Monday, July 21, 2014

SUMMER CAMP 2014 JULY 7-11 DAXI CUO VILLAGE, CHIAYI CITY (by SEND Missionary Ron and Shelby Adhikari)


Many of you were praying for this, here is a first report of what the LORD did in Daxi Cuo during this summer Camp time. Enjoy the account written by SEND Missionary Ron and Shelby Adhikari

Theme: Happy Summer Colorful Camp
Team from Bread of Life Church, Torrance, CA, USA (9 Members)
The LA Team visited Dalin on Saturday 12 for the Medical and Dental lectures
Initially we had 61 names with some attending part time. Due to other school and family programs 42 kids showed up the first day. On closing day, we had 35 kids and 14 Parents.

The LA Team's second visit made it much easier to plan accommodations and local transportation and since all of them were of Chinese origins, food and language was not a problem. They had an excellent schedule and they brought all the equipment and materials as well as prizes and candies for distribution. The program included home visits.
The 5 Classes or groups were held at the Community Hall and simultaneously at the Center which had air conditioning.
Bible stories and the gospel were presented every day. Singing gospel choruses and scripture memorization was a daily exercise. Games and crafts were enjoyed by all. Lunch and snacks were provided. Dental check was given to all the kids and they learnt basic hygiene. The bigger kids were given English classes.
The main expenditure for the Camp was borne by the LA Team, which came to NT$15000.
No one became sick because of the heat. But it was an exhausting schedule because of the high temperatures (33-35C). One kid got hurt while riding the bicycle. The Team Leader lost his wallet in the taxi but was found later.
After the hectic camp program, we were able to follow up (10) families by giving food provided by other Churches and Christians.
Praise God for all those who were able to attend. Friends (Pastors) from two local Churches visited during the Camp and prayed for us. We made new friends and renew old members.

Thank you for your partnership and prayers.

Ron and Shelby Adhikari
DXC, Chiayi City

Sunday, June 01, 2014

A Global Mission History From Jesus to Post-Reformation (26-1689 A.D.) (in Chinese)



    /    /     郝安倫, Alain R.  Haudenschild
協助出版/活石文化事業有限公司,台北市光復南路 505 11 樓之4

Prof. Dr. Stephen Chiang writes about this book:

The four church traditions aiming for one goal
The book compares the LORDs Great Commission with its original intent on the background of its development in all major cultures and traditional church rites, including Taiwan in its early mission history from a new global angle. The more than 700 footnotes, 60 maps, 30 historical tablets, 19 photographs and two graphics quickly familiarizes the reader with key events and used mission ministry methods. With its multilingual bibliography the author attracts learners to study Christian cultures with their impact for mission - and church ministries. In a time in the Chinese Christian world where we shift to cross-cultural mission ministries this book integrates key biblical teaching in the missiological developments of Christian denominations in their cultures of ministry from a new perspective. Apart from the interesting research material, the author provides historical and missiological insights in a timely fashion to encourage leaders for background research in the World of Chinese missiology. I warmly recommend it to everyone who intends to prepare for any type of missions in the Chinese and none-Chinese world.

中國社會科學院,哲學研究所,東方文化研究中心,台灣文化研究部門Prof. Dr. Stephen W. Chiang 江萬里,博士/教授SR.PhD.

About the Author:
As a Swiss Rev. Dr. Alain Haudenschild (DMin) and his family spent many years in church-planting and special ministries in Taiwan with SEND International. – When he joined the Global Mission Centre of Chinese Christian Evangelistic Association in 2002 in Taipei as part of his responsibility to promote cross-cultural missions he was busy with mission research, the translating of mission information, e-publishing and the writing and teaching of mission courses. On his heart are the unreached people groups in Taiwan. Reportedly many know him from his blog- or book publications about the Taiwan Expatriate Caring Committee’s (TECC) church- planting efforts among the grossly neglected Thai-, Vietnamese-, Indonesian- and Filipino- migrants in Taiwan. He earned his M.A. degree at Akademie für Weltmission, at Korntal, Germany(2003), where his first thesis about the Hakka in Taiwan, another unreached people group, was rewarded with the George W. Peters Promotional Price. His M.Div thesis (TTS, Taipei, 2011) was regarding biblically contextualized church-planting in a non-Christian environment. For orders: 

