mother lode (n.)
the place where the largest amount of gold, silver, etc., in a particular area can be found (merriam-webster.com)
jackpot, big winnings or big findings (urbandictionary.com–I do not condone this site, btw)
Motherload (video game)
an Adobe Flash game developed by XGen Studios, released in 2004. In Motherload, players work for the Solarus Corporation to collect minerals and gems on Mars. (Info courtesy of Wikipedia.com)
And a buttload is (or was, at least, an actual unit of measurement: http://factually.gizmodo.com/butt-is-an-actual-unit-of-measurement-1622427091)
Just thought you might like to know.
Now, for the pictures:
Going back in time a little (a lot):
Miki and Caleb Bennet: the first month I lived in Taiwan (last July/Aug) I lived at their house. For the last 7 months or so I’ve been going to a Bible study at their house– so much fun! This picture adequately introduces them: Caleb (Spiderman with a beard) is a funky, loving guy with a lot of humor, and Miki is like that too … + coffee 🙂
The winter here (roughly Dec-March) was wet, cold (60s and 50s with no heaters in the house), and … well, wet. Clothes left out for 4 days wouldn’t dry… Hence the necessity of laundry mat
Spending the morning with God (7:45 laundry trips)
Crosses are usually red here, probably because red is a very special/lucky color. One day I met MoMo at a new MRT station and found this when I looked up between the buildings
Weekday mornings at 10 am, the leaders of the coffee shop and I meet to pray for each other, the Cafe, and the church. The house built on prayer is a strong house.
This is one of my co-workers, a Chinese co-teacher, Bonnie, at my school for another teacher. She is a beautiful new Christian–please pray for her! 🙂
My co-workers and I went to a place called the Taipei Arena (or literally translated from Chinese, “The small-big egg”) for a little ‘winter’ fun. I loved it!
Doris (another co-teacher from another class) and I at the rink
Chen Jie– My friend from NeiJiang Street. She fixes shoes and talks to me in Chinese (doesn’t know any English). She’s like my Taiwanese mom 🙂
Chen Jie means “older sister Chen” and she is a cobbler
This is Eddie, Chen Jie’s son, and I tutor him on some Saturdays. He’s a good kid and likes to tell stories and play basketball. 🙂
I went on a worship retreat some time in March, and we stayed in a beautiful hostel, learned about using dynamics in music, and sang our hearts out to Jesus all night long
Cool old-fashioned telephone at the hostel (no, it didn’t work)
Dinner included some fun cuisine: lamb and Chinese medicine soup
Masks may or may not have been involved…
We woke up on the morning of our return trip to this beautiful sky. Wish we could see this in Taipei City, but that just doesn’t happen with all the sky scrapers 🙂
Michael Gerber and Jae (a Taiwanese guy) enjoy the fresh air
Buses are the way to travel if you want to go long-distance for cheap. Here’s Alexa, Lucas, and Michael as the worship team returned from our retreat.
Alisha Harmon is another intern who has been here since the beginning of this year, and she is a really genuine, loving person who absolutely loves coffee and tattoos 🙂 And also Jesus… 🙂
Sandra Wu is a good friend on the worship team at the Aroma Church. She has a passion for prayer, and I’m really excited to see what God is going to do in her life with leading worship. She has been a Christian for about 4 years or so, and she really loves learning about God! She’s a great friend too 🙂
Sarah Mabee is the leader of a ministry called Sew Hope that gives a job to women who have been former prostitutes or are looking to get out of hopeless situations. Please pray for her ministry here in Taipei City! She’s a great friend and also leads the worship team at the Aroma Church
After party: On Monday nights, I play ultimate Frisbee with a group that’s comprised of a lot of Aromans (Aroma -goers) and also other people in Taipei who just want to play. We play from 8-11ish and sometimes get a bite to eat at McDonalds afterwards (yes, we indulge haha)
Apple is on the left, a new Christian who recently started coming to Aroma. I met her at Frisbee, and she’s a really gentle, loving person. Pray for her as she learns so much about Jesus!
A rare glimpse of my new classroom: small and hot. 14 students, me, and at least one co-teacher 🙂
Worship practice one night: Sandra, Sarah, and Van on a Thursday around 8-9:30 pm. Love playing music with these guys!
Sarah plays with Zephaniah at a CMA sports day. “I can’t see you!”
Rainy day in Taiwan
Waiting for people at the MRT station (subway) to travel to the sports day
All the people you see on this blog are my friends and many are new Christians, and all of us need prayer to declare God in a spiritually dark place. Please pray for a desire to know God more and for God to give us the strength to follow him when our friends and families don’t understand or support us.
Pray for your family today! They need to know the love of Christ and the reality of an eternal life. Don’t wait!
Stay tuned for another motherload of pictures to come soon! … and a new music video of my song “How Long Do You Love Someone,” which is in the ‘shop’ now getting edited by my friend MoMo! Love you all!
Keep the Faith!