Taiwan – Serving the Working Class

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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

Religion: 

  • 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, green mountains, blue oceans

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

  • A Household of Peace at Last

    August 2017–   In Luke 10, Jesus instructs the 72 trainees to look for ‘households of peace’. That is, people, like Cornelius in Acts 10, who are God-prepared for the good news and ready to invite you into their networks. We’ve been looking and praying for these kind of people for eight years. Many times we’ve […]
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  • Building Partnerships through Serve Asia

    July 2017–   Serve Asia is our short-term mission discipleship program.  As we come into the summer, it is one of our busiest period of the year.  As individuals, teams, and churches come to Taiwan, we hope they will see what God is doing here; but also, how they can be part of it.   […]
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  • 大衛

    July 2017– 大衛很早就結婚了,有兩個孩子,一個大學四年級,一個小學三年級。年輕時因為接觸到毒品,足足有9年的時間一團混亂,賠了健康,也賠掉家人。直到他30歲時在晨曦會福音戒毒中心信了耶穌,把毒戒了,人生才重新開始。因此特別了解吸毒者的軟弱,和神拯救的大能。戒毒之路不易走,福音中心裡就有許多失敗的例子。但他痛定思痛,下定決心。 大衛年輕時混黑道,是個逞兇鬥狠的壞孩子。民國89年,在同伴慫恿下,好奇地吸了一口安非他命。沒想到就那一口,開啟了他人生的煉獄大門。吸毒會改變一個人的性格,變得暴躁、衝動,又自卑。從此,他天天流連賭場和卡拉OK,惶惶不可終日。 大衛染上毒癮後內心其實很孤獨、羞愧,但在人前又要裝出兇狠的樣子,因此最後罹患精神分裂症、憂鬱症、被害妄想症,整個身心靈都被破壞殆盡,連道上的兄弟都不再跟他往來。太太曾陪他努力了3年,最後受不了折磨,還是跟他離婚了。 沒想到的是,一場和死亡擦身而過的車禍,竟成為大衛生命的轉折點。那場車禍讓他頸椎骨折,差點連命都沒了。就在那段恢復期,他爸載他到屏東的慕恩之家戒毒所。那是他第一次接觸到主耶穌的福音,老師教導他如何靠著信仰的力量克服毒癮。他發現這是他唯一的路,所以出來後又去報名晨曦會。他決心戒斷毒癮。 大衛接受了福音,並在晨曦會成功戒毒出來後,開始了第二個人生。他決定餘生來回報上帝的恩情。 上帝真的很愛大衛,過去的日子就像聖經中浪子回頭的故事。他就像那個浪子,上帝不僅接納他,讓他找回自己,也讓他找到回家的路。 過去大衛一個禮拜回家兩天,只活在自己的毒品世界,太太看不起他,他也對她暴力相向,最後只能離婚。戒毒成功後的他,最渴望的便是與妻女破鏡重圓,補償他的虧欠。遺憾的是傷害太深,信任實難重建。 3年的努力,前妻無動於衷。大衛告訴自己,或許是時候該放下了,但就在那一刻,他們的關係出現了奇妙的轉機。那一次他鼓起勇氣對她說:「既然妳對我想努力挽回婚姻不為所動,我們就做好朋友吧!我也決定要去唸神學院。」講完後的那個月他真的很痛苦,躲起來沉澱自己。 看大衛不再強迫,前妻反而好奇起來,覺得他這個人的態度轉變了非常多。幾週後,她打電話來:「不然這樣,我們再交往看看。」接到這通電話,他開心到無法形容!於是,他和前妻又交往了3年的時間。2015年在兩百多位親友見證下,兩人再次走上紅毯。 證婚的牧師說,從來沒有主持過一場婚禮,台下每個人都在哭的。面對不可能的事化為可能,他們離婚5年多又再結婚。一個受虐的女性還願意回到丈夫身邊,唯一的原因,就是上帝的力量。祂的愛,讓他們一起找到回家的路。 上帝的愛,能讓每顆迷路的心再次被愛,並找到回家的路。大衛找到這路,也正走在這條路上。希望許多曾經跟他一樣迷路的人,也能找到這條回家路,被愛也能愛人。
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  • Journeying into Long(er) Term Missions

    “My heart desired to serve Him, but God didn’t call me to the field immediately.”
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  • Coming Home

    If you met Pastor David 10 years ago, you’d have struggled to recognise him. He shares: ‘I used to be a gang member.  In fact, I used drugs in the past, too.  But Jesus changed me in the rehab centre.  So, in the future I want to serve in a rehab centre too.’ In 2000, [...]
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