"Let us plan to visit Yuenan next year."
Two pastors behind me are talking to each other. I cannot help but overhear their dialogue. They are discussing some ministry plans. My ears perk up. Anything about Free Methodist work in Asia grabs my attention. I lean back and try to listen some more to the conversation.
Timothy and Khoa are deep into their exchange that they did not notice me eaves dropping in their discussion. We are in the middle of our Annual Conference sessions. At the moment, we are on a break. Timothy, the conference (CFMC) Missions Director for Taiwan, is suggesting some dates for a mission trip to Khoa, who is currently a VISA missionary from Ohio located here in Taiwan. Both men are excited with the prospect that they will help Taiwanese Free Methodists understand better the FM work in Yuenan. I get excited as well with the idea that missions work in Taiwan will become more cross cultural and engaging people of different races. I turn my head to join in the discussion. But, alas, the bell rings signaling the resumption of the business sessions. I will have to wait for another day.
In the past, Taiwan leaders have focused their assistance to Myanmar. Now that Myanmar graduated to become a Provisional Annual Conference, it is now under the supervision of the General Conference of North America (USA). Taiwan now has to move along, to find "green pastures," to look for another area where they can help FM work and provide encouragement to the national leaders. Enter Khoa from Ohio. Khoa is an Asian American and has deep roots in Yuenan. This coming new conference year, Taiwan is choosing this country as its missions project. Plans will be made. Money will be raised. Participants will be recruited. And God will lead us all the way. This country is on our minds, mainly because Yuenan is in God's heart.