Susan Got back safely from China. The trip was very successful. It included visiting and encouraging several missionaries as well as delivering Bibles into China. In addition to the 3 1/3 tons of Bibles delivered, she heard testimonies of sacrifices made by believers because of their beliefs. These included being dismissed from their long-term careers and from opportunities to obtain prestigious positions because they refused to renounce their faith.
I am pleased to announce that Church@Work is now international. A Church@Work congregation is now reported with a Canadian software firm. Also, a Church@Work is starting at Scripps Institute with the hope of deploying to McMurdo Station next fall. I am hopeful of the growth of this congregation as it will establish the Ministry in every continent.
Our mission networks are reporting extensively on the disaster relief efforts in Japan. Obviously, the needs are great. A number of churches are serving as shelters. The Gospel is making progress in the midst of the disaster.
The Foundations of a Healthy Well-Balanced Church course has been taught at 43 churches since the beginning of February; these 43 are of the 170 congregations that have signed up for this year. I am continuing to visit local congregations in our networks. We hope that many of these congregations will be renewed to health and will supplement the efforts of the SD Church Planting Alliance to plant 800 new healthy congregations in 15 years.