Nan Fei, a Taiwanese missionary in South Africa's Testimony
Beyond the edge of the ocean, far away from Taiwan, on the continent of Africa, there are a number of Chinese missionaries. Among these are Pastor Frank Tuan (1981) and his wife Ada (1981), both graduates of Christ’s College who have been serving as missionaries in South Africa for over eighteen years. In a recent visit to Christ’s College, Pastor Tuan shared how God led him to be a missionary in South Africa.
I have always had a burden for cross-cultural ministries. After I graduated from Christ’s College, I studied at a Chinese seminary for three years. My first cross-cultural missions trip was to E-Mei Village where the majority of the residents are Hakka. After graduating from seminary, I joined the ministry team of the Evangelical Covenant Church and helped set up churches in Nei-Hu and Taichung. Then, I joined Serving in Missions (SIM) and was sent to do advanced studies at the Asian Mission Theological Seminary in Singapore.
I became a missionary to obey the Lord’s will. We have nothing to give to the Lord. All we have comes from the Lord. I think if we do not leave our country to go abroad, half of the population around the world will not have the chance to hear the Gospel. Chinese people work hard. Also, our culture is similar to African cultures. So South Africans accept Chinese people who live in their country. If we learn the language and how to teach the Bible, then we can enter dark lands to spread the Gospel. We will be the Chinese “Albert Schweitzers,” “Mackays,” or “David Livingstones.” In this way we will fulfill the Lord Jesus’ command of being his witnesses to the ends of the earth.
My time at Christ’s College impacted me greatly. I learned that knowing Jesus is the most precious thing in life and brings many blessings. Before coming to the school, I served in the army and served the Lord with “Youth for Christ” for eight years. Later, I resigned from the army and the Lord led me to study at Christ’s College. Originally, I had an opportunity to go to America to take advanced classes after my service in the army. But my plan was interrupted because the relationship between Free China and the States changed. Then someone introduced me to Christ’s College and the president, Dr. Graham, invited me to attend the school. At that time, my English ability was sufficient to serve as an interpreter in Chapel. This experienced refined my English, and gave me the ability to communicate with foreigners. Some of the benefits I received from Christ’s College came when I joined the Mountain Association (today’s Aboriginal Gospel Association) and received service training, and when I met my spouse in my class.
My advice to the current generation of Christ’s College students is to lift up your eyes and look at the fields. There are many people who need to hear about Jesus. Let’s respond to the Lord’s call and say, “Lord, here I am.”