WEC Taiwan currently works in two areas:
1) The branch office is located in Taipei city
2) San Wan church in Miaoli county
In Taipei, we mainly function as a sending base which includes mobilization, administration, and member care. As opportunities arise, we preach in different Taiwan churches, mobilizing for missions and encouraging Taiwanese to catch the vision for missions. Our aim is to work together with Taiwan churches, seminaries and other mission agencies to expand the Kingdom of God.
We strive to make prayer a priority in our ministry. Our team meets three times a week for regular prayer and devotionals. We pray for our missionaries, churches and what God is doing in the world. Additionally, we hold monthly prayer meetings, inviting Taiwan churches and individuals to come learn and pray about missions. Our team also works together in completing sending base administration tasks.
Opportunities: There are many Taiwan counties without a church. Those interested in church planting are welcome. The WEC office in Taipei also welcomes those whose giftings are mobilization and/or administration. San Wan church, Miaoli county
Who are the Hakka on Taiwan?
Population: There are more than 3 million Hakka in Taiwan. The total population of Taiwan is approx. 22 million.
Language: Hakka which has at least 2 different dialects depending on which area of Taiwan. However, most speak Mandarin and many speak Taiwanese.
History and Culture: The Hakka people are a distinct ethnic Chinese people group. Descendants of the ancient Han Chinese, they are originally from the heart of old China but migrated in several phases to the south of China. There they settled as guests among those who preceded them. The word ‘Hakka’ in their own language is the word for ‘guest people’. Early in the 18th century many Hakka migrated to Taiwan looking for new opportunities. Chinese migrants from the mainland province of Fukien preceded the Hakka to Taiwan and had already gained control of the best land. Therefore, the Hakka settled mostly in the less desirable, hilly country of northern Taiwan. Nowadays, they are scattered throughout Taiwan but with still a large percentage in the northern part. There are also large numbers in the south in the Pingtung and Meinung areas. While the Hakka have slowly integrated into Taiwan society, they do still maintain their distinct language and culture. Nowadays, there is a growing people-consciousness among the Hakka themselves. Every year the Hakka culture is highlighted in a festival which lasts several days. The Hakka have demonstrated to keep their Hakka language radio stations. Rather than dying there seems to be a revival of Hakka culture. The family unit is very important and family ties close.
Religion: The religious beliefs and customs are the same as other Chinese, i.e. Buddhism, Taoism and a group called I Kuan Dao. However, ancestor worship is very strong, with the Hakka worshipping ancestors from very far back.(Ancestor worship is also very strong among the Taiwanese and in many other Asian cultures.) This is a hindrance to people accepting the Lord.
Only 0.3% of the Hakka are Christians. There are some Hakka speaking churches but most Hakka speak Mandarin and/or Taiwanese and therefore attend churches in these languages. There are still large pockets of Hakka communities who have not yet heard the Gospel or have not yet responded
We want to encourage Christians to have a passion to reach the unreached.