Recently, my husband Henry and I went on a LifeWay sponsored mission trip to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Along with us, six other individuals from Lifeway in Nashville, Tennessee went to minister to the lost souls of Taiwan.
Every year Lifeway sponsors numerous mission trips to places all over the world, from the island of Taiwan to the jungles of Honduras, and they are open to any LifeWay employee across the United States. So whether you work in the corporate office in Nashville, or a retail store in Mississippi, you have the opportunity to go on a Mission trip with LifeWay.
LifeWay even encourages their employees to take part in these mission trips by giving employees some paid time off to participate in these mission trips that doesn’t count against vacation time. In addition to this, Lifeway sponsors the employee by covering half of the mission trip cost, a huge savings for the employee, and making it even easier to go on a mission trip!
While we were there, we were able to minister to University students. We held Bible studies for them and game nights where we were able to tell them about Christ. Along with ministering to the University students, we went to several different elementary schools and took over the classes, teaching Biblical stories, like Noah’s Ark, to the young students.
We also had “field days.” We would go to the parks of Kaohsiung and randomly handed out tracts in Chinese and talk to whoever would talk to us and allow us to share the Gospel. In addition to the academic ministry, we were able to partner with several churches in the area and minister to their congregations and encourage them to get involved with ministering in the parks and schools.
Every day we had our work cut out for us. We were busy from sun up to sun down. But every minute was worth it. Even when we did not see instant results, we knew us being there made a difference in God’s Kingdom. We knew that we had a huge hurdle to cross to reach the Taiwanese people. According to the Missionaries who stay on board in Taiwan, “whether it is the Communist party in China that has blinded them, or the numerous gods and traditions in Taiwan that keeps them blind and bound, they often have to work through many issues before they come to faith.”
Despite that, we did not let that discourage us. We still feel the call of Matthew 28:19 on our hearts, and we will pray that many seeds were planted in the hearts of the Taiwanese people, and that one day other missionaries like us will go over to Taiwan and reap the harvest for His Kingdom.
Let us pray that we remember Matthew 9:37-38: 37Then He said to His Disciples “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (NIV)
It is my prayer that many of you are encouraged to go out there, whether overseas or to your neighbor’s house, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
In His Service,
Desiree Schreiner is a Customer Support/Sales Rep at WORDsearch. She loves hiking, exploring nature and animals, especially cats. She dreams of exploring and hiking Europe to see all of the history she has read about in books over the years. She’s an avid reader, so she loves working at WORDsearch, where she has access to hundreds of books!