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No. 5, Lane 269, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Daan District
Taipei City, 106
Taiwan

02-2362-1395

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Peter Brown

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Today. From now on the Children's Ministry newsletter can be accessed from the church Facebook official business page: https://www.facebook.com/FriendshipTaipei/

February 18th, Chinese New Year Service, 11:00am–12:00pm. We will hold an abbreviated service on Sunday, Feb. 18th, on account of Chinese New Year. There will be no Sunday School classes that day.

February 25th, “Meet the Kims” Lunch, 1:00–2:30pm. Join us in room 501 for lunch and a chance to meet and learn more about Peter Kim, the Pastoral Search Committee’s nominee for Senior Pastor. You must register for this event, and registration is limited to 20. Register here.

February 27th, Monthly Prayer Group, 7:30-9:15pm. “The Engine Room,” FPC’s monthly prayer group, will meet at the church apartment this month, near the Shida night market. Come join us for an evening of kingdom-centered prayer. We gather at 7:30pm and go into prayer from 8:00 to 9:15. All are welcome. Contact Peter Brown for the address (pb2059@gmail.com).

Wednesdays (beginning Feb. 28th), New Community Group for Men, 7:30-9:00pm. The group is called “Gospel-Centered Work,” and will run for 8 weeks. It will meet at the church apartment and consider the question, “How does faith impact your work?” Learn to connect Sunday morning with Monday morning. Sign up at the welcome table outside the sanctuary or contact Peter Brown for details (pb2059@gmail.com). 

March 4th, Town Hall Meeting, 1:00–2:30pm. All members and regular attendees are welcome at this family-style gathering over food and conversation to discuss the Senior Pastor candidacy of Peter Kim. Peter will have delivered the message during the worship service, and will present his philosophy of ministry at the meeting. It will also be a time to review his contract and discuss any other questions. Be sure to join us for this family meeting in room 1701 (7th floor) of the building at 261 Roosevelt Road.

March 8th, Tim Keller Event in Taipei Tim Keller, Paul Tripp, and Gordon Huang will be giving a talk from 3:00 to 10:00pm on Thursday, March 8th, at the Taipei International Convention Center, titled Gospel—The Power of God That Changes Everything. For complete details, follow this link: https://goo.gl/njJQCg.

March 11th, Congregational Vote, 12:30–1:00pm. All members are asked to attend this brief meeting directly after the service to vote on the candidacy of Peter Kim for the position of Senior Pastor. We will gather in the sanctuary on the 4th floor of the church building.

March 25th, Baptism Class, 1:30–2:30pm. [Moved from March 4th] There will be a Sunday School class for adults on the topic of baptism. The class will be held in room 1701 (7th floor) of the building at 261 Roosevelt Road. All are welcome.

5 Questions With...(new) Deacon Stephen Tsai

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            (new) Deacon Stephen Tsai

            (new) Deacon Stephen Tsai

1. How did you first get involved with Friendship Presbyterian? My wife and another Christian from her workplace set out to find a place we could call our home church while we lived in Taiwan. The first church in Taipei we attended was well known and recommended, but after attending several services we decided it wasn’t the right one. The teachings they preached sounded good on the surface, often referencing God’s love and grace, but under the nuance and subtlety was a deeply legalistic message. Although it seemed harmless, even good, my wife and I were both enslaved by messages like that in the past.

For twenty-six years, I had gone to Taiwanese-American churches steeped in legalism and mysticism. Their teachings deeply damaged me for most of my life. My wife has a similar past. Then, in 2006, God led us to a pastor and church that was theologically sound where the good news finally reached us.

Finding a church in Taiwan that was centered on the gospel was a priority for us. FPC was the second church we attended. My wife knew right away it was the place we were meant to go. It took me another two or three services to come to the same conclusion. (What can I say? I come to conclusions slowly).

2. What do you do Monday through Saturday? I do not have a paying job, so, in one sense, I do whatever I want! However, I have tasks that I am deeply committed to. One is studying. Pastor Dennis had recommended that I look into seminary courses by Third Millennium, a ministry intended for training leaders who may lack proper theological resources in their home countries. I heartily endorse the curriculum for anyone interested. It is free and available in several languages. At first, I did this just out of curiosity, but it has become a real joy in my life lately. I am also currently leading FPC’s #tbt community group. I am not a leader or teacher by nature, so it takes me a long time to prepare for each study--about three hours a week. I attend the T.G.I.F. group as a participant. And I practice Jiu-Jitsu. I have trained in martial arts for almost thirty years. My physical abilities have decreased with age and injuries so, these last few years, I have quit the striking arts (hitting, punching, kicking, etc.) and focused on grappling (wrestling, grabbing, submissions). It allows me to enjoy the physical challenge and competitive sparring with fewer injuries. I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2010 and used to train daily and compete. But it has been on the back burner these days, as I shift my priorities to studying.

