Thursday, August 1
Photo: John McCall
I was preaching on Christmas at a church located very near the main international airport for Taiwan. The huge jumbo jets sounded like they were going to land right on top of the church. I slowly got used to the rhythm and knew that every five minutes or so I would have to pause and let the jet go by before continuing with the sermon.
Who lives in the flight path of this busy international airport? People who live at the margins of society making a variety of products in factories located close to the airport.
We gathered the night before in a neighboring church, and there were folks who spoke many different languages: folks from Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Thailand who have come to Taiwan to find work and who also live on the margins. There were five different aboriginal people groups represented. Then there were Taiwanese-speaking Christians, the majority. We were all gathered together to worship and enjoy being the church from north and south, east and west. It was for me a foretaste of the heavenly banquet we will have with our Lord.
“Good news for all people,” the angel proclaims in Luke 2. And this good news has entered deeply into the lives of these folks on the margins. They may not have much voice in the larger society, but as we ate together, as they welcomed me into their home, as we worshiped together, I could see the light of Christ in their eyes and in their lives. How many loaves have you? These aboriginal Christians live an abundant life in the flight path.
—Rev. Dr. John McCall, PC(USA) mission co-worker, Taipei, Taiwan
Let us join in prayer for:
Taiwan Theological College and Seminary: Rev. Shang-Jen Chen, principal
Tunghai University: Professor Haydn H. D. Chen, president
Yushan Theological College: Rev. Wan Chin Kao, principal
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Mark Magrowski, BOP
Peter Maher, BOP
Let us pray
Dear God, help us to notice those folks on the margins. Speak to us through them of your abundant grace. Give justice to all who live on the margins of our societies. In Jesus’ name. Amen.