Sunday, February 25, 2007

Signs, Wonders & Simple Church Planting in Taiwan Beyond!

Feb 8 - Signs, Wonders and Simple Church Planting in Taiwan!

On the third day of the Taiwan for Jesus conference and final night of the crusade, heaven invaded earth in Taipei. During the day sessions students continued to move out in prophetic evangelism. We also trained them in “divine healing” to pray for the sick out on the streets, one story that came back was amazing.

Give Me Your Crutches!

One student reported to us on the stage that she and a team went out to a park near the university to pray for the sick. They saw an older man with crutches sitting on a park bench. They went up to him and asked him if they could pray for him, believing that Jesus would heal him and give him the ability to walk. One of the girls shared her faith with him and asked him “give me your crutches!” He was a bit reluctant at first, and wasn’t sure if she was for real, so she took the crutches out of his hands and told him to rise up and walk. She then told us that the man got up and didn’t just start walking, but he started running around the park and was healed in Jesus name! She was so funny, when she shared this testimony she had no emotions on her face and just shared what had happened. Wow! Praise God that He uses ordinary people to do extraordinary works for His kingdom! This student stepped out in faith by putting her faith into action and saw God’s compassion touch a man who could barley walk begin to run for God’s glory!

The Devil Was Shamed On National TV

In the evening and last night of the Gospel crusades, the National Taiwan Stadium was packed out to capacity. The word had gone out from the night before that the power of Jesus Christ was in Taipei and that there was hope for sinners and those with sickness. People came in from all over the city brining the sick on stretchers, wheel chairs, crutches and the like. We knew as we prayed before hand that the Devil would be shamed that night for all of Taiwan to see, that Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life and there is hope for this nation of only 3% Christian.

As Pastor Philip came up to preach from John 7 “If you believe on Me, out of your heart will flow rivers of living water!” The faith level of the people in the stadium could be felt. Something powerful was about to happen, and it did. Pastor Philip asked the whole crowd to hold hands, worship God and receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit to be healed. He would not touch anyone, but only let the Holy Spirit touch hearts and bodies. Then it broke out. The people began to worship in the presence of the Holy Spirit and people all over the stadium began to receive healing.

Pastor Philip began to ask those who had been divinely healed to come up and give testimony of the instantaneous miracles. One by one they came up, young to old. It was a testament of God’s goodness and hope for this nation of Taiwan, for Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever! The most powerful testimony of healing came at the end of the night.

I was below near the front row, when scores of people came up to the altar to receive salvation. While this was happening, there was an old man who came in on a wheel chair. I could tell he wanted to be prayed for so I walked up to him and began to pray for his healing. Not knowing what his issue was, I asked his grand daughter what happened to him. She told me that he was lame and wanted to walk and asked if I could pray for his healing more specifically. So, I laid hands on his right leg and prayed in faith for him to rise up and walk. I then asked her to ask her grandfather if he felt anything different in his leg. When she asked, her grandfather nodded his head and said “Yes, I feel something burning in my leg.” He then got up and started walking without his wheel chair or walker. It was amazing, he wouldn’t stop walking! He kept walking forward on his own towards the front stage. I was stunned, I asked, “Has he ever walked like this before?” The grand daughter almost in tears said no. I knew it was a miracle in the working. This old grandfather, by faith, walked up to the front stage on his own where Pastor Philip was and began to walk around without his wheel chair and walker ALL AROUND THE STAGE for the whole stadium to see. All glory, honor and praise be to the LIVING GOD!

When he started walking on his own, with no ones help, I felt as if Jesus Himself was on that stage applauding this old man’s faith. It was just how Jesus did with the centurion who had faith for his dying son to be healed. You could just feel the spirit of VICTORY and FAITH in the stadium, it was like you were standing in the midst of heaven on earth. As this testimony went forth, Jesus was being glorified and satan and his cohorts had no power, but to accept defeat and watch God do His work of wonder. It was an amazing thing to see and a memorable moment of my life to experience. Taiwan for Jesus! The whole stadium was filled with awe, wonder and hope knowing that this was a sign that Jesus was in Taiwan, and now is the time of great harvest for this nation!

