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Public Campus Ministries of Hsinchu Golden Star Church
June 11, 2020

 In 2019, the first two missionaries for Public Campus Ministries (PCM) were sent to Hsinchu Church, which opened on June 16, 2018. The Hsinchu area is called the Silicon Valley of Taiwan because the city includes Hsinchu Science Park, the country’s hub of high-tech industry. Although it is a small city with a population of 450,000, there are two universities, Tsinghua University and National Chiao Tung University, which rank second and third in the country. The education and living standards of people in Hsinchu are comparably high in Taiwan. Currently, two PCM missionaries from the second batch and I are working together on campus mission aiming to evangelize college students.

Since March 2020, we have had Friday Night Fellowship time every Friday night, and 10 to 15 students participate in this program. Every Wednesday at lunch, the missionaries and I visit the campuses to have a prayer meeting with students and provide them lunch boxes. The Korean language class that used to be held at the church received approval as a formal club from Tsinghua University on September 2019, so they gather on campus now.

In 2019, the average number of church attendees for Sabbath worship reached 25, but recently the church has been struggling due to the COVID-19 situation. Most of them are new, so they seem to be more affected by the situation than those who have been in church for a long time. But there is hope in this church. More than half of the members are college students and young workers. Eight young people regularly attend the Bible study every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., igniting their dream of becoming missionaries. As a senior pastor of this church, I believe that God will use this church as a strong army of God, just as God worked through Gideon and the 300 soldiers. Please pray for the Hsinchu Golden Star Church to grow to be a church like Gideon’s army.    

Baek Joon, Senior Pastor of Hsinchu Golden Star Church