Taiwan Church Planters

Chinese New Year Prayer Update

February 9, 2017

 

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

我們原是神所作成的,是在基督耶穌裡創造的,為的是要我們行各樣的善事,就是神預先所安排的。(以弗所書 2:10)

Introducing Madelyn
Baby Madelyn at 2 Weeks old

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is quickly approaching. This is the most important holiday in Taiwan and China, and is a time for family members to come together and feast as they look forward to another year and the promise of Spring. Please remember to pray for us (and for the other Christians in Taiwan) to be faithful witnesses to the hope of Jesus with our non-believing family members during this annual gathering. 

Other Matters for Prayer:

1. Please pray for Michael Liu who is looking to rent an apartment in Sanxia either this week or next in order to be a more effective evangelist in our community. Michael has been commuting from Taipei City to help with outreach in Sanxia, but now that he has finished most of his classes at the Reformed Seminary, he is ready to move here so that we can work side by side in our ministry of witness and discipleship.

2. Our fellowship has been growing steadily both numerically and spiritually, and we as a leadership team believe that after Chinese New Year is the right time to begin looking for a site to rent. Please pray for our ongoing search regarding a suitable meeting location of a new Gospel Center in Sanxia where we can host Evangelistic Bible Studies, English Outreach, and eventually our Sunday Worship Services. 

3. Please also pray that we would be able to partner with local Reformed Churches here who are willing to help with fundraising, oversight, prayer, and encouragement for the Sanxia Reformed Church Plant. 

Blessings in Christ and Happy Year of the Rooster!

– The Pilsons

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Christmas 2016 Prayer Update

February 9, 2017

 

 

Annie checking in at the hospital in New Taipei City the night before her scheduled cesarean tomorrow morning. 

Preparing for Madelyn

To our dear family in Christ,

We would like to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy upcoming New Year. We are truly blessed to have you as our prayer partners in the Gospel Ministry in Taiwan. Thank you for your faithful support throughout the year and for the love you have for us in Christ Jesus.

Just now Annie has arrived at the hospital (late Monday evening in Taiwan) to give birth via cesarean delivery tomorrow late-morning. Please pray for her, for our daughter Madelyn , and for the medical professionals who will be taking care of them.

We are also thanking God this season that He has been steadily at work here in Sanxia to gather together a core group over the past two months since launching our fellowship in late October. We are incredibly excited for the next step as we begin to look for a meeting location for future Sunday services as well as outreach events during the week.

Please pray that God would provide for us a suitable and strategic location where we can hold English classes as well as other Evangelistic programs such as Christianity Explored. Christianity Explored has been translated into Chinese and was originally developed by Rico Tice from All Souls Church in London — it focuses on hospitality and established friendships to share the Good News from the Gospel of Mark.

Please pray that God would draw more and more people to our fellowship to hear the Word of God and to experience new life in Christ.

Please pray too for one of our Taiwanese co-workers (Michael Liu) who is considering moving to Sanxia in order to be more effective at ministering to those in our community and sharing the love of Christ with our neighbors in Sanxia.

In Christ our Hope,

Eric & Annie

 

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November Prayer Update

February 9, 2017

 

Taiwan Church Planters

Life in Sanxia

We have been truly blessed to live in this amazing place, where our neighbors are friendly and open to conversation. Evelyn makes friends everywhere she goes and opens many doors for inviting people to our fellowship to hear the Word of God and experience the love of Christ.   

 

Madelyn 

In less than one month’s time we will get to meet our precious daughter Madelyn face to face. Annie is scheduled for a Cesarean on December 27th and we are thankful that my mom will be visiting for three weeks from the United States to help out. Please pray for Annie and baby. 

 

 

Fellowship

Michael Liu has been leading us through the Gospel of John as we establish our vision for a Word-saturated, Gospel-proclaiming, and Christ-centered Church Plant in Sanxia. Although Michael has preached many times, this is the first time he has led a small group Bible study, so please pray that he would grow in his ability to lead and that the Lord would use his gifts to bless the Church in Taiwan. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

太初有道,道與神同在,道就是神。 這道太初與神同在。萬物是藉著他造的;凡被造的,沒有一樣不是藉著他造的。生命在他裡頭,這生命就是人的光。光照在黑暗裡,黑暗卻不接受光。(約翰福音 1:1-5)

Eric and Martin Tu (co-worker in Sanxia) at Hong En Church with guest Preacher from Holland

 

Thank you all for your generous support and steadfast prayers towards the Ministry of the Gospel here in Taiwan. Last week was a special Thanksgiving as we celebrated with many from the Reformed Seminary in Taipei and had the opportunity to reflect on all the ways in which God has displayed His great faithfulness throughout the year. We certainly do miss seeing you during the Holidays, but we are also grateful for the privilege it is to be part of what God is doing in Taiwan to make Christ and His Gospel known more deeply. 

