LTD Podcast E21: I-Sah Hsieh – Step Beyond Simply Believing
I-Sah Hsieh was born in Taiwan and is a preacher’s kid. His father was a pastor and they moved to Cary, North Carolina when he was just 5 years old to find a better life. His father’s name in Chinese means “God will provide” and this is exactly what I-Sah’s parents made sure of even if they had to work multiple jobs in order to provide for I-Sah and his siblings. His parents are now missionaries in China. I-Sah is married and has 5 beautiful children – 1 boy and 4 girls. He met his wife while he was touring with a singing group and married her 4 years later. I-Sah worked with the United Nations for 12 years and is currently employed at SAS as a program manager for data.
I-Sah talked about how thankful he is with his work because he can use technology to help people. He was able to bring analytic resources and people alongside amazing causes such as gender equality, poverty, environmental issues, and other causes that work towards making the world a better place. I-Sah was able to help them with the important work that they do by giving them insights based on data and doing some analysis for them that they otherwise do not have time for or could not afford.
He remembered how the Lord asked him to open his home and how he wrestled with the idea at first. But he eventually realized that it should not be a hard decision if he trusted and loved God as much as he proclaimed that he did. It has been 3 years now and he has kept his home church’s door open for people from different races and nationalities. If he initially did not want to give up his comfortable lifestyle, he is grateful for the realization that he would rather be where God wanted him to be and where God was than stay in the comforts of what he knew.
I-Sah talked about the beauty of seeing God reach people in their own language and space. And how he has been seeing God ask people to step beyond just being believers. And how one other thing that churches need to do differently is to adapt to change. When you bring a lot of people from different cultures, there will be change. And that’s not always bad. In fact, that is so good. These are people who have seen true persecution, true life, and society without the Lord. And they appreciate and worship so much more because of that. We just need to be open to what God would want to do differently.
Meet I-Sah: I-Sah is from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He grew up in Missouri, lived in CA, moved to NC in 2007. As part of his job with SAS Institute in Cary he has been one of SAS’s representatives to the United Nations where he works with a task force on their 18 global goals. He is the Program Manager for SAS’s Data for Good projects. I-Sah is a pastor’s kid. His Taiwan national parents are missionaries in China right now in the midst of the Coronavirus. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they share the hope of Jesus in the midst of real human need. I-sah and his wife have 5 children. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. In addition to his corporate life I-Sah also pastors Steadfast Bible Fellowship (a home church) in Cary, North Carolina. He is building a house with his family. He says it’s been 3 years of swinging the hammer on the weekends. I-Sah says he would travel the world just to eat and collect musical instruments.
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Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin’s newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin’s why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life.
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About Global Hope India
Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions.
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