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原價:350.-NT$(含稅)
國家圖書館出版品 預行編目資料:
普世宣教史之研究 : 從耶穌時代至改教運動後為止 (26-1689 A.D.)  / 郝安倫作 .
ISBN 978-986-88828-9-8(平裝)
臺北市 : 活石文化,2014.3
   / http://www.livingstone.com.tw        / office@livingstone.com.tw

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Make Your Choice

Sometimes it is hard to really face the reality. A friend of us is just running an exhibition about "faces". Her eight faces speak a language in itself. Every face is different and has a different "message" 
The same applies when we "face" challenges of a special type: You have to see the facts and their message to you. 
No matter what you think, feel or tell yourself, you always have a choice in life. In the case of a day where you want to crawl back under the doona, you absolutely have a choice to make.
Will you allow external circumstances such as deadlines, a difficult boss a huge workload or a challenging relationship to dictate how you live your life on a daily basis? Or will you stand up, take responsibility for how you feel and do something to change the situation? The people who have most so-called “success” in life (and I say that because success is a very subjective term) are almost 100% likely to fall into the second category.
For a Christian there is another dimension in life which goes far beyond the sole visibility of physical facts: Christians stand before the Almighty with their life they are aware that their "success" lies in Christ and what he did out of love for us. They "face" the fact that there is sin in their lifes and the holy Creator must punish sin. 
Unforgiven sin results in aggression, intolerance and cements the absence of peace. - For followers of Christ know the real "success" if this word could ever be used in that connection is their faith in Christ, which is enough to have God's forgiveness to be applied to their lives too. This often requires an almost heroic decision. Many so called "heroes" never did this decision and therefore lack true heroism. - They were told to show everything they can, but were unwilling to give God, who has given them such strength, the glory for it.
There is a need to taking responsibility for yourself, your actions and therefore your outcomes, but the outcome is not the sole guarantee that you all did it right, there is also much grace from above int that, yet with a thankful heart to the LORD you get  yourself back on track and firing on all cylinders.
Cultivating the feeling of being a victim and blaming everyone and everything else around you for what is going to change something, it is rather the sure way toward disaster as word history shows.  If something isn't working for you, seek help; advice; assurance; whatever you need to assist you in moving the situation forward. Only YOU can take the responsibility to know when a situation needs to change, and go about making those changes. - 
Sometimes life's success can be determined by the answer to the question: to whom give I face? This however lies rooted in a deep decision whether I am willing to accept the call of the Creator to be his special child and to face the reality and the life he has prepared in an unique way for me/for you. 
As we prepare for a time in Europe - the creative Elijah's Hut ministry through which the "Giving Face" Exhibition was made possible in Taipei will have a short break.  Pray that its pictures, when sold, continue to underline this message in the places where they will be put with the question: to whom do I give "face" with my life?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dr. Ulf Eckmans Decision even in Taiwan can not be understood

