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MT 2016 Taiwan Mission Sharing
(English version behind this Chinese version)
台東 – 屏東 – 桃園的宣道結束後，佩帆繼續進行兩場營會：宜蘭(75人，20隊員)及台北(55人，6隊員)。都因各地隊員一心的擺上為主爭戰，齊力合一的完成了今年的台宣使命。耶穌心慰的像對過去的隊員一樣，也對我們今年的台宣隊員說了: 「又良善又忠心的僕人!」(太25:21, 23)。感謝讚美主!
First time we did Taidong mission(~110 students, 21 teammates), having experienced Pindong mission for years, we were totally amazed by students’ attention and enthusiasm to learn about God and English. One afternoon we visited a nursing home to comfort 30 so old folks. After singspiration, I was invited to give a spontaneous message, afterwards, I called them to receive Jesus by waving both hands in their wheelchairs. Instantly, 8 joyfully received Jesus, two more after personal consultation. Later in the evening, we all went to pray for the church being started in the tribal village and worshiped God there.
Next, another Mission Taiwan team of 80 teammates conducted 10 camps in 10 schools from Ligang to Dongang with ~600 students. Thanks to Doris’ hard work , the whole team was able to stay in one nice conference center. We had a new strategy for this years’ mission, three English message speakers were going around to proclaim Gospel in each camp. And this was just arrangement only in the last few days by God’s will. Thanks be to God, it helps a lot. Especially, one speaker is a magician from Japan, using magic to explain the gospel*, raising sensational responses from all kids and their joyful screaming were heard all over the campuses. Right during the rehearsals of our camps’ final presentations, the super Typhoon came, we had to presented it earlier, just in time to wrap up the camp and departed safely.
Just before going home, Magic ED and me conducted the final weekend mission in a Taoyuan church of ~350 people. ED was proclaiming the truth with his magic to raise all kinds of sensations and again, with screaming laugh like in Pingdong. I delivered the Sunday message three times. Upon finishing the last one, I made a altar call, one raised hand, called again, two more, then being touched, I asked those who raised hands to come to front for the prayers by the whole church. To my surprise, many folks were walking to the front, ~20, praising God for the great power of His word to change people’s lives.
As Taidong, Pingdong and Taoyuan missions were completed, Peifan diligently led two more camps in Yilan( 75 students with 20 teammates) and Taipei(55 students with 6 teammates). It is all due to our teammates single minded to fight the spiritual warfare for Christ, they were working harmoniously in unity to once again fulfill God’s great commission in this year’s Taiwan mission. Jesus said to our MT 21016 teammates just as those Mission Taiwan teams before: “Well done, good and faithful servants!” (Mat 25:21, 23).
* In one act, he asked the children for a snicker to fill a drink, as he poured down the water into the shoe, kids were screaming. Then, he pulled out a cup of black water from the snicker and asked anyone to drink it, they all despised him. In unbearable disguise he raised the cup and drank it amid the screaming of all the children. He then said to them, I drank the cup of your dirty feet washing water to clean your feet. And so your heart was as dirty as your feet, likewise, Jesus drank the dirty heart washing water for you to clean your heart.
**In one new school camp we encountered a strong will woman pastor who insisted on leading the camp and asked her young co-workers to lead the worship and taught some English words. We had to stand by and watched in despair, the result was loud scolding from the altar and naughtily noisy reaction from the students. In the evening team meeting, we decided to take back the camp. On the next day we were back in full control, led by Morris, soon the camp was filled with love and encouragement, in lesser than one hour the kids were happily singing the hymns on the stage one class after another, enjoying the love of God.
Mission Taiwan 2015 brief
MT 2016 news bits..
Welcome aboard MT 2016’s English Gospel Camp!
But we cannot really teach much English, since most of the kids, even at middle grades, are still at the 1st grade level. For a week of camp we will try to let the kids experience the live English with us through our interaction with them in listening and speaking, instead of focusing on learning some vocabularies and grammars. Hopefully by doing so, they will somewhat overcome the barrier inside and start to learn English at ease.
