Today, I preached my first sermon at the seminary chapel of Holy Light Theological Seminary. Of course, I still needed an interpreter. My Chinese is still not there so that I can deliver a sermon on my own using Chinese.
I spoke on the importance of crossing cultures for Jesus, and what it meant for us students at the seminary. It was a very simple sermon. I decided to focus more on the need to respond to God's call for cross cultural missions. During the talk, most of the students responded, smiled, or otherwise nervously laughed in affirmation when I asked them the question: "Are you ready to go into the world and cross cultures for Jesus?" I won't be surprised when the time comes for us that a big a group from the seminary will sign up to go for a short-term missions trip outside Taiwan. When the time comes, I expect many students, faculty, and staff to take the challenge and participate in a cross-cultural ministry, only because God is already working in people's hearts and mind. I can sense in my spirit that the Holy Spirit is slowly convincing people to missions work. At the end of my sermon, I asked those who are going for a short-term missions trip this summer to stand up and I encouraged everyone to pray for these people. God visited us through a "gentle whisper." I cannot help but follow this inner gentle voice. It is a joy to witness God's Spirit working in people's lives. He is our Leader. To Him be the glory and honor!