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Mission

宣教事工遵行大使命                                                                                              邱恆德長老     

主耶穌在馬太福音第卄八章最後兩節命令所有門徒﹕「所以你們要去、使萬民作我的門徒、奉父子聖靈的名、給他們施洗.凡我所吩咐你們的、都教訓他們遵守.我就常與你們同在、直到世界的末了」。這是主耶穌給我們的大使命,要祂的信徒將福音傳遍地極。

所有台福基督教會都是遵從大使命而設立的,我們的教會也不例外。感謝主將我們教會設在ASU附近,學生事工將不同地方的年青人帶到教會,這跟ISI (International Student Inc.,国际留學生團契)的事工很相似,所以我們很重視留學生事工。這些年來我們教會支持過幾位由我們教會蒙召去讀神學院的神學生,他()們都是ASU畢業生。

我們教會宣教事工可以分成兩方面,我們一方面支持宣教機構,如豐盛生命中心、正道神學院、及傳揚福音雜誌。一方面我們也鼓勵會友参加宣教事工,幾年來有幾位青少年在不同時間参加暑期短宣。2006 年教會也有一群少年到Flag Staff 一位宣教士所辦的印第安小孩暑假營宣教,我們這群少年人短宣隊跟印第安的小朋友在一起唱詩、敬拜、做遊戲成了很好的朋友。2007 年我們教會許多兄姐、青少年也参與在Phoenix 北邊居留南美非法移民兒童的居留所短宣工作,藉著讚美聖詩的演唱,短講,我們看到聖靈在作工,感動了許多小心靈,上帝的名被高舉、被榮耀。

今年三月的復活節我們也有人到中國東莞附近進行4天的短宣,除了帶領特會分享基督信仰與工作,也帶領二堂的受洗班及復活節主日的講台,聖靈大大作工,結果共三十二位弟兄姊妹受洗。感謝主!今年除了参加愛恩的短宣隊之外,我們教會自己也成立了一個六個人的短宣隊,將到台中大里從事英文教學及短宣事工,將有118位小學生参加。我們的短宣隊並計劃到台中太平與當地教會合辦三天的福音佈道會。希望這是好的開始,以後每一年,我們教會都能够成立短宣隊到各處傳福音、宣揚主名。

Taiwan Short Mission Testimony               By Brother John Lee 11-09-2011


親愛的培德牧師與三位長老,

首先在此祝您們平安!青松會的十月短宣已經在台中太平教會展開,10/13下午,昂秀姐,麗子姐,與我三人在洪小茹傳道與金姐妹率領之下,探訪了三位年逾八十的姐妹。其中一位是原住民阿嬤李節子姐妹,肝不好打了針治療,引起副作用包括關節疼痛,手肢發癢等。另一位簡媽媽見證神讓她常看到惡者並教她如何爭戰,她信心滿滿要為主繼續打拼,她的膝蓋退化。她準備了一大鍋紅豆湯,每人都喝了兩碗,又大又好吃。第三位是王媽媽(王祝仙執事的母親)也是非常好客,大家剛坐下來她又忙著張羅電風扇使大家涼爽下來,又把冰箱裡果汁,yogurt,和冷水全搬了出來,她患了髖關節痠痛。我們對她們關懷並且一起吟唱聖詩,最後我們為她們祝福,並且一起禱告(也聽到李姐妹用原住民語禱告)敬拜感謝神的愛與恩典,祈求神的憐憫與赦免,並代禱神的醫治與保護。

 當晚,在太平教會禱告會中同時查經,麗子姐與我以及太平教會的洪小茹傳道,王祝仙執事,盧佩玲執事,和忠文執事(小茹的先生)以及金姐妹等輪流分享接受聖靈引導為主作工的見證,最後並由雙方互相代禱為主傳福音能夠藉由關懷事工大大復興教會。