However we surely can share God’s love easily no matter how small the kids are. The number one thing to share God’s love is the everlasting endurance (fortunately, it’s only 5 days!), from us those kids will feel the love and want to seek our God of the true love.
Prayerfully, every kid at the end will say that I like to learn English and know Jesus as well, just like those kids wrote down on their camp feedback forms before.
May God’ grace be with you always.
到了最後離世前, 耶穌又對門徒說: 「父怎樣差遣了我、我也照樣差遣你們。」(約20:21)
A mission Follows The Way How Jesus
Was Sent By God
“.. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21, 17:18)
Dr. Charles Stanley (www.intouch.org) said that the Biblical basis of worldwide missions is to carry out God’s will by the witness of His people and the church. And for that purpose alone, He empowers us (Act 1:8) to witness the world His goodness (Matt 5:16), not just to enjoy happy lives for ourselves. Since the world is so messed up (Eph 2:1-3), our God cares about the people (Rom 10:13), He wants us to wake them up (Rom 10:14) by our own witnessing or send others (Rom 10:15). So we are either goers or senders in God’s world.
As for Mission Harmony to Taiwan and China, the additional Biblical basis for Taiwan mission is to return to God the glory long given to other gods(Isa 42:8-12), and for China mission is to build God’s army to fight the anti-Christ at the end time(Dan 11:44, Rev 9:15, 16:12).
In Taiwan, there are so many gods, especially in southern Taiwan, small townships like Ligang has 25 temples besides the nearby huge Buddhist Mountain. God told prophet Isaiah that He will “made a covenant mediator (Jesus) for people, and a lightto the nations”(Isa 42:7), then He declared that “I will not share my glory with anyone else, or the praise due me with idols.” (Isa 42:8)
The calling of Mission Taiwan is “to sing to the Lord a new song to praise Him”(Isa 42:10) by leading people there to exalt Him in worship, witnessing Him with our multi-church team serving together “under one God, one faith and one baptism(Eph 4:5)” in harmony so that people may believe Jesus is from God(John 17:21), and rejoicing in Him to spread His love.
On the calling of China mission, it’s in God’s end time plan. Israelis are God’s chose people, He cares about them to the end. Israel has depended on USA to survive and to thrive in this end time. At the time of the end (Dan 11:4)) when the anti-Christ invades Israel to slaughter them (Dan 11:41), and magnifies himself above God (Dan 11:37-38), from where will her rescuer come? Not USA, but China (Dan 11:44), how unbelievable it is!
So we going to mission China and Taiwan are keenly in God’s mind, and so honored to follow His will in carrying out His plan. Alleluia!
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Above are MT missionaries, Anna Lawler, Joan & James and Doris at work ..
In fulfilling God’s will, Mission Harmony(MH) to Taiwan and China is announcing this year’s mission from 7/5 to 10 in Taiwan and 6/28 to 7/3 in China. By His grace this is MH’s 9th year missions with our team of 130 teammates in 2014 from many parts of the country. In the past 8 years, we have outreached 4-5 thousands of elementary students and hundreds of college students working as translators via English Gospel Camps in 14 school campuses supported by local churches. This year, as more schools are asking for our English gospel camps, please pray for God’s calling coming upon you to share His love in Taiwan and China. See more info below.