Sanxia Fellowship

God continues to draw new people to our fellowship every week, and not surprisingly, most people have found us through word of mouth or through personal invitation. Every week before digging into the Gospel of John we set aside some time to share our vision for planting a Reformed Church in Sanxia. Our desire is that our Church plant would be a covenant community that is completely committed to preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God and is also active in Evangelism and caring for the needs of our community through hospitality and mercy. Please pray that God would make this vision clear in the hearts and minds of those who will make up our core-group and that our leadership team would set a Godly example of this in our own lives.  

Reaching Out

There are many opportunities in our community for interaction with our neighbors and we believe this is a unique location for Church planting in Taiwan because of the willingness of people to engage with those outside of their immediate circle of friends and family. Where we live in Sanxia is made up of many young families who have moved here in the past 5-10 years and haven’t necessary put down roots in terms of close relationships and friendships. We see this as a door for the Gospel because people may be searching for community and belonging, and our Church hopes to be a place where all people are welcome and shown hospitality and the love of Christ in tangible ways. Annie and I are often meeting new people here and yet their schedules can be quite full with work, travel, taking care of children, and just the general busyness that accompanies modern life. Please pray that God would use us to testify to the truth of Jesus Christ and that God would draw His people to Himself and give them a hunger and a thirst for righteousness. 

Annie (英文和中文分享) 

我們來到三峽北大至今三個月,十一月剛結束為期一個月的讀書會,使用的書籍為提摩太和凱西凱勒合著的「婚姻解密」。當中有兩位姐妹和我分享她們的婚姻歷程,我聽完後心裡十分沉重,我給予她們關懷和來自聖經的鼓勵,也為她們和其家人禱告,感謝神給我這個機會服侍她們。另有一位參加讀書會的朋友是位慕道友,和我的年齡相仿、住的也近,禱告神會使用我將福音傳給她。目前懷孕34週,禱告神給我足夠的體力、愛和智慧,能在三峽做鹽做光,為祂的福音盡一份心力。謝謝大家在禱告裡紀念我們,我很想念你們,期待再見面的日子。We’ve been living here for three months now and I just finished leading a book study during the month of November. The book that we used was The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller. There were some who attended the study who truly opened up about their marital journeys and after listening to their stories, I was better able to show care for them and encourage them with God’s Word. One of my friends who is not yet a Christian also attended the study, please pray that she would come to know the Lord through our friendship and the words which I have shared with her.  I pray that God would give me strength, love and wisdom to be salt and light here in Sanxia. Thank you so much for remembering us in your prayers. I miss you all!

Prayer Points

1. Please pray for a young man who has been regularly attending our Friday night Bible Study. He is not yet a Christian but has been asking more about how to know God and the nature of saving faith. We are thankful for how God has been using the Gospel of John to reveal Christ to Derek and pray that he would soon place his trust in Jesus for salvation. 

2. Please also pray for Martin and Michael, our two Taiwanese co-workers who share our vision for Christ-centered preaching, teaching, and counseling as well as fostering a community of love and grace. Martin is working full-time at the Reformed Seminary doing web design, video production, and other media related activities which means that his schedule is quite full. Michael will be graduating from the Seminary soon and is still undecided about whether he will stay in Taiwan after graduation. Having a team that shares the same church-planting vision and philosophy of Ministry is a tremendous blessing and I thank God for having the honor to labor with these two men of God.

We rely on your prayers and support and appreciate your year-end gifts towards the furthering of the Gospel here in Taiwan. To learn more about partnering with us and with the Lord’s work in Sanxia, please visit our website at taiwanchurchplanters.com

With Thankful Hearts,

The Pilson Family

 

 

 

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October Prayer Update

February 9, 2017

 

Sanxia Fellowship

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow evening will be the second meeting of our new Reformed Fellowship in Sanxia. Last week we had more than 20 adults in attendance and as you can tell from the photo above, our living room was very full. We praise God for the people that He has been gathering to study and be transformed by His Word here in Sanxia.

Our plan for the following several months is to continue looking at the Gospel of John, seeking to apply it to our lives, and also casting our vision for a future Church Plant in Sanxia sometime next year.

Would you please Pray?