When the news broke about Dr. Ulf Eckmans conversion to Catholic faith many in Taiwan did not understand his decision. His coming to Taiwan stirred up a lot of questions. More about it under: Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'
       While discussions and inquiring notes filled the facebooks and Christian magazines it became apparent what moved Eckman: the lacking knowledge about the theology of this large group in the Latin Rite Church tradition. -  In Taiwan the Christian media had a hard time to explain his conversion from positive perspective.               Unfortunately, the missing historic background of the growth of Christianity had its toll. Although he led his church in Sweden during its growth to the size of 3,200 members he apparently never spent enough time to study the Roman Catholics Church teaching background. - The more he found out about the outside commonalities in a friendship with Catholics between Protestant Faith and Catholic Faith the more he got interested. He looked for a way to somehow "harmonize" both theologies, yet failed. - He should have been given some help on this road. It is a pity, that he saw no other way to find answers to his questions but to leave his church. - He himself felt he was theologically "ill equipped" to face the questions of Roman Catholics (There are many non Roman Catholic churches too, which are not part of this discussion). How to know what is right? How can one know without studying for years what is different? - 
How to advise? While really exploring the details always needs time, the following website of Richard Bennet, a former Catholic priest, could make it easier for the start to see "behind the curtain" and especially punish the idea of organized "fragmentalization" of Christ's body  by the Protestant church camp, with its several denominations as contrary to Reformed Theology.  http://www.bereanbeacon.org/en/ 
The website of course shares his views, as a contribution from a former insider they show how old characteristic Roman Catholic Convictions and beliefs are applied in the RCC's in the modern day context. Bennet has a list of interesting topics published on the web to just serve this type of need.http://www.bereanbeacon.org/articles/ 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Crisis in Ukraine is driving people to Christ: Requesting urgent Prayer

Ukraine map
SEND has teams in four major areas of Ukraine and is developing church planting teams to work among some of  Ukraine’s unreached people groups. The missionaries work with Ukrainians to assist young churches and plant new ones as well as train church leaders and Ukrainian missionaries through Bible colleges and theological seminaries.
[Update from SEND Ukraine: d 3/10/14] – Please continue to pray for peace in Ukraine, especially concerning the situation in Crimea. The Crimean parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia and announced a public referendum next Sunday (March 16) to allow the people to decide whether or not to seek Russian annexation or simply increase the region’s autonomous status as part of Ukraine.  This is a critical week in the country’s history.
All of our workers are back in Ukraine, with the exception of those who serve in the south (and those who were already out of the country for other reasons).  Our people are experiencing no local threats, and ministry continues.  However, they are remaining at a high alert level, given the situation in Crimea and tensions in some eastern cities (where we have no workers).
Additional Information:
The 1990’s saw tremendous growth in the churches of Ukraine through mass evangelistic events. Today’s Ukraine needs missionaries prepared to share the gospel and disciple new believers through personal relationships. Major ministries include theological education, church planting, Bible studies, camping, children’s ministry, women’s ministry and teaching English (TESOL)The radio program “Faith, Hope, and Love” draws listeners from Ukraine, Russia, and other countries in the former Soviet Union.
Slavic Radchuk: Burning for the LORD: In the few days where he
was in Taiwan in 2013 he wanted to start a Ukrainian Church. 
Ukraine is a powder keg ready to explode. Russia is keeping a tight grip on Crimea, and pro-Russia protests are spreading throughout Ukraine’s eastern and southern cities. But there’s good news: the crisis in Ukraine is driving people to Christ.
“During this difficult time, my radio program [is] going on, non stop. And people are very, very hungry, especially now,” says Slavik Radchuk. “People [are] still coming to Christ like never before, [in] all churches.” 
“From Crimea, we have reports that former Muslims are coming to our churches and saying, ‘Can we pray together to God?’” says Radchuk. They don’t want to die without hope, he adds. “This is a very difficult time for us, and all people stay together now and pray to God for peace.” Over the weekend, thousands of people gathered at a church in Crimea and prayed through Monday morning. “ Missionaries said attendance was 1806 in one church, but over 2,000 people came and stayed,” Radchuk shares. “All night they prayed because it was a very difficult time in Crimea.” ). 
In Taiwan we pray for our brethren in Ukraine. Also pray for the Chinese in Ukraine. Nothing has ever happened that did not pass God's throne first. May this become a time where Gods glory prevails  and the evil has to withdraw. SEND Ukraine reports "All of our workers are back in Ukraine, with the exception of those who serve in the south (and those who were already out of the country for other reasons).  Our people are experiencing no local threats, and ministry continues. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Feb. 14 Valentines Day - How did he become the day for LOVE?


