Frequently Asked Questions
- What mission agency are you with?
Who ensures that you are continually qualified for missions work?
Although it is God Who must equip and enable His people to accomplish His Kingdom work, our pastoral leadership (at Lifeway Baptist Church) is responsible for ensuring the proper training and qualifications as missionaries. Project China also helps keep us morally, spiritually, and ethically accountable while overseas. We maintain consistent correspondence with Lifeway and Project China to be evaluated.
Why choose the local church as your sending agency?
Allow me to preface my answer by stating that Lifeway Baptist Church has been established since 1973 and my home church since 2000. I grew up there and my wife and I have served as pastoral staff there for over four years. We interned with Project China for six months in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2016. We have formed a lasting partnership for the global gospel mission with both institutions.
Under the pastoral leadership of Lifeway and our partnership with Project China, we have the general benefits (spiritual, moral, administrative, on-field assistance, accountability, etc.) of any well-known mission board. Between these two autonomous institutions, we may ensure stability and instill confidence in our supporters if either fails. No organization, no matter how large, is immune to that unfortunate possibility. We trust God's plans cannot be thwarted even despite man's greatest failures. Furthermore, we are confident that God's work will continue in Taiwan because of our biblical philosophy to establish indigenous churches and train national pastors. See our "Missions Philosophy" below to learn more.
Who is Project China?
"Project China is an association of missionaries with gospel-proclaiming, disciple-making, church-planting, leader training, and missions-mobilizing ministries reaching China and Taiwan with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are committed to training leaders of leaders and establishing new local churches. This goal is pursued by the planting of model churches, the open proclamation of the gospel to unbelievers, and life-on-life discipleship." More information can be found on their website.
How do you intend to maintain contact and accountability with your supporters and partners?
We propose a state-side team or individual within each partner church to volunteer and commit to faithfully pray for and communicate with us by email directly each quarter. That makes us as independent missionaries more accountable when we are required to give missionary reports.
If no one volunteers or can commit to that level of accountability with us, our home church, pastoral leadership, bimonthly missionary newsletters, and our on-field missions network (Project China) can give insightful validity to our gospel work, progress, plans, and expenses.
In the event of an emergency, national disaster, financial crisis, sudden departure, death, etc., how will you ensure the continuance of the gospel works you establish in Taiwan?
Our goal for all ministries the Lord allows us to establish is self-sufficient autonomy. Indigenous churches are the key to long-term gospel influence beyond our missionary lifetime. If a church is a new and unstable plant, Project China and/or the more mature and previously established churches (which we planted by God's grace) will aid the future growth of infant ministries.
Financially speaking, we will have an escrow prepared in the case of catastrophic events prior to our final departure to Taiwan so that our supporters will not be financially or adminstratively resonsible.
Who is financially responsible for your retirment?
We are solely responsible for our retirement supplied by our personal salary which is separate from our ministry income. We do not expect our financial partners to continue monthly support upon our retirement.
What is your plan for health care?
We will have an international healthcare plan to address all medical expenses. Our healthcare plan completely alleviates our supporters of all major medical emergency bills.
In the event of death or physical/mental disablement, are financial partners expected to continue supporting the spouse/offspring?
No, supporters are not financially liable for such events. Our life insurance and disability insurance will cover all cost caused by catastrophic events like death or disablement. Furthermore, ministry partners are no longer obligated to financially support us as missionaries if we are disabled (or disqualified) from doing full-time Christian work.
I have a question that you did not answer. How do I get an answer?
We strive to answer every question, but sometimes additional clarity is needed. We excitedly welcome your questions and seek to satisfy any concern you may have about our mission, philosophy, and administrative structure. Please don't hesitate to contact us! Go to our contact page and send me an email with your question(s). Alternatively, email me directly by clicking here.
What are the characteristics of a good Bible translation?
Allow me to reiterate, we believe the Bible to be the inspired Words of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; Romans 3:2; 1 John 5:9) and written by holy men moved by the Holy Ghost; (Hebrews 1:1-2, 2 Peter 1:21; Luke 24:27, 44) and therefore, without error in the original writings. (Psalms 19:7, 119:160; John 17:17) We also believe in the doctrine of the preservation of Scripture. (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18, 24:35; Psalms 100:5)
In essence, accuracy as close to the original autographs as humanly possible constitutes a "good" Bible translation. For the sake of coherence and unity, we would employ Christian liberty (Romans 14:15, 17-19 12:16, 18, 13:1) and humbly submit to use the preferred accurate Bible translation of a church when invited to speak. (Romans 15:7-9, 14:15, 17-19 12:16, 18, 13:1; Eph. 4:2-3; Titus 3:1-2)
What role does repentance play in conversion?
