E-pals sought for Asia

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LAKE FOREST, Calif. — "Love Tucked Inside An E-mail,'" a pen pal campaign matching American women with counterparts in Taiwan and China, is in need of volunteers interested in the "friendship evangelism."

"Over the past few months we have now heard from many young women in Taiwan and China, mostly students, who would love to have a friend in North America," said Dan Wooding, founder and president of Assist Ministries, which is based in Lake Forest, Calif. "Most of them are studying English as a second language. Now is the time to share with them a message of comfort and hope."

For the past decade, Assist Ministries has been coordinating various pen pal programs with people across the former Soviet Union and Romania. The ministry leader said the time is ripe to expand into Asia.

"We call the aim of this project 'Love Tucked Inside An E-mail,'" said Wooding, whose ministry also includes Assist News Service. "This is a wonderful opportunity for North American Christians from all ethnic backgrounds, to become missionaries to Asia without leaving home. The idea of this new pen pal program is to establish a friendship with someone from Taiwan who reads and speaks English and, as part of that relationship, be able to share their faith with them and also learn about their life and beliefs. All of the linkings are by e-mail.

"I truly believe that there are many female Christians in the United States and Canada who would love to have the opportunity to help make a difference in the life of a new friend in Taiwan or China and also be a living witness at this critical time in world history.

"It's like becoming a missionary without leaving home."

There is a small registration fee to cover administrative costs.

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