Our Mission Strategy
We are a gospel proclamation ministry. We believe in the importance of personal evangelism. Outreach is the absolutely necessary means of a diligent gospel witness and evangelism in Christ alone.
We are church planters. We seek to establish indigenous, autonomous, self-supporting, Christ-centered churches founded on and committed to Scripture alone as the course for fulfilling the Great Commission.
We are disciple-makers. Life-on-life discipleship is our primary method to train up national pastors and nurture regenerate baptized members of the local church to biblical Christian maturity by grace alone.
Our Mission Field
- Taiwan ranks as the top 10 most densely populated countries worldwide.
- Taiwan is about 1/20th the size of Texas with nearly the same number of people.
- Taiwan has complete religious freedom as the "Republic of China."
- "Formosa" was the original name of Taiwan before it was changed.
Our Mission Agencies
Our Salvation & Calling
In God's sovereignty, I was born into a Christian home. My Christian education exposed me to the Gospel at an early age. Through the teaching of God's Word in a Christian school context, I learned of my dire need for Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.
By the mighty workings of the Spirit of God in my young life, I realized my inherent sin was unacceptable before our holy God. By grace through faith, I placed my trust exclusively in my Savior, Jesus Christ. By the grace of God, I continued in the faith, attended church at every opportunity, and genuinely desired to grow in the knowledge of the triune God of the Bible.
As a teenager, God was working in my heart tremendously. Under the constant preaching of God's compelling Word, God moved my heart to surrender to full-time ministry. Although I did not know God's plan for my life, He often turned my attention to global missions. God used the startling realization of the unreached and my home church's international outreach ministry (Barnabas Society) to college students (at Indiana University) to considerably stir my heart for the nations! Furthermore, God has only strengthened the direction into missions throughout my college days as I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies with a concentration in global missions. Today the Lord continues invigorate my soul to reach the Chinese people with the Gospel!
I know of a certainty that there is nothing more worthy of my life and my family's lives than God and His mission to proclaim the gospel to the nations!
I am truly thankful to God for drawing me to salvation in Christ. It was in my teenage years when I realized my need for Christ as my Savior. After accepting Christ, I became eager to learn about God through His Word. The Lord put in my heart a desire for ministry and to serve Him with my life.
God continued to grow desire for missions during my college days. It was through preaching, God's Word, and missionary biographies that my love for missions grew. My heart became burdened for those in other countries who had never even heard of Christ. It was specifically in my second year of college when God stirred my heart for missions. I remember praying and telling the Lord that I was willing to go. Little did I know at the time, although God surely knew, that He was preparing me for the mission field.
As I consider the gospel and what Christ has done, I am constrained to not live my life for myself, but rather for Him who died for me! (2 Corinthians 5:15)
When I was in Taiwan for our six-month internship, God showed me the great need for the gospel in Taiwan. It was sobering when I talked to people who had never heard the gospel, but it was a great joy to share and explain the truths of God's Word to them!
I look forward to returning to Taiwan with the heart and desire to share the gospel, disciple ladies, and be a helpmeet to my husband as we focus on planting churches for God's Kingdom.
We are overjoyed the Lord has given us a heart for missions and we wish to glorify His magnificent name with our lives!
God has given us many opportunities to talk with and learn from missionaries. Through those connections, God enabled us to organize a church missions trip in 2013. In late 2015, the Lord led us to Project China. Even before the discovery of Project China, we knew God was directing us to full-time missions work. Now, we have formed a partnership with Project China for gospel missions in Taiwan.
In June of 2016, we were officially sent from our home-church — Lifeway Baptist Church — to serve a six-month internship with veteran missionaries in Taiwan. The on-field ministry experience (church planting, discipleship, foundational learning of Mandarin Chinese) proved invaluable to our missionary training and preparation!
Through all of God's gifting, guidance, biblical counsel, Project China's mentorship, and local church pastoral care, the Lord has solidified the future course of our lives into missions. One of our prayers for our future ministry in Taiwan is longevity. By God's enabling grace, we are committed to serve the Lord with hearts of overwhelming gratitude as church planting missionaries in Taiwan indefinitely.
My wife and I met at college. We both graduated with bachelor's degrees in biblical studies. While her degree concentrated on Christian elementary education, I concentrated on theological studies and missions. We both desire to grow in our understanding of the Bible. We both share an avid eagerness to study and go deeper in the Word for personal growth and for practical ministry needs. Through online modular-style, seminary-level courses in biblical studies and biblical counseling we are equipping ourselves more so that we may interpret the Word rightly and apply the marvelous truths of the gospel to the nations more effectively! It is also through diligent personal study of the inspired, authoritative Scriptures with the supplement of robust theological books and commentaries that we continue to learn of our praise-worthy triune God.
Marriage & Ministry
We were married on December 30, 2011, in Washington, Illinois. Two years later, God blessed us with a son on March 21, 2014. His name is Audrik. After graduation and as newly weds, we were hired initially as interns then later became apart of the full-time pastoral staff at Lifeway Baptist Church in May of 2012. I officially served as the Children's Pastor for about five years. In addition, I filled many assistant pastoral roles until the church hired an assistant pastor. During our years of church ministry, I organized countless evangelistic events for weekly outreach in our community, created special events for children of all ages at church, visited the sick in homes and hospitals, conducted congregational worship weekly, preached God's Word every Sunday, and led the children's church program for 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls.
My wife joyfully served along side of me as we ministered together in the local church. We gained invaluable practical ministry experience and the Lord developed a shepherd's heart within us for loving, serving, and leading people towards Christian maturity by grace through faith in Christ alone.
Letters of Recommendation
I am writing to ask you to consider listening to the Murrays share their burden for the mission field with you either over the phone, email, over lunch, or by having them present the ministry in your church.
The Murrays have been a part of our ministry for several years and have served well for the past five years leading our community outreach programs, children’s ministries and assisting our music and worship ministry. Ben has also distinctly served the congregation in many pastoral ways and has been a blessing to many of our members.
The Murrays have a love for people. They are diligent concerning the Word and have displayed a commitment to His call to the foreign mission field. It is clear that both Ben and Natasha have a mutual desire to reach the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was our privilege to send and fully support the Murrays to Taiwan for six months during the year of 2016. We have and will continue to support them ourselves with pastoral care, prayer, and as their sending church. Feel free to contact me.
Many aspiring missionaries’ character and commitment do not survive the first contact with the mission field. But I am happy to report that Ben and Natasha showed very plainly in their time here in Taiwan that they can stand firm in the faith on either side of the world!
While the Murray’s were here, they did a fantastic job studying the Chinese language, adapting to the local culture, and proclaiming the gospel to unbelievers. Ben worked very hard to deepen his understanding of church-planting and disciple-making here in Taiwan. I commend them to your church as worthy of your partnership in the global mission! I trust they will be a profound blessing to you both in their presentation of their ministry and in their future years of faithful service to our Lord.