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This month, read about the Cheng family in our first Gospel Partner Highlight.

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  • FEB 2015 | IDCMCKINNEY.COM | LEAD PASTOR: JORDAN STONE

    IMAGO DEIGospel Partner Spotlight: the Chengs

    Be still, and know that I am God.I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth!PSALM 46:10

    For the next several months, we plan to feature an in-depth look at each of our

    Gospel Partners in order to get to know them better as well as to learn more

    about Gods calling in their lives. We hope these spotlights spur the IDC body

    into deeper relationships with our Gospel Partners and also deeper prayer for

    their families!

    As we kick off this series,

    we are excited to share

    about John & Jessie

    Cheng. John and Jessie

    have been on staff with

    Cru (formerly known

    as Campus Crusade for

    Christ) for several years,

    and now they reside

    in Richardson. They

    originally joined Cru

    while serving in China,

    and then after adopting their daughter, Hope, they have transitioned to a Dallas-

    based ministry of Cru called Cru City. It is both an exciting and pivotal time in

    John & Jessies lives as they begin ministering within Dallas because they are in

    the very beginning stages of prayerfully putting plans in place to reach men and

    women in Dallas who need to know the redeeming message of Christ. You can

    read more about John & Jessies background at idcmckinney.com/go.

  • FEB 2015 | IDCMCKINNEY.COM | LEAD PASTOR: JORDAN STONE

    IMAGO DEIGospel Partner Spotlight: the Chengs

    What are your favorite Bible passages and why?

    John: Psalms 27:4, because it's the best example of what proper pursuit of God looks like. It's like he has a sea of options before him and he chooses that one person. His desire is a constant pursuing of God.

    One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

    Psalm 27:4

    Jessie: Zephaniah 3:17, because I love that I can be secure in Gods tender care and love for me. I am comforted to know that the God of the universe delights in me and sings over me. Such sweet love!

    The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;

    he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by

    his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

    Zephaniah 3:17

    The Chengs at a deaf orphanage in China

  • FEB 2015 | IDCMCKINNEY.COM | LEAD PASTOR: JORDAN STONE

    IMAGO DEIGospel Partner Spotlight: the Chengs

    What do you enjoy most about your role with Cru?

    John: The joy in leading men to Christ. Being a part of their growth and ultimately helping them see the same joy in multiplication.

    Jessie: I love that I am able to enter into ministry right where I am in life, and for me right now, thats at the childrens hospital. God has given me a unique position because I know what it is to be both a parent and a nurse, which is allowing me to minister to both staff members and patient families.

    What is the deepest desire you have right now for God to move within your ministry?

    Our ministry verse is Jeremiah 29:7. In this particular verse, the original Hebrew word for welfare is Shalom. In this context, shalom is referring to the whole-ness and completeness of the people and the city their physical,

    emotional, and spiritual wholeness. We are called specifically to seek this state of completeness in our city, both in the individual residents and in the city as a whole.

    But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile,

    and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

    Jeremiah 29:7

    The Chengs leading worship

  • FEB 2015 | IDCMCKINNEY.COM | LEAD PASTOR: JORDAN STONE

    IMAGO DEIGospel Partner Spotlight: the Chengs

    What has been one of the most noticeable ways God has grown your faith since being in full-time missions?

    John: I am now able to make decisions based not on what is safe and comfortable, but in the ways God is leading, even when they stretch my abilities.

    Jessie: I realize more and more that my work has nothing to do with me. God is moving in the world to bring sinners to Him, and to receive His glory. With this, He uses me in ways I never dreamed of and He assigns me to tasks that require gifts I didnt realize I have. And sometimes I dont have those gifts, but He extends absolute grace and makes me adequate for the task anyway!

    Since becoming new parents through adopting sweet Hope last year, what is one of your favorite ways you have seen God grow in each other?

    John: Watching Jessie through this legal battle. Her honesty, it's like shes not afraid that God would desert her for it. To see your wife love her daughter is one thing and to see her love her Lord is another. This adop-tion has shown me that Jessie has a fierce love and is always challenging me.

