I am attending Rhema Bible Training Center's, Rhema School of World Missions and during the 9 month course is a required 30 day mission internship. My teacher chose Taiwan for me. The 4 main goals of the internship is to: 1: serve the host 2: develop personal ministry gifts 3: day to day life and 4: culture. I have the unique opportunity to understand the real day to day life of a foreigner/missionary overseas without an interpreter or anyone holding my hand (I am alone). My 11 years of ministry experience as a children, youth and young adult pastor mixed with in class mission teaching is being poured out in a real life applicable situation in Taipei, Taiwan.
I left Tulsa, OK, USA on a 3 leg journey to Taipei, Taiwan. From 7:30 AM Monday, March 21st I departed from Tulsa Intl. it took me 42 hours (with the 13 hour time change) to arrive at my hostel. Once I went through customs, found my baggage and transferred money, I found a bus heading into the city and then took a taxi. The taxi driver couldn't speak English and couldn't read the directions I printed in Chinese. I finally arrived Wednesday March 23rd at 1:30 AM.
As you would suspect the food, communications, culture and every aspect of day to day life without speaking Mandarin is difficult to say the least. Many times we marvel at what God is doing through oneself or others yet not as appreciative at what God is doing in oneself or other individuals. I am thankful for what He is doing in me right now. I have a evangelistic and mission minded heart and spirit. I enjoy communicating to people. I have come to understand that this mission is about God planting and watering in me and allowing Him to give the increase. Too often we seek quick results. The number one priority for a missionary is to establish a secure routine for themselves and their family.
Some tasks for me so far have been to understand the culture and find places of business. I had to locate, document and photograph hospitals, police stations, grocery/household item stores, post office and parks I have visited Taipei 101, the 2nd largest building in the world and the Chaing Kai-shek Memorial Hall. I have been to the National Palace Museum, night markets (famous in Taiwan), and day markets. I have eaten exclusively off the street. I am blessed and your prayers are appre
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3/29/2011 02:00:22 am
Sounds like a great start! Stay strong and steady. Make the most of every opportunity to see God at work in people and in you Brother!
3/29/2011 02:23:50 am
WOW Ted! God is with you. What a privaledge to have Him take you by the hand and lead you through faith! Looking forward to hearing more~ I pray the Lord, your God, fill you with all wisdom and understanding that His Spirit gives, and that He would strengthen you according to His glorious might, giving you great endurance and patience as you find your way in this place. God's grace and peace, Leslie
3/29/2011 06:46:46 am
Going around without an interpreter and/or someone who knows the area sounds scary. But you're one for adventure so I know you can do it! Keeping you in my prayers! Love and miss you and your family.
3/29/2011 09:24:58 am
Ted!! We are so proud of you! Cheering you on from Broken Arrow :D God has much in store for you in this 30 days and I know that the time there may differ from any experience you have had yet but it is spirit led and part of your training, developing, vision casting, and faith building time... just as you said there is a time to be quiet and alone with the Lord, like retreating to a mountain top... Then you will begin to see those opportunities to minister in the various places you get to go and the wonderful people you get to meet. For GREAT things are ahead for you in Taiwan and for you and your family back here in the States and throughout the world! God Bless!
3/30/2011 04:03:10 am
You amaze me eveyday! So bold, so strong in faith! You are, like Joyce Meyer always says-"doin' in afraid". How it must feel to be away from anything and everything that is familiar-well, God said GO, and you went! We look forward to seeing what the Lord will do in and through you because you took a 30 day leap of faith into the unknown, from all that's comfortable, all that's constant in the natural. Your time with the Lord in the next few weeks will prove to be life-altering. So excited to hear about what you're doing and seeing each day! Praise god for your testimony:D) We love you Teddy, the Haywoods
4/1/2011 12:56:53 pm
Hey sonnie OH MY what a wonder you are,I could not be prouder, God is using you in the way , I prayed so many years ago. Continue to give and empty yourself to the one who loves you the most, your Jesus, he will move on your behalf. He has done great things Love your mom
4/6/2011 07:02:01 am
Nice to see your sweet face, God is moving so mightily. You are right about the busys. My what an awesome God we serve, I tell the ones who can't rest that Jesus will help them lay down in the green pastures, he will carry then and even lay them down there on the grass. Jesus is your rest and strong tower, he is your buckler, the keeper of your heart and mind and no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Autumn is doing fine, tired I feel, but she is taking good care of everything. She is strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Love to you my son Mom
4/13/2011 01:48:12 pm
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