Mission Taiwan 2008

Mission Taiwan 2008 Mission Taiwan had 20 persons from FCBC, ACC and Pastor Sun family of four gone to Ligang to teach English VBS camps in two elementary schools, Yutieng (玉田國小) and Zai Xing(載興國小). In addition to daily worship, we had a two-night parenting seminars and two EV music nights to outreach the community for His kingdom. PTL, we had over 120 kids and 10 adults received Christ as their savior and Lord.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkT4MYvyrsw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdQf8uEzBMg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0DWn2LmLt0

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Mission Taiwan 2008 Mission Taiwan had 20 persons from FCBC, ACC and Pastor Sun family of four gone to Ligang to teach English VBS camps in two elementary schools, Yutieng (玉田國小) and Zai Xing(載興國小). In addition to daily worship, we had a two-night parenting seminars and two EV music nights to outreach the community for His kingdom. PTL, we had over 120 kids and 10 adults received Christ as their savior and Lord.

Some videos in youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkT4MYvyrsw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdQf8uEzBMg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0DWn2LmLt0

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2008夏台短宣感言

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幼蘭 – FCBC (Fresco Chinese Bible Church, Fresco, TX)

感謝主,安排了女兒KATHY 和我參加了這趟台灣短宣隊。所得的收獲和經歷是遠遠超過我們所求所想的。如果說我和女兒是去付出或者奉獻,還不如說是去吸取和學習更合適。 蒙神憐憫,賜福於我們母女這麼好的學習機會。

1995年,我和大兒子隨先生從中國四川省來美留學。在無神論中長大的我們,對一切信仰都不以為然。有人請我們去教會,也就懷著認識朋友的目的去了。對神不感興趣, 反而口口聲聲和別人爭辯自己不是罪人。現在想起,真是罪人中之最。來美不久,先生出了一場車禍。在無助中我們開始試著開口求創造天地的主。滿有慈愛、憐憫的上帝即刻張開慈愛、大能的雙臂,完全地接納了我們。這中間有很多弟兄姐妹們為我們禱告,帶領我們,以無私的幫助把神的愛帶給了我們。我心中的感激之情,真是寫不完,說不盡。只能將一切感謝獻給我們的天父,救我們的主耶穌。

感謝主賜給我們得救的恩典。這麼多年,在神家中,我們享受被培養,靈命得造就的恩典。現在又將服侍的恩典賜給我們。要數算神在我們家的恩典,我可以和你講幾天。 真是體會到,不靠神時,多少的苦難都白白受了;當我們靠主時,再苦也有甘甜,在平安、喜樂中有盼望。

我從未想過去台灣宣教的事。從前,帶領我們信主的很多弟兄姐妹是來自台灣,我就一直以為台灣信主的人很多(OMF的調: 台灣都市裡信主的比列只有2-3%, 而在里港這個鄉下則連0.2%都不到)。倒是認為大陸會很有需要。可是神的意念遠遠超過我們的意念,祂奇妙地安排了我們這個團隊。用出人意料的方式使不完全且以前不相識的我們搭配成一個可以圓滿完成神事工的台宣團體。我們成為一家人是因著耶穌。

當我們到台灣,來到里港鄉,我才看到了那地方的需要。那裡黑暗的勢力非常大, 捆綁著許多的靈魂。那麼多可愛的孩子需要愛,那裡的人需要福音。神要我們這些已經得到神的愛、得到福音的人把愛傳到那裡。短短五天,讓我看到從未見到過的變化。從開始一張張拘束不安的小臉變得活潑開朗。當很多孩子舉手要接受耶穌時,小信的我震動了。 最後一天,孩子們用英文快樂地唱讚美詩時,我都不相信自己的眼睛了。如果不是神的大能,親自在做這一切,無人能成就這些。真是要將一切的頌讚、榮耀都歸給我們在天上的父。

我也被里港鄉靈糧堂的林牧師一家和那裡的弟兄姐妹,還有一些小青年們的擺上和服事、靈性的活潑所感動。神一定會紀念他們的付出。還有溫弟兄夫婦的付出和帶領,每位弟兄姐妹的彼此關心,孫牧師為我和女兒的禱告和教導,都讓我深深地感受到信主,在神的大家庭中是多麼的有福氣。


奇妙的推動者

陳 洋 子

神很奇妙地帶領我和19位愛主的弟兄姊妹們到台屏東縣里港鄉,在那裏接觸了170位從小學一年級到五年級的小朋友的生命。

20位成員】

首先講到我們團員年齢從7歲到64歲,812女。由ACCFCBC教會和孫牧師一家四人組成,我們個個都派上用塲。由正祥弟兄發起到高雄的佛光山大本營做宣教工作。真是看到神奇妙的作為,竟然把我們凑在一起。我有幸參與這項聖工,享受其中第一手的經歷與成果,體驗到神是主宰一切,衪永不誤事。我們只是衪手下的一個棋子,是一小塊拼圖。在里港的聖工,神是奇妙的推動者。

