Announcements for 8/2– 8/8 ,2020

 

  1.     Morning Revival:
  • This week we will pursue morning revival on “Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy”, week 9 days4-6;
  1.      Prayer Meeting, Home Meeting, Lord’s Day Meeting will be held by Zoom
  2.       Corporate Gospel Outreach: 
  • On Saturday morning, the gospel outreach prayer will begin at 10am by Zoom ID 3872069109
  • D 11 Gospel Meeting Report:  There were more than 18 people participated gospel meeting, including 2 gospel friends: Hanna, Daphne. More importantly, Hanna and Daphne were really open pretty much from the get go. They really liked the gospel meeting and one of them prayed with brother Jacky. Praise the Lord for this gospel meeting, we can testify that every member has a portion and can function in the Body regardless their age. May the Lord gain more young people for the building up of His Body!
  1.   The Entire Church’s Goal to Next Labor Day: 

Based on each district’s goal, the saints in Church in Alhambra will labor on Christ as the Good Land in 2020, to gain 94 remaining fruits in this year. Our average Lord’s Day attendance number will increase to 180. We will practice home trainings to reproduce 23 more new serving ones. We will increase 5 home meetings and 1 new district and raise up a new church in Temple City!

  1.     Pray for GTCA(Gospelize, Truthize, and Churchize America)

300 qualified saints (an average of 30 saints per city) to commit to migrating to the 10 US cities/churches. These brothers and sisters can range in age from young adults to seniors and may be university students, single saints, or married couples.30 full-time campus workers to form five campus teams, each with a player-coach (an average of six full-timers per team).

  1.   Prayer during the month of August

We strongly encourage all the saints to take the thirty suggested prayer burdens on beseeching.org/pray/ and pray over them again during the month of July. May the Lord strengthen His recovery and make us His house of prayer. Let us praise our merciful and faithful High Priest who is higher than the heavens and who brings us into oneness with Him in His heavenly ministry of intercession.

  1.   Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference

The conference will be conducted online and will include both spoken messages and breakout sessions for mutual sharing and blending of all the saints. 

   Schedule:

      1st meeting:            Friday, September 4………… 7:30 PM

      2nd meeting:           Saturday, September 5…….. 10:00 AM

      3rd  meeting:           Saturday, September 5………. 7:30 PM

      4th  meeting:           Lord’s Day, September 6……. 9:30 AM

         

Announcements for 7/26-8/1/2020

1. Morning Revival:

This week we will pursue morning revival on “Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy”, week 9 days1-3;

2. Prayer Meeting, Home Meeting, Lord’s Day Meeting will be held by Zoom

3. Corporate Gospel Outreach:

On Saturday morning, the gospel outreach prayer will begin at 10am by Zoom ID 3872069109

4. The Entire Church’s Goal to Next Labor Day:

Based on each district’s goal, the saints in Church in Alhambra will labor on Christ as the Good Land in 2020, to gain 94 remaining fruits in this year. Our average Lord’s Day attendance number will increase to 180. We will practice home trainings to reproduce 23 more new serving ones. We will increase 5 home meetings and 1 new district and raise up a new church in Temple City!

5. Pray for GTCA(Gospelize, Truthize, and Churchize America)

300 qualified saints (an average of 30 saints per city) to commit to migrating to the 10 US cities/churches. These brothers and sisters can range in age from young adults to seniors and may be university students, single saints, or married couples.30 full-time campus workers to form five campus teams, each with a player-coach (an average of six full-timers per team).

6. Prayer during the month of July

We strongly encourage all the saints to take the thirty suggested prayer burdens on beseeching.org/pray/ and pray over them again during the month of July. May the Lord strengthen His recovery and make us His house of prayer. Let us praise our merciful and faithful High Priest who is higher than the heavens and who brings us into oneness with Him in His heavenly ministry of intercession.

7. Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference

The conference will be conducted online and will include both spoken messages and breakout sessions for mutual sharing and blending of all the saints.

