From the Field of the Mission – Bible Study for Men in Taiwan

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Reverend Dr. Michael Paul, LCMS Missionary in Taiwan, leads an English and Bible Study course for men. (Jen-Yi Paul)

Reverend Dr. Michael Paul is a career missionary and theological educator for the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) Asia region. In Taiwan, where he serves, it can be particularly difficult to bring the gospel to men.

“My family has lived in our apartment complex for almost four years now,” said Paul. “During this time, we have met and shared the gospel with many women and children, but very few men. Most churches in Taiwan have twice as many women as men. As a result, they have difficulty finding pastors and other male church leaders. “

Twenty years ago, when Paul was a missionary in Macau, China, he developed a series of thematic studies designed to teach English. The second half of each lesson includes a Bible passage. Paul is now using this material to lead an English course for men with a Bible time at the end of each session.

Paul reports that seven men attended the first class. He and the men started out by spending time getting to know each other. Then they had a discussion about friendship, including the Bible verse: “No one has greater love than this, he who gives his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

After class, one of the students texted Paul to let him know how important the Bible verse was to him. “I hope next time Mike can share more English Bible verses with us,” the student wrote.

Paul says the class is “a small way” for the church to serve the people of Taiwan while working to bring the Good News of Christ to those who need to hear it. He adds, “Please pray that the Word of God that is shared in these studies will work in the hearts of our male neighbors to grant them Christian faith.”

Posted on August 15, 2019

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