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TAC Newsletter 2018 第2季
May. 05. 2018



腳掌所踏之地/陳廣惠院長

回顧過去六十七年,三育經歷過風風雨雨,也經歷過高山低谷曲折崎嶇。然而,回顧所行過的年頭與日子,也看見路徑上滴滿了神恩典的脂油。祂不僅保守祝福這所學校,也在這所學校走過曠野沙漠時,為我們開道路開江河。

摩西死後,上帝對他所揀選的約書亞說 “現在你要起來,和眾百姓過這約但河,往我所要賜給以色列人的地去。凡你們腳掌所踏之地,我都照著我所應許摩西的話賜給你們了。(書1:2)” 在以色列人經過四十年的曠野訓練,即將進入應許之地,這是令人興奮的時刻。然而,要進入應許之地有幾項關鍵要點

 

一、 不要丟棄上帝起初的呼召與使命使命對創始人们而言是刻在他們的骨子里的,融化在組織每个人血液裡的,對他們而言是生死攸關的重要。上帝呼召亞伯拉罕離開吾耳,在燃燒的荊棘中呼召摩西,呼召耶穌走上十架負起救贖世人的使命,耶穌離世前給門徒的大使命,雖然在不同的世代,賦予他的子民不同使命,但每一個呼召都成為他們一生唯一的熱情。

而使命的「傳承」遠遠超過有人,或找到人選來填補空缺,摩西在曠野用四十年培養約書亞成為傳承者,很可惜的是約書亞未能有效地將使命傳承給下一位領袖。『傳承』更重要的是延續使命以及肩負起時代性的異象。使命雖由不同的人承接,然而,除非承接者願意付出前仆後繼的代價,才能不辱呼召與使命。求神讓我們有敏銳的靈看懂祂給我們時代性的使命,能剛強壯膽持續為這使命燃燒付出。

 

二、 未得之民、未得之地—走出三育根留台灣的異象。全球總會

魏泰德會長在不同的場合多次提及『完成大使命催促基督復臨的最大挑戰就是中國大陸及中東』,我們與大陸同為黃炎子孫、有相同的語言與文字,上帝在六十七年前設立了這所本會唯一使用普通話教學的高等學府、佔地五十餘公頃、裝備了專業的教師、累積了豐富的辦學經驗,無可置疑的我們欠了全球華人福音的債,包括大陸13.6億及全球5千萬華人都是我們的未得之民、未得之地。

立穩本土放眼華人世界,走出三育根留台灣,是上帝給三育這世代的使命與異象。依從神對約書亞的應許,凡他腳掌所踏之地都賜給他,我們在過去六十七年立足台灣,過去十年更開啟的大陸的教學點,這些都是我們腳掌所踏之地。願此異象也成為眾師生的異象,三育的教職員以及每一位畢業生,都有進入那未得之地的呼召與使命,為主贏得寶貴的靈魂!

 

三、面對應許與現實,在掙扎中得勝。以色列人在過去四十年的曠野當中,不種不收,靠的是神所供應的嗎哪。迦南地是他們望穿秋水的應許之地; 然而一進迦南就要開始打仗,而且是一場又一場的戰爭。對85歲高齡的迦勒而言,希伯倫是摩西當日給他的應許之地,但此時不能不承認他年紀老邁了,他應該在極其洩氣的景況。要進入希伯崙他要面對的是亞衲人,十個探子眼中的巨人,但迦勒的熱情不僅未曾冷淡下來,相反的他主動地向約書亞爭取這不可能的任務。

 

三育六十七歲了,我們並未老邁,上帝給我們的應許之地,他量給我們的地界,應許我們腳掌所踏之處不只是台灣本土,也包括我們所到的每一處。你的故鄉,你被差遣的工作場所,都有未得之地,未得之民,有著生命一場又一場的戰要打。雖然,現實並不等於真實,現實可能是老邁、是環境的難處,但真實是“主的同在” 保羅說“有這寶貝在瓦器裡面”,你我是瓦器,寶貝不只是主的同在,更是主死裡復活的大能,能在我們生命中,在我們腳掌所踏之地產生反轉的能力。

在這院慶感恩的季節與師生互勉,願三育百呎竿頭、更進一步!持守上帝起初設立的使命,持守你起初的蒙召!不斷裝備好自己,在神的計劃中,在自己的位份中各盡其職建立自己及他人!願神賜福三育,賜福每位師生!願未來的歲月因著我們永不被澆熄的熱情,在腳掌所踏之地,顯出神更大的榮耀!願一切榮耀歸給我們天上的父神!

