Taiwan Church Planters

September Prayer Update

September 21, 2017

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5)

當稱謝進入他的門,當讚美進入他的院,當感謝他,稱頌他的名!因為耶和華本為善,他的慈愛存到永遠,他的信實直到萬代 (詩篇 100:4-5)

 


Sanxia Summer Saturdays at Grace Church

To our dear family in Christ,

In October it will be 4 years since we left the United States to begin our Missionary work in Taiwan. Annie and I are thankful for God’s faithfulness and provision during the past 4 years. God has provided for all of our needs through your prayers and support. We originally moved to Kaohsiung hoping to establish a Gospel-centered Church in that City, but after completing my formal language study at Kaohsiung Normal University, we realized that there were no other team members willing to move to Southern Taiwan to assist with Church Planting. We relocated to Sanxia because there were already some local co-workers living here who desired to help plant a new Reformed Church in this developing area of Northern Taiwan.

Now, after a little more than 1 year living in Sanxia, we are preparing to begin Sunday Worship services this upcoming Lord’s Day. We thank God that during the past year He has brought many new people to our fellowship as well as support from local Churches and individuals who share our vision for a Church that is committed to preaching Christ from all of Scripture as well as being warm, welcoming, and hospitable. 

Please pray for the 1st of our 4 Pre-launch Worship services starting this upcoming Sunday morning at Grace Church. We will begin with a 4-week sermon series for those who have already committed to be a part of our Church plant, giving us time to work out the flow of our Worship services and to give us a chance to review our core values and vision. Our Church will then officially launch on Sunday, October 22nd. 

We want to thank you for your prayers for our Summer VBS Camp which gave us the chance to reach out to more than 25 new families in the community. We taught English Bible stories and songs, Chinese Bible stories and songs, and also held cooking classes where every child had a chance to learn how to prepare simple dishes like dumplings or sushi rolls. 

Our new location is working out very well and it provides a very strategic location in the community for outreach. Next month we are planning on beginning English classes and storytelling for children as well as English conversation classes for adults. Please pray that these classes would be a blessing to our neighbors and help to provide opportunities for us to clearly explain the Gospel. Most of our neighbors are not believers and very few have heard the message of Christ’s sacrificial death for His people. May God help us to proclaim this message with courage and with wisdom. 

In addition to English classes, we have already held another baking class last week and will be hosting a speaker at the end of this month for parents to learn more about teaching children from a Biblical perspective. Please pray that those we meet and share our lives with through these outreach events at Grace Church will witness the love of Christ in our midst and open their hearts to learning more about the Gospel. 

安妮

感謝主的帶領,恩典山丘將於九月二十四日開始主日崇拜,謝謝主的供應,讓我有機會持續認識三峽北大和附近的女生朋友,很高興能和她們分享來自上帝的愛與福音的大能。請代禱神會打開她們的心,讓聖靈動工,帶領她們認識自己的罪,以及這位又真又活的神。

讚美主有杜宜芳師母和洪蕾姐妹的加入,能夠一起同工、建立主的教會是何等美好,請為她們代禱能夠順利適應環境,讓我們在主裡合一,在三峽做主的見證。也請為我禱告,在照顧孩子們、家庭和工作之間取得平衡,有來自主的心力和智慧,謝謝大家!

Additional Prayer Points:

1.Please pray for my sermon in Chinese this Sunday at Grace Church, that I will preach the Word of God clearly and with a humble reliance upon the Holy Spirit. Although my Chinese is slowly improving, preaching in Mandarin is still very difficult for me, so please pray that I would prepare well and rest in God’s work through me. 

2. Please pray for Michael and Rachel who are our team members and were just married on August 5th. Pray that God would use them to be Gospel witnesses in Sanxia and that our Church Planting team would be united in the mission given to us in God’s Word. 

3. Please pray for our Sunday Services and weekly fellowship meal afterwards to go smoothly, especially for our musicians and for Michael and me as we lead people through the order of Worship each week.

In Christ the True Shepherd,

The Pilsons

 

 

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July Prayer Update

August 18, 2017

 



Visitors to Sanxia

Eric’s college roommate Joe along with his wife Margaret and her family visited Taiwan for the first time together this summer and even came to stay in Sanxia.  It was a blessing to see Joe and Margaret after many years and to introduce them to our girls. 

Renovations

We rented a meeting location in Sanxia in late June and have been working hard to make it ready for Bible studies, prayer meetings, outreach events, and Lord’s Day Worship. 

Baking Class

Rev. Joel Linton and his daughters Faith and Ashlyn graciously came to Sanxia to help teach an apple pie baking class last week, giving us a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends in our community. Everyone who participated really enjoyed it.  