 10/14(五)青松會三人前往苗栗去探訪劉志宏傳道與陳蘭芳傳道建立的恩福會,在總共約六百坪的建地中我們看到了由對主的愛所堆砌的各種工作室與臥室,雖然建築物已經古老,但室內外都粉刷一新,擺設也井井有條。我們所遇到的弟兄們都溫文有禮,看不出是吸過毒的人。劉傳道仍然是隨時見證幫助吸毒者父母親救回一條寶貴的命與靈魂是最明顯的榮主益人的使命,但陳傳道由於肝癌細胞增加,下腹腫脹,本來已經準備掛號急診必須抽出腹中液體,卻陪我們看設施,喝茶。我們五人一起牽手向神禱告祈求神的大能與憐憫,施恩給他們這一對忠心的夫婦僕人,殺死所有癌細胞讓陳傳道完全復原,使她重新展翼高飛,為主再達新的頂峰。劉傳道又帶我們到恩福會經營的燒烤店進午餐,也認識了在店裡服務的幾位弟兄,因為地近一家大學,就成了學生們的好去處。

 回台中前我們三人又驅車前往大湖附近泰安的一家溫泉泡湯,正好山雨淅落而下,在雨扇下浸溫泉水,這還是頭一次,也別有一番心境。

10/16()我們到太平教會做禮拜, 看到領唱詩歌的王祝仙執事受到聖靈帶領,在她身上顯出她與神的親密關係。小茹傳道,信息簡單厄要令人感動深省。之後由我做了有關青松會鳳城分會的見證。潘玉婷姐妹司琴優美動聽,她是原住民,出生就失明,有著神賜給的辨音能力與美麗的歌喉,並且善長賽跑,曾代表台灣在國際競賽中得勝並獲得可觀的一筆獎金,幫助母親付了積欠的房租。中午愛宴菜餚使我想起小時及年少時家裡與朋友招待的便菜,營養可口,充滿了愛與關懷。與幾位弟兄姐妹也有了互動與交通,賀利妮是一個國中年齡,因為車禍受傷而致半身不遂必須使用輪椅的姐妹,她頭腦清楚,非常主動求取別人的照顧與關心。金淑貞是一位原住民後代的中年姐妹,過去由於脾氣不好曾有迷失過,而現在受聖靈感動,選擇了太平教會來敬拜上帝。黃龍泉執事是一位自小就奮鬥工作掙錢養家的中年弟兄,體重85公斤,有一個粗壯的頸項和肩膀,是個教會的中堅實才。江庭萱執事是一位職業姐妹,父母來自山東,待人親切,司禮中規中矩。張忠文執事是小茹傳道的先生,他在巷子裡照顧小孩子安全,並且引導訪客找得到教會所在。潘安三長老是一位平埔人,他是一家果凍製造廠的廠長,他的腳被撞受傷,開刀時須要拴釘子,現已拿出釘子,也不敢用止痛藥,恐怕會妨害或延遲復原。

 

太平教會因為組成同工團隊時間不長,對主的信心仍然有待增強,但我觀察之後認為這個教會已經得到神的祝福,假以時日,願主的真道大大興旺。

 

10/17()我們三人去一家醫院探訪黃龍泉執事的母親陳敏江姐妹,她右膝經過三次開刀,須要復健。中午小茹傳道帶我們到一家藝術博物館吃套餐兼觀賞珍藏,下午又去探訪莊瑞英姐妹,她是一位大陸新娘,白天看家,晚上在一家工廠上班,不常看到五歲的兒子,先生還在勤奮上課,增加電器知識。

 

另一方面,10/18()中午一點我們第一次前往好牧人教會去探訪,與林淑真傳道初識,瞭解到這個教會自從成立這一年來的歷盡凔桑,讓李牧師與林傳道看到了神的大能與作為。不久之前又有胡美禮傳道加入陣容去經營大專學生這個區塊,使得這個教會事工領域增加迅速,包括社工,原住民,適齡學童,以及大專學生等等。昂秀姐,麗子姐與我在他們幾位同工聆聽之下做了個人的見證。

