Church Planting Missionary to Taiwan
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 God in my young life, I realized my inherent sin was unacceptable before our holy God. By faith from God, I placed my trust exclusively in my Savior, Jesus Christ. Through the continual workings of God in my new life, I faithfully attended church and genuinely desired to learn more of God's amazing grace in His Word.
As a teenager, God was working in my heart tremendously. At a church summer camp and under the sound preaching of God's compelling Word, He 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 the dire need for more gospel-bearing international missionaries. God used the startling realization of the lost and unreached to stir my heart considerably. As a youth, God placed a fervid passion for missions in my born-again heart. I told everyone who asked that I would be a missionary for God's glory! God only strengthened the direction into missions throughout all my days.
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. Before the discovery of Project China, we knew God was directing us to full-time missions work, so we contacted them and formed a lasting partnership for the global mission of spreading the gospel.
In June of 2016, we were officially sent from Lifeway Baptist Church to serve a six-month internship with Project China and specifically with veteran missionaries in Taiwan (Jake and Steph Taube). The on-field ministry experience proved invaluable to our missionary training and preparation!
Through all of God's gifting, promptings, and guidance, 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.
Education, Marriage & Ministry
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. Today, I am completing a Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies from Phoenix Seminary. 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.
In 2012, we were hired initially as interns and later became apart of the full-time pastoral staff at Lifeway Baptist Church. I served as the Children's Pastor for about five years. We love ministering to kids! We organized many evangelistic events to reach our community, special events for kids at church, and led the children's church program every Sunday.
In 2015, God allowed us to fill in for many assistant pastoral roles at Lifeway. My wife joyfully served along side of me as we ministered. We gained invaluable experience as under-shepherds of God's flock and the Lord developed a heart within us for loving, serving, and leading people.
Endorsements & Recommendations
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 Murray’s have been a part of our ministry for several years and have served well for the past five years leading the bus and children’s ministry as well as in the music ministry. Ben has also distinctly served the congregation in many pastoral ways and has been a blessing.
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 was our privilege to send 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 and missions agency. Feel free to contact or call me. (812) 876-6072
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.