"The inmates are very impressed with our care and often send letters to express their appreciation. Currently more than a hundred inmates have been converted in prison."
The believers at this church include workers and migrants who still suffer from economic difficulty and work pressure. The church, in the love of God, still has areas of development and achievement in both human resource and financial aspects.
In the summer of 2015, there were 5 new Chinese-Vietnamese students attending Chung Yuan University, bringing the total number of students in the church to 7. They are children of Sanh Manh Duong church's believers in Vietnam, thus having been gifted with musical talent. In the Lord's love, they provide assistance in praise, leading the group to worship God every week. Thanks to them, we have a live band for worship.
The Church's Activities
The church has been sponsored with a 25% decrease in rental expenses every 3 months for the last 2 years until the end of 2015. We thank God that our believers realize the importance of financial independence starting from 2016, thus the financial condition of the church has improved with more support. The church's essential expenses include:
- Monthly rental expense ($500 USD)
- Administrative expense ($600 USD)
- Sponsoring a Taiwanese theological student who is an intern and assistant to the pastor ($170 USD)
2) Ministry in Detention Centers
During our weekly mission, there are always God's believers who attend. The number depends on the permission of the detention center's administration board. In the last 6 years that we've done the detention center ministry, many people have become believers before they went back to Vietnam. As the detention time is usually short, our mission is aimed at people who have never learned about the church before they leave Taiwan.
3) Ministry and Spiritual Care in Quishan Prison
- About 85% believe in Jesus.
- About 5% are Catholic. They still attend our ministry, but we don't try to change their belief.
- About 10% are still undecided. Most of them have short sentences.
Expenses for Prison Ministry
- Birthday gifts
- Encouragement for people under special care
- Christmas gifts every year
- Cooking or buying food supplies in several occasions
- Awards for Bible Contest
Last year we organized a contest on Psalm 91 and 21 Bible verses. There were 24 contestants in total; 8 of them won first prize with perfect results. They were awarded $70 USD. Others who made some mistakes in the contest were encouraged with small awards of $10 or $20 USD, depending on how many mistakes they made.
This year we plan to organize a contest on Psalm 23, 20 Bible verses, and the Bible's table of contents. There will probably be more contestants. The results will come out in mid-2016. The amount of money used for the prison ministry depends on God's love through our donors, thus relying on your support.
Ministry for Believers in Prison
There are 3 people following the theological curriculum "The Life of Jesus Christ," and they are close to the end of Book 5. Some are following "Abundant Life" and other materials.
Care for Believers After Prison
During the last 6 years, there have been about 50 believers who returned to Vietnam from prison in Taiwan. A small number of workers received training under Agape Vietnamese Church, and a bigger number of believers in detention centers. It was out of our compassion for them, since they received neither attention nor spiritual care after returning to Vietnam.
To follow up from the ministry activities in Taiwan, Pastor Thu went to northern Vietnam in the beginning of 2015 to visit returnees. In 2016 he intends to go back again, to establish communication with the returnees and to connect with the local church. He also plans to support the local church in resettling believers who returned from prison through several community development projects.
Prison Ministry Updates from 2016
Group Meetings and Evangelistic Services
Scripture Memorization Contest
Compassion Ministry Gifts
A Growing Harvest Field, Laborers Needed
Community Development, Chuch Planting, and Medical Missions
Prayer Requests: Spring 2016
- The sponsorship process for a Vietnamese Bible School student to intern at the Agape Vietnamese Alliance Church. This strategy is to encourage the church in Vietnam to send missionaries to serve in Taiwan.
- The church is seeking another Taiwanese student intern as the current intern will finish her term in July 2016.
- For the reopening of the immigration detention centers for evangelistic activity. The high authority of the immigration department has ordered the termination of all activity after 10 detainees used force to escape one detention center. In the past 8 years over a thousand people have been converted in immigration detention centers.
Thu & Hanh Nguyen
Vietnamese Diaspora Outreach Ministry in Taiwan
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