 

10/19()下午五時半我們在好牧人教會與恆德長老會合,大家用完晚餐後即搭教會車子開往接近霧峰的朝陽大學,路中經過南開大學載了一位應用外語系的學生施行,在車內麗子與我應他要求用英文會話,據說會引起這位學生追求信主的動力。到了山丘之地的校區,進入了高大宏偉的教學大樓的視聽教室,已經有15位學生在等候。由於過去的經驗,胡傳道希望恆德長老與我盡量把聖經的經句低調傳講,因恐學生們做立不安以致離開教室。恆德長老講解DNA的構造並闡述DNA製造細胞的複雜過程而引伸出設計者的偉大。我因為事先消息不靈通,準備了相當敏感的題目 - 神的國,因為錦囊裡沒有什麼妙計,就只好硬著頭皮上台開講,心裡想再糟也不過是變成座上虛席,應當不致於被轟了出去。沒想到整個演講過程,居然都有所有眼睛的接觸,雖然沒有人提出問題討論,我心想福音是傳了出去了。恆德長老與我還得到鐘點費合計NT$1,600,我們簽名並捐給好牧人教會,完成了來台傳福音的一點小心願。隔日,我寫了Email 給林傳道請問是否校方事後表示不滿。幸好,沒有得到回音,大致無礙。

 

10/20()小茹傳道於四點鐘前來接麗子與我一起去探訪姚美賢姐妹,她的弟弟與一個兒子都是傳道人,她常常出外做志工,但最近有時晚上睡得不好,就覺得有些暈眩,我們為她禱告求神憐憫讓她得到充足睡眠。小茹傳道與我們到鄰近一家晚餐店吃虱目魚粥,魚丸湯,紅燒虱目魚頭,A 菜。然後我們回到了太平教會去參加查經禱告會,參加者包括小茹傳道,張忠文執事,王仙祝執事,黃龍泉執事,金淑貞姐妹,盧銀好小妹妹,麗子姐,與我。黃執事帶領詩歌,並使用靈修月刊豐盛人生查經,分享時兄姐輪流在(1)若沒有聖靈重滿,會有什麼欠缺?(2)與神同在的經歷,這兩個方面做見證。我以10/19在朝陽大學講解神的國為例,表達我與神同在,放膽無懼地傳揚福音,得到學生們的聆聽與注意,正是神所托付,所應許,所賜下的神與我同在的體驗。

 

10/21()7點半我們去好牧人教會參加禱告會,由王文欽牧師主持。王牧師與林淑真傳道禱告感謝神差遣鳳城的兄姐到他們的教會來支持他們,王牧師特別提到神沒有國與國的界限,教會與教會之間的界限,讓主內弟兄姐妹合而為一為主宣揚真道,也讓我們看到主的福音的大能與功效。永森長老與美蓉姐剛回台灣,曉得我們在禱告會,就也過來參加。永森以舊約中的約瑟做例子,認為他自己就像約瑟一樣是一個餘數,他也認為在台的傳道者都是餘數,神要復興福音就會使用這些餘數來成就大事。

 

10/22()下午12點半,昂秀姐,麗子姐,與我前往好牧人教會接永森長老,與美蓉姐一起到東海大學的宿舍探訪簡春安教授與Susan(簡潔姐妹的父母親),他們家裡佈置舒適寬敞,又養了一隻漂亮的golden retriever,他們熱情溫馨,待人親切,請我們吃果實後,由永森長老用I-Pad拍全體照。他們接著招待我們到附近一家咖啡店喝特別烘烤的咖啡,外加各式精心製作的糕點,簡教授談及他所從事的福音傳播工作,意興飛揚,卻不失飽學者與上帝僕人的謙虛的風範。

 

