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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