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 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!
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。
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.
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!
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!
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?”