That evening, TVBS, one of the largest 24-7 news stations in Taiwan reported the miraculous healing of this lame man walking on national television. The secular news station was so stunned and so in awe of the power of the Gospel to heal the sick and give hope to a nation’s people that they broadcasted this story of divine healing for two days straight! Yes, the devil was shamed and Jesus was glorified. This is just the beginning of a new day in Taiwan. Let us continue to pray that signs, wonders and miracles fill the streets of Taiwan everyday through the hands of His people.

Feb 8 – Leadership Training “The Full Package”

I can’t fully explain it, but this visit to Taiwan felt more complete than any other trip I have done in the last 2.5 years. Since 2004 I have been going back and forth from Taiwan trailblazing in the spirit, for a new student awakening to be birthed on every campus in every city. We have seen the Holy Spirit move in power, envisioning and releasing students to pray for radical revival and to preach the Gospel with apostolic power. Things have been breaking out on different campuses all over the nation. Yet, many of the conferences and leadership trainings I have done were strictly prophetic in nature, birthing, envisioning and re-awakening His body to Him and the destiny of Taiwan.

Yet, this gathering “Taiwan for Jesus” there was a sense of “fullness of time” and “history in the making.” The last day we spent equipping 1,600+ student leaders and pastor’s practical implementations of starting campus churches or missional cells on every campus. Many of the new students who came to Christ at the crusades would be immediately followed up and established into new believer cells, resulting in the multiplication of campus churches.

Finally, on Saturday, the biggest answer to prayer was when we met with 20 campus leaders who were ready to be equipped to release campus church planting movements on every college and university in the greater Taipei area. We spent nearly the whole day in intensive training on the “A-Z’ of campus church planting. This network of leaders will begin new evangelistic works on their respective campuses, laying the foundation for student-led simple church networks to reach the 97% of lost youth in Taipei, Taiwan.

Come on!

Big Church Releasing Simple Church Movements

I am so encouraged, so blessed and so full of faith for this nation. I am so pleased to work with local churches like Bread of Life Taipei who understand clearly that it will take a decentralized movement of campus church planting to reach the outer bounds of lost campuses in Taiwan. Their leadership and capacity of faith, to let go and release control from a centralized structure to decentralized organizational structure is commendable. They truly have a “kingdom mindset” and not just a “local church mindset.” They are willing to let go of their best of the best leaders, like strategic S.W.A.T. teams to be sent out on special operations to reach lost campus communities for Christ. This picture is similar to the Antioch church in the New Testament, a church planting center in the book of Acts that constantly sent out apostolic bands with Paul and others to reach new horizons untouched with the Gospel.

Paul did 3 things, a simple strategic pattern every city he entered into. (Acts 14:21-26)

1. Evangelism
2. Discipleship
3. Church Planting

He went with teams, they preached the Gospel with signs, wonders and miracles confirming the preached word. Souls were saved (evangelism) and then they were taught to obey Jesus commands (discipleship), finally they were gathered to continue on the mission of the Gospel as local units of house churches that planted other house churches(church planting movements). Any ministry that we do can not stop short at only evangelism and discipleship, everywhere in the New Testament you see that Paul and his apostolic bands won souls, made disciples and planted new churches that planted more churches as leaders rose up and were established as elders of these house churches in every city and region.

