One of my students called me this morning. "I just want to share with you one thing. My wife is pregnant!" Wow! I am so happy for Yungren and his wife. They have been trying for a couple of years already. This pioece of news of course is an answer to prayer, the prayers of many friends and families. God truly provides for all our needs.
What do I do in the seminary? I teach classes in missions. In addition to this teaching load, I am also advising a small group of seven students. We meet once a week for informal sharing and prayer. Yungren, the student who called me this morning, is a member of this Advising Group. It is a pleasant event in our small group meetings when news like this one come. It makes the group meeting very interesting.
Also, I advise the seminary's Student Missions Fellowship or SMF. This is a student-led group of Holy Light Theological Seminary that meets once a week to talk about missions and cross cultural ministry. Most of the time, SMF invites guest speakers to come and share about different missions issues. This week it was a field trip. We went to a Missions Center that houses recovering drug-addicts and helps them become re-integrated to society. It was a time of learning what God is doing out in the streets of Kaohsiung.
Outside of the seminary, I have many opportunities to share about missions work. This week, I will be speaking at two different fellowships. Tomorrow afternoon, I will visit South Taiwan Missions Fellowship located here in Kaohsiung, close to the Dzouying Train Station. Monday afternoon, I will go to Hengchun, two hours away south of this city, to visit the Missions Fellowship of the Hengchun Christian Hospital. Next Sunday, I will speak at the morning service of Nantze Higher Ground Community Church. Next month, I will be at Bread of Life Church (Feng Shan), during its Friday Missions Rally. In all of these visits, I will be challenging the participants to greatly consider cross cultural ministry and incorporate a missions lifestyle in their lives and at their workplaces.
Many people have asked me what I do here in Kaohsiung. The short answer is that I teach at the seminary. Obviously, ministry is also happening outside of the seminary. Please pray for me, and my whole family. Pray for God's inspiration in the class room and during these ministry events outside of the seminary. But most of all, please pray for wisdom as I advise students, friends, and pastors about the many challenges of cross cultural ministry. In some situations, the time of advising and teaching shifts to personal stories and "non-ministry" needs. Yungren's phone call about his wife's pregnancy is an example. Please pray that I will find strength in our God to run alongside these Taiwanese locals and affirm our Almighty's work in their lives. God is at work, here in Taiwan.