1. For our fellowship to grow in unity and in the depth of our understanding of the love of God for us in Christ Jesus.

2. For Michael Liu who is leading the teaching portion of the study, based on a book called Let’s Study John which has been translated into Chinese by the Reformed Press.

3. For those who attended our fellowship last week but are not yet believers — pray that God would open their hearts and minds to the truth of His Word and their need for Christ.

4. For Annie who is going to host a Women’s Book Study in our community center next month using the Chinese translation of Tim & Kathy Keller’s book: The Meaning of Marriage. We pray that many of our neighbors (Christian and non-Christian) will actively participate in this study and have the opportunity to interact with the Gospel foundations of Marriage.

Thank you for your prayers and support towards the planting, watering, and growing of Christ’s Church in Taiwan!

In Him,
The Pilsons

 

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September Prayer Update

October 4, 2016

Taiwan Church Planters

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!” (Psalm 92:1-5)

稱謝耶和華,歌頌你至高者的名,用十弦的樂器和瑟,用琴彈幽雅的聲音,早晨傳揚你的慈愛,每夜傳揚你的信實,這本為美事。因你耶和華藉著你的作為叫我高興,我要因你手的工作歡呼。耶和華啊,你的工作何其大!你的心思極其深!(詩篇 92:1-5)

 

Our Dear Family in Christ,

We thank you for your continued support and sustaining prayers for the work that God has called us to in Taiwan. It is good to give thanks to the Lord and for those that He has brought into our lives through His Sovereign Grace. We miss you all and often think of you and the love that you have for us in Christ.

Some of you may have seen reports about all the Typhoons that have been hitting Taiwan the past couple weeks. It seems like one after another this season, and just yesterday we had an exceptionally strong Typhoon named Megi make landfall upon Taiwan. Work and classes were cancelled yesterday and today, but we are thankful that aside from losing power, we are doing well and our community seems to have been spared any major damage. There is another mega-storm called Chaba which is forming and may hit Taiwan next Monday, making it the 4th Typhoon to barrage Taiwan in a very short period of time. Please pray for Taiwan and for those affected by these powerful storms. If you’re interested, here is a link to a website called Windyty which tracks these storms as they are forming in the Pacific Ocean.

New life in Sanxia

As many of you know, at the end of August we moved to a city called Sanxia, a growing part of Northern Taiwan which will soon become part of a large Megapolis connecting Taipei City (the capital), New Taipei City, and Taoyuan City (where the International Airport is located). These three cities will one day be connected by a mass transit system and where we have moved is strategically located right along this future transportation beltway.

After searching for quite some time, we decided to move to a part of Sanxia which is located near National Taipei University and is made up of many new high rises. Most of the residents in this new district are young families with small children and the environment is excellent for meeting new people and building bridges with our neighbors. The community we live in is very open and they have some public areas where we can hold small Bible studies, English classes, and other groups for young children. We love it here and thank God for providing just the right place for us to live and to reach out with the Gospel. 

 

Plans for establishing Sanxia Reformed Fellowship

On October 21st we are going to begin a Mandarin Bible study looking at the the Gospel of John. We will meet every Friday evening and several families have already expressed interest in attending. I am hoping that this Bible study will form the foundation of a future core-group for a new Reformed Church plant in Sanxia. Please pray that God would bless His Word as it is read and taught, and that many people here would come, hear, and be transformed by the Word of Life.

This Bible study is going to be led by a local Seminary Student named Michael who is very close to graduating from China Reformed Theological Seminary. Michael has been serving for years in Indonesia alongside a Chinese Evangelist named Pastor Stephen Tong, and has recently moved back to Taiwan to complete his Seminary training before (hopefully) becoming a full-time Church Planter. Praise God that He has answered our prayers for a Taiwanese co-worker who is passionate for the Gospel and who has a heart for the lost. 

 

Reaching Out

In addition to the Friday evening Fellowship, I have been talking to some people in the community about starting an English Bible class and have seen many people in Sanxia show an interest in practicing their English with a native speaker. Please pray for wisdom about how to best use English as a means of blessing our community and to share the core claims of Jesus through Bible stories.  

Since the John Bible study is aimed at believers who already are more familiar with the Scriptures, we also hope on regularly leading a 7-week introduction to Christianity course for unbelievers which will go through the life of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of Mark. Please pray for those who have never heard to be be drawn by God to Himself, and for our fellowship to be a bright light for the Good News in Sanxia.

We will soon be launching a website for our Sanxia Reformed Fellowship as well as printing invitation cards and name cards to share with more people about the glorious grace of our Lord Jesus. Please pray for our daily interaction with new friends in the community, for conversations to turn to Jesus, and that Christ’s name would be exalted here.

