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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 

Forgotten Mission Fields: Taiwan

What percentage would you guess are believers from Taiwan's population? 25%? 20%? 10%? Try 5%. And if you're talking about Evangelicals, only 2% of Taiwan identifies with that label.

Operation World cites:
"A decline in numbers of missionaries working in Taiwan has become evident in the last 20 years – more marked than any other country in Asia. This is not due to a finished task, but rather to attrition and the attraction and fruitfulness of other locations. The door is wide open for missionaries to enter and serve in many capacities; it is especially ideal for those looking to do full-time mission work rather than tentmaking. Cults such as the Mormons seize this openness by sending huge numbers of missionaries; how can biblical Christians allow it to be ignored? Pray that this window of opportunity might be fully exploited by evangelical missions."

 Would you pray for the 23 million lost of Taiwan? 90% of Taiwanese see themselves somewhere in the spectrum of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Taiwanese folk religion. Even mainland Chinese visitors have been known to comment on the spiritual darkness in Taiwan. Please pray:

- against materialism

- for more pastors and full-time workers
- for more missionaries (to reverse the current, shrinking trend)
- for the rural areas made up of indigenous peoples that are very unreached

As I read about Taiwan, it reminds me of my beloved Japan. Politically open, spiritually closed, in need of indigenous pastors and leaders, blinded by cultural religion and materialism. God, send your Light to Taiwan!

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