Why Plant Churches in the US

Why Plant Churches in the US   The mission of Every Nation Ministries work, which Cindy and I have served with for more than 15 years, is to make disciples and establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially-responsible churches and campus ministries in Read more

Why Reach International Students in the US for Jesus?

Reaching the Nations from Your Doorstep   With world evangelism as a priority, Christians have moved all over the world taking the Gospel to every nation of the earth.  Personally, Cindy and I have spent the last seven years starting Read more

Every Nation in Our Generation

Every Nation Ministries is part of a worldwide movement that exists to honor God and advance His Kingdom through church planting, campus ministry and world missions. Since its inception in 1994, Every Nation Ministries has grown from a handful of Read more

Thank You for the Kind Words

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Teresa Wiggins is the Director of IMix (International Ministry and Interest Exchange) here in North Carolina and asked if she could include a brief note in this month’s newsletter.

“As veteran missionaries who are both pastoral and evangelistic, the Simpson family is a critical part of IMix. They are uniquely effective in outreaching and discipling international scholars as well as training up and counseling younger leaders…Hard to imagine launching IMix without them!!” – Theresa Wiggins (Director of IMix)

 

Around the World and Back Again

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We made it!  Around the world and back again. Kuala Lumpur to Singapore to Tokyo to Atlanta to Savannah to Raleigh. Four kids, four flights, 15 check in bags, 6 carry on bags, 11,000 miles and 21+ hours in the air.  It is good to be “home”. But to be honest, after 7 years abroad in New Zealand and Malaysia we’re not sure where is “home”.

Let me start by apologizing for the lack of communication the last 2 months.  This has been an incredibly busy time for Cindy and I and our family. Making the move back from Malaysia involved so much faith, physical strength and was emotionally draining. Read more

You and Your Family Will Be Saved

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Greetings from Malaysia. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years.  We’re preparing for our big holiday as we speak. Here in Malaysia, the holiday centers around Chinese New Year (January 29) and we are so looking forward to the festivities.  Let the fireworks, lion dances, Hong Bao (red envelopes full of money), family visits and Chinese food feasts begin.

Our New Year will begin with 7 days of prayer and fasting (starting tomorrow).  Our greatest prayer is that many Malay, Chinese and Indian in Penang would come to know Jesus in 2009.  Would you please take some time over the next week to pray for Penang, our church plant and our family?  Your prayers play such an important role in our work here in Malaysia.

We are thrilled to share with you some great news.  After many years of prayer, Cindy’s brother Eric gave his heart to Jesus and amazing things are happening in his life.  Eric is a very talented graphic artist in London with so much going for him.  He has a high paying job, beautiful girlfriend, stylish flat, he’s living in “the greatest city in the world”, but there was a real emptiness in his life.

Due to immigration issues, Eric returned back to Malaysia in July.  When his work visa application was DENIED, he realized how everything he so valued in life can be gone in a moment.  Like never before in his life, Eric began to cry out to God for help.  He also began visiting an Every Nation church in Kuala Lumpur.  Then just last week, during a visit to Penang, Eric shared with me how he has totally surrendered his life to Jesus and his life is being transformed from the inside out. Praise God!

In the midst of Eric becoming a Christian, there is a new openness of Cindy’s Buddhist and Taoist parents to the Gospel.  They now know all 3 of their children are Christians and there will be no child to care for them in their “afterlife”.  We ask you to keep Cindy’s parents in your prayers when we visit them for Chinese New Years.

On another note, we had a house filled on Christmas day with people we have been reaching out to in Penang.  We had over 30 visitors of an incredibly diverse background.  We had Myanmar, Filipino, Indian, Malay, and Chinese friends.  It was awesome time of fellowship, and has really opened many of their hearts to future ministry.  We will keep you updated on the praise reports to come!

Finally, Cindy and I just wanted to thank you again for your role in this church plant in Malaysia.  We are totally committed to proclaiming Jesus everyday in this nation, and we are so grateful for our ministry partners who stand with us in this work.  Many days the challenges seem too overwhelming, but knowing the Lord has called us here and you are standing with us keeps us pressing on.

Thank you again. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!


 

Our Little Missionaries: Hannah, John Jr, Christian and Daniel

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Selamat datang and Merry Christmas to you and your family!  We hope you are having a great holiday.  This past year has been an amazing year of transition for our family from New Zealand to Malaysia.  But the goodness and grace of God has followed us to this new land. We home that goodness and grace is all over your life also.

When the Lord called us to New Zealand and now Malaysia, our family came as a team and we knew we all would have to make sacrifices, even the children.  So we wanted to dedicate this newsletter to our littlest missionaries, Hannah, John Jr., Christian and Daniel.

Let’s start with Daniel, our little guy with the handsome smile.  Look out for him in a GAP Kids catalog coming soon!  Daniel’s 3 years old and is an action packed boy, always trying to keep up with his big brothers.  He is the family comedian, always laughing and making the family laugh.

This year has been a year of transition for Daniel also.  He moved from diapers to “Spiderman underwears” and from a small bed to sharing a “big boy” bunk bed with Christian.  A few of his loves are watching “Kung Fu Panda” (he prefers Viper), having water fights in the side yard (as long as he has the hose), snuggling with Mom and Dad and eating anything Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican! Let’s just say this boy eats a lot.

Christian also loves reading his children’s Bible, performing “freestyle” on the piano, playing with his Fisher/Price “Little People” (just like Dad 35 years ago) and building forts out of the couch pillows.

And next is John Jr who is now 6 years old.  He is such a thoughtful soft spoken boy with a sensitive heart.  Johnny as call him is in kindergarten at Dalat International School and absolutely loves it.  He’s made many new friends from Korea, USA, New Zealand and Malaysia.  The other day I asked Johnny his favorite classes at school and he said “Lunch, playtime and nap”! Amazing, those were my favorite subjects in school.

Some of Johnny’s passions are kicking the soccer ball, playing Sonics on the computer, baking with Mom (seriously!) and smimming at our friend’s pool.  Watch out Michael Phelps, Johnny swims like a fish!

And last but not least is Hannah who is 6 years old.  What an amazing, beautiful and GROWING girl.  Where did my little girl go?  Hannah is in first grade at Dalat and has made many new friends there.  After school she plays on a soccer team, goes to Brownies and has friends over to play.

Hannah loves spending time with her best friend Sabina (from Philippines), having sleepovers, drawing, reading Junie B. Jones books, playing Webkinz on the computer and swimming also.

Our life as missionaries has been filled with challenges, but it has brought our family incredibly close together.  Thank you for helping us bring the great news of Jesus to the Malaysia, and for being such a blessing to our family. Hannah, John Jr, Christian, Daniel and Cindy and I say a huge thank you!

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  We pray that 2009 will be the greatest year of your life! God bless.