Schedule:

1st meeting: Friday, September 4………… 7:30 PM

2nd meeting: Saturday, September 5…….. 10:00 AM

3rd meeting: Saturday, September 5………. 7:30 PM

4th meeting: Lord’s Day, September 6……. 9:30 AM

8. Lord’s day(Today) 4-5pm is the wedding meeting of Sis Abib Cao and Br. Wei Chen:

click:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6995953006 or in your ZOOM enter 699 595 3006 or call 6699006833 and then enter 6995953006#

9. Lord’s day(Today) 7-9pm will be the blending for Br. Jacob & Irene Hsiao, Sis Lily Pan, and Br. Jianhua Wang’s departure. If any brother/sister has burden to share a testimony, please list your name below.

Click Link:https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6900121287 password:103480

or in ZOOM enter 6900121287,password:103480

or call 312-626-6799,and enter 6900121287#,passwod:103480

Announcements for 7/19– 7/25 ,2020

  1.     Morning Revival:
  • This week we will pursue morning revival on “Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy”, week 8 days4-6;
  1.      Prayer Meeting, Home Meeting, Lord’s Day Meeting will be held by Zoom
  2.       Corporate Gospel Outreach: 
  • On Saturday morning, the gospel outreach prayer will begin at 10am by Zoom ID 3872069109
  1.   The Entire Church’s Goal to Next Labor Day: 

Based on each district’s goal, the saints in Church in Alhambra will labor on Christ as the Good Land in 2020, to gain 94 remaining fruits in this year. Our average Lord’s Day attendance number will increase to 180. We will practice home trainings to reproduce 23 more new serving ones. We will increase 5 home meetings and 1 new district and raise up a new church in Temple City!

  1. Young People Gospel Meeting: 
  • Time: July 25,7 PM, Zoom ID 3872069109
  • Please pray for the gospel meeting, May the Lord gain more young people for His purpose!
  1.     Pray for GTCA(Gospelize, Truthize, and Churchize America)

300 qualified saints (an average of 30 saints per city) to commit to migrating to the 10 US cities/churches. These brothers and sisters can range in age from young adults to seniors and may be university students, single saints, or married couples.30 full-time campus workers to form five campus teams, each with a player-coach (an average of six full-timers per team).

  1.   Prayer during the month of July

We strongly encourage all the saints to take the thirty suggested prayer burdens on beseeching.org/pray/ and pray over them again during the month of July. May the Lord strengthen His recovery and make us His house of prayer. Let us praise our merciful and faithful High Priest who is higher than the heavens and who brings us into oneness with Him in His heavenly ministry of intercession.

  1.   Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference

The conference will be conducted online and will include both spoken messages and breakout sessions for mutual sharing and blending of all the saints. 

   Schedule:

      1st meeting:            Friday, September 4………… 7:30 PM

      2nd meeting:           Saturday, September 5…….. 10:00 AM

      3rd  meeting:           Saturday, September 5………. 7:30 PM

      4th  meeting:           Lord’s Day, September 6……. 9:30 AM

Announcements for 7/12– 7/18 ,2020

1.Morning Revival:

  • This week we will pursue morning revival on “Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy”, week 8 days1-3;

2.Prayer Meeting, Home Meeting,  Lord’s Day Meeting will be held by Zoom

3.Corporate Gospel Outreach: 

  • On Saturday morning, the gospel outreach prayer will begin at 10am by Zoom ID 3872069109

4.The Entire Church’s Goal to Next Labor Day: 

Based on each district’s goal, the saints in Church in Alhambra will labor on Christ as the Good Land in 2020, to gain 94 remaining fruits in this year. Our average Lord’s Day attendance number will increase to 180. We will practice home trainings to reproduce 23 more new serving ones. We will increase 5 home meetings and 1 new district and raise up a new church in Temple City!

  1. Young People Gospel Meeting: 
  • Time: July 25,7 PM, Zoom ID 3872069109
  • Please pray for the gospel meeting, May the Lord gain more young people for His purpose!
  1.     Pray for GTCA(Gospelize, Truthize, and Churchize America)

300 qualified saints (an average of 30 saints per city) to commit to migrating to the 10 US cities/churches. These brothers and sisters can range in age from young adults to seniors and may be university students, single saints, or married couples.30 full-time campus workers to form five campus teams, each with a player-coach (an average of six full-timers per team).

