Last week Taiwan celebrated Grave Sweeping Day. This is a time once a year for families to go the the burial sites of their ancestors and clean and pray to them. Lucky for us, we got to have a four-day weekend; but it reminded us again of our mission as Christians to share God’s love and salvation with the people we meet in Taiwan and around the world.
At church and during our weekly Bible study at our house, our Taiwanese brothers and sisters in Christ shared with us about how difficult this time is for them. Many believers in Taiwan are the only Christians in their families, and they are caught between standing firm in their faith and offending their family members by refusing to take part in the ancestral prayers. This is also true when a family member dies. The funeral traditions here are to burn paper objects, such as cars and houses, etc., for the family member to use in the afterlife.
On the bright side, while their numbers may be few, the Christians of Taiwan are very strong in their faith and fellowship, and that is a refreshing thing to see. I have been so encouraged by the faith and testimonies of the brothers and sisters here. Please take some time and join us in prayer for the believers in Taiwan. Pray that they will remain strong in their faith and that they will have opportunities to share God’s love and salvation to their family members, co-workers, and friends.
Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…