Jesus is telling us: “.. open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sowers of (the past mission teams ) and the (coming new teams of) reapers may be glad together.” ( John 4:35-36)
中宣自2007年起每年暑期联合各教会去屏東十餘國小校園舉辦英文福音營，2015年短宣訂在6/28至7/3(中宣)及7/5至10(台宣)。今年台宣的营会要擴大到万丹，加上原來的里港，九如和東港及潮洲， 而中宣要去深圳。這一切都求神旨意的成就。盼望在求問神的祷告中, 衪的呼召臨到您, 去台灣或去中國分享衪的愛。
與神親近:「耶穌在父裡面，衪也在他裡面，聖靈教我們明白他所說的一切話。 」(約14:20, 17:21, 14:26)
- 浸泡在神的話語中，以此為樂，禱告思念: 多些認識神了嗎？多些有反照自己的嗎？多些要改变自己的嗎？
- 听到神的呼召: 台宣的起始 – 清礎的聲音; 中宣的起始 – 生動的影象
- 之後八年的呼召: 以敬拜神為中心; 進入學校
靠神的能力:「子憑著自己不能做什広，.. 唯有看見父神所做的.. 就照樣做。」(約5:19)
- 安靜信靠: 為擴充各地的學校營会, 台宣從兵強馬壯到人手不足
- 神的預備: (約5:20) 設在高雄農场的台宣總部;中宣的聖經營
- 屬靈争戰: 給予每次的宣道的精神指標; 帶團隊的合諧; 以衪愛的大能克服當地的敵視; 改變隊員的生命和更新信仰; 享受與各地主內肢体的聯结
甘心捨得: 耶穌對門徒說: 「若有人要跟從我、就當捨己、背起他的十字架、來跟從我。」(太16:24)
- 付代價: 用假期，買旺季機票，忍酷暑及接受諸多的不方便。
- 「我是耶和華，这是我的名。我必不将我的荣耀歸给假神，也不将我的称赞歸给雕刻的偶像。.. 航海的，和海中所有的，海岛，和其上的居民，都当向耶和华唱新歌，从地极赞美他。」(賽42:8, 10)
- 耶穌說: 「我若榮耀自己，我的榮耀就算不得甚麼。榮耀我的乃是我的父，就是你們所說是你們的神。」(約8:54)
- 目標是學生認識了耶稣, 也開始喜歡英文
耶穌快要離世前, 對神禱告說: 「你怎樣差我到世上，我也照樣差他們到世上」(約17:18)。
耶穌是神所差遣到世上的最偉大的宣教士,他如今也照樣差我們在世上傳福音。耶穌差我們就像神差他一樣, 因為他如何，我們在這世上也如何 (約一4:17)。耶穌如何的合神心意, 我們做為他所差的台宣工人也該如是。
耶穌首先「自己分別為聖」(約17:19)。他原本是神, 降世為人, 尚且求聖潔, 我們活在這悖謬世代中理當手潔心清的預備自己做台宣。
耶穌「在神裡面, 神也在他裡面」(約17:21), 耶穌有聖靈內住和神完全的合而為一。我們台宣隊來自各教會在一主、一信、一洗之下,和諧的聯結、竭力的保守聖靈所賜合而為一的心(弗 4:2-6)。耶穌在我們裡面、父神在他裡面, 使我們完完全全的合而為一, 便叫人知道神差了耶穌來到世上 (約17:23)。
同樣的, 當我們台宣大隊從各地各處齊聚里港地區高舉耶穌名、同心合一的事奉時, 當地的人便會看到我們是耶穌差來的、看到我們所信的神是如何的偉大、看到神的榮耀從我們身上彰顯出來!
他們也會從我們身上看到我們愛主的心是如何的大, 台宣隊員捨得花錢買旺季机票、用寶貴假期、冒著南台灣的炎夏、年復一年來到這鄉下, 也沒什麼名勝古蹟可看, 只在汗流夾背下教英文、傳福音。當地的人看到了神的愛是如何的吸引我們, 他們因而知道了神先愛我們, 愛世人、甚至將他的獨生子耶穌賜給他們、叫一切信他的、不至滅亡、反得永生。這些人便知道神為他們的救恩差了耶穌來到世上, 就知道我們台宣隊是為了神的愛而被耶穌差來到里港、九如和東港這些假神林立的鄉下地方愛他們, 帶他們衝破黑暗權勢, 向神唱新歌、讚美他、榮耀他、歸入耶穌。
台宣回顧 MT 2014 Reflection
It’s all by God’s grace, 130 of us, MT 2014 team, from USA, Canada, China, Taiwan and Germany including four church teams worked together in harmony to outreach over 1000 students and 100 college/high school teaching assistants in 10 elementary campuses to fulfill His great commission in Taiwan. Thank God for calling us to suffer little for Jesus, so that we may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed (I Pet 4:13)
As I was reflecting on this 8th year’s mission on my way to the airport, waiting to board and on the flight, a feeling of mission accomplished came on with additional thought of Ligang revival meeting before the camp and Dongang college camp afterwards. Plus few days in Taipei with teammates’ fellowships at Anita’s home, mission meeting at Missy’s home and also with Live ABC company on mini camps, a blessed Sunday worship with Pastor Porter’s powerful message in Taipei International church and AWANA discussion afterwards, capped by the leading of Mr. Lia (who I shared gospel with after last year’s mission) to Christ with Anita and Pastor Wen of Hakka Seminary in Taoyuan. How great His grace is upon our MT 2014!