There is a historical mystery surrounding Valentine’s Day, also known the Feast of Saint Valentine, which causes people every year to wonder about the origins of the holiday which is celebrated on February 14 each year. It is observed in most countries all over the world, and remains a working day in most countries.[1]
Was There a Real Valentine?
The historical origin of Valentine’s Day is surrounded by mystery, but one legend behind this celebrated holiday is centered around Valentinus, a Christian Saint, who was imprisoned for not giving up his Christian faith. The saint lived in the 4rd century in Italy. Three hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ, the Roman emperors still demanded that everyone believe in the Roman gods.  Valentine was well known for his habit to give

Against the Emperors will who forbade young soldiers  to marryValentine 
loved to marry couples and gave  them flowers from his own garden. 
couples flowers from his own garden.
Especially as a priest he married couples according to Christian tradition, which by that time was a crime against the Roman Emperor. [2] The Emperor insisted that unmarried men were better soldiers than those who were married, he also strictly forbade marriage for younger men. Valentine disagreed with this statute, defied Claudius, the emperor and performed weddings for young soldiers who were forbidden to marry, whenever they looked for him. Yet, this did not go unnoticed. After a while Valentine, a Christian priest, was thrown in prison for his teachings. He was also accused for the crime of preaching to Christians. During the Roman Empire, this act was considered treason, and when Emperor Claudius discovered this actions, Valentine had no hope to escape the death penalty. However, when on February 14, Valentine was beheaded, not only because he was a Christian, he also had to leave the world of the living because he had performed a miracle that seemed impossible to perform for an "evil" person, thus even further weakening the Emperors authority. He apparently cured the jailer's daughter from her blindness. On the morning of his execution, Saint Valentine sent his last card to his jailer’s daughter, with the scrawled words “forever in life and death, your Valentine.” Another legend tells us that this same Valentine, well-loved by all, received notes to his jail cell from children and friends who missed him.


Archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb; an ancient 
church dedicated to Saint Valentine.  
Archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb; an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. During 496 AD,  Pope Gelasius I. in honor of his martyrdom declared February 14 from now on to be the  "Valentine's Day" .

Bishop Valentine?
Another Valentine was an Italian bishop who lived at about the same time, AD 200. He was imprisoned because he secretly married couples, contrary to the laws of the Roman emperor. Some legends say he was burned at the stake.[3]

Saint Valentine would cut out heart shapes from a sheet of parchment and give them to soldiers, and the persecuted Christians, to remind them of their vows and God’s love. It is believed that Saint Valentine wore an amethyst ring with an image of Cupid engraved in it. This was recognized as a symbol associated with love, and usually worn by bishops. The soldiers would recognize his ring and ask Saint Valentine to perform marriage ceremonies for them.
During his imprisonment, he befriended his captor’s daughter, and they struck up a friendship. The visits by the woman were brief, and they did not have much time to talk to one another. He would, during his free time, write loving messages on small cards and hand these over to her when she visited.
Saint Valentine’s Day is a ceremonial feast day on the calendar of saints who were martyrs in the Anglican Communion and in the Lutheran Church. Other Christian denominations also celebrate this day during July. Throughout the world, February 14 is celebrated and specially marked as a date for love and is often symbolized by the color red. Red roses, red hearts, and loving messages on cards are traditionally exchanged between friends and lovers.
Feast of Lupercalia
The ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February, held in honor of a goddess. Young men randomly chose the name of a young girl to escort to the festivities. With the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February. The Christians had come to celebrate February 14 as the saint day that celebrated the several early Christian martyrs named Valentine.