 

Annie:

I thank God for His guidance and that we are all settled in San Xia Taipei University area. It is a residential area where you see moms with strollers on the road often. I’ve gotten to know more and more people when I shop for groceries or take a walk in the neighborhood. I try to share the Gospel and also how I became a Christian with them. I’ve been studying the book of Romans with two of the moms that I befriended every week. One of them is not a believer and the other lady got baptized recently. As I share I also find myself being challenged by His Word. Thank God for His grace which is indeed wondrous.

I am currently 25 weeks pregnant with our 2nd daughter (It’s a girl!) and Evelyn is now a year and a half and is walking and exploring everywhere. The pregnancy has been going well so far, even though sometimes I lack enough energy to get as much done as I would like to, but this is also an opportunity for me to rely on the Lord more. As you may remember, when I was pregnant with Evelyn my water broke early and I had an emergency c-section. Please pray for God to keep me and our little baby girl safe and healthy — everything is in His hands and His name is worthy to be praised.

感謝神的帶領讓我們順利在三峽北大安定下來,這裡的環境居家,路上很多推著娃娃車的媽媽,在散步買菜的時候,自然而然地認識了愈來愈多的人,我會和她們分享福音和我認識主的經歷,現在每週和兩位媽媽一起查羅馬書,一位是慕道友、另一位是初信徒,感謝主讓我們成為朋友,在分享的同時自己也有獲得,主的恩典真是無窮無盡。

現在懷孕二十五週,女兒恩心一歲半,正開始走路探索,感謝主目前為止都平順,有時體力較差覺得力不從心,但也是讓我更仰望主的一個契機,懷恩心的時候羊水早破、胎位不正,請弟兄姊妹們幫我禱告,希望這一次能順利生產,將一切仰望交託耶和華我們的神,祂的名是配得稱頌的。

Love in Christ,

The Pilsons

 

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July 2016 Prayer Update

July 18, 2016

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English Summer Camp

Our English Summer Camp went very well, thanks to many local volunteers and three short term missionaries from the RPCNA.  Many of the children come from non-Christian homes and we were delighted that their parents also participated in the closing ceremony where they all heard the Gospel.  

San Xia

We have been praying about a possible future Church planting work in a city North of here called San Xia. There appears to be a great need there and God has been providing some much needed connections for us to begin the work of gathering a core group. 

Preaching in Mandarin

I preached my first sermon all in Chinese last month on Luke 19:1-10 at Ren Ai Church — it was wonderful to have the opportunity and I am looking forward to preaching many more of them in the future.  

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  (Matthew 16:15-18)

耶穌說:「你們說我是誰?」 西門彼得回答說:「你是基督,是永生神的兒子。」 耶穌對他說:「西門‧巴約拿,你是有福的,因為這不是屬血肉的指示你的,乃是我在天上的父指示的。 我還告訴你:你是彼得,我要把我的教會建造在這磐石上,陰間的權柄不能勝過他。」 (馬太福音 16:15-18)

Fellowship in Miaoli with dear friends from Holy Grace
We want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers for us and the encouragement in the Lord you share with us as we partner together to make Christ known here in Taiwan. So far it has been an excellent summer with many opportunities to share the love of Christ with the people of Taichung City. We are so grateful for how God continues to provide for all of our needs through your generous support and for how He has given us a team of faithful Churches and individuals who shower us with prayer and support year in and year out.

Ministry at Holy Grace Church

The Lord is certainly at work here, and most exciting for me personally is that we have seen a renewed interest in Church planting among the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in Taiwan. As you know, during the past year we have been helping with Evangelism and Outreach at a local Church plant called Holy Grace that is well on its way to becoming a self-governing congregation with Elders in the near future and hopefully deacons in the not so distant future as well. They also have a vision for future Church plants in the nearby Cities around Taichung as their congregation expands.

During the past year in Taichung, I’ve gotten to know and befriend three men from Holy Grace who during the course of the year have sensed a greater and greater call to the Ministry. Two of them are heading to Seminary this fall with the goal of becoming Church planters in Taiwan. The other has sensed a call to foreign missions (possibly Japan) and would like to pursue further training before entering the Mission field. We are so thankful that God has been answering your prayers for the Lord of the Harvest to send out more workers into his harvest field. 

