By Andi Kuo
Our Taiwan Short Term Missions team had 6 members this time. We saw the work of the Holy Spirit. When God’s children prayed in unity, miracles happened, glorifying God. Every morning, before we set out, we prayed with the Word of the day, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us.
On the 1st day, we arrived in Yilan, Taipei. As soon as we met Soo and Hannah Hwang, the Korean speaking Alliance missionaries, Soo told us that he received a Word from God recently, that was from Psalm 106:8, where it said, “Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known.” And then, we had the first gathering at a restaurant; we called it “The Lord’s Feast.” Although there was a lot of unknown, we held on by faith. The people who came were people with physical challenges. One of them was the father of one of my preschool staff. Before we left for Taiwan, we had asked this pre-school teacher if she wanted us to see her parents, but she turned it down. As soon as we recognized the father, Mr. Lo, it seemed like we saw the glory of God. He was doing His wonders, making His mighty power known! After lunch, Mr. Lo invited us to his home. Soo remembered that he had been praying for this village for a while, and he believed that God would make His mighty power known in this place. I personally also believe that the parents of my preschool teacher will soon be saved.
Not only were we in Qidu, north of Taipei, serving with C&MA church, bit we also went to the south, Yunlin, ministering with 2 other C&MA churches (四湖堂宣道會和元長奇恩堂宣道會). In those gatherings, we sang praises and worshipped God, taught and prayed with people with our daily Scripture readings. Although people were suffering with life’s burdens and difficulties, we saw that after leading them to pray in confession and repentance, God lifted up their burdens. They regained hope and put their trust in God. We were told that Yunlin County was hard soil in terms of receiving the Gospel, and that there were many idol worshippers. This time, God opened our eyes. We felt that the hard soil was softened. As we visited stores and families with Don and Rachel Kramer, the local Alliance missionaries, people responded to the Gospel and received Jesus into their hearts. These same ones used to have a great resistance to the Gospel! This is truly God’s miracle!
Although we were so tired moving from one place to another, visiting and conducting evangelical meetings, we felt refreshed inside of us. Though the trip ended, our desire for preaching God’s Word goes strong. God testified His word and He made His mighty power known. He opened our eyes, reminding us to have faith in Him. With God, nothing is impossible! We are expecting that this year’s Taiwan Short Term Missions trip would experience an even greater work of the Holy Spirit. And that many more will witness God’s miracles in San Jose, as well as in Taiwan!