Local pastor to minister in Taiwan

By Mandy Mahan

Pastor Tom Curry, currently serving at Living Faith Lutheran Church, a part-time start-up church in Wabash, will soon be relocating to Victory Chinese Lutheran church in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Curry and his wife, Rhonda, plan to leave the States the first week of December for a five-year stint of preaching and serving overseas.

Curry has been involved with international mission work for 25 years. He got his start in 1993 during a county wide crusade at Huntington University.

“The Billy Graham Association helped to set that up and I worked with that,” he said. “One of the Billy Graham associates offered to use me doing some preaching in India for about two to three weeks, so I went and God just really touched my heart deeply there.”

After the short-term trip to India, Curry and his wife ended up moving there and serving for five years, from 2008-2013.

After returning to the U.S., they settled in Wabash, the county where they raised their family, and eventually began to serve at Living Faith.

Curry told The Paper of Wabash County that he found out about the opening in Taiwan through a website that lists international churches in search for American pastors.

“In most every major city in the world, there are International churches. Services are in English and a lot of times it’s in a capitol city where there is an international school that’s in English and there will usually be a Protestant church and all different denominations will go there,” he said. “So, there is a network of these churches and American pastors are in high demand for those churches. I don’t completely understand why, but we are the gold standard as far as the world and pastors. Kind of like the world is looking to this country. We are the envy of the world. So, the pastors are the same. I just kind of keep my ear to the ground and we just learned of this one in Taiwan that is Lutheran and we are Lutheran. It’s a massive church. It’s a church of about 3,000 people and they have seven services every weekend. Two of those services are English, so those will be the ones that I am working with.”

The Currys are currently waiting on their visas, and once they receive them they will proceed with booking their flights.

“They are very cautious with the residential visas,” he told The Paper. “Of course, it is much different than a tourist visa. Everything has to be verified. They have to see original birth certificates, original marriage certificates, and good thing we have those, ya know? I’m 68 so they are expecting a lot here,” he said with a laugh.

When they arrive in Taiwan, the couple will have to quarantine for 14 days in order to be sure they will not spread the coronavirus in case they happened to have contracted it during their travels.

“They are very strict. We will be transported in a special taxi to a quarantine hotel where a government worker will take our temperature daily and we won’t be allowed to be out of that room for two weeks.”

Once they have finished quarantine they will move into an apartment that the church has found and secured for them.

“Most of the apartments are furnished so it’s not as though we will need to take any furniture. They just basically said to bring our clothes and the church will buy the kitchen appliances and things and furnish that part of it.”

The Currys plan to return to Wabash one month out of each year that they are living overseas in order to visit family and check up on their home here, which they plan to keep and live at when they retire.

While they are gone, their home will be available for other international missionaries who are visiting home and need a place to stay for a month or two. 

Posted on 2020 Nov 03