Even though the team was tired from the journey (we traveled for 28 hours by car, plane, and van), we woke up early this morning to walk the few blocks to Taichung Baptist Church, one of the oldest and most established Mandarin congregations in Taichung, Taiwan.
It was worth the early wake up call.
What a privilege to worship alongside of believers who live in the midst of a culture foreign to my own and who speak a language different than my own. It was as if the Lord allowed us a glimpse into Heaven this morning. My mouth could not have echoed the words of the song in Chinese nor my brain fathom what the words even meant, BUT my heart swelled with worship to the One True God. The God of every nation, and tribe, and people, and language. This is our God. This is the God we have travelled far to worship and to proclaim. The pastor preached out of Ezekiel 36:24-30. A fellow teammate leaned over to me as the Pastor preached in Chinese and said, “I keep hearing English phrases in my spirit. I just heard ‘God cares for you.'” She was right. That our God would take out our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh, cleansing us from all unrighteousness, what a gracious gift!
What a day that will be when people from EVERY nation, tribe, people, and language gather together to declare “Worthy is the Lamb to receive glory and honor and power – FOREVER!”
Longing for Heaven: a fitting way to begin a week of pointing people to the only One who saves.
Revelation 7:9-10: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
- Rest and strength as the team overcomes jetlag
- The Discipleship Conference (January 27-29) with Taichung International Fellowship where we will be interacting with new believers and “not-yet” believers. Daniel and I will specifically be tasked with building relationships, having gospel conversations, leading small groups, and serving wherever else there is a need.
- Pray for Taichung International Fellowship and Mission Taiwan our partners on this trip.
I am grateful to be a part of FBC Garland’s community of believers, following Jesus, telling His story. ~Tara Cruse, Children’s Minister