We are getting ready for our Partnership Building, which is a six-month long weekly visits to different Free Methodist local churches in the USA. We will be at Illinois and Michigan from June to December 2009. One of the many preparations I am making is a video-interview of a youth group here at Feng Shan FMC located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I want to produce this in DVD so I can hand this out to interested American young people. The goal is to provide encouragement and connection between FMYers in Taiwan and USA. I am hoping that because of our visits to IL and MI churches, young people in the US will strongly consider spending a summer or a year of missions work here in Taiwan.
Last Sunday, I interviewed a group of five youth leaders from Feng Shan FMC. One of the many questions I asked them was their preference for a visiting volunteer from the US who might come to help for a few months. "What kinds of requirements or skills would you ask of these volunteers who would be coming?" I asked this group of youth leaders. "Would you prefer them to be musical or athletic?" I asked this set of questions to stir their imagination and to encourage them to seriously prepare for the coming of an American worker. "How could this person help you?" I continued asking.
Two of the youth leaders emphatically answered, "We want a volunteer who loves the Lord. He or she must be knowledgeable and grounded in the Word. We need someone who is passionate about sharing Jesus to the unbelievers. In this way, our young people will be motivated to also share their Christian faith to their friends and family members."
I am impressed. These youth leaders, only in their early 20s, know the Lord's work. They are serious about serving God through their local church. Later, I left the interview with a great sense that God is leading this youth group in His power and strength. They all love the Lord. And they know how to help those who love the Lord.