OMF International has several teams working throughout Taiwan to spread the gospel & plant churches/ministries among the working class people.  This week, I want to share a story from our Taiwan field.  I pray that you will find encouragement & hope in what God is doing in Taiwan.

FOR 40 YEARS MRS. PAN WAS A DEVOUT BUDDHIST.  She visited temples, consulted fortune tellers and even worked as a spirit medium.  Despite her religious fervor, she grew increasingly frustrated.  Her husband had divorced her, taken the three children and left to pay all his gambling debts.  Meanwhile, Mrs. Pan had started work in a department store.  Working 12 hours a day, six days a week didn’t leave much time for mulling over her problems, but still her heart ached over life’s meaninglessness.  Mrs. Pan heard of Jesus through a Christian magazine.  In it was an advertisement for a Christian meeting, held at 10 p.m. so that shop workers could come after work.  The message she heard fascinated her, but for six months an intense spiritual battle raged.  Every time that Mrs. Pan wanted to accept Christ, voices in her head demanded, “How can you forsake your former gods?”  Strangely, her struggles confirmed that Jesus is the true God.  The spiritual battles didn’t cease at baptism.  Past habits of dishonesty and reliance on fortune tellers had to be dealt with.  However, Mrs. Pan says, “Jesus proved stronger than all my sin and weakness.  NOW I’M FREE AND LIFE HAS MEANING.”

Jesus proclaims in Luke 4:18-19,

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”