In Photos: Elephant Mountain and the People of The Aroma

Who brings their binoculars on a mountain overlooking Taipei and then forgets to use them??

Me. *Double face-palm*

Did you know that I have only ever used them 2 times? And not because I do not bring them. No. My brain, sometimes…

 

Well, anyway, I went on my first hike in Taiwan yesterday, and the view was spectacular! We took a short trip on the MRT (subway) to the Elephant Mountain Station and then began the ascent. It takes only about 25 minutes to climb, but it is all stairs, all the way. We were all sweating everywhere by the time we got to the top.

But once we did, there were some giant boulders we could climb up on and I was blown away by how beautiful it was. We left just before sundown, so the sky was amazing. We also had a perfect view of Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan, and once the tallest in the world, with 101 floors.

Here is the trip in pictures:

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Everyone excited to begin.
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Taipei 101

 

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Gorgeous sky

 

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“Up, up, up the stairs!”

 

 

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And down

 

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Best thing to do: climb a rock

 

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This hike really reminded me of going to Burma last summer.

 

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Such a blue sky

 

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Cool accident with my camera

 

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One light probably means at least one family

 

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Top, L>R: Brittany, Andrea, Jesse, Howard, and Irene πŸ™‚

Please Pray!

  • Each light means at least one family… 95% of whom do not know Jesus. Please pray for the Spirit to fall on Taiwan!
  • Please pray for wisdom for me to be wise with my money and know which trips I can go on and which I should not.

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Getting to know the people who work at The Aroma Cafe and/or the Church and/or Envision has been pretty cool. God has used them all in special ways in my life already, and I know that they are ready and willing to do his will. Here are some of them (those whom I could catch on candid camera):

L>R: Cloud and Stephen. Cloud is the assistant pastor, and he is studying at seminary to be a fully-fledged pastor. Stephen is our business and finances guru and he takes care of the budget of The Aroma/Envision
L>R: Cloud and Stephen.
Cloud is the assistant pastor, and he is studying at seminary to be a fully-fledged pastor. He also leads the discipleship ministry at The Aroma Church. He always has a smile for you.
Stephen is our business and finances guru and he takes care of the budget of The Aroma/Envision. He is the master at getting good movies, and he enjoys playing games.
Mark is the leader of Action4Jesus (A4J). He also works with the missions teams that come in and the children's church. He is very caring! :)
Mark is the leader of Action4Jesus (A4J). He also works with the missions teams that come in and the children’s church. He is very caring! πŸ™‚
Jesse leads the Envision side of The Aroma, helping the interns get started and providing support. He is very humble and has a heart for the outsider.
Jesse leads the Envision side of The Aroma, helping the interns get started and providing support. He is very humble and has a heart for the outsider.
Sarah Maybee (I love her last name) is the worship director and also the one who started the Sew Hope ministry. She is fun and energetic and speaks really good Chinese.
Sarah Maybee (I love her last name) is the worship director and also the one who started the Sew Hope ministry. She is fun and energetic and speaks really good Chinese.
Chris O'Dell is the senior pastor of The Aroma Church. He also is the owner of The Aroma Cafe (same building, different functions; same pastor, different roles). He is a wise leader and gives good advice. :)
Chris O’Dell is the senior pastor of The Aroma Church. He also is the owner of The Aroma Cafe (same building, different functions; same pastor, different roles). He is a wise leader and gives good advice. πŸ™‚
This is Irene, my Taiwanese roommate. She works part-time for the Aroma and is going to Singapore soon as a missionary. She is a great cook!
This is Irene, my Taiwanese roommate. She works part-time for the Aroma and is going to Singapore soon as a missionary. She is a great cook!
Brittany and Justin are a couple who are interning for Envision from South Dakota. They and their daughter Kennedy bring fun and life to a room, and are steady, down-to-earth friends.
Brittany and Justin are a couple who are interning for Envision from South Dakota. They and their daughter Kennedy bring fun and life to a room, and are steady, down-to-earth friends.
Andrea is my other roommate, and she is another intern. She is from MN and went to Crown (along with Jesse and Chris&Jamie). Her smile lights up a room, and her laughter is contagious. :) She's also a coffee guru, so she will be helping with that side of the Cafe.
Andrea is my other roommate, and she is another intern. She is from MN and went to Crown (along with Jesse and Chris&Jamie). Her smile lights up a room, and her laughter is contagious. πŸ™‚ She’s also a coffee guru, so she will be helping with that side of the Cafe.
The guys: Jae, Ed, and Jerry. They all work for the Cafe and always have a smile and a friendly hello for you!
The guys: Jae, Ed, and Jerry. They all work for the Cafe and always have a smile and a friendly hello for you!
Jae gets two pictures because he's a good friend and he also has quite the funny bone. This is his pose for the camera.
Jae gets two pictures because he’s a good friend and he also has quite the funny bone. He is ready to pray for you at any moment, and is super caring.

I regret to say that I do not have a picture of Jamie (Chris’ wife) yet, but that will come soon, along with a picture of my house parents. Unfortunately, the latter are in Canada for another three weeks. Here is an outdated one of my house parents:

Caleb and Mikki, Canadian and Taiwanese. Super friendly and funny. They also have a little boy, Zephaniah.
Caleb and Mikki, Canadian and Taiwanese. Super friendly and funny. They also have a little boy, Zephaniah.

Ta for now!

 

Keep the Faith!

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3 thoughts on “In Photos: Elephant Mountain and the People of The Aroma

  1. Super cool pics Skye! Can’t wait to see it/them all with my own eyes someday…hopeful! πŸ˜€ gotta get that passport, for sure. Be praying about that one kk? Love you!!!!! and reeeally liked talking to you last night sweetiepie. Say hi to everyone for me, k?

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