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Public Campus Ministries of Hsinchu Church
September 24, 2021

 In 2019, the Public Campus Ministries (PCM) started at Hsinchu Church with two PCM missionaries from the first batch. The Hsinchu area is called the Silicon Valley of Taiwan because the city is known as Hsinchu Science Park, the country’s hub of high-tech industry. Although it is a small city with a population of 480,000, 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 the people in Hsinchu are comparably high in Taiwan. 

The Korean cultural wave known as hallyu is booming among young people in Taiwan. Going with this trend, since 2018, the church has held Korean language classes to attract young people to church. In 2019, the Korean class received approval as an official club from Tsinghua University. Many students at the university have shown interest in the club, and some of them have come to the church. 

But since early 2020, the Hsinchu Church has struggled due to COVID-19. The situation has changed over the last year and a half, and church gatherings have been prohibited from time to time. From May to July 2021, the church had to conduct worships online with on-site worship becoming possible only by the end of July. 

On August 21, 2021, a baptismal ceremony was held for the first time this year, and four souls were reborn who had started attending the church earlier in the year. There were constant invisible battles between good and evil in their minds up to baptism. But God’s grace was upon them when they all finally decided to be baptized. The blessed ceremony was held at Taiwan Adventist College with beautiful weather. Two PCM missionaries from the third batch, Park SeolAh and Choi JiSoo, participated in leading them to Jesus Christ. 

It has been three years since the Hsinchu church was planted, and currently, about 30 people gather every Sabbath. Among them, 60 to 70 percent are college students and young office workers. I hope that they will grow as leaders who endeavor to deliver the gospel of God to many young Taiwanese who do not know Jesus. 

News article by Baek Joon, Pastor at Hsinchu Church in Taiwan