You may disagree, but LIFE IS CERTAIN although much of our worries & complaints are directed at its uncertainties. Like many things in life uncertainties are merely an illusion. I’m not denying that they are real. What I am trying to say is that what’s uncertain in life is always temporary. It is not final.

Finality can only be seen in the Bible where God reveals the certainty of our future. Examples are too numerous to mention them here, but I encourage you to open up anywhere in the Bible & start reading, and you will come upon God’s certain, unshakeable promises about our lives as his children. For those who are in Christ, that is those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior, and who are faithfully following him as their Lord, their lives become certain as the sun rises every morning. Confusion & fear that darkness may bring is only momentary, and the SON will shine.

Revelation 22:5 brings to light our destiny.

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.

We may often forget, but the truth is the final outcome belongs to our God, and He has already saved us, blessed us & glorified us through Jesus Christ, and he will lead us to that glorious place where he reigns. The fact that our destination is secure & certain should give us a new set of eyes to understand & see beyond what’s transient.

The promise that God makes throughout the Bible is that He will lead us to where he has predestined us. It’s only a matter of when, and how we will get there, that is what would be our attitude as we’re following his leading.

If there’s one thing that we have learned by being in ministry for 20 years, it is that there is no point in worrying, no matter how overwhelming the obstacles & our weaknesses may be because God has never failed in guiding us to where we need to be. Although we are experiencing varying degrees of culture shock, we are still getting settled in Taichung pretty smoothly. We’re certain that there will be times of anxiety, but we’re confident that God will continue to lead us to peace, growth & fruitfulness.

That’s for CERTAIN.

Our home is pretty much all set up. We were supplied with furniture from the OMF storage. We’ll borrow these until we are sent to another field of ministry which will most likely be in 2 years. As you can see below we have everything we need. My wife calls it eclectic decorating. My favorite is the wooden benches. They are very beautiful & surprisingly comfortable. We’re considering whether to get cushion for the seats or not. Right now it’s so hot that the wooden surface feels kind of nice. We also have a washing machine and we have abundance of water to shower. What we found to be funny is that in Taiwan toilet paper often comes in a plastic sleeve of square sheets that look like facial tissue to us. A few days after we arrived in Taiwan we had a visit by our field director’s wife. Jeanette prepared a plate of fruit and we realized we didn’t have any napkins. She thought the toilet paper packs must be multi-functional and so we apologetically asked the guest if it was acceptable to have a pack of those on the table. She laughed with us and said that they are indeed multi-functional and they’re used for napkins as well.

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I don’t know if you can see the hairline fractures on the walls. Our landlord told us that they were caused by an earthquake several years back. I must say life in Taichung is different, but by God’s grace & power we are gradually getting used to the culture.

That’s for CERTAIN.

Here are a few more images of our neighborhood. There are a lot of small shops & food vendors, countless scooters, and several blocks away right next to a busy street is a rice patty. It seems so out of place among the modernism around it. I was told that these rice patties are quickly disappearing.

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Just a block away from our home is a night market that opens 5 nights a week from 5 PM to midnight. We hear the crowds & announcements being made on speakers every night from our apartment. It’s a great place to get Taiwanese street food and small knickknacks. Food is quite different from Chinese food we had back home. Some are very tasty and some are very unique and will take some getting used to.  I will post some pictures of the night market in the future.

There are a few more things that are still up in the air, but what is certain is that God is with us, and that he is determined to accomplish His will. Therefore we will trust, obey, praise & savor his goodness & power!