Repentance is a proper response of man following the power of regenerate grace unto saving faith in Jesus Christ alone. (Acts 11:18; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Titus 3:2-5; Psalms 119:6, 128; Ezekiel 36:31) A life lived after regeneration in obedience to the Lord further indicates genuine repentance and faith. If fruits of repentance and the Spirit are not evident, we have a biblical reason to question the validity of that individual's profession of faith. (1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Matthew 18:15-17, 5:13; Jeremiah 32:40; 1 John 3:9, 5:18; 4:8, 20, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 7:1) However, a time of grievous sinfulness may not warrant the absence of regenerate grace and the Spirit of God in a believer's life. (Matthew 26:69-75; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Isaiah 63:10) In such cases, genuine believers will ultimately return with renewed repentance. (Luke 22:32, 61-62; Romans 7:15-23; Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15)
What role does the sinner's initiative play in salvation?
God initiates salvation. (Rom. 8:29-30; Jn. 6:44,65, 37-40; Eph. 1:4-6) The Scripture teaches that all humanity does not seek after God apart from the effectual working of God's grace. (Acts 16:14; Rom. 3:10-12; Lk. 19:42; John 6:37, 44, 65, 12:40; 2 Cor. 2:14; 2 Tim. 2:25) A sinner cognitively and willingly believes by faith in Jesus Christ by God's grace. (Rom. 10:11-13; 1 John 5:1) God does not save sinners against their will. Rather God draws them by enabling them to come (Jn. 6:44, 63, 65, 12:32). As a result, the sinner's disposition is changed, and they want to come to God in faith. (Acts 13:48; Eph. 1:4-5; Phil. 2:12-13)
Such saving faith comes by hearing the truths of God's Word. (Romans 10:17; Galatians 3:2) Evangelism and prayer are means to God's ultimate plan of redemption. (2 Tim. 2:10; Hebrews 4:14-16; Luke 19:10; Matthew 6:9-10; Luke 18:1, 7-8)
- How can an individual have security in their salvation?
The regenerate are kept by the power of God. (1 Pe. 1:5) The regenerate cannot lose their salvation by sinning for they never earned salvation by merit from the start! (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:28; Phil. 3:9; Gal. 3:24)
The hope of eternal salvation is secure because God promises it, carries it out, (Jn. 6:37-40; Rom. 8:30; 1 Cor. 6:11; Gal. 2:20) and secures it by the atoning work of The Cross (2 Cor. 5:18-21; Col. 1:20-22; Eph. 1:3-10) and by the free gift of the Holy Spirit which indwells, fills, and permanently resides within the born-again believer. (1 Cor. 12:11; 2 Cor. 5:17; Acts 1:8; Titus 3:5; John 14:26; Eph. 1:13) All praise be to God! (Eph. 1:6)
- What role do miraculous gifts play in modern ministry?
God gives spiritual gifts to both serve God and edify the church body. (Eph. 4:7-8; 1 Cor. 12:1, 4, 8-10, 11, 28; Rom. 12:6-8) Exercising these God-given gifts to glorify God, worship God, serve God, and serve others by teaching, preaching, leading, guiding, loving, giving, helping, and discipling are signs of a healthy church in which the Spirit of God is evident by these fruits. (Eph. 4:11-13)
As a doctrinal position, we believe in the cessation of sign gifts employed during the times of the apostles (i.e. tongues, prophesies).
- What is your mission in Taiwan?
"Gospel-proclaiming: As stated in Matthew 28:18-20 we want to clearly and boldly teach the gospel so they can believe the Gospel.
Disciple-making: We believe that every person who receives Christ should be baptized by immersion and become active in the church. We want every Christian to grow in maturity “to observe all things” and become fully devoted disciples of the Lord Jesus.
Church-planting: A fundamental problem in [Taiwan] is the absence of evangelizing, Bible-believing churches. We want to do more than just give everyone a chance to hear – we want to put a church within reach of every [Taiwanese] person. We want the [Taiwanese] people to have a local church in which they can “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” and assemble to “exhort one another.”
