TAIWAN: Adventist Youth Leaders Hope International Conference Grows Church
Seventh-day Adventist world church leaders plan a major youth conference for December in Taiwan, hoping the event will pave the way for future church growth there.
About 2,000 Adventist high school-aged youth will meet for a week of service projects before gathering in the capital, Taipei, said Baraka Muganda, Youth Ministries director for the Adventist world church.
“Our church is not well known in Taiwan, and we have a small membership there,” Muganda said of why organizers chose the location. There are about 5,200 Adventists in Taiwan worshipping in 50 churches. The Adventist Church in Taiwan became self-supporting in 2005.
“We’re excited and our church members are quite astonished that the world church is focusing on our little corner of the world,” said John W. Ash III, president of the Adventist Church in Taiwan.
The country’s Adventist Youth director, Noah Lai, said the church there is small, but members will be strengthened with the coming support.
“I think this is a great chance for [people] in Taiwan to know we are a happy family, and people around us will get to know our beliefs,” Lai said.
“We’re not just going to preach to them; we want the youth to come and do something in Taiwan,” Muganda said. The deadline to register for the World Conference on Youth and Community Services is November 2. The conference runs from December 24, 2007, to January 5, 2008. Information about the event can be found online at www.wcycs.org/main/main.asp.—Adventist News Network