We went to Kaohsiung last weekend.  On Saturday Megan had a soccer tournament which happened to be at the school that our girls will be transferring to.  It’s actually a smaller branch of their current school.  Morrison Academy began with one teacher and six missionary kids.  Now they have 3 campuses.  Currently it schools children of missionaries and expats but also local Taiwanese.  The school is run with an American curriculum in English so it is an appealing option for Taiwanese students who want to possibly study abroad after high school.  We are so thankful for this school because sending our children to a Taiwanese school would have been hard.  At their grade levels, not only the fact that they don’t have any Mandarin, but the curriculum and school culture would have been very difficult for them to plug into.  What we appreciate the most about Morrison is that they are being trained up in godliness.  We are so grateful for Morrison and the teachers who have helped our children’s transition here.

When we visited Kaohsiung for the first time last summer we did notice a lot of farms & fields, but somehow missed seeing the industries in the area.  In fact, Kaohsiung has many industries & factories.  Our future ministry site being both rural & industrial has both pros & cons.  The most noticeable downside to moving down to Qiaotou area is that though we will be in the midst of rural living, air pollution is still high due to many industries nearby.  But to us the best part is that there will be many opportunities in such rural/industrial setting to reach out to the working class people & their families.  Therefore we couldn’t help, but to feel excited about our future works there.

We do have a very important prayer concern.  We need to find a place to live in Qiaotou before July, but it will be difficult due to lack of rental properties, our limited budget & so forth.  Nevertheless, God has proven to us time & time again that He is our Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider, therefore we are praying for a couple of things about our future home.  The first is that it will be located at the center of the community where we can interact freely & build relationships.  We are praying that we will stay in the same community for a long time and become part of it.  The second is that our home will be within 20-30 minute drive from our girls’ school so that it will be easier to do ministry and not have to spend too much time on the road.

We also got to spend some time with our OMF colleagues, which brought much encouragement & affirmation to us.  It’s amazing how God places the same burden on different personalities from different places, and then orchestrates things to bring them together.  We were reminded once again how missions is something that God does, and by grace, He invites us to join in His harvest.  Although our trip to Kaohsiung was very short, it was sweet.

After we got back home on Sunday evening, we decided to visit a cart vendor that we have been building a relationship with.  But when we got there, it was evident that something was different.  His usual smile and gladness to see us wasn’t there.  When we asked if he was doing ok, he quickly pointed to some religious decorations hanging on his cart.  He explained to us that he has his own religion.   We realized that he was blocking us from any talk of Christianity in case we were going to bring it up.

We were quite discouraged for sure, but we were also reminded of what OMF founder James Hudson Taylor has said many years ago.

He said, “There are three stages to every great work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”

Anything of worth will not come easy, especially the ones that have eternal value.  They will require sacrifices, much time spent on our knees, and ultimately the hand of God to make them come to pass.  This is what keeps us humble & confident at the same.  How great is our God!