Leader-training: Disciple-making and church-planting is a huge task...because of the unfathomable size of [Taiwan's] population...The only way that we could ever begin to make a difference against such overwhelming odds is to train [Taiwanese] leaders who can train other leaders to reach their people with the Gospel.
Missions-mobilizing: This is the way that the Lord is leading us to make a lasting impact in the country of [Taiwan]. It is our desire to do everything possible to reach these lost souls with the Gospel..."-Project China
- What is your plan for reaching Taiwan with the gospel?
Preaching Jesus, preparing national pastors, and planting many churches over the course of many years. The establishment of many gospel-preaching churches will be the main method of saturating Taiwan with the gospel.
- What are your goals as a missionary in Taiwan?
In addition to preaching Christ, planting churches, and preparing national pastors, our goal as missionaries is foremost the elevation of God's glory in all that we say and do. Furthermore, we prayerfully wish to enlist others in the global gospel mission. If you are praying about becoming a missionary to Taiwan or China, learn more here.
- What is your model for church planting?
The Bible is our manual for establishing churches in Taiwan. Our fervent prayer and goal are to start many churches (double to triple-digit numbers in our lifetime) that glorify God in biblical doctrine, genuine faith, true worship, holy living, and gospel-centered evangelism.
- How will these indigenous church plants succeed?
Foremost, it is only by God's grace that any church (or Christian) will endure and be successful unto God's intent. I would define biblical success as fulfilling one's unique purpose in glorifying God on earth in life and death (Rom. 14:7-8). Practically speaking, one missionary family cannot plant and pastor many churches simultaneously. Furthermore, the multiplicity of sound theological churches and broader gospel influence in Taiwan is dependent on the implementation of trained national pastors (2 Tim. 2:2). It is the God-chosen, biblically qualified, fully discipled Taiwanese men, who will become the elders/pastors of these churches God allows us to plant.
- How will you find national pastors for the churches planted?
We have the philosophy that pastors are not found, but that they are raised up by God and biblically trained to Christian maturity. Our prayer is for God to raise up godly leaders. If a man who meets the biblical qualifications of an elder (1 Timothy 3:1-15) and expresses interest in being a pastor/elder, we will personally train him until he is doctrinally sound before he becomes the elder/pastor of that local church plant.
- How is your church planting model financially scalable?
We do not expect American dollars to support each church we plant indefinitely. We believe in the importance of self-supporting autonomy of the local body of believers. We expect Taiwanese converts to exercise their own faith in giving of their own funds for supplying God's mission in their local church. Indefinite American support is not required, nor, in my opinion, biblically required.
- How can an individual have security in their salvation?
How long will you be in Taiwan?
Our prayer is for longevity. We are not so bold to decide when the work of God is done in Taiwan. That is God’s decision. Therefore, if God wants us to remain in Taiwan until we die, we accept His master plan joyfully! However, we are always open to God’s leading as His servants.
When will you learn the language?
We have already spent six months learning Chinese in Taiwan from native speakers. God gave me the opportunity to preach a short sermon entirely in Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan at Throne Baptist Church. However, we are still far from completing our language training for an operable and lasting ministry in Chinese. Therefore, we will take the first two years back in Taiwan to study the language intensively. We will study Chinese daily and full-time at the moment we return to Taiwan.
Why did you choose Taiwan as your mission field?
The reason for going to Taiwan is simple. Many people in Taiwan have not heard a clear presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ; therefore, Taiwan still desperately needs missionaries who bear the gospel message. Accurate statistics reflect that less than 2% of Taiwan's population profess to be (evangelical) Christian.
What people group are you targeting?
If they are alive, they are my people group. In all seriousness, it is the Chinese that make up the majority of Taiwan's population today. "Over 95% of the Republic of China's population is now made up of Han Chinese, while 2.3% are Taiwanese aborigines." We will target them, and thus we will focus on learning their language and culture.
When do you plan to return to Taiwan?
As soon as possible! We have an urgency from God to go back and begin a gospel work immediately. However, to return immediately without proper support for establishing a high number of lasting ministries is not feasible and simply unrealistic. Our goal is first to raise a certain dollar amount of monthly income for operating multiple ministries before departing for an indefinite mission work.
How much monthly income will it take to go?
We are raising a very realistic monthly dollar amount for supporting our family and doing ministry in the major cities of Taiwan. We also go by the amount recommended by our missionary church planting network for our particular field. This dollar amount is verifiable by the real cost reported by the well-established long-term ministries in China and Taiwan.