taiwan / asia

Spiritual Climate

The hearts of the Taiwanese people remain closed to the Gospel. The law gives religious freedom but, over the last 20 years, Taiwan has seen an increase of discouraged missionaries leaving to more fertile areas. As the same time, Mormons and cults are taking full advantage of the few opportunities that do come. A lack of pastors and full-time workers makes further ministry and growth difficult in Taiwan.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The people are generally not very spiritually attuned, except a lot of them still turn to the spiritual realm for things like crises or funerals. Holy days are still very much evident, and the more elderly people tend to be more traditional.
— Doug Penney

A new era of Christian growth is underway after a long stagnation of several decades. Much more than in the past, this growth encompasses megachurches and house churches, charismatic and conservative, and spans ethnic, language and class barriers. In recent years, many churches have had a greater emphasis on prayer, personal evangelism and community outreach.
— Operation World

More about Taiwan

A Couple Raw Facts

Religion Illustration

Over 90% of Taiwanese see themselves somewhere in the spectrum of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism and Taiwanese folk religion.

Marriage Illustration

Foreign brides are a rapidly growing population. One in seven marriages has a partner from another country. There are around 320,000 migrant foreign brides, mostly from mainland China and Vietnam. Many of them are non-Christian and barely evangelized.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Taiwan

Wealth and Western worldviews are having a negative impact on young Taiwanese. Their society grasps for new sources of stability as traditional family structure and social order lose their influence. A sense of self-sufficiency, materialism and traditional religion that mixes Buddhism, Taoism and ancestor worship grips the hearts of the people. These dismal circumstances provide great opportunities for WorldVenture’s Taiwan team. Church planting, evangelism, cell group outreach, education, leadership training and mentoring are just a few of the ways WorldVenture workers are ministering in Taiwan.

Today &

Taiwan Team Goals

The WorldVenture team in Taiwan is committed to cooperating with a national church association to evangelize and plant new churches among the 97 percent of Taiwanese who do not know Christ. Although recent efforts have focused on Taiwan’s large cities, there is a desire to take the gospel to smaller areas that WorldVenture has yet to enter. Programs for evangelism and outreach at the Morrison Academy, the CB Theological Seminary, the Bamboo Valley Bible Camp and the CB Literature Center are ongoing as well.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



There is very good Chinese food!
— Doug Penney


It's very crowded and the traffic is atrocious. But, the people of Taiwan are very friendly towards foreigners, especially Americans. They look up to Americans; I think it's because America has a big reputation in the world and so we kind of carry that along, so they're very interested in America and western thinking. They're also very polite. They like new things and are very trusting of science and very modern in that regard of thinking. They do a lot of Facebook.
— Doug Penney

The Taiwanese have an easy-going attitude, especially about rules! If you want to make a left turn on a red light, generally you can get by with it. No one really makes a big deal about it if you can do it. They like bending the rules that way.
— Doug Penney





On the outside, Taiwan is very western and modern. The people have cell phones and use computers and TVs. They're still very Chinese in their thinking, so they're open to new ideas but still have certain ways of doing things and think a little differently.
— Doug Penney

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

taiwan source:bbc - Google News
China media: Taiwan election 'no rejection of Beijing' - BBC News

BBC News

China media: Taiwan election 'no rejection of Beijing'
BBC News
State media warn Taiwan's resurgent opposition not to see its local election rout of the governing pro-Beijing Kuomintang (KMT) party as a mandate to push for independence. Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou has announced he is stepping down as KMT ...
Taiwan premier Jiang Yi-huah quits after poll loss

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 12:00:06 AM

Taiwan charges 12 over deadly Kaohsiung gas blasts - BBC News

BBC News

Taiwan charges 12 over deadly Kaohsiung gas blasts
BBC News
Prosecutors say the public works bureau violated guidelines when they allowed a drainage culvert to be built crossing the pipeline, reports the BBC's Cindy Sui in Taipei. Over the years, the drainage channel exposed the four-inch pipeline to air and ...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:58:26 AM

