PASTORS REPORT TAIWANESE CHRISTIANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN ARMENIA
Worldwide Faith News
"Taiwan Church News"
26 Oct 2010
Reported by Chiou Kuo-rong
Written by Lydia Ma
Six pastors representing Bread of Life Church, Presbyterian Church in
Taiwan, and Change Life Church were recently invited by World Vision
Taiwan to tour Armenia and get a glimpse of the difference Taiwanese
people are making in that country through their financial donations
and other forms of aid.
Luo-Tung Presbyterian Church pastor, Rev. Wang Jung-hsin, reported
afterward that his church had already partnered with World Vision for
a while and the trip afforded him a view of World Vision's ministry in
Armenia and what this organization hoped to accomplish in that country.
Wang added that, prior to this trip, he hadn't felt a strong sense
of urgency when it came to overseas missions because he felt his home
church was already his mission field and the harvest of souls before
his eyes and in his congregation was already a humongous task for him.
But this trip to Armenia completely changed his perspective and
convinced him that, when it comes to missions, "God makes all things
work together for good" so that there's no difference in terms of
urgency or importance between domestic and foreign missions.
Rev. Wan Hsiao-yun from Bread of Life Church observed that a country's
financial poverty is often the result of a flawed social structure
and a less-than-ideal geographical environment. He added that World
Vision has been successful in Armenia mainly because it has succeeded
in partnering with public agencies and community leaders in advancing
basic infrastructure, education, and farming technology. It has also
collaborated with churches in sponsoring summer camps for children,
which are truly excellent opportunities to plant gospel seeds in the
hearts of little children.
One pastor commented that, for the average Taiwanese living in Taiwan,
donating NT$700 every month to World Vision toward ministries in
Armenia may seem feel like donating spare change, but for Armenian
children, this donation from many in Taiwan is making a night-and-day
difference in their lives and helping them find a hope and a future
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