More Photos

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And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
(Acts 2:42)

都恆心遵守使徒的教訓,彼此交接、掰餅、祈禱。
(使徒行傳 2:42)

Reformation 500 Celebration in Hong Kong

Thank you for your steadfast support and prayers for the work that God has called us to in Sanxia, Taiwan. We are grateful for how you continue to faithfully partner with us in order to see the planting of more Gospel-centered, Reformed Churches in Taiwan.

Taiwan is a beautiful island with a very healthy democracy and relatively high standard of living, and yet as the recent Grace to City Reformation 500 celebration in Hong Kong made evidently clear, Gospel renewal has not flourished in Taiwan in nearly the same measure as it has in Communist China. At the conference there were thousands of Chinese Christians in attendance to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, to hear from Pastors like John Piper and Paul Tripp, and to learn more about the 5 Solas of the Reformation (which teach that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in the scripture alone, to the glory of God alone) from local Chinese house-Church Pastors. The conference was a wonderful time of Gospel refreshment, a vivid picture of how the Lord has been blessing the Reformed Churches in China, and also a reminder of how much work there is yet to do in Taiwan.

That being said, we are truly thankful that over the past 5-10 years there has been a renewed interest in Taiwan and throughout Asia in planting healthy Churches that are vibrant in their theology and zealous in their mission. Please continue to pray for Taiwan and for the region as a whole, that God would be pleased to raise up more Church planters, missionaries, and co-workers to fulfill the Great Commission by establishing Churches where Christ is truly at the center of all that is preached, taught, and throughout the entire life of the Church. 

Grace Church Sanxia

Our Church plant in Sanxia is making the transition from a fellowship which meets Fridays and Saturdays for Bible studies and outreach events, to an official Mission Church that will soon begin meeting for Lord’s Day Worship. Because our core group has been growing, we recently signed a lease for a meeting location which is strategically located in the center of our district; near a brand new library, activity center, and large kid-friendly park. Thank you for your prayers since our last prayer update regarding our search for this location!

We are so excited to finally have a place in Sanxia to worship on Sundays and to have a convenient first-floor Gospel Center where we can host more outreach events like English lessons, Baking classes, and a Summer Bible School. Please pray that God would bless our new Church location and make the Gospel Center a place of rest and renewal for our community. We long to see many people come to faith through the Ministry of the Word at Grace Church Sanxia. 

Renovations

We signed our lease on June 20th and since then have been spending quite a bit of time arranging the facility to be suitable for Sunday Worship on the 2nd-floor and for having a family-friendly Gospel Center on the 1st-floor. The place we rented was previously rented out to a Spa, so there was a lot of work to be done such as tearing down old walls and partitions, installing air conditioning, putting up wallpaper, installing lighting and furnishings, as well as many other small tasks. We thank God that so far the renovations have gone smoothly and the landlord gave us 1-month rent free to complete to arrangements. We also thank God that a nearby Church donated many items which has allowed us to stay on budget for the renovation and decoration. Please pray that God would give us wisdom in how to best use this newly renovated location to be a bright light for the Gospel in Sanxia. 

Additional Prayer Points

1. Please pray for our Summer Vacation Bible Classes which will start on August 12th and be on four consecutive Saturdays. We have a need for 1 or 2 additional teachers to help with Bible teaching, crafts, and music. We would like to have at least 18-20 elementary students sign up this year and hope that this Ministry can grow over the years to come.  

2. Please also pray for  our local co-worker Michael Liu who will be getting married August 5th in Taipei City. Michael has many family members who have never attended any Church, so please pray that they would hear the Gospel clearly preached and that they would have an opportunity to come to faith in Christ through Michael and his fiancee Rachel’s witness.

3. Please continue to pray for Annie as she seeks to balance the very critical mission work of reaching out to women in our community with staying at home with the children and taking care of our home. Madelyn, our youngest daughter, will be 7-months old tomorrow and Evelyn is 2 and 1/3 years old now. They are both very active and this keeps Annie quite busy, but praise God that she has also made many local friends and her friends are open to the Gospel and have shown an interest in our Church Plant. 
 

With Love,

Eric & Annie

We rely on your prayers and support and appreciate your gifts towards the going forth of the Gospel here in Taiwan. To learn more about partnering with us and with work of God in Sanxia, please visit our website at taiwanchurchplanters.com

 

 

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May Prayer Update

May 18, 2017

 

Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.  (Psalm 25:4-6)

耶和華啊,求你將你的道指示我,將你的路教訓我。求你以你的真理引導我,教訓我,因為你是救我的神,我終日等候你。耶和華啊,求你記念你的憐憫和慈愛,因為這是亙古以來所常有的。 (詩篇 25:4-6)


Eric with new friends at Taipei University

Thank you all for your continued prayers and enduring support for the work that God has called us to in Taiwan. We thank God for how He continues to lead and guide our plans to plant a new Gospel-centered, Presbyterian Church here in New Taipei City, for the growing unity and heightened sense of calling among our core group, and for the myriad opportunities we have had to proclaim the excellencies of our God to those who have never heard. 

