House of Blessing

Special service at Morrison Academy

Special service at Morrison Academy

Mixed congregation of Chinese and foreigners, young and old

Mixed congregation of Chinese and foreigners, young and old

Baptism at school"s swimming pool

Baptism at school”s swimming pool

One of 5 candidates baptized that day. He is 9 years old.

One of 5 candidates baptized that day. He is 9 years old.

Two weeks ago we did not have any assignment to observe a particular ministry or speaking engagement, so we visited our hosts’ home church, the House of Blessing Bilingual Church (HB) http://www.blessingchurch.tw/ to worship. HB was started by missionaries about 10 years ago who worked at Morrison Academy, a Christian school founded in 1952 for missionary kids. They felt a need for a church that would integrate both Chinese and foreigners, and proposed the idea to the teachers. Only a few responded at that time, but over the years the congregation grew, always consisting of a mix of local Chinese and foreigners, both young (students) and old (primarily parents), to about 120 presently.

Although HB started on Morrison premises, it is not officially affiliated with it and had since moved to meeting at a local high school, remaining non-denominational. Many of the foreigners have changed over time, as some have been transferred to other mission fields, others retired, while new ones joined. Throughout this period much of the preaching and teaching had been filled by the missionaries themselves on a rotation basis, and all services are bilingual in English and Mandarin. The church has no building, no paid staff, but has conducted nearly 30 baptisms, each with several candidates, in the last decade. Only recently did they call their first pastor, a Chinese intern at one of the local seminaries. Three things stand at the forefront of everything they do:

1. Loving God,
2. Loving one another, and
3. Loving a broken world who needs to know Him.

This is the same as what I’ve been drilling into my church all these years, only in slightly different words. In a world which emphasizes attendance, buildings, budgets, and homogenous groups, HB seems to thrive while going contrary to the norm. Perhaps it’s time we re-examine our church models through biblical lenses.

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