  1.   Prayer during the month of July

We strongly encourage all the saints to take the thirty suggested prayer burdens on unceasinglypray.org and pray over them again during the month of July. May the Lord strengthen His recovery and make us His house of prayer. Let us praise our merciful and faithful High Priest who is higher than the heavens and who brings us into oneness with Him in His heavenly ministry of intercession.

Announcements for 7/5– 7/11 ,2020

 

1.       Morning Revival:

  • • This week we will pursue morning revival on “Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy”, week 7 days4-6;

2.       Prayer Meeting, Home Meeting,  Lord’s Day Meeting will be held by Zoom

3.        Corporate Gospel Outreach: 

  • • On Saturday morning, the gospel outreach prayer will begin at 10am by Zoom ID 3872069109

4.    The Entire Church’s Goal to Next Labor Day: 

Based on each district’s goal, the saints in Church in Alhambra will labor on Christ as the Good Land in 2020, to gain 94 remaining fruits in this year. Our average Lord’s Day attendance number will increase to 180. We will practice home trainings to reproduce 23 more new serving ones. We will increase 5 home meetings and 1 new district and raise up a new church in Temple City!

5.      Pray for GTCA(Gospelize, Truthize, and Churchize America)

300 qualified saints (an average of 30 saints per city) to commit to migrating to the 10 US cities/churches. These brothers and sisters can range in age from young adults to seniors and may be university students, single saints, or married couples.30 full-time campus workers to form five campus teams, each with a player-coach (an average of six full-timers per team).

6.     Prayer during the month of July

We strongly encourage all the saints to take the thirty suggested prayer burdens on unceasinglypray.org and pray over them again during the month of July. May the Lord strengthen His recovery and make us His house of prayer. Let us praise our merciful and faithful High Priest who is higher than the heavens and who brings us into oneness with Him in His heavenly ministry of intercession.

Announcements for 6/28– 7/4 ,2020

  1. Morning Revival:
  • This week we will pursue morning revival on “Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy”, week 7 days1-3;

2.Prayer Meeting, Home Meeting,  Lord’s Day Meeting will be held by Zoom

3.Corporate Gospel Outreach: 

  • On Saturday morning, the gospel outreach prayer will begin at 10am by Zoom ID 3872069109

4.The Entire Church’s Goal to Next Labor Day: 

Based on each district’s goal, the saints in Church in Alhambra will labor on Christ as the Good Land in 2020, to gain 94 remaining fruits in this year. Our average Lord’s Day attendance number will increase to 180. We will practice home trainings to reproduce 23 more new serving ones. We will increase 5 home meetings and 1 new district and raise up a new church in Temple City!

5.Pray for GTCA(Gospelize, Truthize, and Churchize America)

300 qualified saints (an average of 30 saints per city) to commit to migrating to the 10 US cities/churches. These brothers and sisters can range in age from young adults to seniors and may be university students, single saints, or married couples.30 full-time campus workers to form five campus teams, each with a player-coach (an average of six full-timers per team).

6.Prayer during the month of June

We strongly encourage all the saints to take the thirty suggested prayer burdens on unceasinglypray.org and pray over them again during the month of June. May the Lord strengthen His recovery and make us His house of prayer. Let us praise our merciful and faithful High Priest who is higher than the heavens and who brings us into oneness with Him in His heavenly ministry of intercession.

7.2020 Semiannual Training (06/29-07/04):

The Semiannual Training will start on Monday from 4-7pm.

The link to join the training is as below:

https://zoom.us/j/2319800750

Meeting ID: 231 980 0750

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,2319800750#

The link to join the PSRP is as below:

 Registration is required, so go ahead and register now :

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckc-mqqTMoH92GBR_6g6E47BHOkgptAOrd

Announcements for 6/21– 6/27 ,2020

1.      Morning Revival:

  • This week we will pursue morning revival on “Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy”, week 6 days4-6;

2.      Prayer Meeting, Home Meeting,Lord’s Day Meeting will be held by Zoom

3.      Corporate Gospel Outreach: 

  • On Saturday morning, the gospel outreach prayer will begin at 10am by Zoom ID 3872069109

4.    The Entire Church’s Goal to Next Labor Day: 

Based on each district’s goal, the saints in Church in Alhambra will labor on Christ as the Good Land in 2020, to gain 94 remaining fruits in this year. Our average Lord’s Day attendance number will increase to 180. We will practice home trainings to reproduce 23 more new serving ones. We will increase 5 home meetings and 1 new district and raise up a new church in Temple City!

