Greetings from Taimali, Taidong!
Today we start off the day with delicious Dan-bin and red tea for breakfast then headed off to Da Wang Elementary School to paint the rest of the wall. Praise God for another beautiful day without the sun beating on our back! We were able to finish 80% of the wall! We will be going back on Thursday for some finishing touch.
After lunch we headed to Joyce Lu’s mom’s ministry with the elderly and orphanage in Taidong. God really is doing great things with the ministry there! Some of the students played songs for the elderly, performed skits and Abraham gave his testimony. Mr. Wong then shared the gospel with the elderly to accept Christ. Students then spent time interacting with the grandmas and grandpas there. Later, we drove to the orphanage to visit the toddlers. The students had the opportunity to “experience” being a parent for a few minutes as they held the toddlers and fed them. One of our students was handing a toddler to another one of our student and the student’s response was, “How do I hold this thing?” We ended the visitation with Joyce’s parents treating us to a dinner of KFC chicken, pizza and fruits! They ordered so many boxes of pizza that we had five boxes of uneaten pizza!
After dinner we headed back to Taimali to Da Wang Church to help with their high school homework ministry. Winnie then led the students in some games, then students performed their skits and both Lucia and Abraham gave their testimonies. The students there mentioned they have seen the skit before. However, every time they watch the skit they are moved by it.
Please continue to pray for our safety and health throughout the rest of the trip. Please pray that we would be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Thank you very much for partnering with us through prayer! It really means a lot to us!
In Christ’s love,
Jin Lun Mission Team
Today we started painting one side of the wall surrounding Da Wang Elementary School. Praise God that the weather was perfect today and that we were able to work efficiently. We painted for a total of three hours this morning and will have three more hours tomorrow. The juniors' design for the wall is based on the creation story from Genesis. It's quite amazing that this public school is allowing a Biblical design to be painted on their wall. Pray that God will use this wall to attract the kids to know more about Him.
After lunch, we spent time with some first and second graders in the church while they did their homework. Kevin and Serina shared their testimonies with the kids. The team was feeling quite tired after that and thankfully we had a chance to rest for a bit before planning out the next two days' activities.
For dinner, the Wongs treated us to dinner at a nice Taiwanese restaurant in the mountains overlooking the ocean. We are very thankful to have been blessed with their presence and generosity over the last three days. Please pray for safety for their trip back to Taipei tomorrow with Jamie.
As for the rest of the team, please pray that we would all draw on God's strength and rely on His Spirit for energy. Pray that we would be faithful in finishing the task He has entrusted to us for this time. Lastly, give thanks that His hand has been visibly at work around and within us throughout the duration of this trip.
Rachel and Dave
Today marked the second day of our mini camp in Jin Lun and boy was God’s hand evident all throughout the events that occurred today.
We started out the day with an outdoor church service in the same courtyard that we had used yesterday. We sang a few worship songs, Karen gave an amazing testimony, and Mr. Wong shared a few stories that really captivated the kids. It has been pretty challenging for these kids to really focus on what is going on, but they were listening extremely well the whole time Mr. Wong was sharing. Afterward, we took communion, and Mr. Wong asked those who weren’t baptized yet if they wanted to have an opportunity to be baptized. Praise the Lord, several of the kids raised their hands. These kids were later led aside by Mr. Wong and he made sure that they understand the significance of the decision they were making. There were two kids especially who had to seriously think about whether they would be able to say no to the idols that their parents were worshipping, but when they gave Mr. Wong their answer, it was a firm “yes”. The baptism was a beautiful sight to watch and many of the team members later remarked that it was one of the highlights of their day.
After the baptism, we walked with the kids to their families and sat and chatted with them. It was then that we discovered the extent to which many of these kids’ families were broken- there were alcoholics, deceased family members, abusive parents…it was truly a heart-breaking sight and something that touched a lot of us, as we were able to see the conditions that these kids came from and it explained some of the earlier behavior we had seen throughout the camp. It was amazing, though, that despite the broken families of most of the kids, they were still able to display so much joy throughout the camp that we held. Some of the team members even had the opportunity to share the gospel with the families that they visited.
