Today, if you come to Danshui…
you will most likely arrive on the train, last stop on the red line. Then you cross the street with the hundreds of other visitors and begin Jostling your way down Ying Zhuang Rd. You will be elbow to elbow with university students, residents, street vendors (with DELICIOUS FOOD & cool clothes), motos and tourists and a little over halfway down the street is the Rock. During the day it’s fairly easy to spot but at night the door to the Rock can disappear as it is nestled between a lingerie and drink shop. However, most nights any number of people from the base whether a student, full time staff, or short term missionary will be outside the door passing out fliers and getting to know people on the street, pointing them to the Rock.
Despite not being the most obvious entrance, most nights the Rock is packed with people from all walks of life and volunteers from all over the world. The main reasons people keep coming are for the relationships they form. They say they have never met people who are so warm and friendly. Many of the people who come in are lonely or struggling with classes at school. They usually come up for classes but they continue to come because they meet Jesus in the hearts and lives of the people who daily are serving at the Rock and doing their best to love them. It’s hard for the Taiwanese to believe that people would give their lives, often sacrificing good paying jobs, to come here just to tell them about and show them the love of Jesus. Many have never heard of the God of the Bible or that there is a God who commands his people to love and serve. When they hear, their lives are changed forever.
So how did the Rock start? A man heard from God. It was a crazy idea. So he prayed… waited… stepped out… and the fruit and relationships just keep growing!