5.      Pray for GTCA(Gospelize, Truthize, and Churchize America)

300 qualified saints (an average of 30 saints per city) to commit to migrating to the 10 US cities/churches. These brothers and sisters can range in age from young adults to seniors and may be university students, single saints, or married couples.30 full-time campus workers to form five campus teams, each with a player-coach (an average of six full-timers per team).

6.     Prayer during the month of June

We strongly encourage all the saints to take the thirty suggested prayer burdens on unceasinglypray.org and pray over them again during the month of June. May the Lord strengthen His recovery and make us His house of prayer. Let us praise our merciful and faithful High Priest who is higher than the heavens and who brings us into oneness with Him in His heavenly ministry of intercession.

7.     2020 Semiannual Training (06/29-07/04):

Praise the Lord that we have 56 saints who registered for the summer training, among whom 11 are from zone 4. The training schedule is 4-7pm every day from June 29th to July 4th. 

The link to join Zoom meetings is as below:

https://zoom.us/j/2319800750 

Meeting ID: 231 980 0750

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,2319800750# 

ZOOM ID for PSRP from 6:30-9am will be sent out later once confirmed. In order to digest and assimilate the Lord’s present speaking, it requires every trainee to join the  PSRP. May the Lord strengthen us and cause us to be ready  for the training! 

Interview with Brother Horng Lin by Kingdom Revival Times, June 8, 2020

The World Situation as the Indicator of God’s Move on Earth: Local Church Serving Ones to Lead the Saints to Migrate Across Cultures to Preach the Gospel in 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, the pandemic of the century has spread across the globe, and the work of the church seems to have been put on hiatus. Nevertheless, at the same time, there has been a great awakening concerning the commission of the gospel. In view of this fact, and with the pandemic subsiding, Brother Horng Lin of the local church gave an interview on June 5th to discuss the church’s gospel commission and strategy.

“From the perspective of history, changes in the world situation are often great opportunities for the Gospel!” said Brother Horng Lin. He went on to explain that the historical events of the early 1990s; including the dissolution of the USSR, the collapse of the Berlin wall and the first Persian Gulf War, in which Iraq was defeated within 100 hours; had a major impact on Europe. At that time, Brother Witness Lee, a servant of the Lord, gave a message in which he declared, “The World Situation as the Indicator of God’s Move on Earth!” This word is a great reminder for the church today; the entirety of the changes in the world situation is all for the propagation of the gospel.

At the time of Brother Lee’s speaking, the coworkers in the USA were the first to migrate to propagate the gospel in Russia. Beginning in 1993, approximately 200 young co-workers from Taiwan also went there, in wave after wave, until nearly 200 localities were established in Russia. Additionally, in 2000, the church called for coworkers to migrate to Europe. To date, 100 localities have been established in Europe. Following this came the propagation of the gospel in Africa, where well over 100 localities have been raised up. This migration and move of the gospel continues today.

Brother Horng Lin also stated that for the church, the direction of gospel preaching always follows the shifts in the world situation, in the light of God’s intention, as the church strives to complete the great commission of God. With the current situation of the pandemic this year, it is clear that the world situation is undergoing another great shift. According to Revelation chapter 6, beginning from Christ’s ascension and unto the Lord’s return, the Bible reveals a four-horse race; with the white horse, the red horse, the black horse and the pale horse. The white horse signifies the victory of the gospel, and the other three horses represent war, famine, and death, respectively. Our brother emphasized that death is closely associated with pestilence. The impact of the current outbreak of COVID-19 has not been merely local, but has become global. By the Lord’s mercy, due to the experience with SARS, Taiwan has been the most preserved place in the world, with little impact from COVID-19.

