We will definitely miss our neighborhood in Taichung

We will definitely miss our neighborhood in Taichung

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32)?”

It’s a powerful statement that points to 2 truths.

One is that our Father in heaven will not withhold anything from His children that they need for life & holiness, therefore there is no need for us to worry about our tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34).

The second truth is something that we often miss.  It is that we already have what we need to get through this day, this moment in time.  We lack nothing.  This is why we can “rejoice always,” and “give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:16-18),” not because everything is the way we wanted it to be, but because God has provided everything we need to overcome, honor His Name, and move deeper in our relationship & worship of Him.

These are very crucial truths for all of us whether we are missionaries or not.

Here is a story of something which reminded me, once again, of that truth.  When we first moved into our apartment, we had a major problem with cockroaches.  A teacher told Jeanette what a cockroach egg looks like and then that very night we found a few eggs in the kitchen.  We would’ve never known what those were had the teacher not explained it to Jeanette.  They were hatched which explains why we were seeing so many of them.  I sprayed and used traps.  I was thankful we didn’t have to “bomb” the apartment as a few friends have advised us to do.  Since then it has been quite manageable.  A few here and there which is nothing unusual.

A couple weeks ago, we started finding cockroaches on the dining table late at night.  Not a big deal and we dealt with them as we saw them.  But one morning I got up earlier than usual, the sun wasn’t out yet.  When I turned the light on, there were about 15-20 roaches on the dining table.  I had to find the source of the problem. I checked everywhere, but couldn’t find where they were coming from.  Then it dawned on me that I haven’t checked the most obvious place, the dining table.  I looked underneath the table and discovered a whole bunch of cockroaches and eggs.  Then I flipped the dining chairs over and found they also were infested too.  We were really grossed out!

The only solution was to throw the table and chairs out.  We had to do it quickly before the roaches spread all over the apartment.  We took them down only to find out from our maintenance person that the city rules changed recently and we can’t leave large garbage where we used to or we’ll be fined.  We could call a trash company to come & pick them up, but of course, it will take time & money.  We felt taking them back into our home was not an option.  So we really didn’t know what to do.  It was then that our building maintenance person told us that he will call around and find someone to take care of them without having to pay.  It took a few days, but he found someone who was willing to take the table & chairs for recycling.

This may sound like nothing, but when you are living in a foreign country, having someone that we do not know very well help us with our problem really opens our eyes to God’s personal hand working to help us where we are.  God graciously provides!

Right now we have about 5-6 weeks before we need to move down to Kaohsiung, but we don’t have a place to live yet.  Actually our leaders in Kaohsiung did find a seemingly ideal home with very low rent, but a few days before they were scheduled to sign the lease, they discovered a problem.  A guy who is angry at the landlord came around a couple times and vandalized the property.  We didn’t feel right and didn’t want to get in the middle of an ongoing dispute so they decided to keep on searching.

We are so grateful that God is using different personalities to help us & guide us here in Taiwan.  Although we don’t have a lot of time before we need to move, somehow worries & anxieties are nowhere to be found in our hearts because our heavenly Father has proven time after time that He is worthy of our trust.  We know that He will graciously provide what we need.

We do ask you to join us in prayer for a home so that when we are there, we may rejoice together!