Dear praying friends.
Now that the Holiday season is upon us, you might have been wondering what happens during Thanksgiving - Christmas time in Taiwan.
On Saturday lunch, we had our New Hope Christian Fellowship church
over to our house. It was feasting all afternoon. There were Taiwanese
and also some foreigners -- Canadians, Brits, South Africans, Malaysians
in addition to Americans. And everyone contributed to the feast. A few
non-Christian friends came as well.
was another man there, Milan, a professor of literature originally from
Serbia. He had been a boy during World War II and saw the Nazis then the
communist take over his country and finally had had to flee to Canada.
After being required to retire at age 65 in Canada, he was invited by a
university in Taiwan to continue teaching. He listened to Richard and me
talk about the Bible and how people do not think Christianity is relevant
any more. We had some good discussions with him after we moved to sit at
On Sunday, I preached a Thanksgiving sermon from Romans 12:1 about why we worship and serve God -- in view of God's mercy. I contrasted it with idol worship at the temples in Taiwan and how people go there to worship in order to cause the idol to help them; it is like trading favors. We worship God because he has ALREADY helped us and loved us when we are unlovable in our sin and there is nothing we can do for Him and nothing He needs from us. Paul mentions this in his sermon to the Athenians in Acts 17:24-25. There were several non-Christian Taiwanese present visiting our church for the first time. They plan to return next week.
American Holidays are often not vacation days for us, but rather opportunities for evangelism. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas is often a very busy time because of outreach events. Judy has several speaking events in different cities related to her infant care book. Churches will sponsor the event and be able to draw non-Christians in their communities. On Christmas Eve Sunday, we all have a huge outreach planned for the Taipei New Hope church. That same evening, while Taipei New Hope outreach is still going on, I will be going to a different city to preach a gospel message for an outreach at another one of our church plants in the Lotus Hill Community.
Although I was also invited to speak in another city on Christmas day, I am reserving Christmas day just for family. But on the day after, we will be heading to this city to join and help with a youth culture tour. The entire week after Christmas we will be traveling around Taiwan with college students and young professionals.
Sound busy? Please pray for our endurance and joy as we seek to make the most of every opportunity. Pray that we will "Conduct yourselves wisely towards outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." (ESV) Colossians 4:5-6
Thanks for all your prayer, care, and support.
Joel, Judy, Faith, Charis, Ashlyn
Missionaries to Taiwan w/
Mission to the World
& Taiwan Church Planting Partners
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