The plane ride home was uneventful, which is the strange way we English-speakers talk about a safe trip from point A to point B, but the ending was a little more exciting (not, as in, dangerous). I will shortly pass down some sage advice as to how to lose most of your luggage while traveling … More How To Lose Your Luggage (And other traveling advice)
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this … More What If I Took Away Your Christmas?
A month ago, give or take a few weeks, three foreigners found themselves in front of Aroma Cafe, whereupon I interrupted their conversation to correct something they had said, and about half an hour later found themselves in a discussion of faith with yours truly. In the course of the conversation, the African, the Irishman, … More Jesus in the Woods and New Song Coming Soon!
The Devil Wants You Tired At five o’clock I was ready to crash. Granted, I do seem to get worn out much more easily here in Taiwan than in America, but five o’clock? An overwhelming urge to sleep washed over me and I sought the couch for a short nap if it would come. Waves … More The Devil Wants You Tired/ God Gives Hope
As I was preparing to get my visa turned into an Alien Resident Card (ARC), I suddenly realized that I do not actually have a valid visa to do anything with! I will spare you the raw details, but suffice it to say, I was under the impression I had more time, but that I … More Another Urgent Prayer Request!
For a girl who hardly sweat a day in her life, even when exercising, this Taiwanese idea of summer is a bit much. I sweat in the sun, I sweat in the shade, I sweat when I wake up, I sweat when I lie down… this could be a Bible verse if I switched a … More When the Missionary life isn’t so Fabulous: Out of Town for the Surgery
The Importance of Whiteout Characters are like smiley faces: the more you try to correct them, the scarier they look. After this semester, I realized the importance and usefulness of white-out. I even found my favorite brand. This week I finished my first semester of school at the Mandarin Training Center at the … More The Importance of Whiteout and Dragon boats
There are some things I won’t tell you because I believe not everything needs to be shared. For example, God told me to pray for a certain friend, but not to tell them. Here’s what he said: “I want you to pray every day for ___________. And I don’t want you to tell them about … More The Beauties of Taroko Gorge and Repentance
If any of my western friends are itching for summer, you should have come to visit Taiwan last weekend: it was 90 Degrees Fahrenheit here. For Pastor Chris’ wife Jamie’s birthday a group of us went for a bike ride, and I got my first sunburn of the year. But then it went right back … More And Then It Was Summer… Almost
Smoke of paper-burning barrels stings my nostrils if I breathe too sharply, and unseen cannons shoot off thousands of fireworks behind 18-story buildings and meticulously decorated temples. Red door signs are everywhere and families are making their yearly exodus from the city to their childhood homes for a two-day journey from father’s to mother’s side. … More Fireworks and smoke (Chinese New Year and my first two weeks)