【計劃更改】

我看到神的全能與信實,衪隨時更改我們事先的安排與計劃,其實應該說衪知道我們的小信,而要試驗我們是否完全順服與信靠衪。短宣隊原來的計劃是針對在里港靈糧堂大約80個弱勢家庭的孩童,他們每天在教會有免費的義務課業輔導。後來玉田國小的教務主任知道這些弱勢孩童大部份都是他們的學生,便要求擴大招生,並將地點遷移到附近約三分鐘路程的玉田國小,預計招收120位小朋友(後來只多出21孩童,因為他們不願與弱勢兒童為伍)。我們非常興奮神擴大衪自己的事工,也很高興孫大翔牧師和師母及休士頓來的李偉珍傳道的參與。

職責分配妥當後,卻在出發前的兩個星期,神又給了我們一個信靠衪的機會。附近的載興國小校長早已計劃有暑期活動。她曾洽商高雄、屏東兩所大學的參與,均無回音,又遠到台中法光寺尋求幫助,亦下文。當她聽到玉田國小將有美國學人回台舉辨的英文夏令營,喜從天降,親自要求靈糧堂的林牧師,他們也要有相同活動,但不願與玉田國小合併。載興與玉田國小相距20分鐘車程,三天就有75小朋友報名。

當温正祥弟兄告知載興國小的加入之後,我們早上必須分兩邊敬拜,下午的活動要各自處裡。以當時情況看來是不可能的事,因為時間緊迫,人手又不夠。温弟兄是一片樂觀,大有信心的人,馬上臨時變更整個計劃,重新調動人員,也安排當地教會大專生當助教

【載興小學】

我被編到載興小學教四年級,美教一、二年級,燕翎教三年級,重輝教五年級。他們三人已先返臺,雖然從電子郵件略知一些,卻都是在抵達里港後才知道怎麼一回事,但是他們都欣然接受。每天早上我們四人分別教美國村英文營和聖經教材,中午孩童休息時才開會商討下午少年樂園遊戲。感謝神,安排重輝及美的臨時配搭,帶出絕妙無比的户外活動,讓孩子們和我都享受到快樂的時光。最辛苦的是李偉珍傳道,她每天兩邊來回帶領敬拜和下午的詩歌教唱。在最後一天的敬拜裡,李偉珍傳道呼召時,竟有約60位載興國小學生舉手願意相信耶穌,近80%在分班確認後,又有更多的學生信耶穌,重輝教的較頑皮年級班竟全部(另早先在玉田國小時80學生信主)

【奇妙的安排】

我也感謝神安排我和安娜成為室友。我們两人在清晨二、三點同時被聖靈叫醒,起床準備功課。在此感謝她不厭其煩地更正我的講稿口語話,使我有信心能在台前演講。神讓我們有足夠的精神和體力,沒有時差的不適,全力應付每天從早上八點半到晚上十點的活動。

神還賜下黎明的西北雨讓温度下降,一點不像平常夏季炎熱驚人的高屏地區。我們當初計劃夜宿靈糧堂教會的地板,後因毫雨成災,教會可能淹水。神奇妙地讓正祥弟兄一上網,居然臨時在里港市中心找到一家合宜的民宿旅館,五個房間剛好容納我們的團隊。因沒有外人和我們參雜,我們能放心地把行李攤放在走廊。每天早晚,走路就能享受到路邊五花八門不同的南北口味,竟沒有人拉肚子。在此值得一提的是,感謝神特別應許了我們十項裡最後: 讓慣常颱風和暴風雨更改我們的行程結果緊接著短宣結束前後幾天的兩個颱風,都對我們的行程絲毫無損。這是神在順服衪的人身上奇妙的排。

【成果發表會】

星期五的晚上七點在靈糧堂有英文營的成果發表會。載興小學的學生多半因路途遙遠不願參加。林牧師在星期四下課發出家長通知書,如星期五晚不參加成果發表會者,家長必須在下午一點鐘將孩子接回家。要參加者,晚上七點來教會看孩童表演後,再接孩子回家。當時我們替牧師揑一把冷汗,他如何能帶領這些孩子。沒想到他竟把載興國小二十六位孩童分好幾批像擠沙丁魚似地接到教會,加上玉田國小二十多位小朋友一同聚集在教會排演,晚餐由教會供應。這只有林牧師的雄心大才做得到。

星期五下午做了兩次的排演,安娜便在這週唯一的有空時段裡,些人趕工做伊甸園壁報,佈置塲景。到了晚上的成果發表會,來的家長相當多。看到小朋友純熟的用英文讚美神,連唱帶作的六首表演。木偶戲帶出但以理只敬拜獨真神,寧願餵獅子卻不向偶像妥協的信息帶入節目的高潮。大家都很驚訝該子們是如此可被塑造。載興國小校長及玉田國小教務主任滿懷興奮、喜自內心地致謝詞。載興國小校長欣慰學生的回條講到, 他們喜歡講英, 會唱英語歌, 還有些他們的故事他們詫異學生在短期間不但能學會這麼多英文詩歌,還做出許多整齊劃的活潑動作。玉田國小的主任更強調,他們學校老師在一學期都無法教會一首英文歌。五天的愛心付出真是碩果纍纍,超過我們所求所想的。

