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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Friday, August 22

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Howard and JoAnn with Taiwanese graduate students from three North Carolina universities Photo by John McCall


Howard and JoAnn with Taiwanese graduate students from three North Carolina universities


Photo by John McCall


In this day of globalization, one of our great opportunities is to reach out to new neighbors. One Taiwanese couple, Howard and JoAnn, have lived in the United States for many years, but they grew up in the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.

They live in Cary, North Carolina, in a suburban home that, from the outside, looks like other homes in the neighborhood. But as you enter—and take off your shoes, the custom in Asian homes—you immediately smell the wonderful fragrances of a Taiwanese kitchen.

Every Thursday evening their home is packed with Taiwanese graduate students from nearby Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University.  These students invite other Taiwanese classmates to come for a home-cooked Taiwanese meal and conversation in Taiwanese or Mandarin.

After eating and laughing together, and releasing the stress from high-powered graduate programs, they gather in the family room to sing praise songs and then divide into small groups to study the Bible. Most of the students are not Christian and come from homes in which traditional Taiwanese folk gods are worshiped. But in this home, they taste and see that the Lord is good. They see love incarnate in prepared meals and in the life of a couple who open their home each week because they want to share the love that has captivated their hearts.

Over Christmas break a student who came to my home in Taiwan shared about her experience: “It will be great to get my PhD from Duke, but even more valuable is that I met Christ there through the ministry of JoAnn and Howard. My life will never be the same.”

Rev. Dr. John McCall, mission coworker, Taipei

Let us join in prayer for:


Presbyterian Church in Taiwan: Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong, general secretary • Changhua Christian Hospital: Dr. Chi Tao Wei, superintendent • McKay Memorial Hospital: Dr. Yuh-cheng Yang, superintendent • Tainan Theological College and Seminary: Rev. Chongiau Wang, principal • Taiwan Theological College and Seminary: Rev. Shang-Jen Chen, principal • Yushan Theological College and Seminary: Rev. Pusin Tali, principal

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rev. James Moorhead, OGA
Emily Morgan, PMA
Frank Moriarty, BOP

Let us pray

God of all peoples, we pray for our neighbors near and far. Help us to see the needs around us and to respond with love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 130; 148
First Reading Job 2:1-13
Second Reading Acts 9:1-9
Gospel Reading John 6:27-40
Evening Psalms 32; 139

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