This past week we hosted our 2nd annual English Bible Summer Camp at Holy Grace, and this year we had close to 50 students sign up (more than 5 times the number as last Summer!)…. We actually had to turn some students away because of the limits of the Church facility and the number of volunteers. The week was very full of singing, activities, games, crafts, and Bible lessons, but the highlight was definitely the closing ceremony which allowed the parents of the children to hear the Gospel clearly — many of them for the first time. I preached in English and a dear brother in Christ translated the sermon so that everyone would be able to understand without any difficulty. Also a short term missionary from San Diego named David gave a short Gospel presentation after the children performed their English skits and songs. Please pray that the parents would receive the Word of Truth with faith and that they would be baptized and join a local congregation of believers where they can begin to the life-long process of discipleship.   

Moving on from Taichung

Because of the stability of Holy Grace and the urgent need in many other parts of Taiwan, we are planning on leaving Taichung and moving to an area which currently lacks any Reformed witness. After talking with several other missionaries and our team leader (Rev. Joel Linton), we believe that God is calling us to plant a Church in San Xia which is adjacent to Taoyuan City (population 2 million) in Northern Taiwan.

As I mentioned in our May prayer update, San Xia is such a unique City, and we especially love the area near National Taipei University where there are many new high-rises and hundreds of new young families moving there each month. Every time we’ve visited so far, we’ve enjoyed the environment there and have found it incredibly easy to connect with people in the community.

But one of the downsides to how much people love living in San Xia is that it has been very difficult for us to find a suitable apartment to rent there. We want to be close to the University and walking distance from the center of the City so that we can most strategically host Bible studies and do Evangelism. Please pray that God would provide a place for us to rent in order to best reach the community and begin to make disciples.  

We have met so many wonderful friends here in Taichung the past year and it will be sad to say goodbye, but we know that we will always be able to visit them and it definitely helps that Taiwan is such a small island: San Xia is only 90 minutes away from Taichung City.

Annie (中文分享)

過去在台中的一年,認識了當地的媽媽朋友們,聽了她們的故事,內心感觸很深,有婆媳問題、先生酒醉甚至外遇、離婚…,讓我更深信台灣需要福音,我和她們分享福音也分享自己認識主的經歷,我為她們禱告也為自己的家人、親戚禱告,希望神能打開他們的心房接受福音,我知道這需要時間,我和約立會盡心盡力開墾台灣這塊土地。感謝主回應我們的禱告,我們在新北市的三峽找到願意一起開拓教會的基督徒,請為我們禱告能順利找到適合宣教的地點,目前台中的工作已告一個段落,請為搬家相關事宜以及開拓教會的事工代禱,謝謝大家!

Blessings in Christ,

The Pilsons

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May Prayer Update

July 18, 2016

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“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:19-23)

「弟兄們,我們既因耶穌的血得以坦然進入至聖所,是藉著他給我們開了一條又新又活的路,從幔子經過,這幔子就是他的身體;又有一位大祭司治理神的家,並我們心中天良的虧欠已經灑去,身體用清水洗淨了,就當存著誠心和充足的信心來到神面前。也要堅守我們所承認的指望,不致搖動,因為那應許我們的是信實的。」 (希伯來書 10:19-23)

Annie with family in New York for her Sister’s Wedding

Tomorrow (May 5th) is Ascension Day — a day to celebrate and remember when Christ was taken up into Heaven to rule at the Father’s right hand. Jesus told His disciples that it was to their advantage that He depart, in order that He could send the Holy Spirit and so that the Spirit would enable them to boldly bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Not only this, but Jesus’ ascension also means that He is faithfully serving as our great high priest who always lives to make intercession for us, allowing us to draw near to God’s throne of grace with confidence.

John Calvin wrote this about the importance of Christ’s Ascension: “For as soon as God’s dread majesty comes to mind, we cannot but tremble and be driven far away by the recognition of our own unworthiness, until Christ comes forward as intermediary, to change the throne of dreadful glory into the throne of grace.”

We are so thankful that Christ has passed through the heavens and is day and night serving as our compassionate and gracious mediator. We are thankful that the Holy Spirit is working in Taiwan to bring conviction concerning sin and righteousness and judgment, and that Christ is building His Church through the power of the Spirit who blesses the going forth of His Word. We are thankful that we are privileged to be Christ’s ambassadors here, and that God is calling men and women to be reconciled to Himself and to be freed from their sins through the blood of Jesus. And we are so very thankful for all of you who support us through your prayers, your words of encouragement, and your financial gifts. These things sustain us and give us strength to fulfill the calling to make Christ and His Gospel known and cherished in Taiwan.