“The most preserved place bears the greatest responsibility!” Brother Horng Lin declared strongly. He explained that the pandemic has truly changed the global situation. There are some experts who predict that the global economy will decline during the next decade. This situation, along with the current social unrest in the United States, constitute a climate of change which is an opportunity for the gospel. When the church coworkers met last week, they prayed earnestly concerning these changes in the world situation, seeking God’s heart’s desire; and had thorough fellowship. In short, the brothers felt that this year would be a year of horn-blowing, reminding all the saints of Matthew 24:14; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Brother Horng Lin pointed out that the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom is God’s up-to-date commission for the saints. Beginning with the situation in 1991 until today, the churches throughout Taiwan have become richer, the saints have become more mature in life, and the coworkers have had more experiences. “Now is the time for Taiwan to rise up and head out!” he said.
Brother Horng Lin explained that the propagation of the church this time will not be a matter of the coworkers visiting other cultures to preach, as in Acts 13, but rather should be accomplished through the migration of the saints as in Acts 8. This type of gospel preaching is stronger and has greater impact. Throughout history, he said, migration for the gospel has been accomplished in three ways. First, there has been scattering by persecution. Second, there have been migrations of people due to the colonialism of strong nations.

The third means of migration is through true commission, by the saints and the churches receiving a burden to go. The coworkers all felt that this year is the time to receive the burden to preach the gospel of the kingdom all over the earth. In the past, everything has been done by sending the coworkers out; but this year, there will be a great horn-blowing to call the saints to migrate to Europe, Africa, and the rest of Asia. This will involve a great change in direction, with experienced coworkers leading the saints to migrate and propagate.

“Starting this year, we expect that one percent of the saints in Taiwan can migrate, and then we can slowly increase this number to ten percent,” Brother Horng Lin said. He explained that although this will not be an easy work, the Lord will be faithful to accomplish it. Beginning this year, the coworkers will start to lead the saints to migrate out of their familiar culture to preach. He said that very soon, three experienced coworkers will be ready to be sent to France, Germany, and Ukraine. May these preaching coworkers receive a greater burden, and be enabled to lead the saints in all the details of migration; obtaining a visa, learning how to fit into the local culture, etc. Brother Horng Lin said that the coworkers must become channels to lead the saints to migrate. This will lead to a migration that is broader and stronger than having only the coworkers do all the work.
So far, all the localities in Taiwan have been assigned migration destinations. The localities of Kaohsiung, Pingtung, and Penghu are to migrate to Sri Lanka in South Asia; the localities of Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan are assigned to France; the localities of Taichung, Changhua, and Nantou will go Laos and Thailand; and the localities of Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli are assigned to India. Currently there are approximately 200 churches in India. The Church in New Taipei City will migrate to Vietnam, the Church in Taipei to Germany, Myanmar, and Cambodia; and the localities of Keelung, Yilan, Hualian and Taitung will go to Ukraine.

Brother Horng Lin said that the church has also considered the need for migration and propagation within Taiwan, which has six metropolises, three cities, and 198 villages and towns, for a total of 207 jurisdictions. So far, 126 churches have been raised up in these places, and 81 of them have no church life. Although most of these are in remote areas, they still need strengthening, so migration will be required within the island, not just overseas.

According to Brother Horng Lin, beginning in July, there will be a call in all the big and small meetings of the church, as well as in the young people’s conference, for the saints to migrate to propagate the gospel of the kingdom. “All the saints will be encouraged to migrate,” he said, “to go out around the globe, just like the virgins in Matthew 25, going forth to meet the Bridegroom.”

Announcements for 6/7– 6/13 ,2020

  1.       Morning Revival:
  •  This week we will pursue morning revival on “Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy”, week 7 days1-3;
  1.       Prayer Meeting:
  •  Prayer meetings will be held by Zoom;
  1.        Home Meeting:
  •  Home meeting will be held by Zoom.
  1.         Corporate Gospel Outreach: 
  • On Saturday morning, the gospel outreach prayer will begin at 10am by Zoom ID 3872069109
  1.         Next Lord’s Day Meeting:     
  •  Lord’s  day meeting will be held by Zoom . 
  1.     The Entire Church’s Goal to Next Labor Day: 

Based on each district’s goal, the saints in Church in Alhambra will labor on Christ as the Good Land in 2020, to gain 94 remaining fruits in this year. Our average Lord’s Day attendance number will increase to 180. We will practice home trainings to reproduce 23 more new serving ones. We will increase 5 home meetings and 1 new district and raise up a new church in Temple City!

