Update: Still waiting to hear exact figures, but I have somewhere around $300/month of $987/mo needed for the two years; and $2,200 of $2,800 needed for one-time gifts that go towards the first 3 months of my stay. I am collecting lots of prayer requests from my supporters to be praying for this term. Thank you so much to those who are giving! If this is something you feel you can give to, call me or email me! I would love to tell you stories and show you pictures of the people God is saving in Taiwan! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 320-292-0867
Oh, guys. I so want to go, right now! Literally the only thing holding me back is finances. Please pray for me to be able to connect with the right people and wisely tell the stories of God’s working in the lives of my friends and people I met over the past year in Taiwan. Here’s one:
Chen Jie is a cobbler— a real life cobbler! She can fix any kind of shoe, buckle, zipper, couch cushion (I know from experience), suitcase and motorcycling jacket you hand her. The majority of the last year I lived on NeiJiang Street, and about half-way between my house and the Aroma Cafe/Church, she sat Monday through Saturday, peddling her sewing machine amidst a pile of unfinished shoes.
One day, about September, God told me, “Stop and pray for that lady.”
I didn’t really know any Chinese at that moment, and she doesn’t speak a lick of English (aside from “money”–she knows that word), and I had already passed her open-air shop before I decided, okay, I’ll go back and try to pray for her.
I’m glad I did. That night after work I fumbled through a pictionary-esque job of asking to pray, getting permission, and then praying humbly in only English, and ran off home awkwardly. But after that, just for kicks and giggles because I needed something to cheer me up through the anxious days of teaching English, I decided, you know what? I’m just going to say ‘hi’ to that lady every time I go by.
For the first few months, she and I both shook our heads and laughed at each other as we exchanged greetings twice a day– once on the way to work, once on the way home– and went on our merry ways. But eventually I learned more Chinese, she got more curious, and God gave us many opportunities to get to know each other throughout the months.
Since then, God has opened the door to her heart, and her family’s heart. She always lets me pray for her, even though she is Buddhist, and I tutored her son every other weekend after he gets out of his Saturday school. She is pretty much my Taiwanese mom now, and I miss her to pieces. We used to talk almost every day, and I would sit in her shop and keep her company and try to talk about God with her. She misses me too, which I learned from one of my friends. I know someday she will tell me that she wants to follow Jesus.
Oh, I so want to go, friends. There are so many more like her in a country that has less than 5% Evangelical Christian believers. That means more often than not, 10 out of 10 people you pass on the street, and there are a lot of them, have no idea that they are within reach of a Savior. He is only one conversation, one introduction, one invitation away from meeting the Person who would change them forever, make them new, give them purpose, and call them Loved.
Help me change that. Let’s partner together to bring the Hope of Glory, Jesus Christ, to the nation of Taiwan.
- Please pray for me as I fundraise to stay full of faith. I know God is calling me back to Taiwan. Pray for encouraging words from others and wisdom to see God’s direction.
- Please pray for the humility to accept what God gives me, no matter when I need to go, no matter who I miss. If that doesn’t make sense, just pray what I wrote and God will know what I mean.
- Please pray for the new believers who are getting baptized this coming Sunday!!! Woo hoo! Praise Jesus for new life in Christ! Pray for their faith as they likely are getting or will get a lot of opposition from their families, friends, and possibly from within as they battle in the spirit for their allegiance.
- Please pray for godly teachers to help disciple the new believers that are in Aroma Church, and for the conversations and moments that lead up to others becoming believers for the first time.
- Please pray for the stewardship of the Aroma Cafe, and for more customers. Pray for direction on whether to stay in the same location they’re in now or to move this year or in the future. Please pray for their business to honor and glorify God in every way.
- Please pray for me to be able to go to language school this fall, God willing.
The overwhelming lesson I am learning right now is from this passage in James:
13Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)
Please pray that I would honor God in this way. If the Lord wills, I will return to serve at The Aroma Cafe/Church in Taiwan for two years on August 21st, with $987 pledged and $2,800 ready to sustain me for the first three months of service.
Keep the Faith!