Holy Grace

As most of you all know, since July of last year Annie and I have been serving in Taichung City with a small mission Church called Holy Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church. When we first arrived, the Church had just relocated to a much larger location and they were praying and planning for more stable growth in terms of numbers and giving. During the past 10 months we’ve been trying to help out in any way we could, and have focused on Evangelistic Bible studies, reaching out to those in the community, and encouraging the Church members to share the Gospel with their friends, family, and neighbors. The Church has reached about 50 members and is in the process of electing elders — this is great news for the first and only Reformed Church in Taichung City.

During the past weeks at Holy Grace I’ve been leading a class in Chinese on Evangelism and Outreach from a Reformed perspective as well as an English Bible study on the Book of James. The James Bible study has about 10 people attending regularly, with a few of them not being connected to any Church but showing an interest in learning more about the Bible. One man, named Jacky, has never read the Bible before but has been faithfully attending. Please pray that Jacky would see his need for Christ’s atoning work through our English Bible study and that he would place his trust in Jesus.

This summer (July 4 – July 10) we are welcoming a short term team from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) to help lead a week long English Vacation Bible School / Summer Camp aimed at reaching those who live near our Church. We’re quite excited about this opportunity to serve and bless our neighbors in Taichung, and we are praying that God would use it to draw several new families in the community to Holy Grace.

Please continue to pray for Holy Grace, that God would establish and set apart those who are called, equipped, and gifted to serve as elders, for the congregation to grow both numerically and in their love of Christ, and for God to bless their efforts to be a bright light for the Gospel in Taichung City. 

San Xia

Because Holy Grace is quickly on its way to becoming an established Church with its own elders, Annie and I have been praying about where we can best serve Christ’s Church here in the future. Recently I’ve been talking with another Presbyterian (PCA) Missionary in Taiwan about partnering together to plant a new Church in an under-served area called San Xia. And this has always been our goal — to see more Gospel-driven Churches established throughout the Island, especially in areas where there are no other Reformed Churches.

San Xia has countless new high rise apartment buildings being built every year due to the extreme cost of building in other parts of Northern Taiwan. And this relatively more reasonable cost of living is attracting many younger married couples with small children who we believe we can most readily connect with in terms of Evangelism and Gospel Outreach. These young families are not just moving to San Xia for a year or two, but are buying apartments and will be in the community for the long term. The population there is only going to continue to grow over the years to come as mass transportation is improved and the city becomes even more connected to the adjacent cities.

Please pray for this opportunity, that God would make it clear to us that this is the direction we should be heading, and that we would be able to collaborate well with our future co-workers.

For Christ and His Church,

Eric & Annie Pilson

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March Prayer Update

July 18, 2016

Taiwan Church Planters

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

「 我們既有這許多的見證人,如同雲彩圍著我們,就當放下各樣的重擔,脫去容易纏累我們的罪,存心忍耐,奔那擺在我們前頭的路程,仰望為我們信心創始成終的耶穌。他因那擺在前面的喜樂,就輕看羞辱,忍受了十字架的苦難,便坐在神寶座的右邊。」 (希伯來書 12:1-2)

Holy Grace Men’s Prayer Group

Thank all of you for your continued prayers, support, and love in Christ. We are so thankful for the perfect work of Christ on our behalf and the message of reconciliation we are privileged to be entrusted with as servants of Christ. As we seek to see existing Churches strengthened as well as the establishment of new Reformed and Christ exalting congregations, we rely on your prayers for God to open hearts and minds to the wonders of His Word.

Time in Taipei

Since our last update, Annie and I have made several trips to Taipei. One was for the purpose of auditing a Greek refresher course at the Chinese Reformed Seminary in Taipei. The class was a tremendous blessing because I was able to review many of the Greek paradigms I had long forgotten, learn lots of new Chinese vocabulary, and to connect with some of the young men at the Seminary who are considering God’s calling in their lives. We are still praying for a suitable Taiwanese co-worker who shares our philosophy of ministry and desires to seek out the lost in the context of a new Church plant. Visiting the Seminary, I was able to meet with several students and have a better sense of how God is working in their hearts to stir up a desire for church planting in Taiwan.

Spring in Taichung City

Over the next few months we have several new opportunities to serve the believers at Holy Grace Reformed Presbyterian in Taichung and draw in those from the community who have not yet heard the Law and the Gospel.

In the beginning of April we are going to resume our English ministry with a new 10 week inductive Bible study on the Book of James. Please pray that many local non-Christians would continue to attend and to learn more about the truths of the Gospel through our English Bible study. Previously, we had about 50% unchurched folks attending the study, and I hope that this percentage will continue on into the Spring. Please pray for our outreach efforts in the neighborhood around Holy Grace, including three nearby Universities. 

