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Student ministry in Taiwan

CMS missionaries Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp are learning language and culture in preparation for ministry to university students in Taiwan. They’re excited about student engagement in outreach and training.   

Throughout December we continued to visit different university fellowships in our city, Taichung. It’s been exciting to get a glimpse of university life, get a deeper sense of what ministry on campus looks like and meet with some students.  

Christmas on campus 

Since Taiwan is in the northern hemisphere, the university timetable is the opposite to Australia. Semester 1 is from August–December, and Semester 2 is from February–June. Since Christmas falls during class time, many campus groups use this opportunity to hold Christmas-themed outreach events.  

Most of the groups we visited were small, around 15-20 students. But they were keen to do something. One group walked around campus singing carols and giving out gifts. Another group held a small event with carols, food, and testimonies.  

Ministry training 

Evangelical Fellowship (CEF) is the student movement we’ve been visiting in Taiwan. Each year they run a national week-long training camp in January, similar to the National Training Event (NTE) run by the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES). Students do strand-based training where they learn how to read different parts of the New Testament.  

Last month we had planned to visit the camp to observe and to participate in their prayer meetings. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to COVID concerns, however Shan-Shan was still able to attend the staff training time, and some of the training strands were able to meet in smaller groups.  

Keep praying for this important ministry to students, and for us as we continue to visit CEF groups and consider where our future ministry placement might be. 

 “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11) 


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