for teachers, and for Debbie, it was a time to get caught up on changes that took place at school over the past year.

Debbie on her way to school

Of course, one of the nice things about our apartment is that we’re only a 10-15 minute walk away from the school.  So each morning Debbie loads up her backpack and heads off to ICS.  She has learned that she needs to take her umbrella with her – there can be a downpour at a moment’s notice (one thing we don’t have to miss from the Pacific Northwest).

First day of school

Tuesday morning, Aug. 10th marked the first day of classes for the 2010-2011 school year. Debbie is teaching two subjects this year – Grade 7 Bible and Grade 7 math.  They’re a great group of kids, and I’m excited about the opportunities to develop relationships and share God’s heart with middle school students this year. “How do you know when it’s God talking to you?” This was a question already posed in class this week as we were talking about the kind of relationship David had with God. I asked the rest of the class what they thought, and to my surprise and delight, three boys described what it’s like to have God talk to them. How cool is that for your first week of school?

One of the highlights from the first day was the introductory chapel for all the middle school (Grades 6-8) students. Debbie had the opportunity to help out with singing.

ICS Middle School Chapel

Some of you have been praying about my math teaching. The Lord really is undertaking for me in this area. Both the students and I have come out unscathed after one week! My class of 17 is made up of students who do not particularly excel in math, so we’re a good fit for each other! My goal is to encourage them to ask for help when they need it and to keep trying.

Student reading book at the bus stop

Pray with us as Debbie begins this new school year, that:

God would equip her to teach both subjects well, with the needs and backgrounds of her students in mind.

God would give her energy each day to teach & keep up with these Grade 7 students and the other required tasks.

The students would discover and experience what it is to follow Jesus out of love, not out of duty. Pray that they would know the joy of relationship with God their Father. Some are struggling with what they will choose to believe and follow. Some are from Buddhist families who would not have encouragement should they choose to be Christ-followers (even though parents agree that their children will be attending a Bible class each year).

Thanks for keeping up with our lives and ministry, and for your faithful prayers. We are excited to see how God will answer!

Joel & Debbie Chute