We want to thank you for your prayers this past month regarding our earnest desire to raise up a local prayer and support team for the Sanxia Church Plant. My co-worker Michael and I have been visiting different Churches and sharing our vision for establishing a new Reformed Church in Sanxia Beida District. Please continue to pray for more opportunities to share our vision and for God to raise up a team of prayer warriors and supporters who can back our Church plant while it is still in the early stages of being planted.

Thank you also for praying for our Christianity Explored course which we called “Brunch and Bibles.” The 7-week course began in late March and has been going well, with several non-Christians faithfully attending Brunch at Michael’s apartment followed by a discussion of Mark’s Gospel from Pastor Rico Tice. We have one last session coming up this Saturday when we will be talking about the meaning of repentance and the cost of following Jesus. On this note, please keep praying for those who have attended and have begun to embrace the Gospel but are facing pressure from non-Christian family members. 

Additional Prayer Points:

1. Please pray for us as we make more and more contacts in our community, that those we meet and interact with would see their need for God and that our friendships with them would flourish, providing more opportunities for the Gospel to go forth. We want to serve the needs of Sanxia, displaying the love of Christ, while at the same time being bold in our witness to the truth. Please pray that we would do both of these things well, with a zeal for God’s glory and the building up of His Kingdom.  

2. Please continue to pray for us to find an affordable location to rent in Sanxia where we can host outreach events, parenting classes, English lessons, prayer meetings, and Sunday Worship. 

3. Please pray for God to provide for our Church plant a gifted and Godly musician who can help lead our musical accompaniment and hopefully also assist with updating some of the older Taiwanese hymns to more easily sung tunes. In Taiwan, like almost all places, hearing and singing God’s Word through psalms and hymns and spiritual songs can be a powerful witness and tremendous encouragement to the soul. 

In Christ our King,
The Pilsons

To partner with us in bringing the Gospel to Sanxia, please visit taiwanchurchplanters.com

 

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March Prayer Update

May 18, 2017

 

 

Eric with Pastor Daniel, Timothy (Church Planter in Puli, Taiwan), and Michael after a Church Planting Meeting in New Taipei City

Gospel Growth in Sanxia

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21)

To our dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for the Ministry that God has called us to in Sanxia, Taiwan. Though we love Taiwan, we also often think about you and miss our family of faith back home. We thank God that whether we are in Taiwan or in the States, our ultimate citizenship and identity is in God’s kingdom of grace.

By His grace, our Church Planting project in Sanxia has been moving forward, and we are now preparing to begin support raising through Taiwanese believers and like-minded local Churches. This will give the Church plant some funds for renting a facility and for a salary for our co-worker Michael Liu. Please pray that God would bless our efforts to raise up a local prayer and support team for the Sanxia Church Plant.

An answer to prayer is that Michael has already moved into our community in order to have a more effective presence and ministry. Please pray for Michael as he interacts daily with those in our community, that he would be bold in his Gospel witness.  Michael has a heart for the lost and a humble desire to learn how to best reach out with the love of Christ to those living in Sanxia.

We also thank God for the new visitors we have had to our fellowship over the past couple months. Please pray for a young man who started attending a few weeks ago. During this time he has started studying the Scriptures for the first time. He has been asking many great questions and even though he has not yet confessed faith in Christ, he has already been reading through the Bible everyday.

To help with our outreach to unbelievers in our community, we will soon be starting a Christianity Explored group. Please pray for this 7-week course which will be held at Michael’s new apartment and includes a meal beforehand. Our goal is to have at least 10 people attend, so please pray for the members of our fellowship to invite their non-Christian friends.

This Sunday I will be preaching at New Hope Church (where both Daniel and Joel Linton were pastors) — please pray that I would preach the Gospel clearly and boldly. Michael and I will also have some time after the service to share about the Sanxia Church Plant. We are thankful for that opportunity and pray that God would use it to help stir up more local believers to support Church Planting in Taiwan.

Most of all, we ask that you would pray for Annie and me, for our love of Christ and for our neighbors to increase more and more. That God would be our treasure and we would have a zeal for His glory above all things. 

In Christ the Light of the World,

Eric & Annie

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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

To partner with us in bringing the Gospel to Sanxia, please visit our website at taiwanchurchplanters.com

 

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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

Taiwan Church Planters

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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