Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Taiwan Timeline

We are looking to try and move to Taiwan by the first part of Aug. of this next year. For this to happen, we need Churches and people to partner with us. If you are willing to do this and/or can be a referral to Churches who are looking to support a church planting effort will you send me an email at wangjrpew@gmail.com? You can get more info at www.theralls.com Thanks for considering this.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Surgery

Joshua (my older son) is going to have surgery tomorrow on his Achilles tendons. He has walked on his toes for so long that it has actually effected how his feet are growing, etc. so we will take him tomorrow (Tuesday Sept. 1) to the University hospital in Columbia for the surgery.

After the surgery he will be in a wheelchair for six weeks with both legs casted. His surgery is set to start around 11:30 am and will last for about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Things you can pray for include:

1. Joshua will be calm and have peace before the IV, surgery, etc.
2. His pain will be manageable after the surgery.
3. He (and His parents) will have patience during the six week recovery.
4. This surgery will be successful and will correct the problem.

Thanks for praying!

Jon

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We Have Waited 3 Years To Say This...

We have waited 3 years to say this...we are going to return to Taiwan. Three years ago we had to leave Taiwan for medical help for one of our sons. We didn't want to leave, we loved what we did there, but it was the right choice and has been confirmed since being back. The help that we needed at the time was not available, and was not something that just being back in the States for a few months would have "fixed."

This summer we as a family we are able to go back to Taiwan for 6 weeks. A big part of this trip was to see what God's direction and will was for our lives. We loved what we did in Taiwan, and it truly hurt to leave the work there. During these last 3 years we have silently hoped that we could return someday, but didn't want to talk or dream too much about something that might not come to be. We have during this time though continued to talk with counselors, friends, other missionaries, etc. about the need, our family, and just what God wanted us to do as His servants. As we prepared to go to Taiwan this summer, our prayers were simply for God to show us whether His desire was for us to continue the work that He started through us in Taiwan, or instead to turn the page and continue with a new part of our lives in Him. We truly felt a peace that we would accept whichever direction God desired.

Through multiple counsel, many months of dialogue, and prayer we feel that God still plans to use our family in starting new churches and bringing new people into His Kingdom in Taiwan. The summer trip in so many different ways, God confirmed this decision, but what was left was more of a timing issue...when would we go? Our family, including all of the kids, did great in multiple times that would have been difficult at best in the past, but we still were not sure on the timing. We have decided that it is best to let God have control of that also. Our desire is to serve, and He will be the One who not only calls, but who will also provide and call others to support our work in Taiwan. We believe that the earliest we might leave for Taiwan would be the summer of 2011 (less than 2 summers from now), but it is all in His hands.

God has provided during our time back in the States. We have received great help for the medical issues that needed to be addressed, we have continued to study the language, and we have met many who also have a passion for seeing people come to Jesus.

What can you do? Well for one, you can check out our website that explains more about Taiwan, our family, support needs, etc. at www.theralls.com. We will be updating it periodically so make sure and check back for new info.

Secondly, you can help spread the word. We believe that God called and continues to call us to plant churches in Taiwan. We also believe that He has called others to partner with us in support. Church planting in Taiwan is not cheap, and we are going to need people who will see this opportunity and want to partner with us both in prayer and with finances. If you would like to support, and/or know of others or churches that might want to hear more about the work, please let us know.

You can contact us at:

Jon (jralls@cccb.edu or wangjrpew@gmail.com) (660-353-1704 cell number)

Thank you so much for thinking of us and considering what ways God might use us all for His glory and for the salvation of the nations. We look forward to seeing what God will do!

Jon and Amy Ralls

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Talking VS Implementation

Smart Christian blog had the following post that is a sad reality of how far we have gotten away from "Seeking and saving the lost." (Luke 19:10).

THE SAD STORY OF WORLD MISSIONS TODAY

More than 70% of Christian effort and ministry is directed at people who already profess to be Christians, while less than 5% of our total missionary activity is focused on those who have never once had a chance to hear about the good news of the Gospel. (Source: Center for the Study of Global Christianity).

CSGC is the best source on getting accurate data on global Christianity.

“At present, some 95% of all Christian debate and discussion on these matters deals only with mission in the midst of the present Christian world. Another 4% concerns mission in the evangelized non-Christian world. Less than 1% of all thinking, discussion and action concerns mission among the unevangelized. The church’s viewpoint is almost incurably self-centered. In our opinion, the greatest enemy of world evangelization is Christian rhetoric–the continual rhetorizing, playing the orator, discussing, arguing, the endless talking and preaching about evangelizing the world without any of the crucial implementation. The rest of the world would be relieved and grateful if all Christians would once and for all replace good intentions, rhetoric and broken promises with solid achievements.”

Friday, May 01, 2009

Splinters

“You are here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain but you feel it. You felt it your entire life. There is something wrong with the world but you don’t know what it is...but its there like a splinter in your mind.”
Morpheus to Neo in the Matrix


I have spent the last several months on a journey of sorts that has me asking some deep questions...questions in which I don't always have answers or answers in which I don't always like.

Fairly soon I may start blogging some of what I am discovering about myself and this world in which God has allowed us to serve Him in. Nothing profound, and probably not of much interest to anyone but myself, and yet I think it is important to be able to verbalize that which is felt...that splinter in my mind.

For me the questions have been many:

Who am I? What gift(s) has God given me that I must use? In the midst of multiple areas of interest, what is/are the things that I am the most passionate about? If I could only do one thing in my life, what would I do?

What kind of person and leader am I? Why do I seem to be obsessively curious about so many things? Why do I struggle with boundaries in my life and with saying "no" to the things which are good but not great?

What ways am I to disciple myself and my family? How do I value each member of the family, while seeing the unique gifts and abilities that they have, and help them grow in the Lord and together as a family? What things must I say "no" or "yes" to, so that I can provide for my family both financially, spiritually, and relationally?

What kind of church does God want me to be a part of? Why kind of work was I created to do in this kingdom work?

These are just a few of the questions that I have been working through the last few months. Some have been done privately and alone, while others have been done with Amy and friends, as well as with trusted counselors and confidants.

I don't have all of the answers, though many have begun to appear and firm up. These splinters are beginning to take shape, though that shape is as of yet still not clear.

I will write more later about some of the steps that we are taking to find answers, but thanks be to God that He allows us to not only know Him, but to know His will, and to make Him known.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I Have Not Blogged In 5 Months

I have not blogged in 5 months and I don't intend to start today, but I will be back fairly soon. Why haven't I blogged? I will have to try and answer that when I return.

Until then...have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hit The Mark

Have you noticed how hard it is to hit the exact amount when pumping gas anymore? Seriously, I used to be able to put exactly $20 of gas in the vehicle. Today...$20.02 or worse.

That little dial is spinning awful fast and I am going to have to sharpen my ninja gas pumping skills.

As a sidenote by Harley motorcycle got 55 mpg this last weekend. Sweet.

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