Taiwan – Serving the Working Class


Taiwan Fast Facts:

Location: Southeast Asia near China, Japan, Philippines

Population: 23 million (15 million working-class)

Major cities: Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung

Climate: Marine-tropical

Geography: Mountains in the east, plains in the west

Languages: Taiwanese, Mandarin


  • 93% combination of folk religions, Buddism, Confucianism, Taoism
  • 4.5% Christian + Catholic
  • 2.5% other
  • Working class:  0.1% Christian

Government: Democratic

Industries: Electronics, IT products, petroleum refining, textiles

Known for: wonderful food, friendly people

God is moving in Taiwan

We are a group of about 60 people from more than a dozen nations. We seek to share the gospel with individuals, care for the hurting and establish growing churches among Taiwan’s unreached majority—the working class.  We are here because most people in Taiwan have no idea of the hope that Jesus Christ offers to them. This is especially true of the working class—the vast majority of whom are in bondage to idolatry and superstition and the destruction these bring.

Latest Stories

  • Finding Gold in the Haystack

    October 2016–The Pearl Family Garden is a ministry to older women in the red-light district of Wanhua, Taipei. Many of these women have suffered trauma because of sexual abuse, domestic violence, broken marriages, bad choices (whether those of their own or others’), idol worship, poverty … not to mention the daily grind that characterizes much […]
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  • Preparing for Our Next Disaster….

    October 2016–During Chinese New Year, Taiwan experienced a deadly earthquake with hundreds of casualties. All sorts of aid poured into the country. Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan, put on a lighting display to pay tribute to the earthquake victims. “May the heavens bless Taiwan” was the most common phrase that was used in […]
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  • “Why Don’t You Work with the Local Church?”

    September 2016–Kevin is the pastor of the Taipei Shopworkers Church. He heads up a ministry that reaches a large segment of the population that is overlooked by many traditional churches. Service industry personnel work long hours, including on Sundays. Many have limited education and they often come from broken marriages and dysfunctional families. Kevin himself […]
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  • Push for Freedom

    August 2016–   One powerful blessing of being on the mission field is that it helps us to hone in on what really matters, and there’s a sense of freedom that comes with that.  Many things that used to matter much have become irrelevant in our lives & what we are trying to do.  Now […]
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  • When Changing Jobs is a Difficult Thing

    July 2016– “Your goal is to help the women to leave the trade, isn’t it?”  This is a common remark when people know that I am reaching out to women working in Taipei’s red light district.  Yet there is no simple answer to this question.   As a member of the Pearl Family Garden team, […]
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