Thursday, August 21
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A young Taiwan Theological Seminary student happily shared the story of his call to ministry and his father’s change of heart. His father is a businessman, and from an early age the son was prepared to join his father’s business. He began English lessons in preschool and now speaks English well, along with his first languages, Mandarin and Taiwanese. During high school he began to feel a call to ministry, but his father pushed him toward a more practical path. In college he majored in accounting but struggled with the subject, because his heart wasn’t in it. He spent a lot of time helping in a college fellowship, and his grades suffered. After college he did the year of compulsory military service required of all young men in Taiwan. Sometime during that year, his father said to him, “Why don’t you go ahead and take the seminary entrance exam?” Despite having little time to study, he nonetheless passed the exam and was able to follow his call.
Another student, a young woman who grew up in a traditional religious household, is the only Christian in her family. But their home is near a center of Presbyterianism in Taiwan, and she was welcomed by a local church. She applied to Taiwan Theological Seminary last year and is one of four or five first-generation Christians in her class of around 30 students. She has a kind smile and is glad to share her faith. Much is still new to her, but she is grateful for the community here and her time at the seminary.
—Emily and Rev. Jonathan Seitz, PC(USA) mission coworkers, Taipei
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Presbyterian Church in Taiwan: Rev. Dr. John McCall, leadership development facilitator, Rev. Jonathan Seitz, theology/missiology professor, Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, Emily Seitz, team ministry
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Holy God, we are so grateful that you call leaders in every generation in every place throughout the world. Thank you for parents who give up their own plans to make way for your plan. Thank you for children who are faithful to you, even when it is not easy or when it leads them into conflict with family or friends. We pray that your call will be clear and that you will make a way where there is no way. Amen.