  1.       Pray for GTCA(Gospelize, Truthize, and Churchize America)

300 qualified saints (an average of 30 saints per city) to commit to migrating to the 10 US cities/churches. These brothers and sisters can range in age from young adults to seniors and may be university students, single saints, or married couples.30 full-time campus workers to form five campus teams, each with a player-coach (an average of six full-timers per team).

  1. Prayer during the month of June

We strongly encourage all the saints to take the thirty suggested prayer burdens on unceasinglypray.org and pray over them again during the month of June. May the Lord strengthen His recovery and make us His house of prayer. Let us praise our merciful and faithful High Priest who is higher than the heavens and who brings us into oneness with Him in His heavenly ministry of intercession.

  1. 2020 Semiannual Training (06/29-07/04):

June 2020 Semiannual Training will not be held corporately as a live training in Anaheim, CA. Instead, the training will be the video training only.

Registration for the video training is available now. Please provide your name, phone number, email address and the training donations to the district responsible one before June 8. The video training donations is $100.00 USD per trainee. May the Lord bless us with His word!

So far we have 56 saints who registered for the summer training, among whom 10 are from zone 4. Let’s encourage one another to join this global training to hear the Spirit’s speaking to the Body.

10. WSGV Gospel Meeting on June 19th

There will be a WSGV gospel meeting on June 19th from 7:30-8:30pm. Zoom ID: 976 5545 9864, Password: 110442. See flyer below:

Br. Andrew Yu: An Open Letter(2020/5/29)

Dear brothers and sisters,

“The time of the Lord’s return is at hand. For this reason we are reevaluating many matters in the light of the judgment seat.”

The above quote is from “An Open Letter” in Issue No. 1 of The Present Testimony by Brother Watchman Nee published in January of 1928. Today, ninety-two years later, we are even closer to the time of the Lord’s return. Today, seeing all the things happening around us, we feel even more deeply that the time of the Lord’s return is closer than any of the previous ages. The instability of the world situation, the global spread of the pandemic, the panic in people’s hearts, the uncontrollable environment, and the economic crisis all indicate that this age is nearing a fundamental turning point. At this solemn moment, it should be a time for us to have a reevaluation. To reevaluate means that what was formerly the standard can no longer be the standard for today; what’s considered acceptable living can no longer be our living today; the former goals in our lives can no longer be our goals today; our former mode of valuation can no longer be the mode of valuation today; and our former ways can no longer be our ways today. Everything needs to be reevaluated in the light of the judgment seat. This means that everything needs to be reevaluated according to the Lord’s return and the consummation of the age. Our former church life, former services, and former ways of living all need to be reconsidered and reevaluated.