Taiwan transition: From city life to the countryside - BBC News

BBC News

Taiwan transition: From city life to the countryside
BBC News
For decades, Taiwan has focused on developing its high-tech and manufacturing industries, resulting in a population migration from the rural areas to the cities. But now the island is seeing a reversal. An increasing number of people, including young ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:00:17 AM

In Taiwan, a quest to reach Sun Moon Lake - BBC News

BBC News

In Taiwan, a quest to reach Sun Moon Lake
BBC News
Taiwan is a striking natural paradise of forest and parkland. Dotted with hot springs and lakes, the country is almost divided in two by its rugged Central Mountain Range, which culminates at the legendary King Of Mountain (KOM) summit, Taiwan's ...

Friday, November 14, 2014 10:10:04 AM

Watching Hong Kong: Taiwan on guard against China - BBC News

BBC News

Watching Hong Kong: Taiwan on guard against China
BBC News
Hong Kong's Occupy Central demonstrations may be losing steam, but Taiwan's movement to resist China is only intensifying. While improved ties with China in recent years have been welcomed by many here, others worry about Beijing's growing influence.

Monday, October 13, 2014 9:43:15 PM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
MK School Faculty & Staff2 YearsLifetimeAsiaTaiwanJoin Morrison Academy in educating students & encouraging them to dynamically impact their world as Christians.Current openings:Library/Media Specialist, Director of Development, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Communication (part-time). See website for information: www.mca.org.twCertifited teachers who are highly qualified and who possess a sense of God's leading in their lives. Dedicated personnel who are committed to investing in student's lives; who are willing to live out their Christian faith both inside and outside the classroom. Student teachers welcome.1078
Church Planter4 YearsLifetimeAsiaTaiwanJoin a team of fellow-laborers to establish a network of churches in or near a growing urban area.Work with a team of missionaries and Taiwanese Christians to establish a network of churches through evangelism. Evangelism will be done through friendships, English classes, and interest groups in the community. Preaching and teaching Bible studies, as well as one-on-one and small group discipleship opportunities will be available.Preferred M.Div, though other ministry-related Masters degrees are welcome. Giftedness in pastoring, teaching or discipling. A heart for the Chinese people.1244
Church Planting Intern1 Year3 YearsAsiaTaiwanIntern with a team of fellow-laborers to help establish a network of churches in or near a growing urban area.Assist a team of missionaries and Taiwanese Christians to establish a network of churches through evangelism. Evangelism will be done through friendships, English classes, and interest groups in the community. Preaching and teaching Bible studies, as well as one-on-one and small group discipleship opportunities will be available.Either have a ministry-related degree or are currently in process. Giftedness in pastoring, teaching or discipling. A heart for the Chinese people.1246
Missionary Care Counselor2 yearsIndefiniteAsiaTaiwanWe are seeking a trained counselor or psychologist to work with the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship and the Center for Counseling and Growth in Taichung. With the many stresses of third culture living, there is often a need for skilled counseling and wisdom to assist members of the missionary community.To join with the staff of Taiwan Missionary Fellowship/Center for Counseling and Growth to come alongside WorldVenture missionaries as well as missionaries from other organizations to promote good mental and spiritual health. If training and gifting are suitable, then to assist in the leadership of TMF/CCG. Recognized degree in Marriage and Family counseling, Psychology or related field. Appropriate state or federal licensure or certification. Ability to live in another culture. An understanding of the stresses of third culture living, and its affects on mental health. A love for fellow missionaries. There will be a need to learn Basic Mandarin Chinese for living within the culture.1761

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Missionary Team

Peter & Debbie Dodd

Training leaders for the Chinese church from Taiwan

Lori Lawson

Teaching at Morrison Christian Academy in Taiwan

Doug & Melody Penney

Establishing and strengthening the church in Taiwan

Dwight & Beckie Johnson

Serving missionary children at Morrison Academy in Taiwan

Barry & Peggy Owen

Serving in evangelism and establishing churches in Taiwan

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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