Sorry for the strange name, but you will understand shortly.
Update: I am still looking for jobs. I have done two interviews already, and had received some interest, but no luck so far.
I am also still looking for five monthly supporters to give $25 per month for the year. Please pray about supporting me! If you cannot, please pray for those who can to have generous hearts–Thanks! The money will go towards unforeseen emergencies or expenses, and if it turns out that I do not need some or all of the gifts, I will donate it to one of the ministries that The Aroma is connected with (Sew Hope, a ministry that helps homeless or struggling women, some of whom are or have been trapped in prostitution). Praise God for his provision for me! 🙂
I am looking for a job teaching English at a school here in Taipei City. So far I have done two demonstrations: one that lasted 15 long horrible minutes, and after some help, my second one lasted a comfortable and quick 3 hours.
On Monday I have a new demo at a school about 45 minutes from the Aroma Cafe called “Sunshine American School.” The school is looking for a teacher to do two classes– one is a first grade class, and the other is a sixth grade class. Phew! Pray that I can keep up with them if I get the job, and be able to switch back and forth easily! Monday I’ll travel there and check it out, and do my demonstration.
Pray that I can make a good lesson plan! I am teaching the letters PQRS and some vocab about toys.
Demo 2 is “demolition.” This weekend there is a big typhoon coming. By big, the people around The Aroma are saying it is the biggest typhoon in the whole world for the entire year. So yeah, that will be fun. We are going to a movie tonight, and planning on hanging out for a while at Mark’s house. Mark is one of the leaders at The Aroma, and likes to play boardgames and hang out with people at odd hours of the day/night.
Instead of snowdays, Taiwanese people have typhoon days. A typhoon is a cyclone that starts over the ocean and is basically this side of the world’s hurricane. The nice thing is that the mountain range of Taiwan usually splits up the storm and makes it fizzle out. Also, Taipei City, where I live, is completely surrounded by mountains, so the city is pretty safe. Most of the buildings are made of sturdy concrete, too. We are protected by God’s great design! The website http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7e/prevent/typhoon/ty.htm will help you track the typhoon as it crosses Taiwan this weekend! 🙂
Pray for those who do not have homes that are well-built, and who do not live inside the protection of the mountains in the north of Taiwan.
Demi, as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary is:
- Getting stared at. Everywhere.
- Not knowing the language. This is masked right now, but I feel this impending sense of confusion coming when I am pushed out of the nest and get a job somewhere else. I will be going back and forth on my own, and because I can hardly speak enough to buy food at the moment, it makes me nervous. Many people know some English, but that some may not apply to situations that I am in.
- Missing family.
- The unknowns. Unavoidable, but nevertheless frustrating. I do not have a job, do not have clear boundaries with new friends yet, do not have a clear understanding of my role here yet… etc.
You guessed it! Please pray for all the above things. Pray that I can glorify God in all I do and say, and that God would help me to turn to him daily and hourly. Pray that I can express myself through music, my one constant friend aside from God. As long as I have a voice, I want to praise God with it. As long as I have a piano, I want to learn. ❤
I GREATLY appreciate you! Thank you for reading and commenting! It helps me know people are listening and that you care. 🙂 You are a blessing to me!
This has been a great opportunity to teach me to die to myself. If dying to myself is all I learn in Taiwan, it will be enough. Paul wrote this in Galatians 2:20, and it is my life verse:
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (NLT)
I have peace. I am still struggling with sadness and frustrations, but I have peace. I know it will be good. Once, God told me that he would be taking me through something very hard, but that it would be good. Hard, but very good. To this day, those were the best words he could have ever told me. Those words have gotten me through many things, and I believe that they will be my guiding promise until I die or he returns. It makes me smile to remember the days I thought were hard, and look back on the results seeing God’s handiwork throughout them all. I thank God that he is faithful and true to his Word. God is good, the devil is a liar, and prayer still changes things! Don’t ever give up on God! 🙂
Keep the Faith!!!