First we need to reevaluate our living. The Lord said, “Do not be anxious for tomorrow,” but “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33, 34). Do we trust in God in everything to live the life of the tent on the earth, having a living that is uprooted from the earth and storing up our treasures in heaven? Or are we still anxious for tomorrow? The young people are anxious for their employment after graduation, as well as their marriage and family. The middle-aged people are anxious for their career and their business performance for the next quarter or next year. The elderly people are anxious for their health, savings, and relationship with their children and grandchildren. We need to reevaluate. The apostles called people to be delivered from sins and turn to the Lord, but the Lord called people to bedelivered from mammon to follow Him (Matt. 6:24). Many preach the gospel of prosperity, but the Lord preached the gospel of poverty. The age is coming to an end, and one of the signs of the Lord’s coming is that people are storing up treasures (James 5:3). The ten virgins are “going out of the world” to meet the bridegroom (Matt. 25:1, note 5). The harvest needs to be “dried of all the earthly water” (Rev. 14:15, note 2) to be ripe for reaping. Brother Lee, in his diary right before the great revival in Chefoo, wrote on December 23 of 1942: “We should not be concerned with what we willeat, what we will drink, or what we will be clothed with; this is what the worldly people seek. We should care only for God’s kingdom and His righteousness. The worldly people lack clothing and food because they care only for their own living and not for God’s kingdom and His righteousness” (CWWL Vol. 2, p. 28). A day earlier, he wrote: “How desolate is the situation on earth today! Even more desolate is the condition within man! How many hearts and souls havesuffered to the extreme? How many souls are perishing every day? The church has lost her function…The church is like this because her consecration in the past was not thorough” (p. 27). On December 26, he wrote: “The reason we are quiet, have no aspiration to spread the Lord’s kingdom, have no power and courage to spread the Lord’s gospel, have no living faith, and are timid is all because we have not had a thorough consecration, have not stopped living for ourselves, and have not lived entirely for the Lord!…If we live entirely for the Lord like Peter on the day of Pentecost, we will also be able to say as Peter said, ‘In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene rise up and walk’ (Acts 3:6b). But to say this, we must also be able to say, ‘Silver and gold I do not possess’ (v. 6)!” (p. 29)

We need to reevaluate: does our living today have dispensational value? Do we, our person, have a dispensational significance before the Lord?

In order to have this kind of living, we need to be filled with the Spirit inwardly and outwardly every day (see The Way to Practice the Lord’s Present Move, ch. 2). If a balloon is not filled with air, it cannot ascend. Why do we need to have much and thorough prayer? It is for us to be filled both inwardly and outwardly. Why do we need to confess our sins and repent? It is because they are the requirements for us to be filled with the Spirit. Without a living that is daily filled with the Spirit both inwardly and outwardly, we cannot have a living that has dispensational value. Inorder for the virgins to meet the bridegroom, the requirement is that their vessels be filled with oil (Matt. 25:4). In order for us to redeem the time, we must be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:16, 18).

During these days, the more difficult the outward environment is, the stronger we feel inwardly that now is the time for God’s children to be uprooted from the world and to live the life of the tent. The benefit of migration is to cut off our old background and to learn to simply look to God to live a life of faith. The spreading of the kingdom is inextricably linked to being cut off from the world. The persecution in Acts 8 suddenly uprooted all the disciples and scattered them everywhere, which put the Lord’s command in chapter 1 into action. In order for the gospel of the kingdom to be preached to the whole inhabited earth, there is the need for some to live the kingdom life. For the Lord’s return to become real, man must “go out of the world” as the virgins did in Matthew 25. One hundred fifty years ago the gospel of grace was preached to China. One reason for that was that some in that age saw that the Lord might return in that generation and that the gospel needed to be preached to the whole world in that generation. Today, the gospel of the kingdom needs to be preached to the whole inhabited earth because the time of the Lord’s return is even closer. At this juncture, should we not reevaluate how we should spend our remaining days on the earth? Should we not cut off the old ties at this time to practically live the life of the tent, live for the gospel, and move for the Lord?

At this moment, we also need to reevaluate our church life. Whether the Lord is satisfied with our church life is one thing, we should first ask ourselves whether we are satisfied with our current church life. True, we have very good truths, and we also have a church life that we have been comfortable with for many years. However, what we need to reevaluate is whether or not this kind of church life can satisfy the Lord’s need, whether it can usher in the Lord’s return. In the church where we are, has the number of saints grown? Are the saints vital?

In 1992 and 1993, Brother Lee was deeply dissatisfied with the church life at that time, so he released the messages on the vital groups, hoping to produce the overcomers outside of the infrastructure of the church life at that time, who would be delivered from the three great enemies of death, lukewarmness, and barrenness. Unfortunately, although the messages were released, the practice has yet to be seen. In the past twenty-three years, although the church life in each locality has gone on steadily, they are still mainly composed of meetings and mainly carried out by way of asking people to come to the meetings, and what is treasured among us is still the great number of attendance. Please consider: in the light of the Lord’s return, shouldn’t this kind of church life be reevaluated?

