Taiwan’s community service ministries build a house
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the church in the areas of worship, evangelism, pastoral ministry, member care, and more. Many church members have not been able to see each other face to face in a church for a long time. A church pastor has not been able to visit church members regularly, either at home or in the hospital. We are now challenged to find new ways to do missionary work, to preach the gospel of God, and to care for people.
But in the midst of this difficult time, the Taiwan Conference Community Service Ministries Department has been able to bear witness to God’s grace on our work. One of the projects we worked on throughout this year was building a house for someone in need.
The recipient was an elderly woman who was having difficulty receiving help from her son or daughter. She has no job and lives on the old-age allowance. She lived alone in a dilapidated house which ended up being auctioned off. She had nowhere to go.
Even though she is not a Seventh-day Adventist, the Qingye Adventist Church worried about her and TWC’s community service ministries department decided to build a house for her. To implement this house building project, the Taiwan Adventist Hospital provided generous financial support. Additionally, individual and organizational volunteers worked on the project to make its completion possible.
The house dedication service was held on the Sabbath afternoon, October 9, 2021. TWC President Tom Sun sent an encouraging message to attendees, citing a Bible verse from Psalm 127: âUnless the Lord do not build the house, the builders work in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards watch in vain. The core value of the house is not in the physical building or the furnishings inside, said Pastor Sun, but in the presence of the Lord. He urged participants to invite the Lord to come into our lives so that we share the warmth of Him with one another. Also, he stressed that this world is not a permanent home for us, but we are all waiting for the glorious return of Jesus to live with Him forever. Finally, Pastor Sun reminded the pastor, elders and deacons of Qingye Church to continue to care and care for this woman, to visit her, spend time with her and keep sharing. the joy of living with her.
“Likewise let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16). We, as Christians, are responsible for being a light to the world. The light dispels darkness and illuminates obstacles and dangers. It makes homes and cities safer and gives direction even from a distance. In her publication, Welfare Ministry, Ellen White described what God’s children should do for their neighbors:. “
I pray that soon this woman and her family will be moved by each other’s selfless service and the contact of the Holy Spirit, that they will know the God we know and will be willing to follow and worship him.