Taiwan Church Planters

May Prayer Update

July 18, 2016

Taiwan Church Planters

“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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