10/23()早上十點,昂秀姐與她的媳婦,戴莉敏姐妹,與六歲孫兒戴瑜辰,麗子姐,和我一起上太平教會做禮拜。台福總會前議長黃順天長老用與復活的主相遇做主題講道,而由他的胞弟黃順忠牧師司禮。黃長老根據約翰福音10:15-23來證道的三個大綱包括(1)馬利亞遇見主,(2)領受主的平安及喜樂, (3)領受主的差遣及授權。黃長老又見證他的女兒高中時出了車禍昏迷不醒七個月,他與家人及整個教會肢體連續迫切禱告,使他經歷镲去眼淚,轉而注目主耶穌,把重擔卸下求取主的憐憫與揹負,並除去悲傷與困難的恩典與愛。主與他同在使他走過這七個月,使他與家人更加信靠主而得到從神來的喜樂與平安,他的女兒終於一步一步地由眼睛閃動,而恢復知覺,雖仍然須用輪椅,但已過充滿主恩的生活。中午大家享用愛宴,和樂融融。用餐過後等一陣子,恆德長老,永森長老,美蓉姐,姚榮輝牧師與師母從好牧人(參加當天主日崇拜講道見證愛宴之後)前來太平教會與黃長老會面。初次與姚牧師暨師母認識,即曉得他們愛主愛主的肢體熱心親切,全體牧長們與會友互相交通,喜樂見於形表,大家享用了茶與糕點後又合照記念(見附件照片)

 

10/24()早上930分,昂秀姐,麗子姐,與我在太平教會和小茹傳道,金淑真姐妹五人出發去探訪賴芝薇姐妹,她正在待產第二胎,是個女胎,前一陣子有了憂鬱症,現已漸漸轉好,我們一起唱了幾首聖詩後大家按手在她的腹上同時禱告祈求神保守她與寶寶,並於十二月十七日左右順利安穩地產下嬰兒。另外也探訪許靜雯姐妹,她準備了煎薯條,玉米餡的饅頭以及火龍果汁,她有兩個女兒,安琪(五歲)與美琪(三歲)我們唱了幾首詩歌以後,手牽手一起為她與她先生許以信弟兄(在長老教會做禮拜)以及兩位女兒做禱告。中午小茹傳道帶我們到一家出名的牛肉麵館,又在鄰近吃了剉冰,全由昂秀姐請客。於是繼續探訪,到了小茹傳道的婆婆的家,她信奉一貫道,有次從樓梯摔下以致腳盤骨裂,忍受疼痛一天後才讓家人知道,傳道為她迫切禱告,現仍有疼痛,盼主醫治她並感動她歸主,願不久她能夠得到主的完全醫治與救贖。

 

這次回台短宣由於匆促成軍,計劃不周,禱告祈求聖靈充滿不夠,因而沒有大大的果效,傳達福音的使命更沒有直接與未信者,尤其是社會大眾,有過觸摸與探問,因此總覺得對福音有所虧欠。對我個人來說,與神交通,完全託付神,依靠神,看見神的作為,神給了我一些端倪和風聞;如果像我這樣散漫的人可以初次嘗到為主傳揚福音的喜樂與平安,那麼振作起來,委身與主,將會得到更多的果實與甘甜,自是不言可喻了。願神神祝福諸位以及EFCP。願神醫治陳蘭芳傳道的癌症,使她完全復原,來替主做更多更大的見證(見附件照片)。願神記念昂秀姐為主忠心,從頭到尾照料青松會代表一起服事主,順靠主的內心與外在表現。更願主為主的忠心僕人,保括王文欽牧師,林淑真傳道,胡美禮傳道,黃順忠牧師,牧師娘,洪小茹傳道,張忠文執事,黃順天長老,長老娘,姚榮輝牧師,牧師娘,麗子姐,簡春安教授,Susan, 以及所有兩個教會的同工,平信徒與慕道友們,得到主的喜悅與賜福,力上加力,恩上加恩。阿們!

