Today was the first official day we worked with the VBS team from California. Most of our team woke up around 5:00 am to prepare breakfast at the Grace Place for everybody. We know the day will be rush because we have two VBS in one day. Morning VBS in the elementary school, afternoon VBS at the Grace Place. It will be a hectic schedule, but we learned how to accommodate with the California VBS team as we went along.
The students at the elementary school were shy and some sat alone in classrooms during the breaks. I notice one of the student was not very enthusiastic or motivated to participate in our activities. However, through the power of God I was able to speak to him in Chinese, and we quickly grew attached to each other. The most comforting prize for me today was when the same little boy brought his sister to the after school program, and he immediately recognized me and gave me a hug. I saw my reflection as I became a better Christian through the connections I made with others, just like Jesus promised his disciples to make them fishers of men.
Before we came on this trip, we knew there will be difficulties ahead with language barriers and connection with others. We also knew that things will be more hectic when another team is involved. It was much easier when we were in control with our own lesson plans. We have to adjust to the leadership of the other team.
Please continue to pray for our energy levels, that we will not be deteriorated but rather more focused on helping the students. Throughout the first week in Puzih, we made many great connections with students and peers. I was so surprised to see some of students who were willing to skip class for church, and others who was willing to spend their free time to help us prepare lessons for the next day. We thank God for opening the heart of these students to allow for connections. Please pray for their spiritual relationship with God as they grow. Please pray for our two team to work smoothly to glorify His name.
Train Station: Round 2
This morning, we went to the train station again. As some of us were setting up our singing area, the others went around the station handing out pamphlets about the gospel and encouraging them to listen to us sing. We were blessed that many people at the station were listening. Some even took videos! This helped create an introduction for us more easily share the gospel with them. Some of Taiwanese teenagers from our camp even joined us and experienced spreading the gospel to others.
Last Day of Summer Camp
Although the past week was difficult with the language barrier, we were able to build strong friendships and bonds with the students. Each night the some kids purposely stay late just to play games and hang out with us. One of the students even went out of her way to teach us how to make Omelet Rice for lunch.
For the last day of our summer camp, the students created a mural for the church as a memento of the things we did together. We bonded while reminiscing about some of the more fun activities. We concluded our lessons with the gospel, using the chair skit to explain how only through Jesus we are able to be rescued from our sins. We also helped them make gospel bracelets and explained the meaning behind each of the 5 colors.
After our lesson plan, we played a couple of water balloon tossing games and ended up in a water balloon fight. Drenched as we were, we all had fun and wished we could’ve spent more time together. To end to the camp, we signed each other’s shirt as a sweet memory of our past week.
With another week coming, we ask you to pray that we will be able to maintain our health and safety as we continue to walk the path God has set us on. Please pray for us to connect with the new Mission Team and the new kids we will be teaching. We also ask that you pray for all the teens that have come to know Christ or desire to follow him that their spiritual relationship with God will continue to grow.
Train Station Evangelism
Wednesday: What a day! Today we went to the High Speed Rail Train Station in the morning and it went extremely well. We combined with some of the youth from the Grace Place Church and even though we did some Chinese songs, we still sung them to our fullest abilities. For many of us it was just the first time we’ve sang in public and we were surprised at what we were doing in that moment. But as the time moved on, we started to get comfortable and crowds started to form. While playing the Cajon, I could see the people record us and see people who were interested in what we were doing. It felt that what we were doing had an influence on the people who were at the train station. This task couldn’t have been accomplished if it wasn’t for the support from the Grace Place Church and setting up the opportunity. Passing out the bracelets and tracts were a bit difficult with the language barrier but we had to put that aside and place our faith in God that the people at the station would read it.
After the Train Station we headed back to the Grace Place and started our Rec. day. We played a bunch of games which helped us bond with the kids. They were also able to loosen up and play with each other more. Overall we were able to hang out, know the kids better, and take a break from all the teaching.
Hot Pot In Hot Weather
Dinner was AMAZING. We had hotpot buffet and there were so many options. It filled all of us to the max and we were so satisfied by the meal. Many things went well but prayer is still needed.
We are using so much energy and getting drained means that our health also gets damaged so please pray for our health. There are also many kids at the Grace Place that are still shy and pray that we can have stronger relationships with them. Many kids aren’t believers yet but are very close to becoming one so we wish that we can help them build a relationship with God. There are three kids in particular (Maggie, Wingo, and Tina) who are non-believers or who have never been to church before. However, all three stayed with us throughout the station and summer camp and have been very eager to connect with us and even learn more about our purpose here. Please keep us, and these three youths, in your prayers as we attempt to introduce Christ into their lives.