For the next few weeks or so I want to tell you more about OMF Taiwan.  I’d like you to know more about who we are & what we do to make disciples here in Taiwan.  It is our hope that you will get a glimpse of God’s amazing love for the people of Taiwan.

OMF Taiwan has about 50 missionaries laboring to spread the Gospel throughout the island.  Out of those 50 or so, currently 8 of them are classified as new workers.  This group is where Jeanette & I belong.  New workers are those who have been in Taiwan for less than 2 years and our main goals are to learn the language, assimilate into the culture & build relationships.  Jeanette and I are the newest and the other 6 new workers have been here for almost 2 years.  It’s beautiful to observe these colleagues of ours so progressed in language & well acclimated to Taiwanese culture in a short time.  Truly, God could do all things through those who are obedient to His calling.  It would be an understatement to say that they have been a tremendous source of encouragement to us.  Having been where we are not too long ago, they understand what we are going through & know how to uplift our spirits.  We have grown to care about them very much, and will truly miss them when they reach the end of their time here in Taichung.

The end of 2 years is a very significant time for us OMF missionaries because it is at that time that we will be moved to a more permanent place to do missions.  The placement is based on our gifts, evaluation & the guidance of the Lord.

OMF Taiwan mainly serves in 3 areas:  the northern part of the island, the middle & then the southern part.  These areas have teams already working to reach out to the working class & the urban marginalized.

Before new workers are sent to their new location after 2 years, they get to visit & work with different teams to discern where God is leading them.  Even for us, although there’s much affinity toward the working class young adults in Taichung, at this point we are not certain where God will lead us, and that’s exciting.  Knowing that it’s not up to our abilities, wisdom & plan, but it is God who will lead & use us to claim the lost.

There’s something liberating about trusting God with my future, daily provisions & effectiveness.  All we know is that God’s way is always the best, and we can’t wait to see where we will end up & how He will use us after 2 years.  Our ongoing prayer is that only the Lord Jesus Christ will be magnified & praised in all that we do here in Taiwan.

John the Baptist made one of the humblest statements in John 1:23.  He said, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”  In other words, he was saying, “It doesn’t matter who I am.  I’m just the voice for the Lord.”  We hope to be the voice for the Lord.

Starting next week, I will share different ministries OMF Taiwan is involved with, and I’m certain that you will be touched by God’s undeterred will & love to reach the unreached.

By the way, I want to share that in February, we will getting a new missionary from Canada.  We will no longer be the newbies, and we hope that we can be encouraging & helpful as our friends have been to us.  Although we still have some time together with our friends, we’re coming to accept that there’s this transient element to serving the Lord on the mission field because as missionaries we are called to God’s chosen places to proclaim forgiveness & life in Christ & we must go.  But the comforting truth is that at the end, we will all end up in the Father’s House.