Emily’s story: The reach of the Cooperative Program

What does a Christian professor at a Buddhist university in Taiwan have to do with the Cooperative Program in Arizona?

Let me sum up. I’m Jan Clay and I direct Life Among the Nations, an outreach to international students at ASU.

Emily Chen, the aforementioned professor, was a student at ASU from 2002-2011. Soon after she arrived, we began meeting to practice her English and read the Bible. Emily had countless questions about God and the inequities of life, but by His grace He saved her and she was baptized in 2006.

She has since returned to Taiwan and acquired a job as a professor at a Buddhist University. In November 2014, we went to see how she was doing since she’d returned to Taiwan. Turns out she is a profoundly faithful witness there as her students unburden their hearts to her in her office (which has Scripture posted on every wall). She and her husband are also leaders in their church.

So what does this have to do with the Cooperative Program? Well, I am a result of Cooperative Program since CP giving helps the Baptist Student Union ministry (now Christian Challenge) at ASU. I received training and my call to ministry during my time at the BSU.

In 2002, I graduated from the Arizona Campus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary — also supported by the Cooperative Program. In seminary and beyond, I served with BSU, which led me to launch Life Among the Nations, at which time I was able to meet Emily.

Thank you for giving through the Cooperative Program. You are a part of Emily’s story and the story of many others who have trusted Christ and returned to their home countries to share the gospel in their heart language.

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