Ge Zhao Xing and his wife are pastors of Pingtung Peace Church in Taiwan. This is one of City Harvest Church’s affiliated churches and has grown immensely during the recent revival in Taiwan.
According to Ge, the breakthrough in his ministry came in the year 2000 when he attended the Taipei Revival Conference held by Kong Hee, senior pastor of City Harvest Church. After that conference, he experienced a change in his mindset and a spiritual hunger began to arise in him for a greater move of God in his church.
In 2004, Kong traveled to Pingtung to preach. It was then that Ge began to work more closely with City Harvest Church. The following year, Ge felt led to attend the Pastors’ Course in the School of Theology in Singapore, and it was there that he was tremendously impacted by the teachers who not only imparted knowledge, but also moved in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Furthermore, he was greatly inspired by the unity of CHC, and his observation that it was a church that truly practiced what it preached. It was these essentials that he sought to bring back to Taiwan to raise his church up to the next level.
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The change that took place when Ge returned to Pingtung was vast. He began to implement changes in the church and brought in a new area of focus — the youth ministry. After realizing its importance, he began to raise up leaders who were youths and launched a ministry that would penetrate the schools. This was done by identifying a distinct group of people and starting a cell group with them, as well as implementing CHC’s caring system in the school. In addition, they established creative co-curricular activities such as grooming workshops, which improved the self-image of the students
From an average attendance of 40 to 50 people in 2003, the church’s congregation ballooned to 360 in 2008, and it is still growing steadily today. Not only that, Ge also feels that the spiritual DNA of his congregation has changed to be like that of CHC.
Nonetheless, all these victories did not come without their fair share of difficulties. One challenge Ge faced was a low retention of members. This was because many students would either leave Pingtung after graduating from high school to study in other parts of Taiwan, or they would return to their hometowns after graduating from Pingtung universities. Thankfully though, many students would choose to faithfully return to Pingtung every weekend just to attend church. Indeed, its commitment like that which testifies of the good work that Pingtung Peace Church has done in the lives of its members.