June 24, 2023

[The Lees Update] Newsletter (June 2023)

Dear Friend,

We would like to celebrate God's goodness over seven years of ministering at the International Graduate School of Leadership. We just produced the 2023 class of 28 seasoned Christian leaders (from MA to PhD) and commissioned them back to China, India, Lebanon, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, and the U.S. Along with that, we’re transitioning to another season of our journey and are embracing a heavenly nomad style by moving once again! After much prayer and consultation, we have decided to take a one-year furlough to recharge. Eunice and I are now preparing to pack our bags for an upcoming furlough back in the U.S. Interestingly, despite having done this multiple times before, it never gets any easier.

With the Lord's help, we have served Christ for 11 years in Asia, after spending 16 years in Africa, and seven of those years have been in the Philippines. With our days in the Philippines numbered (we'll be starting our sabbatical year from July 2023), we’re busy wrapping up things here in Asia. Our desire is to remain sensitive and obedient to the Lord's leading, as it was his guidance that initially brought us to Kenya, Korea, and the Philippines years ago. Had we not obeyed, EAPTC's work in 10 African nations, and now in Korea, China, Philippines, Vietnam, and India would not exist today. We humbly request your continued prayers as we navigate the uncharted waters of our journey in America.

We truly appreciate the international EAPTC team. The good in our global ministry reflects God's grace and their unwavering dedication. Working with them brings joy. Please continue to uplift the team in your prayers as they engage in various outreach activities in the communities of Africa and Asia in the second half of 2023. Notable achievements include the opening of a children's home in Tanzania in January. In Kenya, we held a national pastors' meeting in April, with upcoming events such as a women's meeting in August, an annual conference in November, and a national youths conference in December. In Malawi, fruitful events included an Easter convention in April and a women's conference in May. In August, we have plans for an evangelistic mission outreach, followed by an annual conference in December. We are launching the fourth house church plant in India. I visited India in April to assess the progress, and am delighted to report that the work in India is now firmly established, with three house churches regularly gathering throughout T city each week. Pastor N and his team are actively searching for a rented worship facility to accommodate the growing congregation on weekends. We also have an ongoing church planting initiative in Bohol, Philippines. It's worth mentioning that our outreach extends even to Pakistan, where the Christian presence faces constant threat due to its predominantly Muslim population. With your generosity, we supported N's school, which caters to poor and persecuted Christian children.

"His truth is marching on!" Thank you for faithfully journeying with me and EAPTC as a whole. Together, we're making a lasting impact in the nations. Glory to God!

Joyfully yours for the nations,
Dr. Paul Lee (& Eunice)