Knee Howdy 您好，(that’s how you pronounce the Chinese hello with a little Texas twang)
Over the past 4 ½ years, Crista and I have dedicated our lives serving here in Taiwan. It seems just like yesterday we were applying for passports and visas, and now we are off this month to renew passports for both Ashlyn & Andrew.
What have we been doing this past year?
This past year has been transformative for our work here in Taichung. Through our partnership with the local church, we held our first Summer Camp where 30+ unreached students came to hear the Gospel from both our American teams and our Taiwanese Christian young people. This next summer, our camp will most likely triple in size with over 100 unreached students joining us to hear the Gospel and experience the grace of God for the first time. In addition, as we asked you to pray last year, we hoped God would send us more teams to work with from the US – and He has! These teams have helped us open new relationships with students, faculty and staff at each of the four universities where we are regularly holding campus outreach events. At one particular university, by God’s grace and providence, we now know and get to interact with the entire freshmen English department regularly. Who knows what God will do over the next four years as we invest in these young people’s lives.
Where we live, the 7-11 Capital of the World.
One of Taiwan’s special features is that it is has the most convenience stores per person of any country in the world. The number is somewhere close to 11,000 and growing. 7-11 is the leader with over 5,300 stores and they say that 97% of the people in Taiwan can find a 7-11 within 500 meters of their home. To put it into perspective, in our city of 2.8 million people, there are only 240 evangelical churches and well over 1,000 temples devoted to Buddhist, Daoist and traditional animistic practices. The real number is unknown because many of the smaller temples are unregistered. The fight for souls is real and intense. Every day, people are led astray by these false religions. Many of the young people we encounter even abandon their traditional upbringing because they find it so hopeless and powerless. Into this darkness we bring the light of the Gospel – shining brightly into the darkest places and with more hope and power than they have ever known.
What is God doing now?
- We are sharing the Gospel! Every week, God brings new students into our outreach events and also to Taichung International Fellowship. The most important thing we do is share the Gospel.
- We are equipping and training our co-laborers that God has brought to Taichung International Fellowship to reach the people God brings and also reach back into their lives where God has placed them in this great city. We are currently averaging around 100 each week with about 10 new visitors each Sunday. Our core is established and committed and our partnership with Taichung Baptist is solid.
- Because of your generosity this past year, we are giving a generous gift to Taichung Baptist Church for the purpose of hiring a full-time college intern. This person is going to serve as a go-between and helper who will close the gap between our two ministries, resulting in even more people coming to know Christ and getting connected into the life of the church.
Would you give financially to support Mission Taiwan for 2018?
We are writing to ask for your continued support. Your gifts go directly to ministry – reaching people with the Gospel, providing the support and resources we need to continue serving.
We are committed as well. Along with her own unique ministry of teaching and training, Crista is involved at Taichung International Fellowship and is also working part-time to help defray the cost of our children’s education expenses and college costs.
Our goal is to raise $60,000 by December 31, 2017.
Would you make one of these spots yours and help us reach our goal?
- 4 people at $5000
- 6 people at $2500
- 10 people at $1000
- 10 people at $ 500
- 30 people at $ 250
- 25 people at $ 100
Send a check or give online.
Your gift will be handled with complete integrity through our 501c3 organization of Mission Taiwan. Darcie Lackey, CPA, is our business manager and you may contact her directly if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit http://missiontaiwan.org/support to learn more or mail your check to:
Mission Taiwan, 1601 I-40 West, Amarillo, TX 79109
You are giving to a lasting work.
We are committed and connected. We are working with the local church because it is God’s bride and the way He has chosen to work out his plan. Everything we do is centered around the body of Christ.
Please know that Crista and I are praying for you. Please keep us posted with prayer requests or updates about your family so we can encourage you just as you have encouraged our family.
We can’t wait to see what the Lord does this next year, and hope this report serves as a small reminder of how big an impact your life has on others. Thank you!
Todd & Crista Blackhurst