In addition to the English Bible Study, I am excited to have the opportunity to teach a 4 week Sunday school class on Evangelism from a Reformed/Presbyterian perspective. Often in Taiwan, Reformed churches are too weak on outreach to non-Christians and rely on other Churches to reach the lost. We absolutely agree that our Churches need to be strong on faithfully teaching the Word of God, but this cannot and should not exclude loving our neighbors by sharing with them the most beautifully wonderful news. The Gospel is such good news that to not share it with those around us is to fail to obey the second of the two greatest commandments. Please pray for me to teach this class (in Chinese) with clarity and cultural intelligence, that it would be a blessing to the brothers and sisters at Holy Grace.

Annie:

親愛的主內的弟兄姊妹,

謝謝你們常在禱告裡紀念我們,感謝主帶領我和約立來到台中,四月份會在恩約教會開中、英語各兩門基督教義、如何傳福音的課程,請禱告神會使用,帶領更多沒有聽過福音的台灣同胞進祂的國。

台中的家租約將於七月到期,請幫我們下一步的計畫禱告,能繼續跟隨神的帶領,以及找房子、搬家的事宜順利進行。今天是女兒恩心一歲生日,感謝主讓她健康、快樂地成長,她最近感冒咳嗽、流鼻水,禱告神能賜她平安的心、早日康復。

Grace and Love in Christ,

The Pilsons

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December Prayer Update

July 18, 2016

 

Taiwan Church Planters

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)

「主啊,如今可以照你的話,釋放僕人安然去世!因為我的眼睛已經看見你的救恩,就是你在萬民面前所預備的,是照亮外邦人的光,又是你民以色列的榮耀。」路加福音 (2:29-32)

Family reunion in Taipei

Christmas in Taichung

As Christmas and the New Year are quickly approaching, we want to take this time to thank all of you for your faithful support and prayers for us over the past year. We rely on your prayers, monthly support, and one time gifts to help us thrive and effectively communicate the Gospel of Grace here in Taiwan.

Although Christmas is celebrated in a very commercial way in Taiwan, very few have heard the true message of Christmas and how that relates to our redemption found in the Lord Jesus. The divine mystery of Christmas is that the Second Person of the Trinity, God of God, Light of Light, assumed a human nature. To quote from David Mathis: “Jesus took a human body to save our bodies. And he took a human mind to save our minds. Without becoming man in his emotions, he could not have saved our emotions. And without taking a human will, he could not save our will. In the words of Gregory of Nazianzus, ‘That which he has not assumed he has not healed.‘”

This Saturday night (12/19) we hope to share the true message of Christmas with the people of Taichung through Holy Grace’s first annual Christmas event which includes a light meal, English Christmas songs, and sharing about the real meaning of Christmas. The Church has spent a lot of time preparing for this event, so please pray for those we have invited to attend and respond to the Good News of God giving us His one and only Son Jesus.

This Saturday morning is also going to be our final English Bible discussion group of the year — we are thankful that we have had many visitors and that so many of them have heard the Gospel for the first time. We praise God that several people have been attending regularly who are not members of any Church but who are interested in exploring Christianity.

Speaking of exploring Christianity, our 7-week Christianity Explored course is also wrapping up this week as we consider this Friday evening what it means to be a Christian. We have had several non-believers attend this course and three in particular that have been the most faithful. Please pray that after hearing the message of Jesus that the Holy Spirit would draw them to Christ and allow them to place their trust in Him.

God continues to give us many opportunities to talk about Jesus with those who have never been to Church or who have never heard the basic message of the Christian Gospel. Please pray in particular for a man named Wu who has been reading through the Gospel of Mark for the first time and has begun attending our Church on Sundays. He is drawn to Christianity and has shown a great interest in learning more about Jesus and why He came to live and die for us.

We thank you for your prayers and how God has been answering them by giving us so many open doors to talk about the Lord and show care for those who do not yet know Christ as Lord and Savior. Annie and I are often meeting new people in the community and having Evelyn with us only makes it easier to break the ice as so many Taiwanese are curiously drawn to her.

