In high school, before Allan followed Jesus, he felt like nobody. He decided that if people like him more, then he would become somebody. So, he changed his clothes, his hair, his friends, and got what he wanted. Later, he realized his life was a lie. He wanted to stop lying, so he went to a college where he didn't know many people.
In college, a friend invited him to a Christian fellowship. The Christians loved Allan unconditionally. He did not have to lie to win their approval. Through their friendship he believed in the gospel of Jesus and found his identity in Christ as a child in God's family.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 ESV)
Allan shared God's love with people in school, church ministry, and at the workplace. After graduating, he worked at a large energy company and while there believed God was calling him to full-time vocational ministry.
He told his parents. They worried that he would not have food, clothing, and shelter. To honor them and consider their concerns, he continued working at the energy company.
Later, Allan still believed God was calling him to vocational ministry. He spoke with his parents again about the matter. For two days his father thought about what he said.
Finally, his father decided he would cover Allan's seminary expenses. Allan was thankful to God and to his parents. God is faithful!
In high school, before Jane followed Jesus, she looked for joy in things. But that joy never lasted. Even driving a nice car in high school did not give her lasting joy.
One year a friend invited her to Discovery Camp. Her camp counselor shared the gospel with her. Jane put her faith in Jesus and found in Him a lasting and true joy that did not easily fade.
They are Taiwan's marginalized working class. With a lower-level of education they work low-paying, unstable jobs selling produce, working as sex workers, laboring in factories, and engaging in other blue-collar work.
While at work 12 hours a day, 6-7 days, their children return from school with little parental oversight and often become "at-risk". Among the families are high rates of substance abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, addictions, and family breakdown. Where do they turn to for help?
The turn to worshipping temple gods with money and prayers hoping for blessing. They turn to worshipping their ancestors out fear of being cursed by them. How much must they give? How much must they pray? How much must they offer to their ancestors? They are bound in uncertainty and fear.
The idols speak deceitfully, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd. (Zechariah 10:2)
Yet Taiwan has many churches. Why are there so few working class Christians? Imagine a working-class man visiting a church. The church people have nice clothes, but his clothes are not nice. The church people read big Bibles, but he does not like to read. The church people use many Christian words, but he does not know them.
Then the church people listen quietly to the pastor, but he remembers failing at school. Even if he wanted to go he probably couldn't because he's working Sunday mornings. The working class man will say, "This God does not understand me! He does not like me! He makes me feel bad about myself!"
Praise God that is beginning to change! OMF partners with existing churches to practice incarnational ministry to tell the working class in a way they understand that God loves them!
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
We pray many Taiwan working class will worship Jesus in God's great multitude.
We pray that God would clearly lead you about whether and how to join this work.
we rejoice in God's will for you!
Whether that looks like partnering or not! For we believe God has different seasons for everyone and that in following His leading we will find the greatest joy and blessing.