Christmas Sunday Worship

Christmas Sunday Worship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Sunday was the Christmas service for our church.  As I have mentioned before Christmas isn’t a holiday in Taiwan, so it was quite meaningful & heartwarming to be among other Christians to celebrate the birth of our Savior.  As we worshipped, it felt almost like we were back home in Tampa because it was a joint service between the older Taiwanese speaking members and our Mandarin speaking congregation.  I truly appreciated the effort put out by our church to incorporate both languages into the service to make it meaningful for everyone.  I celebrate diversity, but what I love even more is the heart that is always striving for reconciliation & togetherness.  Last Sunday’s Christmas service was beautiful, a sight that is only possible in Christ!

You probably don’t know this because I haven’t mentioned it before, but in Taiwan, Christmas decorations are part of the church interior all year round.  We were used to seeing them only seasonally, but to see them every Sunday, it took some time for us to get used to them, but now I think it’s truly awesome!  If you think about it, celebrating the birth of our Savior shouldn’t only be reserved for the month of December.  It should be celebrated all year round for it is a clear testament of His love for humanity.

We as a family are truly excited this week because we will be visiting neighbors and shop owners who we have come to know in Taichung.   We will be giving them the Christmas story and gospel tracts as well as some baked goods.  Jeanette is really getting a good use of our tiny second-hand electric convection oven.  Of course, she doesn’t have the tools that she used to have and the ingredients are not the same.  Baking takes her probably twice as long as it used to.  Also, Taiwanese people prefer pastries that are less rich & sweet.  In other words, adjustments have to be made.  It reflects many aspects of our missionary life.

It is about letting go of what we are used to & miss to embrace what is unfamiliar & even uncomfortable at times simply because you love these people that God has placed in your hearts.  It does make you feel vulnerable & there are risks, but still you just can’t help it.  The hope that the seed of the gospel may be sown in their hearts & that we might save some helps us to face another day here in Taiwan.

Merry Christmas everyone!  May the joy & peace of our Savior abound in your lives!

Christmas cards & evangelistic materials

Christmas cards & evangelistic materials

More baked goods for our neighbors

More baked goods for our neighbors