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A light in the community

Sloth was an 8th grader who attends the youth group in Puxin. He was quiet around his classmates but, surprisingly, at youth group he was the first to answer questions. Sloth loved to stay at the end for games with the other students, but the missionaries urged him to go home as soon as the youth group is over since his father, Chou, had previously come along to scold Sloth and drag him home.

Then Chou had a minor stroke and was hospitalised. Sloth rarely visited his dad because of his busy school schedule. One Saturday, OMF worker, Wayne, took Sloth to see Chou in hospital. When Chou saw Sloth, his eyes were filled with tears, saying to Wayne: “You know how to teach him. Thank you,” The visit was short but at the end, Chou asked Wayne to pray for him.

Wayne began to visit Chou each week to share Bible stories. Chou started asking questions and listening to an audio Bible. Within a month, Sloth’s mother arranged for Chou to be baptized in a local church. He had become a Christian.

In the following two months, Chou disposed of the seven idols he had faithfully worshipped. With the help of a short-term team, missionaries and the family turned the shrine into a bright, spacious storage room. During the transformation, Chou looked worried and dared not come closer. Occasionally he peeked in to check on the progress. When it was done and he was invited to see the difference, he strode in with his walking stick, wearing a big smile on his face. He had found freedom.

After the stroke, Chou couldn’t sit too long so he found it difficult to attend Sunday worship. Wayne offered to hold a meeting at his home on Saturday nights. Three months after Chou’s stroke, a house church was established. Gradually, Sloth’s siblings joined in and his mother led the meeting during the Chinese New Year break while the missionaries were away.

It’s not easy for a traditional Taiwanese working class man to become a Christian. It was even harder for Chou because of his long history of idol worship and his experience as  a spirit medium in his youth.

But step-by-step, in this home the red light of the household shrine has turned into a cross.

Will you pray for Taiwan?  

  • Praise God for Sloth and his family. Pray they would be a light in their community and a blessing to many.
  • Pray for OMF workers like Wayne serving working class communities in Taiwan as they seek opportunities to share the gospel and walk with friends, neighbours and contacts.
  • Pray for more men like Chou to turn to Christ.


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