Rose Tsou is a media mogul known for her incredible leadership skills.
Her work is her life — or at least, it used to be.
Once she encountered Jesus, her priorities shifted drastically.
Now, she speaks light into an increasingly dark workplace.
Tsou said that she became a Christian “by accident” in 2000 — the same year that she began working for the global company, Yahoo.
Tsou was already a seasoned leader in the digital industry. With her vast experience, she was hired to lead Yahoo Taiwan by Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo, through a surprising turn of events.
“I was consulted about another candidate to oversee Asia-Pacific, and I asked [Yang], ‘Why not consider me?’” Tsou admitted.
“It was a very brave thing to do,” she added. “It was dead silence for a couple of seconds before he said a word.”
But her fearless inquiry paid off, and Yang gave her the opportunity to run an entire region of Yahoo markets.
At the same time she was stepping into this new role at Yahoo, Tsou was also stepping into a new spiritual reality.
“My older sister became Christian and no one [in our family] really knew,” Tsou remembered. “At the time, I had back pain, and my sister called me and said, ‘Let’s go see a pastor who is really good at healing back pain.’”
Tsou was skeptical, but she agreed to attend church with her newly saved sister.
“I had no idea what it’s like to go to a church,” she admitted.
But even in that space of unfamiliarity and skepticism, the Holy Spirit was working on Tsou’s heart. As she waited to see the pastor, she began talking to the pastor’s wife, and before long, Tsou was weeping openly.
“I was so embarrassed. I was like, ‘Why am I crying?’” she remembered. “The Holy Spirit was with me, but I had no idea what it was. It was just such a unique experience.”
When the pastor spoke to her, he revealed that he sensed she was deeply lonely.
“I was touched and understood,” Tsou realized. “I was someone who didn’t have faith but worked very hard and put work as [my] number one priority…there was a lot of loneliness inside.”
“That day was a very powerful experience for me.”
Tsou was intrigued by her experience at the church, and she kept coming back. Finally, she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized on December 30, 2000.
It was a life-changing day.
“What really changed me was when I came to know God,” Tsou reflected, adding that her salvation helped her to understand her place in the world — and the workplace.
“When I started to have faith, things started to make sense to me…after I knew God, I concluded that God chose me to run a media [corporation] that was going to [be] very important in modern times.”
Tsou realized that her work at Yahoo was no accident: it was a calling straight from God – He wanted her to use her workplace as a way to honor and serve Him.
“Being a corporate person, I believe the way we glorify God is through our work every day,” she said. “That people see how we conduct our work, what kind of person we are, and know at the same time that we are a Christian.”
It’s never been a struggle for Tsou to see how her work should be informed by her relationship with Christ.
“To me, Christian qualities are respecting each other, loving people, caring about others. Do we put ourselves before others’ interests? It is not just about what we say God is, but it is about who we are.”
Tsou strives to let her light shine in her workplace, walking closely with God each day to see what His will is.
“I go through every day with prayer…that makes me very aware that my well-being and where I am has everything to do with my relationship with God on a daily basis.”
Twenty years after her conversion, Tsou is still excited about the possibilities for the Gospel in her workplace. She calls herself a “change agent” at Yahoo and in the global technology industry.
But she’s also quick to give glory to God for her success in the fast-paced world of technology.
“As I look at the ups and downs of the last twenty years, I see clearly I am able to be where I am right now not because of me, but because I have been faithful to God,” Tsou admitted. “God only wants to have a faithful child.”
And Rose Tsou has faithfully testified to God’s power and grace for as long as she’s known Him!
Pray that Tsou’s witness will continue to grow and flourish, and let her testimony inspire you to take the Gospel into your own workplace!