During 1840, Ester A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in America. Howland is known as the “mother of Valentine.” Decorative creations using lace, ribbons and colorful pictures were produced as the tradition was birthed. Today the Greeting Card Association estimates that over a billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. This makes Valentine’s Day the second largest card-selling holiday of the year.
February is historically a month celebrated by romance and love and the mystery surrounding the saints and St. Valentine’s Day remains a tradition continued each year.

Choosing a Sweetheart on Valentine's Day in the Angelsaxon World
The custom of choosing a sweetheart on this date spread through Europe in the Middle Ages, and then to the early American colonies. Throughout the ages, people also believed that birds picked their mates on February 14!

Especially among British and US- American friends this tradition is strong. In United Kingdom it is customary on that to send out anonymous love-letters. In U.S. teenies secretly send each-other greetings-cards with love messages. Whoever gets most messages counts as the most "wanted" - a questionable game indeed, but maybe on the way to more maturity still much fun as the old saying goes : It is all about the one prince or princess who loves you!  


The Valentines Day on Continental Europe

"Does he-she loves me or does he/she not" , this is oneof the games often played for fun on this day, often with a flower in one hand and with the other ripping out one of its leaves, whenever the question changes... The Valentines Days is an occasion to share to somebody its own feelings about him or her. 
 Continental Europeans only from 1950 on began celebrate this day Couples and lovers are encourged to enjoy each other by sharing flowers, very much like Valentine did himself to express joy about their love. Some fine tasting chocolate or another small presents are also o.k. For some it is a day of much fun, for gardeners a day of much business, yet still it is not everybodies prefered day to show feelings, as many are convinced love is too special to form certain traditions for it. 
Whatever you think about it now, it is a day where you under the shadow of a "tradition" you may express some of your deepest feelings to somebody you think should know about it now and to do a first step! Or maybe it is just another great day where you would like to tell your adored partner once more: "I love you"

About all because love is so special even King Solomon when he was surprised by love searched for human words to express it:  You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you. (Songs of Solomon 4:7)









[1] http://guardianlv.com/2014/02/valentines-day-saints-mystery-and-history/
[2] http://www.helles-koepfchen.de/artikel/929.html
[3] http://inventors.about.com/od/articlesandresources/a/Valentine_Day.htm

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Because of an Indonesian - the whole family received Christ

There is an amazing story to praise the LORD, which almost accidentally happened in our neighborhood and is linked with the TECC ministry support among Indonesians in Taipei. 
         Since October a church in Beitou has opened its doors for bi-weekly Indonesian meetings on a Sunday afternoon. I regularly go there, bring Indonesian material, pray and sing with them and take the chance to learn some Indonesian. Ira, one of the four pretty regular attending old people nurses from Indonesia, last week experienced  how her 91 years old Agung passed away. Before he did something happened that gave the whole sad moment a complete different direction: 
Suddenly both Agung and Ira saw a tall grown man at the bedsite, clothed in a white-shining outfit. Pastor Huang who himself was there told me at that moment Agung said to his Indonesian caretaker: "I see a part of heaven open right now. It is beautiful, I can not describe it. But if you change your faith we will meet there again." Soon afterwards he passed away. Ira really liked him but also understood, this was real, no matter how her background this was what she wanted. From our times she knew a bit about Jesus. At the spot she wanted become a Christian. When I saw her last Sunday she already had prayed publicaly to the living God for the sad family. I was told through her testimony she had convinced the rest of the still unbelieving family about the need to really turn to the living God and accept Jesus. She was too shy to tell me, but I just heard it from a TECC (Taiwan Expatriate Caring Committe)  brother who was attending the funeral. -
Ira was too sad to be so happy about this. She had lost the base of her staying in Taiwan. But the LORD within hours provided her with a new caring work in Taoyuan, also to an elderly man. Guess what, he is a Christian too! - A befriended pastor from TECC will take care of her until she is settled there. The LORD loves the small the neglected people and uses them to build HIS glory and HIS church.