From Bible Study to Charter
An Interview with Commissioned Ruling Elder Roger Wu of First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church
How did the Taiwanese fellowship get its start?
Sometime in May 2002, two brothers in Christ strongly sensed the call of God to share the Gospel with the Taiwanese community of Eastside. They prayed together to ask for God’s guidance and the Word of God in Matthew 18:19-20 (“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”) inspired and encouraged them to start a Taiwanese speaking church in the Eastside. In July 2002, they started a weekly Bible study fellowship at home and then had the first Sunday worship service on September 15th 2002 in Bellevue. This is how the First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church started up.
What can you tell us about your partnership with MIPC?
Through Seattle Presbytery’s introduction and MIPC’s acceptance, we started to meet at MIPC on March 16th 2003 for the Sunday Worship. From the first day we were warmly welcomed by MIPC! For the past ten years MIPC’s sincerely acceptance and incredible hospitality make us freely grow in joy and appreciation. They treat us as their family and we learn from them how to do the community service such as Tent City 4 ministry. Without MIPC’s fully supports, our chartering is definitely impossible. We thank God for this amazing partnership with MIPC. We are looking forward to doing future ministries with MIPC for the Kingdom of God.
What are your missional goals? Specifically how are you reaching the 1.5 generation of immigrants?
Our mission goal is to share the Gospel in Christ with more people (mainly for Taiwanese Americans, but not only limited to Taiwanese Americans) in the greater Seattle area and Taiwan. Besides Sunday worship services, Sunday school classes, regular Bible study, we also have Joyful Life Fellowship and Ping-Pong Ministry to reach out the 1.5 and second generations of immigrants.
The chartering gives us more friends/partners and resources to do the Great Commission! Praise the Lord!!