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TCN: PCT sends missionary to Vienna to minister to Taiwanese students
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Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:39:39 -0700
> Taiwan Church News
>July 13~19, 2009
PCT sends missionary to Vienna to minister to Taiwanese students
>Reported by Chen Wei-jian
>Written by Lydia Ma
Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) Taichung Presbytery convened its autumn
session recently and confirmed Rev. Chen Chi-ying as an overseas missionary
commissioned by the PCT to minister to Taiwanese students in Vienna, Austria
and speak out for Taiwanese interests in Europe.
“Our goal has always been to start a Vienna Taiwanese Presbyterian Church.
We have already joined Reformed Church of Austria and obtained permission
from the Austrian government to become a legal entity,” said PCT Associate
>General Secretary Lyim Hong-tiong.
Vienna Taiwanese Presbyterian Church has set three main goals. First, it will
minister to Taiwanese Christians living in the area. Next, it will reach out to
Taiwanese students and students of Chinese descent. Finally, it will reach out to
all local residents of Chinese descent. As there are very few Taiwanese
Christians in Vienna, PCT General Assembly plans to actively support this new
Lyim added that Vienna Taiwanese Presbyterian Church is the only PCT church
in Europe for now. Rev. Chen will provide spiritual leadership to Taiwanese
people in Vienna, speak out on behalf of Taiwan, and relay news from Taiwan to
Lyim wished Chen the best as he settles his family and adjusts to life in Austria
and encouraged church members to visit him when they travel to Austria in the
future. Chen’s information will be updated in PCT’s directory next year for all to
Though this new church will focus mainly on student ministries, PCT hopes it will
soon branch out and minister to Taiwanese people in general and people of
Chinese descent. Chen’s past experiences in student and church ministries will
>come in handy as he serves in Vienna.
Chen has served in college ministries previously and has always had a burden
for students. That is why he signed up for an interview as soon as he heard that
PCT General Assembly Ministers Committee was looking for a missionary to
serve at Vienna Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. Though Chen has never lived
abroad and is not fluent in foreign languages, he felt compelled to follow God’s
People may think immigrating to another country gets harder as one gets older,
but Chen is confident that God’s grace will be proportionate to the challenges
ahead of him. He plans to leave for Austria with his family in August. Though still
uncertain which school his children will attend once the family settles in Vienna,
he is certain that God will provide and this confidence is what enables him to
>embrace his new mission.
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