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the brothers and sisters have been limited physically. All physical meetings have stopped, and the saints can only communicate mostly over the internet in smaller settings. But in this process, many found out that brothers and sisters actually prefer this new mode of church life. Over the internet, everyone prays for one another, has mutual fellowship, and cares for the new ones. Everyone is able to function, and everyone practices begetting, nourishing, perfecting, and building in an organic way. This is actually the vital groups that Brother Lee talked about, which is for everyone to function and for everyone to serve as a priest. In this way, many new ones have been saved, and many who have not been meeting have been reconnected. In many localities, the number of people has increased, and many members of the Body have been enlivened. It turns out that this is the way for the Body of Christ to be built up. Of course, we are not saying that we should not resume the physical meetings after the pandemic. However, in light of this new situation brought in by the pandemic, isn’t it worthwhile for us to reevaluate our church life? Shouldn’t we turn more from “meeting” to “people,” from “coming” to “going,” and from “big” to “small”?

In the light of the Lord’s return, we should also reevaluate our service. The ultimate goal of our service is to perfect people. The work of the ministry is to perfect the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ. Today our work is not to raise up a work but to raise up people. The effectiveness of our work today is not measured by how much work is done but how many people have been raised up. Strictly speaking, our work today is not to do the work but to distribute the work. Today the question is not how much we ourselves have done buthow much others have done. The parable of the slaves in Matthew 25 reminds us that the question is not how much we have maintained but how much we have reproduced. The five- talented one perfected another five-talents, and the two-talented one perfected another two-talents. Thus, they received the Lord’s approval. But the one-talented one did not perfect anyone, and he was cast into the darkness. The Lord is coming to settle an account with each one of us.

Today in the light of the Lord’s return, we all need to reevaluate our service and see whether our service, in the light of the judgment seat, will be approved or not. The good and faithful slaves were not those who merely maintain their portions but those who reproduced themselves. The evil and slothful slave was not one who abandoned his service but one who did not reproduce himself. Whether in the church or in the vital groups, our duty is to perfect others unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ. We need to use all wisdom to perfect others. We need to use all those whom people regard as useless. We need to dig out all the one-talented ones from the earth, so that their talents are no longer buried in the world. The growth in life is gradual, but the trading of one’s talent is immediate (Matt. 25:16). In the light of the Lord’s return, we need to evaluate our service to see whether it is up to the Lord’s standard.

Lastly, in the light of the Lord’s return, we need to reevaluate our work. There are two basic questions: whether our work is of a maintenance nature or of a pioneering nature, and whether our work is static or dynamic. The pattern of the brothers who went before us is that they were always moving and progressing. At the outset of the Sino-Japanese War, Brother Nee founded the magazine called The Open Door. He reminded the co-workers that they should not merely try to cope with the environment; instead, they should preach the gospel everywhere to spread the Lord’s testimony. The co-workers should not stay in one place but should travel everywhere. Actually, the testimonies today in many places throughout Southeast Asia were all started at that time.

The Lord’s testimony has been on the island of Taiwan for over seventy years. From the beginning Brother Lee’s hope was that Taiwan would be a starting point wherethe Lord’s testimony would spread to the whole world. Today in this special time, should we not reevaluate the direction of our work? Actually, just in Taiwan alone, there are still quite a few cities and towns that do not have a church andrequire propagation there. The needs outside Taiwan are even greater. Now is not the time for us to stick to our own place. Now is the time for us to spread the gospel of the kingdom with a view of the whole earth. Should we allow ourselves to be stuck in one place till the Lord comes? If Abraham had not left his own land and his own country, God’s move on earth could not have begun. What the Bible gave us is not the biographies of the apostles but the acts of the apostles. Recently after the three rounds of 24-hour prayer and the 30-day global prayer, a brother in China saw lightning and heard voices of thunders in his prayer and immediately consecrated himself and migrated with his factory to a place in Southeast Asia where there is not yet a church. Is this a precursor of the Lord’s move?

May the Lord cause us to see the opportunity afforded to us today to cooperate with His move. At a time when the whole world is facing an unprecedented challenge, may we reevaluate our living, meetings, service, and work in the light of the Lord’s return.

Andrew Yu

May 29, 2020