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Farewell, My Darling

As the lyrics of “A Summer Song” go, “They say that all good things must end some day; Autumn leaves must fall.” So our 4 weeks of STM came to an end. We did some ministry, got re-acquainted with some friends, made several new ones, and learned a few things. What’s most gratifying to see is how the Lord’s work here had grown – a new church had been planted, over 15 in Grace Meal had been baptized, campus ministries got started, children’s work had grown etc., and kids we met last time now become teacher’s helpers! How fast time flies, especially when you’re having a good time. Here are a few farewell photos. What remains is one week on our own touring Taipei, as we’ve never really seen Taiwan after visiting 3 trips and living here for over 18 weeks. I suppose we will return to assist wherever needed, but until next time, “Farewell, My Dalin”!

Dalin (大林)

Dalin (大林)

Dalin, also affectionately called "Darling"

Dalin, also affectionately called “Darling”

Saying goodbye to 2 of the "little teachers". When we first met them 2 years ago they were still in elementary school!

Saying goodbye to 2 of the “little teachers”. When we first met them 2 years ago they were still in elementary school!

"Last supper" with some colleagues

“Last supper” with some colleagues

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Campus Ministry

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It’s a small world after all! Our friend wanted to introduce us to an associate professor of life sciences at National Chung Cheng University, who had been instrumental in organizing the Fellowship of Evangelical Students on campus. He was born in Hong Kong, went to Taiwan for university, then to the US for his graduate studies.

As we’re also from Hong Kong, we hit it off right away and chatted using a mixture of Cantonese, English and Mandarin. Since he went to Cleveland, Ohio for his doctorate, he asked us whether we knew a Chinese pastor in that city. We didn’t know anyone from Cleveland, but decided to inquire his name anyway. He said, “Pastor H.M. Yeung, he was also my chaplain when I was in high school.” E. jumped with surprise when she heard the name. “H.M. Yeung! Of course I know him; we went to the same fellowship when we were in high school!”

It turned out the professor attended the same Methodist middle school in Hong Kong as E., only years later. That started an exciting exchange as E. queried whether he knew various people, including her former classmates, teachers and the principal of the school. What’s amazing is that he “happened” to be the nephew of one of E’s friends at the high school fellowship, who knew E. and her siblings well. He quickly asked a grad student to take a group photo of us all and forwarded it to his aunt. E. reconnected with her after having not seen each other for decades, as she immigrated to Australia while we went to Canada.

All our missionary friend wanted was to refer us to her network, but by providence we have a deeper connection than just a casual acquaintance. It’s a small world because our great God is in control. Our new friend quickly gave me an invitation to give a lecture to his “Jewish Customs and Life Sciences” class, which is as close as you can get to teaching the Bible in a secular university. He is a Ph.D. in biology and has been using the Old Testament to teach this elective for the past six years. The enrolment is limited to 60 students each year and the class is always full. Quite a few became believers after the course, as the students encountered the Creator instead of the usual idols so prevalent in Taiwan. Since we would have left Taiwan already, we passed the referral to our colleague. He will speak on marriage from a biblical perspective, as cohabitation is becoming widely accepted in Taiwan.

If you want to reach the class who has a significant influence in Taiwan, you need to be involved in campus ministry. In America most church goers became Christians before the age of 18. This may not apply in Taiwan, as many parents are bound by tradition to ancestor worship and folk religion, and may not encourage their children to go to church. However, when the youth leave home for university, they found a new freedom to explore everything, including faith. Many young people found Christ when they attend university, so campus ministry is an important strategy in reaching Taiwan. What’s your strategy to reach your community? Of course you need the Holy Spirit, but you need a method too. What’s yours?

Children and Campus Ministries

(Continued from yesterday)

Yesterday we posted videos/photos for adult ministries; today we continue with children and campus ministries:

WHIZ (Wise, Happy, Intelligent, Zealous) kids Sunday School:

Teaching second graders English.

Teaching English in elementary school.

Teaching English in elementary school.

Alphabet song:

One thing very helpful about schools in Taiwan is that they are open to religious groups (Christian, Buddhist or other) who offer to help in teaching English, virtues or other subjects, both during regular class time or after school. If Evangelicals don’t seize the opportunity, cults and other religions will. We hope to reach the family through the children.

As to campus ministry, Taiwan has 111 universities and colleges spread across the island, so student ministry is very important in reaching the educated. Here we visited two out of five universities in Chiayi county:
1. National Chung Cheng University (ranked #13),
2. National Chiayi University (#38),
3. Wufeng University (#39),
4. Tatung Institute of Commerce and Technology (#73), and
5. Nanhua University (#75).

Wufeng University with 6000 students

Wufeng University with 6000 students

Chung Cheng University has close to 12,000 students. We visited a professor who was one of the organizers of the Christian fellowship. He estimated Christians comprised about 3% of the student body, higher than the percentage in Minxiong where the university is located.

Visiting an Associate Professor at National Chung Cheng University. Besides supervising grad students, he teaches an interesting course on Jewish Customs and Life Sciences based on the OT.

Visiting an Associate Professor at National Chung Cheng University. Besides supervising grad students, he teaches an interesting course on Jewish Customs and Life Sciences based on the OT.

Doing bible study with graduate students

Doing bible study with graduate students