I pray for the day, when every ministry on the earth will be about winning souls, making disciples and church planting. This is God's strategic plan to share His glory and love with the nations of the earth, to multiply spiritual families in every nation, tribe and tongue. It may look different in each context, but could you imagine if every local church sent out their best of the best and released their young adults to go plant simple churches in every pocket of society with lost people? Or what if every major campus ministry group on campus sent out their students 2x2 to adopt pockets of un-reached students on campus to win lost students, disciple them and plant simple churches or call it what you want, "missional communities" among them, bringing and establishing LIGHT in the darkness. Every person would no longer see themselves as only a "church goer" but a "marketplace missionary." Every student would no longer see themselves as just "attending fellowship" but as "campus missionaries." Our campuses, our cities, would be transformed quickly, every saint would be mobilized, every student empowered, every ordinary person would see themselves as extra-ordinary missionaries called to transform society and change the world wherever they are, by brining God's kingdom, bringing church wherever they are. It's time to stop going to Church and start being the Church. Bring it on! We need a holy revolution, God set your people free, not only raise up an army, but equip them and release them to do the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11) and unite Your Church worldwide to finish the task of preaching the Gospel to every nation so that the end will come!

As I continue to work with local churches, denominations, para-church campus organizations around the world, I believe the challenge before us is whether or not we are willing to “let go of control” and release the saints for the work of the ministry, by giving them freedom to venture into the most lost parts of our society to plant churches among the lost. The local church must start seeing itself not as a “cruise ship” where Christians just come to enjoy themselves for Sunday services, campus fellowship and programs, but the local church sees itself as a “battleship” where every member knows their role and is activated into the ministry in which the Holy Spirit has called them into. These battleships, will continue their ministry locally (Sunday celebrations, cell groups, evangelistic programs etc) but these battleships will also need to recognize that they will need to release missionaries to “leave ship” as “fighter jets or submarines” on strategic missions to start new works on the campuses and communities surrounding that the battleship can’t immediately reach effectively because of the nature of being a battleship in one local. In fact, it is only when the these battleship alliance with one another, that it can become a Navy and a fully engaged military force to defeat the enemy in every city and region. Unity is first, empowerment is second.

For example, right now, my local church “Harvest Rock Church” a mega-church in Los Angeles has released me since 2003 to start campus church planting movements “student-led” on every campus and region around the world. Specifically, in Los Angeles we have simple church networks led by students being started on over a dozen college campuses in the last 18 months. My local church recognizes, that being a mega-church (battleship) it does not have the versatility or flexibility to effectively reach every college and university in the greater Los Angeles area, but it understands that if it releases and empowers it’s members (indigenous students who go to different colleges and are the most ready to impact them ) to go start new works on these campuses- they can be reached. So our student leaders are covered by our local church, but are fully sent out to start new simple church plants on the campuses they are called to reach. Now the local church acts as a “battleship” by simply supplying, giving resources and supporting these missionaries as they bring God’s kingdom most effectively to their respective campuses and regions in the Southern California area. These new simple church networks are fully autonomous, yet still covered and connected to the mother church that birthed and sent them out. Sometimes, these "fighter jets" will come back to land on the base ship to get fuel or new ammunition and go back out on assignment, others like submarines or mini ships will go out and stay out on their mission.

I am so blessed to have a spiritual father and mentor like Pastor Che (Sr. Pastor of my home church), who has truly turned his heart towards the children (Malachi 4:6) by empowering the next generation to do church in new ways that are relevant and effective for this hour. A month ago, Pastor Che came to our once a month leadership training for all our campus leaders in SoCal, he encouraged them, gave them a free book and laid hands and prayed for each of them to receive an impartation to start spiritual revolutions and church planting movements on each of their college and university campuses. He was like their spiritual grandfather, letting them know he stood behind them, believed in them, and that his house "Harvest Rock Church" would always be open and there for them if they ever needed anything. He doesn't want to control, he just wants to empower, come along side and support these young Daniel's and Esther's to change history for God in their generation! I love his heart and pray that other spiritual father's would come along side and empower their spiritual sons and daughters to give themselves fully to the work of God in their generation. Both Pastor Che and I know our callings are different, but our mission is the same (Matt 28:18-20). We respect one another, love one another and honor each other to do God's work. For "Do not pour new wine into old wineskin or else the wineskkins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But pour new wine into new wineskins and "both" are preserved." (Matthew 9:17) God wants revival in both generations, the wine is the same, but the wineskins may look different, but the purpose is clear, God wants revival in every generation and we must work together, not apart, but towards the common goal of preaching the Gospel to the lost. In the future, I foresee many local mega-churches and community churches equipping and releasing their young adults to venture out and plant simple church movements among the lost in every sphere of society as this 4th wave of revival is poured out in our generation. These mega church, community churches and simple church networks will work along side one another to truly pastor and transform every part of society, not leaving one stone or one soul unturned in a city for Christ! Amen.

