Planting Seeds in Taiwan
by guest blogger, Bryan S. Lawler, Motion & Still Photographer and Social Media Coordinator for GNPI
Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord,
the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. (Isaiah 24:15 NIV)
I recently had the great honor to travel to Taichung, Taiwan, to use my passion for video and photography to help train the missionary team in different aspects of video production. The team (Chad Edwards, Jon Ralls, and Allen Messimer of Team Expansion) have been using video in their ministry outreach and have been given a couple of huge possibilities for outreach using media. Because of that they want to focus on improving their productions. With help from a supporting church they were able to purchase new equipment and are eager to learn.
Once arriving in Taiwan, I hit the ground running, as they had many things on their agenda to accomplish while I was there. We dove right in on finalizing their first script in a new video series called Questions. This is a six-part series that will address some serious life questions that we sometimes won’t stop to ask. Once we ironed out the script, we were ready to begin filming and do on-location training with their new equipment. As we filmed, it was very exciting to hear the possibilities and potential that this new video project has along with another video series, Discovery English Studio.
Discovery English Studios, is a series that the team has already been producing. They have been invited into the local public schools to teach English and reinforce it with videos. They have been given the opportunity to use their own material in the videos. The videos focus on character development using Biblical parables and Old Testament stories. Currently, they are involved in 3 English clubs on 3 different school campuses. And, with a partnership with HTC these Discovery English videos are accessed by 50,000 high school student through HTC tablets.
Both videos series have been requested to be a part of the newest fastest growing network in Taiwan, VoiceTube.tw. It will be amazing to see what God will do with these videos as they have a potential of planting seeds in the heart of 23 million people in Taiwan.