The Land Where You Set Your Foot

As we look back at the past 67 years, Taiwan Adventist College has experienced ups and downs. God crowned those years with His bounty and all those days were overflowed with abundance. God protected this campus. When we were in wilderness and wasteland, He made a way and guided us.

After the death of Moses, God spoke to Joshua, His chosen one, “Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to themto the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.” (Joshua 1:2~3) After forty years of training, the Israelites were about to enter the promised land. It was an exciting moment. However, there were several things to do before inheriting the land:

1. Don’t Forsake God’s First Calling and Mission

The mission of this campus is very important to its founders. To them, it’s a matter of life and death. God called Abraham to leave Ur; Moses was given a mission by God while encountering a burning bush; Jesus was called by God to take up the cross to save the world; the disciples were given the great commission by Jesus before His ascension. God gives His people different callings and missions at different times, and each calling and mission has become our passion for life.

In order to pass on the calling and mission, we need to find someone who can take on the responsibility. However, it’s more than just to find someone to take the leadership position. Moses spent forty years in the wilderness to prepare Joshua to be the successor, but Joshua failed to effectively pass the mission to the next leader. It’s more important to understand and carry out the mission in different era than having the position. We need people who are willing to fulfill the calling of God regardless of the cost. Only in this way we can say we’ve done our best. We need to ask God to give us insight and to have more sensitivity to the Holy Spirit so we can understand His calling and mission at different stages of human history. We also need to ask Him to give us courage and perseverance and devote our lives to the mission.

2. From Taiwan Adventist College to The Unreached World

Many times, Ted Wilson, president of the general conference, has mentioned that when God’s people want to carry out the Great Commission to hasten the Lord’s return, China and the Middle East are the biggest challenge. The people in Taiwan share the same history, the same language and writing system with China, and God has given us Taiwan Adventist Collegea college with a nearly 50 plus hectare-campus, experienced faculty and staff members, and years of experience in running the school. No doubt we need to take up the mission and preach the gospel to Chinese people. We are accountable for preaching the good news of the gospel to 1.36 billion people in mainland China and 5 million overseas Chinese.

Sharing the gospel to the unreached Chinese people around the world has always been the mission and calling of Taiwan Adventist College. Just like Joshua has set his foot in the promised land, we have also set our foot in Taiwan for 67 years and mainland China for the past 10 years as God has opened door for us to establish teaching centers and offer classes there. May this mission also become the mission of all faculty and staff members, students, and graduates. May we all have the mission of entering the unreached land and winning souls for God!

3. When God’s Promise Meets Reality

When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they didn’t have to plant and harvest. God provided them with manna for forty years. Canaan was the promised land they longed for, but once they set their foot in Canaan, wars began, one after another. Hebron was the land Moses promised Caleb. Caleb was 85 years old at the time. Regardless of his old age, Caleb passionately asked Joshua for this impossible mission, despite of the giants in the land.

Although it’s the 67th Anniversary of Taiwan Adventist College, we are not old. The promised land and boundary lines God has set for us are not just the land of Taiwan, but should be everywhere we set our foot. Your hometown and workplace are your unreached lands, in which are unreached souls and battles to fight. Reality doesn’t equal to truth. Reality might be aging and facing difficult situations, but “the presence of the Lord” will always be the truth. Paul said, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay...” We are jars of clay. This treasure is the not just the presence of the Lord, but also His resurrection power in us. This life-changing power can also change the place where we set our foot.

In this 67th year anniversary and a season of thankfulness, I hope every faculty and staff member and student can make Taiwan Adventist College a better place. Let us forget not God’s mission and His first calling, and to prepare ourselves faithfully so we can be equipped to build ourselves and others up. May God bless Taiwan Adventist College and all the teachers and students. May our passion never be quenched. May God’s glory be revealed through us wherever we go. Glory be to God our heavenly Father!

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