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Nelson and Cheryl Buchanan
We serve as the Director of the ministry here in Taiwan. Our main ministry is SYME, an immersion English discipleship program. For two to eight months, Christian and non-Christian young adults come and live with us while studying at our school. We hang out with them, eat with them, teach them English and study the Bible with them. One of the greatest things about this ministry is that we get to spend such an extended period of time with these students intentionally and unintentionally sharing the love of Christ with them. We get to exemplify what it means to be a renewed person. Many of our Christian students rededicate their lives to Christ and many of the non-Christians that attend become Christians. We also partner with churches to run summer camps. We are planning to expand our ministry to reach even more of this country for Christ.
Since our team is small, we are involved in all the day-to-day aspects of the ministry. Whether it be teaching English classes, Bible classes, preaching in sermons or cleaning up on Fridays. We also try our best to serve our staff and have them in the position where they feel most fulfilled. We have a great team and are looking forward to all that God is going to do in Taiwan!
I grew up in a Christian family in Quebec, Canada, and accepted Christ as a young child. But in my teen years I strayed away from God. I redevoted my life to Christ when I was 19 years old during a men's Bible study in 1 John. It was a struggle for me to change the way I was living at the time. However, a few months after I became a Christian I had the opportunity to go to Word of Life Bible Institute on Jeju Island. During that year I grew so much and, after a mission trip to Thailand, I decided to become a full time missionary with WOL. So many of my classmates at the Bible Institute had come from another program of WOL called SYME, an English discipleship program. They told me about how it had changed their lives. So after talking with the director of the school, I decided to head towards opening an SYME in another country. During my time in preparation to go full time, I met my wife Cheryl, who was also serving as a missionary. After spending some time getting my masters in Teaching English and raising support, we headed to Taiwan to lead the team here. We have really enjoyed learning the language and serving the missionaries and students here in Taiwan.
I'm from Pennsylvania and I grew up attending church with my parents and brother and sister each Sunday. We had a really good Sunday school program at my church and by the time I was eight years old, I knew that I was a sinner and that I needed to trust Jesus as my Savior. One Sunday, I prayed with my Sunday School teacher to accept Christ. We also had a great missions program at my church and missionaries from all over the world would come and share about the work they were doing in different countries. After graduating from college, I decided I wanted to study the Bible more, so I attended the Word of Life Bible Institute in NY. My understanding of who God is grew a lot at that time and I also met a lot of Asian students who told me about the Word of Life ministry, SYME, in their home countries. Many had become Christians through that ministry, so after finishing the Bible Institute, I went to serve in South Korea for four months. I loved being able to serve and minister to people everyday. God lead me to go back full time as a missionary first to South Korea and now in Taiwan with Nelson. Our first child Ava was born in November 2016.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.