May God continue to use us to fulfill His will in returning the glories of all kinds of gods back to Him and turning people’s praising of idols to Him in Taiwan (Isa 42:6-10). May our Father in heaven, hallowed be His name, His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Mat 6:9-10).
“.. you would see the glory of God.”
“.. 你不就必看見神的榮耀嗎?”(John 11:40)
Mission Taiwan 2013 Team of 84 teammates completed English gospel camp for 1100 students in 12 schools in Ligang, Taiwan as in the past 6 years. It’s all by God’s work in using us once again to extend His kingdom in southern Taiwan. At the outset of this year, MT2013 team has no one, I recalled what Jesus said in John 11:40: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” He said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that God sent him.(John 11:42)
Each of us, Mission Taiwan, 2013 and in the past 6 years, is and has been sent by God “for the benefit of the people standing here” – in Taiwan, in USA, believers or non-believers standing around and watching. So they will see the glory of God and the mark of grace upon us.
Please continue to pray for us and the students, elementary and college, and to remember our financial need in supporting long term mission house- currently Judy Thompson sent by San Diego Chinese Church, and another missionary is coming soon – Anna Lawler from Houston, TX..
May God bless us our chief end be to glorify Him and enjoy Him.
今年台宣隊已有過了84人在五地十校向一千一百多的學生傳講耶穌。又是神親自的作為, 應許了我們的禱告, 再次用了我們這夥人去南台灣的同一鄉鎮、年復一年擴允衪的國度! 感謝主!
年初時, 台宣隊還沒有一人, 記起耶穌說：「我不是對你說過，你若信，就必看見神的榮耀嗎？」(約 11:40) 他說這話, 是為周圍站著的眾人, 叫他們信是神差了他來。(約 11:42)
我們台宣隊, 今年和過去6年來, 每一個人都是神所差的, 要叫 「周圍站著的眾人」- 在台、在美, 主內、主外四周的人, 看見神的榮耀; 更看見神在我們身上恩典的記號。
Mission Harmony Alliance’s Mission Taiwan and Mission China teams exalt Jesus Christ who became flesh and dwelt among His people. And proclaim His gospel of Faith, Hope and Love to lead people to reconcile with God thru Jesus’ salvation so that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life to enjoy peace and joy in His kingdom.
台宣和中宣(Mission Harmony to Taiwan and China)為青少年舉辦暑期英文福音營, 以敬拜來宣揚主耶穌, 用中英文講聖經故事, 教會話、造句、唱遊、舞蹈、遊戲和做手工藝來提供青少年一個活潑的美語村少年樂園(ESL Village and Kids’ Place)。
因著神的恩典,台宣能在佛光山前的里港和拜媽祖興盛的東港國小舉辦暑期, 甚至上課期間全校的英文聖經營, 帶領數百青少年信主, 興旺福音, 並鼓勵、造就當地教會的同工。中宣繼台宣後, 前往中國太原舉辦中文青少年聖經營, 並培訓師資。除青少年營會之外, 又舉辦一系列成年社區的專題講座, 福音音樂會及關懷輔導當地的信徒。
Sharing Faith, Hope and Love in Jesus through Conducting English-Chinese Gospel Camps from elementary schools to colleges and Chinese Bible Camps and Life-Faith Seminars in churches
Tax deductible offerings are welcomed at:
Mission Taiwan or Mission China:
Title: LAMP Mission Taiwan or China, PO Box 820308, Ft Worth, TX 76182
登於使者雜誌 March/April 2015