Taiwan Mission Testimony                                                                           By  Gloria Sun  06-01-2008

             Good morning brothers and sisters. I am going on a mission trip to Taiwan this summer and I just wanted to share with you my testimony and the reasons for why I want to go on missions.

            I grew up in a Christian family and attended church and Sunday school regularly. At church, I loved playing with friends, listening to bible stories and singing to worship songs. During Sunday school, I would hear all about God’s love and I could really see it in my life. I attended church activities and programs such as Vacation Bible School. I remember spending time doing arts and crafts and adding hand motions to worship songs. I had good experiences at church and enjoyed going there.

            In fourth grade, my family and I went on a retreat. I do not remember much about the retreat itself. However, I do remember the speaker telling us that if we believed in God, we should invite Him into our hearts. It had become part of my weekly routine to go to church on Sunday, but I had never given much thought to having a relationship with Him. The idea of Jesus living inside of me was very appealing though. I could just imagine Jesus knocking on the door to my heart. At the time, the decision seemed simple to me. I believed that He died on the cross for my sins and I wanted to accept Him as my personal Savior. Jesus was my friend who loved me so much and I wanted Him to be with me forever. With that, I prepared my heart and I prayed the prayer to let Him in. Sure enough, ever since then, He has never left my side.

            God has been working throughout my life and I think that he has really been teaching me a lot, especially in college. Many of you may know, I was recently accepted into pharmacy school at the U of A and will be attending in the fall. Through the application process, God has taught me a lot about trusting in Him. The fall semester was especially stressful for me as I had to get through all the requirements of the application process. Pharmacy admissions was always on my mind, whether it be getting experience, maintaining a high GPA, taking the pharmacy college admissions test (PCAT), writing a personal statement, sending transcripts or researching about the career. I felt so overwhelmed by the whole process that I could not help but depend on God. I remember complaining to my parents and they just told me to turn to God. I prayed to God for strength and peace of mind. One of the bible verses that really got me through this time was Proverbs 3:5 which states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” This verse seems so short and simple, yet it is so difficult to follow. Putting complete trust and faith in God is difficult. I like to be in control and have things planned out. However, in life, there is a lot of uncertainty. I do know that God is the only person who is always there though. So, I cast my burdens onto him and relied on his power and strength to get me through this time. If God had not led me through that obstacle, I do not know how I would have made it through, if at all.

            This past year, I was also a small group leader for Asian Bible Fellowship. As a small group leader, I basically led a bible study. As a small group leader, I learned about how God provides, not only for people in the past, but for me as well. I learned that if you have the heart or desire to do something, then God will take care of the rest. Before taking on the responsibility of a small group leader, I was afraid that I was not an adequate leader. I came to realize, though, that small group was not about the words that I said or about having all the answers, it was about studying God’s Word and figuring out His will. God provided me wisdom and people to help me grow spiritually.

            In the same way, I think the lessons I learned through my experiences applies to missions. God has put the desire in my heart to go on missions ever since high school. However, I was not ready to go until now. I realized this mission trip is not about me, but about God’s will and furthering His kingdom. Before, I had a lot of doubts about my abilities to be able to evangelize. I was worried that I didn’t have enough biblical knowledge and that I could not provide the right answers. It was not until recently that I realized that I do not need to worry about my abilities because God provides. He works within us to carry out His will. We just have to trust that God will take care of everything. For instance, in the Bible, Moses was not a good public speaker, but God provided his brother Aaron to speak for Him. In the same way, I must trust that God provides me with the resources I need. So now that I feel ready, I am really excited about missions just because I want to be able to share Jesus and his life with other people. God has blessed my life in so many ways and I see so much of God’s love around me through my family and friends. I want to be able to share God’s abounding love with those around me. I am asking for your support as a church, either through donations, through prayer or both. I ask that you would pray for me, my team and those that we are evangelizing to. Please pray that God works within us and that people are open to what we have to share. Thank you!