【頌讚歸與神】

神實在是一個主宰萬事的神,當我們順服在衪的權柄之下,衪能在我們中間興起聖工,安排並成就這有意義並改變人生命的工作。神真是奇妙的神,在此將一切榮耀及頌讚歸給神。

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To be God’s Messengers of Love in Ligang (里港), Taiwan

Sabrina Li

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This summer Mission Taiwan (台宣) under the leadership of Brother John Wen (温正祥), a group from Arlington Chinese Church and a group from Frisco Chinese Bible Church combined as a team to help a small church in Ligang, Taiwan to host an English camp. Brother John invited me to join them and my main responsibility was to design and lead the morning worship for the children because he was convinced that when we worship God and lift His name high, His work will be done. Ligang is a small village located at the foothill of the Buddha Mountain (佛光山). I was told that there are 25 Buddha temples in this village but only a few churches.

Our original assignment was to work with this church but about two months before the trip, one of the local elementary schools requested to partner with the church to host the English camp. We were excited because we could minister to more children. In fact, this is quite out of the ordinary because Christians were being despised in such a strong Buddha environment. Therefore our team enthusiastically made the necessary adjustment to our plan.

Surprisingly, less than a month before we left, we were told that a second elementary school requested to partner with the church separately because there is some distance between these two schools. This time, we were not quite sure how to respond because everything was pretty much set and it would be hard to accommodate such a big change within such a short time. Our leader, Brother John said that we would split our team into two groups and serve in these two schools. Because this happened so last minute, when we left on July 5, we were still not quite sure how the whole thing would work out. But by faith , we moved forward.

Praise God! Although we did have some confusion at the beginning, our team was unified and worked sacrificially to reach out to the children and the adults. As a result, we have more than 100 children and about 10 adults accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The dean of the first school and the principle of the second school were touched. They both were not Christians but in their speech in front of the parents, they did not only thank us but they expressed their gratitude to our God and honor Him! Hallelujah!

I had been a short-termed and long-termed missionary before but this time my experiences have been very different from my former trips. First of all, I have learnt to be much more in tune with God. Even when I first agreed to join this mission trip and sought God for His guidance, He gave me two dreams. The first one was that this mission trip would not be a conventional one. We would not depend on our detail planning, our methods or our skills. I just needed to prepare my part well. The second dream was to remind us to love each other as a team. Then as we followed our leader closely, God’s work would be accomplished. Therefore, when the two sudden changes happened, we were ready to face them because God had prepared us ahead of time.

Secondly, during the trip, I felt that God was there serving alongside with us. He truly loved the people there. During the second morning worship, I led the children to sing praise songs but they were very restless and noisy and not really singing. To make the situation worse, three boys disturbed the pianist so much that he requested me to send them away from him so I sent them to the back of the room. I was discouraged and angry because we came all the way here to bless them but they did not care.

After the singing portion, another teammate was in charge of the scripture memory so I sat down and asked God what I was supposed to do. I felt the Lord smiled and told me that He loved the children very much. Then I broke into a smile and told the Lord that I loved the children, too and asked Him what I was supposed to. The Holy Spirit told me to follow my original plan because I did think of canceling the following song and went straight to the lesson time.

Therefore after the scripture memory, I stood up with a smile on my face, I told the children that the heavenly Father really really loved them and I loved them, too. Otherwise we would not come all the way from the United States to teach them. All of a sudden, they all became very quiet and attentive. The spiritual atmosphere of the room was completely changed. Then we sang, “His Banner Over Me is LOVE!”

At the end of the worship, I talked to the 3 misbehaved boys separately. When I talked to the first boy, I began by telling him how much the heavenly Father loved him and I loved him also. It made me sad to scold him. I saw that his eyes were red. Then I asked him what he did to the pianist. He said that they were too loud. I asked him not to do it next time. He promised and I gave him a big hug. He was so touched that he cried. I did the same to the other two boys. Since that morning, they behaved well for the rest of the camp.

I was also responsible to teach two seminars for parents in the evenings because presently I am writing a children’s worship curriculum which includes manuals to train parents and teachers. We had a panel of five parents from our team to respond to the practical questions. Right after the second seminar, God led me to talk to a mother. She worked two jobs to raise four children by herself. Yet the third child, a 13-year-old daughter kept complaining that she did not love her. So this mother was sad and did not know what to do. I shared the gospel with her and she really wanted to accept Christ but because of her Buddha background, she needed more time. So I gave her a gospel track and encouraged her to read it everyday until she is ready to accept Jesus. She agreed. Her name is Beautiful. I asked her, “Do you know why your name is called Beautiful? This is how the heavenly Father sees you.” She had tears in her eyes. Please pray for her salvation.

God truly loves the people in Ligang. This time He used us as His messengers of love to reach out to both the children and adults.

May all the seeds that have been sown will reap 30-fold, 60-fold and 100-fold for God’s Kingdom!!! Amen.









 

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