Serve Asia in Taiwan 2010

Every summer young people from around the world experience East Asia and get a taste for mission; teams like …

“Five of us set out from the UK and were joined by short-termers from the U.S., Australia and Canada.

“Together with OMF workers serving in Taiwan, we made up the Wan Hua International Team.

“OMF International works mainly among the working-class people of Taiwan. Around two-thirds of the population is working class but, although there are Christians among other social classes, only 0.5 per cent of the working class are Christian.

“Our role was to run English camps and teach Taiwanese children in a primary school. We taught English, played games, sang songs, ran a variety of activities, and also told Bible stories, shared testimonies and found opportunities to describe some of the wonderful things Jesus has done in our lives.

“Some team members also spent time talking with adults and teaching college students, in addition to working with the kids they were teaching!

“It only took a little time spent with the shop workers to see the true value of OMF International’s ministry. Most working-class Taiwanese people often work long days until quite late at night. Because many work in small shops where they are left alone for long periods with few customers, they are usually keen to talk whenever an OMF worker visits.

“As well as doing outreach in a park near one of the schools, we handed out gospel leaflets in shopping areas throughout the city. Our Western faces and lack of language ability worked in our favor, as some of the workers were far more likely to accept a leaflet when it was given out by a foreigner.

“We also visited and prayed for The Spring, a homeless ministry in Wan Hua. Although we were there to help, there were so many others preparing food and taking care of all the practical needs that we spent most of our time talking with the men and women there.

“We split up into threes, each group containing a team member who was able to translate. We played games and tried to chat over tea, while other activities like hair-cutting went on around us.

“Games were followed by singing and a talk led by a local church group, followed by a meal and more conversation. Having the homeless people pray for us at the end of the evening was a humbling experience!

“The final week brought the many challenges of working in a tribal village, but for all of us, it’s the kids that we remember most when we think of our time there. From early in the morning until late into the night, they were always there, searching for love and attention.

“Outside the classroom, most of these children spent much of their time playing on the streets, and we noticed how much they hungered for adult affection. During walks, basketball, quiet times and even meetings they were always looking for one of us to spend time with them.

“Our trip ended with a special goodbye meal, with tears and gifts, as the children prepared for us to leave. Although we thank the Lord for the part we were able to play in sharing him, it was painfully clear that we were not what these children needed, but Jesus.”

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