Our story with Taiwan began when we were both in high school. Our church in Amarillo, TX, Trinity Baptist Church, sent a team to Taichung, Taiwan every summer. We both went to Taiwan on these short-term trips multiple times.
By the time we were in college, we both knew God was calling us to move to Asia one day. After graduating from college, our good friend Todd Blackhurst invited us to join the work he was doing in Taiwan. Todd had been our pastor at Trinity Baptist when we were younger, but the Lord had called him and his family to move to Taiwan in 2013. He formed our organization, Mission Taiwan, when he moved overseas.
During the 7 years he has been living in Taiwan, God has grown Mission Taiwan exponentially. What started as one summer camp with one university has grown to multiple events throughout the year and a partnership with many universities. God is also using Mission Taiwan to plant churches led by Taiwanese pastors. After learning Mandarin Chinese, we hope to take over Mission Taiwan’s University Ministry, coordinating English camps with teams from the U.S. and connecting with students through weekly conversation classes.
The Blackhurst Family Journey
Since moving to Taiwan in June 2013, Todd has become fairly fluent in Mandarin Chinese (two+ years of full time language study) and is now able to carry out ministry in both English and Chinese. Mandarin is ranked one of the most difficult languages in the world for native English speakers to learn.
Started Taichung International Fellowship as an outreach for Taiwanese and to serve expatriates living in Taiwan. TIF is now one of the largest international churches in Taiwan.
Started Outreach Bible studies on five university campuses and hosted over 40 mission teams from different churches and ministries.
Students are coming to faith regularly, being discipled and becoming involved in local churches.
Started a mission internship for young people to come and experience missions.
Planted Hope Fellowship, our first Taiwanese church.
Walking by faith
Todd and Crista have been married since 1994. They met at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas from which they both graduated. After they married, Todd worked at UMHB and Crista started teaching school. Todd had experienced a call to ministry in high school but didn’t know exactly how that would play out, thankfully God had been working through a series of Godly men in his life to disciple and prepare him for what was in store.
Mission Taiwan is an Amarillo, Texas Based 501c3 started by Trinity Baptist Church in Amarillo to support the church’s ongoing mission work in Taiwan. The Scoggins are church appointed missionaries sent by their home church, a network of other churches and other individuals who regularly pray and give toward their mission work.
The Mission Taiwan 501c3 is funded by contributions from a network of 8 churches and over 150 individual donors.
- Trinity Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas
- Central Baptist Church, Clovis, New Mexico
- Central Baptist Church, Round Rock, Texas
- Redeemer Church, Amarillo, Texas
- First Presbyterian Church, Amarillo, Texas
- First Baptist Church, Temple, Texas
- Southcliff Church, Fort Worth, Texas
- Hope Fellowship, Maple Valley, Washington
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