Do you remember the very first Bible story you ever heard?
Adrian is an exchange student at NTCU from Malaysia. This past week he came to our weekly Outreach Bible Study on campus for the first time. It was the first time in his life he had ever heard a story from the Bible. The reason he came is because I am able to be on campus every week meeting and engaging students in their daily lives. In one of those encounters, Adrian was interested – he looked at me and said, “I want to know you”. So I invited him to come to our weekly Bible study.
As we talked about the two parables we were looking at, I could see that he really was clueless so I asked him about his spiritual background. He told me that he was a Buddhist. He went on to say that he believed that all religions were the same and that we all were just using different paths to try and reach the same end.
I paused, prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to help and then spoke. Using the scriptures and Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, I showed him and the rest of the students how Christianity stands apart from all the religions of the world.
Because our study is at lunch, Adrian had to leave for his afternoon class. But don’t worry, I’ll see him this next week and we’ll keep going.
Thank you. On behalf of these students and others who have a chance to hear and respond to the Gospel, Thank you.
It’s the end of the year when we plan our budget for the next year. I am glad to tell you that currently, Mission Taiwan is financially healthy. Through year end annual gifts and monthly giving our needs are met. Not only that, so far we have been able to say yes to all the ministry opportunities that God has presented so far and do things such as purchase Bibles, rent rooms, provide meals, etc.
One example of what a ministry gift goes to: We just purchased a set of brand new English and Chinese Bibles that we were able to give away to the people who come to our Sunday morning outreach. As we gave them out they wanted to know what they needed to pay. Some were going to give them back because they just didn’t have the money. What a blessing to tell them they were already paid for – a gift from friends they don’t know (yet), but who love them very much and want them to know how much God loves them.
This next year our ministry will continue to grow. The number of people hearing the Gospel is increasing every week. Since finishing Chinese school, we have been able to start campus ministries on four campuses and it is possible that another campus will open soon. The number of teams from American coming to help us with outreach will double and could possibly triple by the year end. And – we are doubling – adding an intern for all of 2016, which will increase our ability to say YES and do more follow-up than before. All of this within just a couple of months of formally finishing language school. Praise God – He is answering all of your/our collective prayers.
So I’m writing to ask for your partnership in our ministry. Will you pray and consider giving a year end gift to help us say yes to all these opportunities in 2016 and continue spreading the Gospel in Taiwan?
As I mentioned, we are starting our new Mission Internship this January. Brian Lee, the young man who will be joining us, is raising part of his support, but we will also be providing a part. So we must raise an additional $20,000 to fund his part of the ministry. What a blessing. Help us press forward so even more hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.
You can give online HERE or mail your check to:
1601 I-40 West
Amarillo, TX 79109
Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement.
Todd & Crista
Katelyn, Ashlyn & Andrew