Side note: This is so exciting, we have high school students who don’t leave for college from our local churches hoping they will “survive” as Christians in college; rather they go to college sent out to “revive” their college campuses and establish new apostolic works as campus revivalists. This is awesome!

God is moving in new and startling ways in this generation. We must do whatever it takes to reach the lost. Whether in Taiwan or Los Angeles, this is our mission to know Him and make Him known.

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At 2/26/2007 01:06:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! May God's church being strengthed and live out purpose of the great commandment and the great commission!

At 2/26/2007 07:29:00 AM , Anonymous Judy said...

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint. lsa40:31

At 2/27/2007 07:12:00 PM , Anonymous Judy said...

Many waters cannot love;rivers cannot wash it away.Ifone were to give all the wealth of his for love,it would be utterly scorned.(song of songs8:7)
But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God;I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever.(psalms52:8)
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.(psalms126:5)

At 3/01/2007 06:51:00 AM , Anonymous Judy said...

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,but we trust in the name of the God.(psalms20:7)
Be still,and know that I am God;I will be exzlted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth.(psalms46:10)
You crown the year with your bounty,and your carts overflow with abundance.(psalms65:11)

At 3/04/2007 02:33:00 AM , Anonymous jeff c. said...

on reading this i couldn't help but say AMEN =D.

jeff c.

At 3/13/2007 04:20:00 AM , Anonymous Joshua Wong said...

A-men, I'm from Taiwan and I passed by your blog sometimes to see whats going on around Taiwan and what's up with you. I seen you on stage a few times in Taipei.It's just exciting to know that a 26yr. old crazy christian is set lose in our world today, hehe..bombarding hell~ be praying for you and revival of the last generation :)

At 3/30/2007 01:19:00 PM , Blogger Phillip said...


I'm a student at UT and i've been thoroughly enjoying hearing God's Word through you. I just Googled you up and started reading your blog, and the kind of revival happening in Taiwan and the miracles you write about affirm how the Holy Spirit is very much alive in this day and age. I truly hope to reattain the passionate heart on fire for Jesus I once had...I see it so clearly in you. Quite honestly, it's been difficult for me to fully surrender 100%, but I thank God for bringing you to Austin and preaching His word as it was meant to be preached. I've been so encouraged by the stories in your messages and blog as well - please keep pressing on.


At 3/30/2007 01:20:00 PM , Blogger Phillip said...


I'm a student at UT and i've been thoroughly enjoying hearing God's Word through you. I just Googled you up and started reading your blog, and the kind of revival happening in Taiwan and the miracles you write about affirm how the Holy Spirit is very much alive in this day and age. I truly hope to reattain the passionate heart on fire for Jesus I once had...I see it so clearly in you. Quite honestly, it's been difficult for me to fully surrender 100%, but I thank God for bringing you to Austin and preaching His word as it was meant to be preached. I've been so encouraged by the stories in your messages and blog as well - please keep pressing on.


At 4/22/2007 10:21:00 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

C'mon God! Just found your blog, after searching blogs for "miracles, signs and wonders". :) I'm glad I found it, I'll be setting up a link to it on my blog. Keep on keepin' on!


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