Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Please pray for this outreach in Sanhsia.


Spring 2017

Meeting the songwriter of a classic folksong in Taiwan who performed at the 228 Memorial.
Former Taiwan missionary Bob Marshall speaking to the Taiwanese-language Bible study of New Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church
On multiple occasions during Bob Marshall's visit, Taiwanese came up to say that he looks like Arnold Schwartzenegger.
At the February 28 memorial event in the mountains where Judy's sisters and grandmother are buried.

Third-year seminary student Michael Liu preaching at New Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taipei. Michael is working with Eric Pilson to plant a church in Sanhsia, a suburb in the mountains southwest of Taipei City. http://www.reformed.tw

A cross is visible on one side of our home. It was formed from a concrete pillar and beam combined with windows.

New Hope member, Alex, visits Gi-lan with his friend Wilson.

The guest area of the first-floor ministry center ready for painting.

Mr. Tiuⁿ (pronounced "dew") with a bag of luwok coffee blend imported from Indonesia.

New Hope members join us to celebrate Faith's birthday in Taipei.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sermon Preached at the Ordination of Jack Hu to the office of ruling elder at New Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taipei

Bi-lingual English-Mandarin sermon on the book of Philemon

Dr. Joel H. Linton - "Model for an Elder's Ministry"

Fall and Winter in Taiwan

Worship service at New Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taipei

Taiwanese-language Bible study led by Ely and David
Taiwanese-language Bible app for Android phones written by one of the church members

Preaching on Philemon at the Ordination Service for Jack Hu

Ordination of Jack Hu to the office of ruling elder at New Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church

Entrance to the future ministry center in Tang-Soann Township, Gî-lân County

Space for a kitchenette to welcome visitors

Future meeting space that can accommodate 30-40 people. After our core group grows larger, we can seek larger Lord's Day worship meeting spaces from the elementary school auditorium in a nearby village center

The book-format version of Joel's doctoral dissertation on the health of rural churches fresh from the print shop.

The Lee family moved from Taipei to Gî-lân County to help with our church planting work. We will likely begin our first intro-to-Christianity Bible studies here in their apartment's living room.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Urgent prayer request in Taiwan's society

Please pray for Taiwan's people and legislators. There is a major push by politicians to legally call partners in sexual perversion, "married," and force everyone else to acknowledge their relationships as marriage and to treat them that way. Taiwanese Christians are trying to stand against this and for Biblical marriage.

Here is a great lecture on the Biblical principles by Dr. Robert Gagnon.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Summer 2016 pictures

The girls meeting friends at the end-of-the-year gathering of their online Christian classical school.

Worshipping with the Chinese Christian Church of Virginia where I gave a missions presentation.

Giving the charge at the installation service of Greg O'Brien, one of the pastors at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscumbia, Alabama

Faith at her summer biotech program.

Faith playing piano after lunch at an assisted living community in Florence, Alabama 

Speaking at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America in June.

Giving a missions update at the August meeting of Providence Presbytery

Friday, May 27, 2016


Dr. Joel Linton received his doctorate in applied theology (D.Min.) from Birmingham Theological Seminary after five years of study in the doctoral program. His dissertation research topic was starting and sustaining healthy rural churches. The above picture shows Dr. Linton with his dissertation committee in full academic regalia. Dr. Jim Maples on the left was his advisor. The study of the health of rural churches is important because Christians in recent years have focused much more energy and resources on urban church planting, yet approximately half of the world's population still live in rural areas. In the dissertation rural church planting was examined in three mission fields in Asia: Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan, together with general works on church health. Further, field research was done on rural churches in five counties of northwest Alabama as well as one county in Taiwan. Hopefully, other researchers can build on this academic work. The Lord willing, this work will also be applied to new church plants in rural areas of Taiwan beginning in the fall of 2016.

The Linton family on graduation day.