Around 100 people from 14 nations gathered in Taipei for OM Taiwan’s STEP OUT 2015 mission conference, followed by outreaches to five countries in East Asia. The conference also held a variety of workshops to equip the participants for outreach, ranging from training in using practical tools, such as drama and sketch boards, to an introduction of important mission-related topics. Pray that God continues to equip and guide the participants as they seek to live for Christ in their own contexts.
In August the Logos Hope visited the port of Anping, Taiwan. This was the first time any of OM's ships have opened the gangways in the city. Vice Mayor of Tainan city, Mr Yan Chun Zuo, was pleased to welcome Logos Hope and, speaking on behalf of the Mayor during the official opening, said “It is [the Mayor’s] aim to create an international city, that is more focused on knowledge with a passion for volunteering. So the ship’s visit to Anping is an invaluable aid in promoting these things.” Mr. Yan Chun Zou added with a proud smile “… and you haven’t really experienced Taiwan until you have visited Anping!” Pray for the continued ministry of those aboard Logos Hope in this region.
Over 93% of Taiwanese people are adherents of a combination of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Evangelical Christians make up less than 3% of the population. The most unreached people group in Taiwan is the Hakka. Pray for a planned outreach to the Hakka over Christmas. Participants will spend ten days in a small Hakka town with the aim of encouraging the small Christian community to reach out to their neighbours and become more involved in active ministry.
Population: 23,550,077 (2017)
Official languages: Standard Mandarin (spoken), Traditional Chinese (written)
GDP (PPP) per capita: $49,901 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 79 years
Religions: 72% traditional beliefs (Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism), 19% Agnostic or Atheist, 3% Protestant, 1% Catholic, 1% Lord of Universe Church, 1% Maitreya Great Tao, 3% other religions