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Yates Report for Prayer, May 2017

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May 30, 2017

from Tim

Family News

Jeff heard back from the Pittsburgh area school district that he will have at least one three month student teaching for high school history option at a school nearby where they live for the spring 2018. His current non-profit employer also graciously offered him part-time work while doing his internship and a promise that he can keep his current job in human resources when the internship is finished. Val was busy this spring editing my first English book.

Natalie continues to work as executive assistant for Illinois Stae representative Tom Morrison. She also served as my English book editor. Doug is finishing his last semester PhD classes this spring and stays busy working hard on his research papers.

Jonie was hired by the Wonderful Company to start in early July after his graduation and his trip out to the east to visit friends in Georgia and family in NY and PA. Kaitlyn also was hired as director of community grants and development for the same company, more of a public relations, social service and educational arm of ths agricultural company as a good way to give back to the communities where some of their farm laborers come from.

Janine continues to work long hours for Kintetsu in their airfreight division. She enjoys the people she works with.

Karen has left for Europe for her summer youth hostel ministry. She arrived in Amsterdam, then traveled to Budapest.

Trisha  (6th) & Nathan (4th) have completed their school years and will rise to 7th and 5th grades respectively in mid-August. I coached Trisha's 6th grade basketball team to an undefeated season and 1st place for the island-wide tournament of international schools.

Barbara's ailing father passed away last Sunday morning May 28 at age 91 in a hospice care facility after declining for several months at home. Barbara's mother cared for him most of the time, with more intense help from all the local family members for the past three months as he couldn't get out of bed and was provided a hospital style bed in their living room for that time. Though he had serious dementia, he did not seem to suffer too much pain through the past year of decline.  The family has graciously delayed the timing for the funeral to make it possible for all four of us from Taiwan to be part of the viewing and memorial service after we arrive in Pittsburgh June 6 as our original tickets have been scheduled many months in advance. Barbara continued to tutor about 8 students each week in English or assist with any school subjects as requested by the parents and student. She also did the final editing on my book.

MINISTRY NEWS

All this along with my regular classes at CRTS (Biblical Theology & Counseling; Parenting, Counseling Case Studies Practicum).

 My schedule for the spring was quite busy with incremental invitations to do so many things, realizing after the fact that I had taken on too much! Last year I accepted invitations to teach outside the country in gradual increments, and so had trips to teach classes in Jakarta at International Reformed Evangelical Seminary (Biblical Theology and Counseling Feb 22-25, 24 hours), Eastern China April 3-8 (Reformed Faith & Life 40 hours), Critiquing Psychological Theories (Hong Kong May 5-7, 6 hours.

Then in spring, the usual list of churches around Taipei asked me to preach on various Sundays. Then a student planned to get married and wanted me to do their premarital counseling and officiate their wedding.

On top of this, I was in the midst of starting a new publishing company called Unveiled Faces Reformed Press, legally registering it in PA, developing a new commercial website at www.unveiledfacesreformedpress.net , editing my first book called Foundations: God's Glory as an Integrating Perspective on Reformed Theology with the help of Val, Nat and Barbara, finishing the book layout and cover design and getting 330 copies printed in Taipei to bring back to the US to share with churches for our summer visits. Last January my plan was to use USA print on demand services with those groups as the publishers, but after some cost comparisons and the legal issues of issuing various forms of copyright control to those printers, I realized it would be best to start my own US publishing company, get a US ISBN myself, and have it printed in Taipei and bring copies back with us this summer. So the printed version will be available from Amazon next week, while the Kindle edition is already available, and my website sells the PDF and HTML versions. I will have free printed versions available for promotional purposes in church visits this summer. I have also initiated the process of getting it translated into Chinese, expected digital draft be completed in September. I will then offer it to the Reformed Press Co. in Taipei if they want to publish and sell it, as a gift of all income generated from it to their ministry. Then I will also make the digital PDF and HTML versions available free online. at www.bethoumyvision.net  Bringing a book of 240 pages to print is quite a laborious process, adding all the other complexities of being the writer, editor in chief, and publisher concerned with layout, logo, ISBN, cover design and marketing! I worked with a professional graphics company to develop a logo and cover that I liked. But then I had to tweak the cover to fit the actual book spine and the style of cover I chose---the learning curve for Adobe Illustrator is steep! MS Word has some chapter separation tools with quirks that I had to learn over many frustrating hours as the book was produced as a Word.docx

So, all in all it has been a rather hectic spring, but the opportunities to minister the Gospel, to see lives grow and to multiply ministers of the Gospel through seminary training have been wonderful. Ten students graduated from CRTS last Saturday.

We look forward to slowing down a bit in the US to visit with family, friends and churches.

We are enroute to PA to visit family and churches for the summer. Schedule below


Visit with family in Chicago (Nat, Doug and Janine) Nat's cell 717-364-4558


Arrive in Pittsburgh June 6, stay at Lawson Farm home 724-352-2983 or with Jones Val's cell 412-537-7717


JUNE 18 Chapel PC, Beaver PA (Sunday school report)


Leave for Vestal NY after service Yates family 607-785-7817

JUNE 25 New Hope PC Vestal, NY  Preaching & Sunday School (at Yates family in Vestal June 19-30)


JULY 2  Westminster PC Butler PA  Preach and Adult (Tim) and Children's (Barbara) Sunday School

 

Yates Family Vacation Week July 1-July 9 in Laurel Highlands Seven Springs PA area

JULY 9  Oakwood PC State College, PA 

 

Travel to Ephrata July 10-31  Staying at Hubachs 717-721-3068

 

JULY 16

Reformed PC Ephrata PA morning, (preaching & mission luncheon)

Westminster PC Lancaster PA (meet with Great Commission Committee before service, 15 minute report in evening service starts 6:00 pm)

 

JULY 23

Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, Lititz PA morning services visit  

Faith Church Worcester PA,  5:30 pm dinner followed by evening meeting sharing

 

JULY 30

Providence PC York PA July 30 Sunday school report 9:00 am, 5 minute report in worship service

Carlisle RPC Carlisle PA 6:00 pm, preach in evening service (possible Q&A time after service)

 

drive back to Butler/Pittsburgh pm
Pittsburgh depart Tuesday August 1, 5:36 pm, arrive ORD Chicago 6:07 pm 
ORD depart Wednesday August 2, 5:28 pm, arrive LAX 8:01 pm (visit with Jonie & Kaitlyn, who will be moving to Bakersfield CA area in July)

LAX (leave for airport Wednesday night Aug 9) depart Thursday August 10, 12:20 am, arrive Friday August 11, 12:40 pm in Taipei


May God's glory in the face of Christ Jesus shine on and through you by the power of the Holy Spirit (Num 6:24-26; 2 Cor 3:18)