Taiwan Mission Quarterly

 

Missionary Mental Health

Volume 6 Number 3 (Winter 1997)

 

In This Issue

An important aspect of maintaining an effective missionary presence is maintaining the missionaries. We are all grateful for the various sending agencies and supporting churches that provide for our financial needs. We are dependent upon and grateful for our prayer warriors supporting us in prayer. These are probably the main things we think of when considering what it takes to maintain missionaries on the field. There is, however, another very important aspect of maintaining an effective missionary presence in Taiwan. This is the area of mental health. Missionaries are not immune to mental health problems. The stresses of living on the mission field contribute to the reality of mental difficulties. Dr. James Belote, formerly Secretary for East Asia with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, was fond of saying, "Things that bug you in the States will 'elephant you' on the mission field." In this issue we will look at some of the aspects of maintaining mental health on the mission field.

Table of Content

Maintaining the Mental Health of Missionaries in Taiwan

  • Maintaining Balance by Ron Mumbower

  • Saying No by Faith Friest

  • "I Can't Forgive That!" by Rob Sugg

  • Getting Healthy and Staying There by Steve Spinella

 


 

  • Taiwan's Independent Churches by Jim Courson

 


 

Regular Features

  • MK Issues: Public Schools as an Educational Option

  • Living in Taiwan: Shell Gathering

  • Computers in Ministry: Keyboard Entry Alternatives

  • The Witness Stand: Grace Encountered

  • Language Learning Corner: The Sensory Channels

  • Window on the Church in Taiwan

  • Book Reviews




Taiwan Mission Quarterly

 

Understanding Traditional Chinese Religions and Values

Volume 6 Number 4 (Spring 1997)

 

In This Issue

Understanding Chinese religions is a puzzling challenge to non-Chinese, Christian or not, but we must make the attempt. Gaining insight into the complexity of Chinese religious thought is indispensable in helping us understand Chinese worldview and culture. Such insight will inform our approach in Christian witness to Chinese peoples. This issue's focus opens with a summary of Buddhism in Taiwan today. It gives a glimpse into how Taiwan's Buddhism emerged and its pervasive effect today. Read Chang Yu-shin's account of how she sought in vain for meaning and fulfillment in life through the practice of Buddhism. Yu Chi-ping attempts to formulate the outline of a Christian theology of filial piety, based on teachings of the Bible. Practically, how does a Christian express faith in the workplace? See Liau Jau-rung's article for a strategy that worked. More advice is found in some short pieces on how Christians can respond to pressures coming from their idol worshipping surroundings: "A Christian Response to Ancestor Worship" and "A Christian Response to Food Offered to Idols."

Table of Content

Understanding Traditional Chinese Religions and Values

  • Buddhism - Taiwan Style by Nan Snugg

  • Illusory Goddess to Servant of the Heavenly Father by Chang Yu-shin

  • Theology of Filial Piety by Yu Chi-ping

  • Alternatives to Buddhist Practices in the Workplace by Joyce Liao

  • A Christian Response to Ancestor Worship

  • A Christian Response to Food Offered to Idols

 


 

  • A Cry in the Dark: Ministering to Women Who've Had Abortions by Susan Thompson

 


 

Regular Features

  • Meditations for Missionaries: The Luckiest People in the World by Nate Showalter

  • Missionary Profiles: Howard and Mary Evelyn Moore by Sheldon Sawatzky

  • MK Issues: Home Schooling - Available Resources by Gregory B. Meeks and Seb Pense

  • The Witness Stand: Facing Change with Confidence in the Lord by Jeannie Heinsman

  • Language Learning Corner: The Sensory Channels by Martin Symonds

  • Window on the Church

  • Book Reviews

  • Index to Volume Six




Taiwan Mission Quarterly

 

Taiwan's Overseas Churches

Volume 7 Number 1 (Summer 1997)

 

In This Issue

Taiwan is certainly not known as a Christian nation. Any resource book on Taiwan will point out strong Buddhist roots and a lively practice of idolatry. Ancestor worship and animism also play a significant role in the lives of Taiwanese people. So how is it that strong, active Taiwanese churches have sprung up in various parts of the world? It seems that these vital Christian congregations are an outgrowth of the natural desire of Christian people to join together for worship and to reach out to other Taiwanese people in their communities. Perhaps it is simply a case of Taiwanese Christians applying Hebrews 10:25 to their lives. They do not abandon the practice of assembling themselves together in worship, but encourage one another in the Lord. From humble beginnings strong churches grow.

Table of Content

Taiwan's Overseas Churches

  • The Evangelical Formosan Church - A California Miracle by Nan Sugg

  • Immigrant Church Experiences by Philip Friesen

  • No Chinatowns by Nate Showalter

  • Felix Liu: Man of Vision, Man of Passion by Barry Owen and Nan Sugg

 


 

  • Close to the Heart of God by Ted Skiles

  • Vulnerability in Witnessing by Jim Courson

  • I Have a Dream For "I Care" by Jennie Teng

 


 

Regular Features

  • Meditations for Missionaries: Moses - Model for Missionaries by Rob Sugg

  • Missionary Profiles: Helen Gilkerson by Thelma Lang and Nan Sugg

  • MK Issues: An Open Letter by Chuck Foreman

  • Living in Taiwan: "Snow on the Mountain"

  • Computers in Ministry: Fun With Music by Doug Penny

  • Language Learning Corner: Perception and Processing by Martin Symonds

  • Window on the Church

  • Book Reviews




Taiwan Mission Quarterly

 

Confucianism Today

Volume 7 Number 2 (Fall 1997)

 

In This Issue

The focus of this issue is one of the foundations of Chinese culture. Confucianism at the very core of Chinese thinking. Read Jim Courson's article, Confucius: Lover of Learning, for a brief introduction the man behind the philosophy. Through this article learn the basics about Confucius, his life and work. Jose Huang's article, Communicating the Gospel to Confucians, raises questions that every Christian worker in Taiwan would do well to consider. It is a scholarly article which will challenge you to examine your own understanding of Confucianism and Chinese thought. This is not an article to read at the end of a long, tiring day. Read when you are fresh and fully alert, and it will sharpen your insights into how to share the gospel in Taiwan. Maurice Hollings worth responds to Huang's article in A Biblical Response Confucianism. His biblical examples of contextualization of the gospel in the book Acts encourage us to seek God-honoring ways to contextualize our faith in Taiwan. Rob Sugg, in Confucius Goes to Church, takes a look at the five relationships taught by Confucius and points out the change that has come about in relationships as a result the years of pressure of Chinese culture upon this teaching.

Table of Content

Confucianism Today

  • Confucius - Lover of Learning by Jim Courson

  • Communicating the Gospel to Confucians by Jose Huang

  • A Biblical Response to Confucianism by Maurice Hollingsworth

  • Confucius Goes to Church by Rob Sugg

 


 

  • Meditations for Missionaries: Times of Refreshing By Nate Showalter

  • Missionary Profiles: Dave and Judy Newquist By Ruth Harbour and Nan Sugg

  • Computers in Ministry: Dual Language Windows 95 By Peter Housel and Andy Shepard

  • Language Learning Corner by Martin Symonds

  • Resources for Ministry

  • Book Reviews




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