3. What is something people might be surprised to know about you? I am, or was, really into motorsport. It started with cars, just typical American teenager stuff like drag racing and modifying cars. Over the years my hobby evolved. It went from street to racetrack, and from cars to motorcycles. I eventually got my certification to race motorcycles and have completed several classes/courses on advanced riding. Nowadays, due to lack of funds and time I do not get to the track regularly. But I still get professional instruction and train at a race school every couple of years as a refresher and for fun.

4. What do you find most challenging about being a Christian today? The promises of this world. Our career promises financial security and purpose. Money promises security and leisure. Education promises self-fulfillment and social admiration. Significant others promise true love. The list goes on. We are constantly bombarded by these promises, spewed out by all forms of media and deeply embedded into the personalities of those we call our friends and family. It seems impossible to escape.

The real struggle for me is to preach to myself every moment I can remember to and turn to God. I often fail, both consciously and unconsciously. But I have faith in God’s promises and know God will enable me to reject the enslavement this world offers.

5. What is your favorite book of the Bible, and why? It used to be Romans because it is so densely packed with theological wisdom. But lately, Galatians has really spoken to me. I really relate when Paul writes that adding anything to the gospel reverses (“distorts” in ESV) it. That message hits me hard because it’s something I unintentionally do all the time.

Gospel + (good works; serving; being a moral person; going to church; etc.) = salvation. That is the direction my mind keeps going back to, even if I know better, intellectually. So when Paul is writing, it feels like he is writing directly to me.

Paul reminds us that God called us, we did not call Him, and that any change to the gospel makes it about what we do for God, rather than what He has done for us.

Meet Senior Pastor Candidate Peter Kim

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Peter was born and raised in sunny Southern California. He grew up in the church, but really began to follow Christ in junior high school. In his freshman year in college, he felt the call to become a missionary and began to go on short-term mission trips. After college, he worked for a few years in the tech industry before being reminded of his call to be a missionary. He decided to begin seminary and began serving in church. He began leading mission teams all around the world and has had the privilege of visiting over 25 countries (though not all were for missions). After meeting Polly (in Jerusalem through seminary), they headed to East Asia and served there for 5 years before moving to Taiwan. He hopes to serve the Lord to see His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. He enjoys USC football, Mexican food, and learning languages.


Peter's wife, Polly, was born in Taiwan and spent her first twelve years in Taiwan. Afterwards, her family immigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand where she received her secondary school and university education and became a dentist. She spent a few years working before being reminded of her dream to become a missionary. It was during high school that she felt the call to be a missionary and reach the Chinese speaking world. With this dream in mind, she moved to the USA to pursue a Masters degree in Bible Exposition. Today, she hopes to utilize her dental skills to reach the people in Taiwan and abroad. She loves traveling, cooking shows, and hanging out with family and friends.


Peter’s Education
● Bachelor of Science from University of Southern California (2001)
● Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology (2008)
● Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (2009)
● Master of Theology in New Testament (2016)


Peter’s Ministry Experience
● Ordained minister through Missionary Church of USA (since 2011)
● Korean American Campus Mission, serving on staff and then as General Director (2002-2009)
● Cerritos Mission Church, serving in the following capacities at various times: Associate English Ministry Pastor, College Pastor, Children’s Ministry Pastor, English Ministry Interim Pastor (2004-2010, 2015-2016)
● Independent Missionary, commissioned through Cerritos Mission Church: ministry to migrant children, campus ministry, campus evangelism, preaching in churches, teaching in seminaries (2010-present)
● Seminary in Beijing: Professor of New Testament (2017-present)

Want to know more? Register for the “Meet the Kims” Lunch, Sunday, Feb. 25th, 1:00–2:30pm. Join us in room 501 of the church building for lunch and a chance to meet and learn more about Peter and Polly. You must register for this event, and registration is limited to 20. Register here.