We spent the late afternoon and night spending time at the beach and preparing for our wall painting that we’ll be painting for the Da Wang elementary school tomorrow. Tomorrow we’ll also be running an after school church program.
Please continue to pray for the kids who were baptized today- Sam, Yo Yo, Tommy, and Hunter- that God would continue to work through them and reveal Himself to their family members. Please also pray for the health of our team members Serina, Dave, and Kevin Chen who haven’t been feeling their best, but praise God as they feel a lot better compared to earlier today already. Please keep the aboriginal kids of Jin Lun in your prayers as well- they have left such an impact on so many of us in the two short days that we had with them.
For the team,
Today was our first day in Jin Lun leading a mini camp for local Aboriginal kids there.
On our 20-minute drive along the coast, we saw the beauty of God's creation: the steep green mountains right against the beautiful Pacific Ocean. We met Tony and Esther Wong when we got there and several kids were there waiting for us. The juniors did a very good job leading the camp as we played games, read books, did paper crafts, etc. with the kids. Serina showed her strength as a leader during the music session (with hand motions). Ryan and Winnie were also given the opportunity to share their testimonies in front of all the kids. Abraham and Alicia told the story of Noah's ark as the rest of the team acted out various parts in a simple skit. Our juniors also were able to perform the dramas that they learned before the trip (one about adjusting our lives to God's will, one about various temptations and Jesus who is always knocking at our door, and another about Jesus taking our sins upon Himself).
Praise God that He gave us flexibility since we had no idea what the setting would be (it turned out to be in someone's front courtyard, with a worn-down concrete floor). We were also thankful that God gave us energy to lead the camp today. Many of us were feeling tired yesterday.
After the camp, we spent about an hour sharing Gospel bracelets at a local basketball tournament. It was organized by several churches in the area, so many of those whom we shared the Gospel bracelets with were believers. We prayed with them with the hope of encouraging them in their faith. It was also fun to see people's reactions to Mr. Manu dunking in a pickup basketball game.
We are glad to have the Wongs with us until next Wednesday. Please pray for healing for Kevin and Serina, who are still feeling somewhat sick. Also pray for the kids we are ministering to in Jin Lun. We heard that nine out of ten of them come from broken families, and we only have one more day to share God's love with them while we're on this trip. Ask God to make their hearts receptive to the forgiveness and peace that He offers them, and empower our team to present that effectively tomorrow.
- Dave and Rachel
Greetings from Taitung! Today is our second day in this city with the sun shining brightly upon us! Today was a day packed of interesting events! In the morning we had a music performance exchange opportunity with Da Wang Elementary School where their students played recorder, ukelele and ocarina and our students played guitars and led songs with motions. After a short break, we swept and picked up trash around the school with the sun beating against our back. We then had a time of prayer walk where everyone had the opportunities to speak to some of the local people, pass out the gospel bracelet and a group even got invited into a locals’ house! Students spent most of the afternoon preparing for activities they will be doing in Jin Lun with the children there on Saturday. And, how we always say you can’t really “plan” for mission’s trip is that we ended up going to a concert in the evening (Yes, you heard it right, a “CONCERT”). We went with the church here in TaiMaLi to a Christian concert called “We Love” (愛在四月天) which is formed by all Christian celebrities in Taiwan. It’s even the first Taiwanese concert for many of our students.
We will be going to Jin Lun later today since it is now past midnight… and it’s going to be more of an open schedule for us. Please continue to pray for unity, a clear mind of what to do and wisdom when we have the chance to share the gospel to the people here. Thank you very much for you prayers they mean a lot to us!
Tsai Lao Shi for the team
We all arrived safely from our 6 hour drive.
Taiwan is a great place, yes we did have our tea's :)
Please pray for Kevin Chen, he is not feeling well. We did see the doctor, he has medicine and is resting right now. He will have to take it day by day.
We walked around Da Wong Elementary school and downtown Tai Mali.
The students are resting and preparing for tomorrow.
Please pray for us to prepare well and to be united in our service. We are in a good place.
Mr. Manu for the Team