It can be depressing to hear the daily news from around the world. So much division among people groups, among political parties and their supporters, even among church folks. So, I have been convicted by the Apostle Paul’s challenge to the church at Corinth and to us, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).Read More
Sue Kinsler and two pastors, Canadian Korean Rev. Song-Keun Kook and Korean American Rev. Choon Lim, visited North Korea on a GreenTree International (GTI) trip in May. What was the purpose of the visit? Not only was it important to confer about the Disabled North Korean Athletes’ Team plans to attend the Brazil Paralympics in late August, but each pastor had ideas about new ways to help North Korea’s disabled people.Read More
I had been asked to be the speaker at a conference for aboriginal youth. Earlier in the week they said on the news that a tropical storm had formed in the Pacific southeast of Taiwan. They weren't predicting that it would amount to anything, so I didn't give it too much thought. But the day before I was to leave for the east coast, they were predicting that it might seriously intensify and was headed to Taiwan. After weathering through so many typhoons over the years, I know that typhoons have a mind of their own and things can change dramatically. I called the pastor in charge of the conference to ask her what she thought (I was secretly hoping they would reschedule the conference.). She replied "We're going ahead. Just pray!"Read More
It's a beautiful Sunday evening here with cool breezes. This is Taipei's weather at its best. This week has been extremely rich with a variety of experiences:
Monday was a national holiday commemorating the February 28, 1947 incident when an anti-government uprising was violently suppressed by the KMT-led Republic of China government. Thousands of civilians were killed, perhaps as many as 30,000.Read More
Sue Kinsler made her fourth and final 2015 visit to North Korea in November. The purpose of her visit was to monitor and evaluate Green Tree International (GTI) partnership aid, secure an agreement on plans for 2016, and attend North Korea’s celebration of the World Day for the Disabled. Sue met Ms. Ri Boon-Hee, former North Korea table tennis champion, in Shenyang, China. Ms. Boon-Hee is now in charge of special athletes from North Korea who are training in China.Read More
In 2015, we have had the joy of returning to the classroom! We taught courses at Colombo Theological Seminary in Cultural Anthropology and Contextual Evangelism. In the process we learned how the Sri Lankan culture has welcomed holidays from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths into their calendar. For instance, a major Buddhist holiday, Vesak, celebrates the life of Gautama Buddha and huge murals are constructed to depict different events in Buddha’s life.Read More
We seem to be in a season of rankings, be it the likelihood of a candidate to secure a presidential nomination, the win/loss records of our favorite football teams, or the box office receipts of various movie blockbusters. We like to know who is on top, don’t we? We feel good when our predilections seem to line up with the winners.Read More
It has been a tremendous week in China. I taught the first week of a course on Spiritual Theology at Jiangsu Seminary with about 90 students. This year's class is quite different from last year's class, since half of the students are regular seminary students and half are at the seminary from a rural area of the northern part of Jiangsu province. The first four days they sat on opposite sides of the large classroom. On one side were the mostly younger seminary students in brighter, more fashionable clothes, several using their cell phones for their Bibles. The rural evangelists, dressed mostly in black or brown coats with faces lined with stories from rural life, sat on the other side.Read More
One morning I walked out of the seminary to the road heading down the mountain to the bus stop. As with so many people who take public transport around the world, you never know exactly when a bus will come, so you have to plan extra time. It was already hot and humid, so when I got on the bus, the air conditioning felt good. I took the fifteen minute bus ride to the subway station, where I caught the subway to Taipei main train station.Read More
For the past seven years The Outreach Foundation has been pleased to have the Rev. Dr. Peter Lim as our China Mission Specialist. In this role Peter has nurtured and deepened the relationships we have been developing with the Church in China since 1993. He has overseen projects which have built the capacity of the Church in China to carry out its calling to share the good news in word and deed among China’s 1.3 billion people.Read More
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) University Student Ministry (USM) was started in the 1960s. The early leaders of EECMY were very passionate about their ministry and asked Emperor Hailesilase to allow them to build a building to accommodate it close to Addis Ababa University.Read More
Dear Friends and Supporters of Forman Christian College,
This update is a continuation of the one sent in January 2015 featuring additional student profiles.
As a supporter of Forman you understand more than most the impact a quality education can have on all students, especially those “in-need” minority students. We are honored to continue our partnership. Through your generosity, 98 students were able to attend Forman this year.Read More
Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2015, I had the privilege of offering words of blessing to one of my former students who was being installed as the senior pastor of one of the larger Taipei churches. It was an interesting service because it included a celebration of the retiring pastor and the installation of the new pastor. The retiring pastor and the new pastor have served together for the past five months as a kind of bridge time.Read More
Greetings from Seattle, WA! I have just returned from Charlotte after our board and staff meetings in Nashville. I was also back in our office in Franklin in early January for a consultation with two of our executive leaders. Both meetings provided opportunities to renew relationships and to meet new friends. It was an uplifting time.Read More
Happy New Year! I am sure you have been looking forward to receiving this prayer letter since Thanksgiving. However, due to my relocation, this letter was not done on time. Please pardon me for the tardiness.
Stephanie and I moved from Spokane to Seattle in December. We were “homeless” for about two weeks in between moving out of our home of 11 years in Spokane and moving into the new house in Seattle. It was challenging, but his grace was sufficient throughout our journey. Thanks to your faithful prayers that sustain us in our walk with him.
I recently arrived back in Taiwan after speaking at a missions conference in San Diego. I was speaking to the Taiwan track of this conference. Altogether there were 3,400 mostly Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants to the U.S. Most of them had become Christians after immigrating to the United States. There were folks of all ages including people who had come to the U.S. to study and then had found jobs here. Others are current students from both China and Taiwan. Many of the young people were born in the U.S. of immigrant parents (ABC: American-born-Chinese or ABT: American-born-Taiwanese).
We are pleased to share an excerpt of a letter The Outreach Foundation recently received from Forman Christian College:
As a supporter of Forman you understand more than most the impact a quality education can have on all students, especially those “in-need” minority students. We are honored to continue our partnership. Through your generosity, 98 students were able to attend Forman this year. The sons and daughters of farmers, shopkeepers, teachers and the unemployed, they could make the choice of education only because The Outreach Foundation made it possible. Of the 98, the majority were women (65) and over 30% of them are majoring in science-related topics. The next largest course of studies for the group was business with one student enrolled in Forman’s MBA program.
Dear Friends and Partners in Mission,
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” 2 Corinthians 5:18
As part of World Mission’s call to address violence around the world, we invite individuals and congregations to consider engaging more deeply in God’s work of reconciliation in cultures of violence, including our own. God’s work of reconciliation is the heart of the gospel message. One of my roles is to facilitate and implement ministries of reconciliation in my East Asia area.