Thanksgiving acknowledges the Pilgrims coming to our shores in the early 1600s to escape religious persecution in Europe. For Christians, it has become a time to give thanks to God for His blessings all year long, and commemorates the freedom to worship God as we choose.
If possible, Church of God missionaries often prepare the traditional Thanksgiving meal while on the missions field. But, a new development has now taken place … David Chen, overseer of Taiwan and son of Mark Chen, former Church of God representative to Taiwan (1984-2008), hosts the American tradition of turkey and the trimmings and invites the community to a feast at the church, providing an opportunity to share Jesus Christ and His message of love and provision. Christianity has been increasing from 2 to 3 percent in Taiwan in recent years; evangelizing is a challenge. In this manner, there is food for the body and food for the soul.
Not only do attendees enjoy the partaking of food, but they learn about the bountiful blessings of having a grateful heart of a good, good God who loves them!