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January 2019【A New Year with New Hope and New Strength】

Dear brothers and sisters, greetings and peace to you in the Lord

At the beginning of spring of a new year, many people start their new plans for a new life. In the beginning of Genesis, God, with His mighty power of creation, gave the earth where we live a greatly spectacular prelude, “In the beginning God created heaven and earth”. (Gen. 1:1). In the midst of chaotic darkness, God brought forth light and orders by His words and created everything including his most beloved children, you and me. In the past year, whether we went through many tears or joy, on the mountain top or in the valleys low, we always had the words of God as the lamp to our feet and light to our path. Today, God continually breathing new life, new hope and new energy into us. As the Bible told us “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” (I John 4:9)

The birth of Jesus Christ is the beginning of the New Testament and is also a very important dividing line of human history. Because “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). From that time on, everyone on the earth can become child of God through believing in and accepting the salvation of Jesus Christ and obtain eternal life. Today, God entrusts this mission to every Christian to proclaim this gospel of good news to the entire world. Because God desires all men to be saved and not one to be perished.

SOW coworkers in north America, Hong Kong and Taiwan keep holding on to this mission and producing Bible videos and Study Guides, book by book from the Bible for being faithful to God’s calling. In 2019, following the publication of the book of Job Chinese version, its English dubbing will be completed soon; I Samuel will be brought out this summer, and the filming for Psalms will start in May this year. All these works were brought forth by God’s leading and supply, and definitely cannot be accomplished by our own intelligence or ability. Please pray for SOW and ask God to continually developing the gospel work of SOW in the Arabic world. In February, I will travel to Egypt and its neighboring countries, to use the first Arabic version study set – book of Esther – to teach the local churches and evangelical centers for their Bible studies, training and gospel preaching. We know the precious words God gave through the Bible is for “giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater”. (Isiah 55:10)

Although the power of Muslim is huge in the Arabic world, Jesus proclaimed clearly the prophesy of Isaiah had been fulfilled: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18-19) Today, the proclamation of Jesus continues to be fulfilled in our generation. Because regardless the alteration of the ages, the will of God and His decrees will be last forever.

May you be blessed in the coming year with deeper experience of the mighty power of God and be filled with joy and peace from Jesus Christ.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Susan Chen
Founder and Lifetime Volunteer
Spring of Water International Ministries

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