Taiwan Christmas Event Draws 125 Visitors

Children listen to the Christmas Story“Sometimes things don’t turn out quite like we plan—but God always has the best plan!” wrote Penny Iverson, an Alliance international worker in Taiwan. When a night market Christmas outreach was rained out, the bags of candy, church invitations, and gospel tracts wound up in the hands of those who might not have received them otherwise—including adults and elderly people, who smiled with joy when they were offered the gifts.

During the holidays, Penny’s husband, Tim, was asked to play Santa at several schools. While driving to one, he noticed a grandmother with her grandchild, and he pulled over to give them a candy bag. The impromptu stop was near a construction site. When the workmen saw “Santa,” they all dropped what they were doing and hurried over to get their gifts, too.  “Tim wondered who was minding the cement truck!” Penny said.

Huge Success

Recipient of Christmas gift bag
Of the 125 people squeezed into the church building, more than 110 were from the surrounding community. The Iversons posted their invitations and gospel message on Facebook this year. “They spread faster than they ever could have by our walking around town!” Penny reported.

“Our big Christmas event was a huge success, thanks to our great God and to your prayers,” Penny added.

The Christmas message of hope was presented in various ways, and more than 20 people indicated on response cards a desire to put their trust in Christ. Another 17 expressed interest to know more.

“Praise God!” wrote Penny. “Please pray that these 38 people will decide to follow Christ.”

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