Mike Yang’s Testimony:
My family immigrated from Taiwan in the early 1970’s and like many who immigrated here from Taiwan, my family was relatively poor, spoke no English and had no religious background. Our family did adopt some American traditions like giving gifts for Christmas; however, no one in my family had any knowledge of who God was and the meaning behind Christmas.
For the most part, I had a fairly normal childhood. I sought to be a good Chinese son by seeking to meet my father’s moral and academic standards and related to my parents with respect, submission and obedience. In my teenage years, God used two significant events to reveal himself to me which would later prepare me to accept Christ. First, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. A few years later, my parents would encounter severe marital issues. By God’s grace, Mom is alive and healthy and my parent’s marriage was saved. Both of these events lead me to a place of helplessness and caused me to search for God. Some years later, I became close friends with a couple of Christians from my high school who were devoted to their faith and introduced me to their church community. I began spending more time with them and also sporadically attended Sunday service and youth retreats. It was in this community where the gospel was shared with me and God began to open my eyes and define who I was as a sinner, who He was as a perfect and holy God and the eternal consequences of sin. It was in my later teen years that I accepted Christ as my Savior and began my journey of seeking His kingdom first.
Mike Yang’s Vision:
I’ve been a member of our church for over 15 years now and I’ve grown more deeply in love with this local body as years have passed. God has done very wonderful things through the ups and downs of life in our local body and it’s been a blessing to witness and experience His power and love to affect and transform lives for His glory. Though I may not feel like I naturally fit in this local church as I am in the minority ethnically, God has given me something far richer and deeper; namely, brothers and sisters in Christ of varying walks of life where our relationships transcend what is natural but rather are based on our shared devotion to Christ and His mission. Likewise, I long to see our church increasingly grow in our devotion to Christ and live in ways that exceedingly demonstrate the wisdom of God and the glory of His gospel (Eph 3:10). I pray that our church would be known for our love for one another (John 13:35) and that the lost amongst us would be drawn by this uncommon supernatural love for one another (2 Cor. 2:14). May God alone receive the glory.