For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. Psalm 56:13
Six years ago, Yangmei Church of the Nazarene in Taoyuan, Taiwan, closed its doors. That appeared to be the end of the story until Pastor James felt the call of God upon his heart. He, his wife, and two children left their home in Taipei and moved to Yangmei and at great personal cost. With no resources and not a single member, he reopened the church.
On Sunday, March 5th, 2017, the church held its Annual Church Meeting and worship service with over 100 people present.
A special commemorative service was held before the pastor and church leaders shared their dreams of the future. As a church they looked back in a worshipful ceremony of reverence to our faithful Heavenly Father, and offered respect to their forefathers who had paved the way.
What followed was an exciting time of sharing the vision God had placed on their hearts for the next 10 years. They have called it “Vision 1388″ anticipating that by December 31, 2025 there will be:
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1,000 Total church members
3 locally commissioned cross-cultural workers
8 Licensed ministers in the process of being mentored and discipled
8 Daughter churches planted
The church also set immediate goals for the next two years. They desire to start a Gospel Contact Point primarily for the community in which they would care for the poor, offer after-school classes for children, and connect with families. They also plan to develop a strategy of zealous church expansion with discipleship training, small groups, leadership development and evangelism.
Already the Yangmei Church has put feet to their vision. On March 3, 2017 they together with the Shipai Church of the Nazarene, commissioned one disciple to Cambodia for a long-term mission endeavor.
The Yangmei Church is excited to take as their objective the call of the global Church of the Nazarene to make Christ-like disciples using evangelism and outreach to the poor and marginalized.
Please pray the new life that the Lord has endowed upon the Yangmei Church will continue to flourish, and they will walk in the light of His grace as they share His gospel with their community.