January Newsletter Update
January 01 2009
ROADS TO KOREA & CHINA
THANK YOU so much for blessing North Korea through supporting the work which we are able to do alongside Wheat Mission.
In January, Steve and Stella were greeted warmly by the El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara, CA where they renewed their friendship with Harold and Carol Bussell. During the evening service Dr.
Howard Moffett shared his experiences growing up in North Korea and Steve presented recent footage from his time in North Korea.
During this trip, Steve and Stella joined Wheat Mission in planning the visit to North Korea in April. We would value your prayers for this dedicated team who are committed to building relationships with North Korean leaders as well as providing medical services. In addition, the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) project is underway. Pray for all those working for its success. Steve continues to work with the founders of PUST at their university in Jilin Province, China. You’ll never believe it—but the university under construc- tion is on the sight of the destroyed Thomas Memorial Church which was dedicated by Reverend Samuel Moffett and the Korean leadership in 1932. God works in mysterious ways!
THANK YOU for your support which raised enough money for Abdul Halim, a young Bangladeshi with congenital heart disease to re- ceive cardiac surgical care. In December, Steve was accompanied by an MIT student and friend of the family, Joshua Mears. Check out Josh’s journey to Bangladesh by visiting ERM’s website, http://www.roadmin.org.
We left the land of our Fathers, Wales, in 1976 when our children were little. It was not easy, and we have learned much along the way. But we believe, now, that our Father is taking us back to the land of hills, rain, and happy laughter. From our personal funds, we intend to purchase the boyhood home of Robert Jermain Thomas, in Llanover, Wales.
Steve envisions this property to stand as a beacon, Robert Jermain Thomas’ legacy, witnessing to God’s working in the lives of His people through time. Thomas is considered one of the build- ing blocks upon which many Christian missionaries, such as Samuel Austin Moffett, continued to preach the Gospel North Korea. He and his partner, Reverend Oh Mun Hwan, erected the Thomas Memorial Church in 1932 in Pyongyang.
Wales is beginning to learn of Thomas’s willingness to step out for God.
Sadly, during 2008 ERM lost two of our dear friends and sup- porters of the mis- sion: Ray Loring, a founding Board Member, and June Harding of Ontario, Canada, a long time friend.
For those of you who regularly inquire about Steve’s mother, Myra Price, she will be celebrating her 9oth birthday in March. Despite her stroke in 2007, she remains remarkably cheerful and courageous.
Possible return to North Korea with Wheat Mission.
SPRING & FALL
Acquisition and renovation of Robert Jermain’s property
Re-establishing the Robert Jermain Thomas Association, originally founded in 1905.