Taiwan Day 6 - LA Medical Ministry, Spiritual Warfare & Prayer Walks

Today we got to church again around 7am to have our daily prayer meeting and Ezra chapter 4 bible study. I had the opportunity to interview Naomi after the prayer meeting and she did a great job in answering the questions in English (English is like her fourth language). 

After the interview, we met up with Ed & Beth again who were hosting a medical ministry with the support of a team of doctors and medical professionals from Los Angeles. The team provided free blood pressure tests, medicines for illnesses or pains, and gave a lecture filled with tips on oral hygiene. Mr. and Mrs. Harbour and Beth also led some worship songs and a bible study to the people who were served. 

During the medical ministry, some Taoist started gathering in the streets nearby, preparing to host a parade for their idols. Ed escorted me to the front lines where dozens of people closed off streets, lined the ground with firecrackers, and brought giant drums and flags in to "welcome" their spirit truck into the neighborhood. Ed informed me that the Taoist have this special parade once a year, but it originated because people weren't making enough money selling incense, fake paper money, or firecrackers. 

 Stacks of fake paper money...

Stacks of fake paper money...

 The drummer

The drummer

 Firecrackers being laid out in the middle of the street

Firecrackers being laid out in the middle of the street

 Firecrackers being set off. 

Firecrackers being set off. 

The mixture of the extremely loud drums, exploding firecrackers coming closer and closer, Taoist music being blasted out of the spirit truck, and dozens of people staring at me and my camera resulted in a lot of tension for me. I felt as if I were standing in the middle of a spiritual battle going on. As the truck approached where Ed and I were standing, some people set off some 20' long firecracker strips that were so loud that you could feel them thump of each pop. What I disliked the most was all of the smoke that filled up the streets and, of course, our lungs. 

After the truck passed, Ed explained to me that most of the people who worship this spirit truck don't even realize what they are worshipping and simply submit to these idols and the demons who control a lot of these people out of fear. When I was standing in the middle of this chaos, I felt threatened and scared, but God reminded me that His power can overcome any darkness and I immediately felt all tension go away. I felt like a forcefield surrounded Ed and I as we walked through the smoke and the people running around us. 

Later on in the day, Mrs. Harbour kept emphasizing the need for prayer. She felt this urgent calling to escape and pray. She took me to two elementary schools (both of which are hosting our summer english camps for the next two weeks) to do a Jericho style prayer walk. Basically, we went to each school's track and walked around it 7 times while praying out loud. Mrs. Harbour told me that this symbolizes the walls of the schools being knocked down so that the Holy Spirit can flood into the hearts of the children that we will be serving next week by CEC's Taiwan Team

Mrs. Harbour also told me that one of the schools has a foundation of a column that was "dedicated to the demons". It was so sad to see children being raised in situations like this. However, the prayer walks were very refreshing and were left feeling super energized and faithful afterwards. 

Taiwan may be heavily Taoist and idol based, but a revival is near! The Harbours and their team have been taking ground and have led many to Christ already. New ministries are popping up, new people are joining the 119 moment, and more and more people from the communities are getting involved with church. What we need, and will always need, is more prayer!

Please pray that:

  1. God will raise up more workers to harvest Taiwan. Pray that more churches can be planted so that everyone can easily access a church. 
  2. The SEND team can continue to grow their faith and trust in God's plan for Taiwan.
  3. Pray that those who have started attending church will accept Christ!

Thank you :).