I wanted to send one last quick update. I’m now back in Franklin, TN and have had the past week or so to really think back on all that has happened over the last 5 months – I just keep thinking about all the ways that God’s hand has been so evident during this season. I’m so grateful and blessed to see so tangibly the ways God has worked in me and through myself and amazing team.
The last few weeks in Taiwan were insane!! We got to share with so many students. At one point we led a chapel service for 1,000 students! We were able to share about Jesus with hundreds of children of all ages as well as at a military school. Almost all of the time we were in public schools. Everyone there so badly wants to learn English that the schools really don’t care what we talked about as long as it was in English. So, we literally were able to go into all these classes and share the beautiful story of the Gospel as well as talk and pray with them in small groups. In a country where only 5% of people know Jesus, that was pretty amazing to say the least. God definitely opened up the door wide open for us and the response was huge!!
Taiwan is a very conservative culture, where it is traditional to keep personal thoughts/decisions to yourself. At one of the schools, we asked kids who wanted to follow Jesus to stand up and come forward. Our contacts, we later found out were in shock that we had asked kids to make such a bold move – they were sure none of the kids would come forward. But, when people experience the love God has for them they’re overwhelmed by His love and can’t help but respond. Hundreds of children with child-like faith gave their precious lives to Jesus. I can’t even tell you how many, but a party in heaven was definitely going down 😉 God loves those people so much!
The next week was a whirlwind meeting up with the other outreach team in Indonesia for the week to debrief, then back to Australia for graduation. On graduation day one of the girls from our school made a comment that her foot was in pain. She was a dancer as a child, but injured it over 10 years ago and has never been able to move it properly since. In the car on the way to Subway for lunch we prayed for her foot and instantly it was healed! She was so overwhelmed and moved to tears by God’s goodness and power. We literally watched her move her foot dramatically further than she had been able to just minutes before. It was so awesome to see and again affirm that God is just as at work in 3rd world countries as He is in Australia or America! He is the same loving God everywhere and at all times. It doesn’t take an organization or missions trip to bring Heaven to Earth! It just takes people who love Jesus, believe in His power and love, surrendering their comforts, schedules, and wallets to literally change this world. God is so ready to use each of us – if were alive today, then there’s a reason. He’s got something awesome planned for us to partner with Him on!
It’s really hard to put into words what an impactful, freeing and life-changing season this has been in my life. I’m incredibly thankful for this time growing closer to Jesus and experiencing His deep love. He is so worth our time and attention // trash for treasures // broken to whole // bondage to freedom. Yeeeooow!
I can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve each given. It has been such a crucial part of this whole thing and your prayers and support have advanced the Kingdom. How rad to think that one day you will get to meet all the people you’ve impacted through your prayers and support!
As for after DTS, I have moved back home to Franklin where I’ll be for…? I don’t know what’s next all I know is that I’m supposed to be here right now and am trying to be patient and wait on the Lord for what’s next! 🙂 So, if you’re in the area don’t be a stranger!
Love all of y’all. Merry Merry Christmas!