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After 60+ years, the Work is Not Yet Done in Taiwan

Over 60 years ago, One Challenge began in Taiwan, then known as Formosa. Madame Chaing Kai-shek, the First Lady of the Republic of China, invited OC founder Dick Hillis to witness to the soldiers. One Challenge has been doing the work of the Spirit in Taiwan ever since. Recently, the OC Taiwan team hosted 65 church planters at a conference designed to continue the work of church planting in Taiwan.

church planting in Taiwan“We learned that there are around 15 million people in Taiwan, “blue-collar workers” who are virtually unreached—the percentage of believers among this group may be as low as 0.5 percent,” says an OC worker who attended the conference.

Maps were used to highlight areas where there are the fewest churches and high percentages of unreached people. “Most researchers feel that 1,000 people per church is an optimal number so that people can go to a local church that is culturally relevant to them. There is still a need for many new churches to be planted among people bound up in idolatry and folk religion,” says an OC worker.

Coming together as a team

One encouraging outcome of the conference is a team of people dedicated to developing more church planting through increased research and future training events. “They will help promote ongoing prayer and coach new church planters in the skill sets that are needed to establish new fellowships. This will likely be in areas that have never had a church and where spiritual resistance may be intense. It takes persistence, spiritual fortitude, and tenacity to stick with a new church to see it established!” says an OC worker.

church planting in Taiwan

OC Taiwan leader, Sam, and another gentleman have been working toward this goal for a while, but now there are 12 people partnering to facilitate further training and church planting. The group of 12 is a good mix of local workers and foreign workers bringing varied outlooks and years of experience to bear on this critical task.

Pray for Taiwan

church planting in TaiwanOf all major overseas populations of Chinese in the world, Taiwan is still one of the least reached with the gospel; especially that group of blue-collar workers mentioned above.

  • Please pray that God will bless and honor this new commitment. Many millions are waiting to receive the news.
  • Please continue to pray for the OC leaders who visit this team in Taiwan periodically to encourage them to go forward.

Church Planting & Growth
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We invest in people and opportunities that enable churches to be planted, thrive, grow, and multiply. When invited by local leaders, OC conducts training for church planters and those interested in learning about disciple-making movements.

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