hello! We are mark and ruth harbour!

We are so excited that you want to learn more about Taiwan Harvest 119, which began

March 1, 2016!

OUR MISSION

OUR VISION

Our mission is to join hands with West Coast Churches to saturate their neighborhoods with the love of Jesus.

Our vision is to see transformational Christian Communities (or lighthouses) spreading like wildfire all along the coast! Our hope is one Lighthouse for every 1000 people!

Taiwan Harvest 119 aims to serve the towns along the west coast of Taiwan—averaging about 58,000 people—a total of about three million souls!  And they are all precious to God!

台灣豐收119的目標是要傳福音給台灣西海岸的百姓-每個鄉鎮平均有58000人口,合計約300萬個靈魂。他們都是神看為寶貴的。

Our History

Read up on the Birth of Vision 119 which God gave Mark on April 12, 2010, when he was Area Director of SEND Taiwan–in English, or Chinese. We are grateful for our roots, and for God’s grace and SEND’s blessing to continue running with our burden for the west coast of Taiwan even after retiring.

Founded on PRAYER! First, In 2011, before we had retired from SEND International, our team went on a two week Prayer Tour of all 60 cities which God had put on Mark’s heart. Now, it is a monthly commitment which the TH 119 staff makes to spend a day on Prayer Tour of a new area along the west coast–revisiting the 60 cities.

Telling God’s Story from Creation to Christ is the foundation for on-going discipleship, training disciples to train others, who will, in turn, train others. Our hope is in the Lord, and our calling is to 1) Pray for Spiritual Awakening on the island, 2) Train and Encourage West Coast Church Planters, and 3) Mobilise Resource Churches and/or individual missionaries (both in Taiwan and abroad) to connect with west coast church planting works and enable them to saturate their neighborhoods with the love of Christ.

In America, Taiwan Harvest 119 is a project of Global Outreach, International. At www.globaloutreach.org, look for Harbours Taiwan Harvest 119 for more information. Their mission is very much our mission–that is, to exalt Christ and engage people in mission by proclaiming the gospel, doing good, and equipping the church. 我們的使命是透過宣揚福音、行善和裝備教會來高舉耶穌. Our prayer and expectation is that God will send MORE missionaries to Taiwan from America through GO International! Yeah! Go GOD!

TAIWAN HARVEST 豐收 119
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND STAFF

Our Taiwan Harvest 豐收 119 Executive Committee and Staff have been our guide, between the fall of 2015 to February 23, 2020. From left to right:台灣豐收 119 委員:  ( 由左至右) Executive Manager, Rita Chen 陳如音; Caleb Yu 于嘉樂; Ruth Harbour 何路得; Mark Harbour 何馬可; Timothy Tang 唐定新; Samuel Hsu 許舜瑜; Caspar Liou 劉士正 ; Steve Hsieh 謝鴻文。

Because of this godly group of pastors, we have our own mission center–the building shared with one of our project churches, the Yutian Living Water Church–at #91 Guangfu Rd, Sect. 2, Tianwei, Changhua County, Taiwan. WELCOME! There’s a place to stay!

Plus, we have our first full-time staff, Rita, who has become a real neighbor to the folks in Tianwei, AND, is serving as Taiwan Harvest 119 Caring Association’s Executive Manager. Praise God for her, and for the labors and love of this EC.

OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF FAITH

What is our Doctrinal Statement?  Read our Founding Document to better understand the heart and vision of Taiwan Harvest 119. 我們的信仰告白是什麼?請參閱我們的信仰告白.

OUR NEW SISTER ORGANIZATION: TAIWAN HARVEST 119 CARING ASSOCIATION

As of February 23, 2020, we have become Taiwan Harvest 119 Caring Association, a non-profit organised in Taiwan to enable the work to go on!  On this momentous date, TH 119 members gathered together to organise their new board. Now we can receive donations and receipt within Taiwan, arrange for visas for foreign missionaries coming, and together make plans, be accountable, and move forward with the vision and mission God has given us.


“Saturating the Coasts of Taiwan with the Love of Christ as we care for the Care-givers–that is, west-coast church coworkers!”

Ruth Harbour

stories of challenge and growth, 2016-2019

Recently we had the privilege of visiting the aunts of our coworker, Rita Chen—our Taiwan Harvest 119 Administrative Assistant; they live in Nantou County in Central Taiwan. Mark had preached the funeral service for their younger brother.

最近我們很榮幸去拜訪我們119助理同工住在台灣中部(南投縣)的兩位阿姨。幾年前,何牧師曾為她們的弟弟主持告別式。

These women were so welcoming!  We chatted and helped finish the batch of bread rolls stuffed with dried fruit, and waited while they cooked in the steamer outside.  One aunt amazed us by her spirit and energy, for she only gets three hours of sleep daily, arising at 2:00 every morning to do the baking for market in the morning!

我們受到極大的歡迎。邊聊天邊動手學她們製作莓果饅頭,後來還等她們上蒸籠。小阿姨有驚人的精神和體力,她一天只睡三小時,因為清晨兩點就得起來和麵粉、做純手工饅頭,之後到市場兜售。

We made a new friend that day, a beautiful young woman in her 50’s who is interested in helping us with our outreach to the elderly in Hsichou, Changhua County.  She cracked us up with her jokes, and we all agreed she could truly lighten the lives of the old people with her humor!  Even though she is not yet a Christian, she certainly is a candidate for becoming one!  All these precious women are!  We went empty-handed, but came away laden with bread, homemade soap, and lots of greens from the garden!

當天也認識她們的一位朋友,50多歲漂亮的單身女性。對於我們在彰化縣溪州鄉的長者事工她很感興趣,講了一些讓我們捧腹大笑的笑話,我們都一致認為她的幽默感必定可以為長者們帶來活力。雖然她還不是基督徒,但未來她一定會得救,這幾位寶貴的女性都會。我們兩手空空的去,卻帶著饅頭、手工皂、和菜園裡很多種類的有機蔬菜離開。

The Taiwanese are very hospitable people! 台灣人非常好客。Industrious bread makers of Taiwan!勤奮的手工饅頭生產者

God looks with love and pity on people who do not know Him!  In Jonah 4:10-11 God says to Jonah, “You have had pity on the gourd, for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night, and perished in a night.  And should I not spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand?”

上帝疼惜、憐憫那些還不認識祂的人!約拿書4:10-11

『上主對他說:「這棵樹在一夜之間長大,第二天就枯死了;你雖然沒有栽種它,也沒有使它生長,你還為它感到可惜。那麼,我不是更應該憐憫尼尼微這座大城嗎?畢竟在這城裏有十二萬連左右手都分不清的人。」』

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