Taiwan Church Planters

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

We thank you for your faithful and generous support of our work here, to partner with us in Bringing the Gospel to Taiwan, please visit our website at taiwanchurchplanters.com

 

 

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