    Jessie: I have loved seeing Johns love for his child, even though she isnt biological. His Chinese heritage definitely predisposes him to believing that he needs to have a biological son, but God has really worked out His plan for us, and John is faithfully following that.

    What are some ways that your family has fun together?

    We love taking country drives, going on long walks, hosting people at our home, visiting the art museum, and spending time with Hopes cousins.

    What are some specific ways the IDC family can intercede in prayer for you?

    Since adopting Hope, we have been unable to return overseas, and this has brought about 2 major adjustments: 1) not having a close-knit team and 2) not having specific goals or ministry strategy in place. Please pray that God would build a team of com-mitted people and church partners to join us in seeking the welfare of our city. Please pray that Jessie would find more opportunities to be involved in the ministry while still caring for Hope. Please pray for Hopes continued growth, development, and health.

    What are ways that IDC can encourage and support you?

    Jessie and I would love IDC to join us in ministry efforts, specifically by partnering with us regularly on our projects. We would love to share meals with church members to get to know them, would love to have members join us in local outreach events, and would love for members to go on short-term missions projects with us.

  • We are thankful for how the Lord has allowed IDC to partner with several

    incredible individuals, couples, and families who are diligently working

    to share Christ, help plant churches, and care for the needs of orphans.

    Here are recent updates and prayer requests from some of our Gospel

    Partners. If you are interested in biographies and contact info for all of

    IDCs Gospel Partners, please visit idcmckinney.com/go.

    FEB 2015 | IDCMCKINNEY.COM | LEAD PASTOR: JORDAN STONE

    IMAGO DEIGospel Partner Prayer Requests

    Kyle & Carrie WileyNEXT Worldwide

    NEXT Worldwide is committed to planting churches through evangelism and discipleship in areas with little or no Gospel witness. Please PRAY:

    - for Kyles trip to Canada (Calgary, Cochrane, Canmore and surrounding areas) in early February to go well and for God establish connections with local pastors so NEXT can send teams later this summer to share the Gospel and eventually help plant more churches.

    - for NEXT to continue signing up college students to fill the trips that are planned for Spring Break and later this summer. Trips are planned to many areas from Latin America to a very closed country in S. Asia. Kyle is planning to lead the trip to S. Asia, so please begin to pray for God to prepare the hearts of Kyles team, as well as the people they will be serving.

    Gospel Partners in AsiaDue to security reasons,

    this partners name remains confidential. However, they are based in a remote area of Asia for the purpose of reaching an unengaged people group with the Gospel. They recently shared some updates and here is how we can PRAY:

    - for God to help them form friendships with locals.

    - for the Lord to help them quickly learn both the national language and eventually the people groups specific language.

    - Praise God for some recent connections who are familiar with the specific people group they will be engaging and for insight regarding the exact location of the people group.

  • FEB 2015 | IDCMCKINNEY.COM | LEAD PASTOR: JORDAN STONE

    IMAGO DEIGospel Partner Prayer Requests

    Bruce & Denise KendrickEmbrace

    Embrace is a ministry serving at-risk, foster, and adopted children and their families. While Embrace is based here in Dallas, they equip and work alongside churches throughout the U.S. Please PRAY:

    - for the Texas Orphan Conference on April 11 as Embrace calls ministry leaders from across Texas to advocate for the needs of children and families in the midst of the Texas Legislature being in session.

    - for God to direct Bruce & Denise as they prepare for a nationwide Hometown Tour starting in June 2015. The whole Kendrick family will visit 25 cities across the U.S. for the purpose of equipping churches and beginning grassroots efforts to care for the foster, adopted, and orphaned children in their communities. Please pray for God to continue giving Bruce & Denise connections with churches who desire to host this training.

    JoannaCrossover Communications International

    Crossover is a sending agency that brings access

    to the Gospel to unreached nations, and Crossovers primary pursuit is Vision 2020, where they plan to pla