Annie’s Sharing in Chinese:

感謝主帶領新朋友們參與我們的課程,其中多為當地的非基督徒家庭,感謝主使用我們的女兒恩心,讓約立和我有更多機會認識其他的爸爸媽媽。

請幫我們禱告對福音分享的事工得力,對所有的朋友們能一昧款待,用從主得來的愛去愛每一個人。

台中的空氣品質屢創新低,適逢季節交替,請為恩心的健康代禱,讓她的感冒痊癒、保持健康。

最後,謝謝你們的支持和愛,讓我們得以在台灣這塊土地上,為神的國盡一份心力,請為我們接下來的工作,及求神供應未來的同工代禱,謝謝大家!

How you can be praying for us:

1. Please pray for direction for us as we plan how to best share the Good News in the upcoming new year in Taichung. I may start another English Bible study in the Spring targeting those investigating Christianity, but I also want to continue to focus on using Mandarin to share the Gospel with our neighbors and those who live close to the Church.

2. Praise God for how he blessed our Thanksgiving outreach event. We had close to 100 people attend our Thanksgiving feast and time of sharing, including very many unbelievers and unchurched visitors. Annie and others sang some traditional Thanksgiving songs and I shared in Chinese about the real meaning of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for these kinds of opportunities to share the Gospel in Chinese, and please pray for my Chinese to continue to improve so that I will be more effective in boldly proclaiming the Word of God with local people.  

3. Please pray for a man named Stephen who attended Holy Grace a couple weeks ago. This was his first time to attend a Christian Worship service of any kind and he is genuinely interested in learning more about Jesus. I shared with him for about an hour after the service about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and how we can find eternal hope in Him. His work schedule is quite busy on the weekends, but he said that he definitely looks forward to coming back to our Church and I am praying that he can attend the Christmas outreach event this Saturday.

4. Please pray for a new Taiwanese friend of mine named Sam who I met recently through a friend at Church. Like Stephen, his work schedule is very unpredictable, but he also has shown some interest in learning more about Christianity. He was given a Bible for the first time and has been listening to some sermons and reading the Bible after he gets off work. Please pray that God through the Spirit would bless His Word and draw Sam to Himself to receive new life in Christ.  

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year,

The Pilsons

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November Prayer Update

July 18, 2016

 

 

Taiwan Church Planters

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

我觀看你指頭所造的天,並你所陳設的月亮星宿,便說:「人算什麼,你竟顧念他?世人算什麼,你竟眷顧他?」 (詩篇 8:3-4)

Chinese Flyer for Christianity Explored

New Christianity Explored Course Starting this Friday

This Friday evening (11/6) is going to be the first week of our Church’s Christianity Explored outreach: a 7 week course designed to facilitate conversations about the reality of Jesus Christ, His Death, Resurrection, and Ascension.The creators of this course describe it this way: Christianity Explored “gives you time and space to think about the big questions of life and to explore the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ.”

This will be the first time I’ve led a Bible Study or faith based discussion group in Chinese only, so please pray that I would be able to communicate the Gospel clearly and boldly in Mandarin. Thankfully I have a Taiwanese co-worker who will help back me up when there is something I cannot effectively communicate in Chinese or if there is a more nuanced question during our conversation time. The course is meant to be a place where skeptics and seekers can raise their questions about Christianity and hear the Gospel in the clearest of terms without too much “in house” Christian terminology.

Please pray that the friends and neighbors that have been personally invited during the past several weeks would attend the course and that the Holy Spirit would give them ears open to hear the truths of Christianity through the Gospel of Mark. 

Other Prayer Requests:

1. Please continue to pray for our English Bible Discussion Group which takes place every Saturday morning at Holy Grace Church. We have seen quite a few unbelievers attending over the past few weeks — all with various levels of English ability, but all of them have heard the Gospel clearly either in English or through our small group discussion groups where Church members have explained things in Chinese.

2. Please pray for Annie to balance her responsibilities as a mother and homemaker and her desire to reach out to others in our community which requires much time and effort to build relationships and trust.

3. Pray for other Church planters and missionaries in Taiwan who are laboring in the Gospel. Last week I attended a fellowship of Church planters in Taipei who are all connected with City to City Asia (a church planting movement established by Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC). There were reports of the existing church plants as well as plans for more church plants in the greater Taipei region. We’d love to see more works being established outside of Taipei, and continue to pray for a suitable Taiwanese co-worker to partner with us to plant in Southern Taiwan (especially Tainan City which has no Reformed Churches).

4. Pray also for our Thanksgiving outreach at Holy Gracethat God would use the Church’s hospitality to help us be a blessing and share the love of Christ with our neighbors. Many people in Taiwan are curious about this American tradition and of course having a chance to feast on turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie is a great way to meet our neighbors and share about the source of our thanksgiving in Christ.

For Christ and The Gospel,

The Pilsons

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