The Grassroots (working class)people of Taiwan made up 65% of the population but only 1% of them are Christians. They are one of the unreached people groups. OMF Taiwan has a special burden for this group of people and has published a prayer booklet urging churches to pray and reach out to them. Thirteen years ago, a group of Taiwan Christians, were also burdened for this unreached people group. They saw the grassroot people as sheep without a shepherd; they began praying together, seeking the Lord as to how to reach out to this group and asking the Lord to send laborers into His harvest field.
Without workers, there will be no harvest! We therefore need to ask the Lord to call forth workers from His Church. Many Bible colleges in Taiwan, however, only accept those with tertiary education; many grassroot churches and organizations therefore have difficulty getting their staff equipped for this ministry. As such, the group of Taiwan Christians mentioned above came together to form the “Alliance for Grassroots Training Ministry” (AGTM). It is the goal of AGTM to train believers in churches who are burdened for the grassroot people. An evening class program in various churches was started 13 years ago.
In 2008, AGTM set up the Grassroot Training College, a daytime school to train fulltime students for grassroot ministry under the leadership of Rev. Lincy Tu , who formerly served in Taiwan Industrial Evangelical Fellowship. Presently Rev. Tu is the principal of the AGTM Grassroot Training Institute. In 2012, AGTM bought the present AGTM premises in Da You Road in Taoyuan city.
It is hoped that many churches, grassroot organizations and Bible colleges under the Lord's leading will together train workers to bring the lost 99% grassroot people to Christ.
If you have a burden for the grassroot people, do get in touch with us, or join AGTM as a member.