Our Last Day

Our last full day in Taiwan. We took advantage of the metro transit (we’re getting pretty good at it)and venture out to the underground shopping mall. Our mission was to eat at the famous Ding Tie Fung restaurant in the Maokong Gondola.
We couldn’t think of a more prefect way to end our trip, than with the best sunset ever! The bright red sunset liked the Chinese salty egg yoke.

Prayer Lanters

Today was our guided tour of Taiwan. We went to the coast to look at rock formations and did some hiking in over a hundred degree heat.

Our tour guide took us to a very cool village to release prayer lanterns. We wrote prayers and blessings for the Taiwanese people as well as prayers for our new friends at the Grace Place Church. It was a very meaningful experience.

Our last stop on the tour was the grand hotel. It was very impressive.

Memorials and More Night Markets

In extreme heat, we walked from our Airbnb to the Chang Kai Shek Memorial. It took us more than 30 minutes, because we got lost on the way, but it was well worth it.

We were very proud of ourselves for being able to navigate the transit system. We were able to take the metro train back to our Airbnb and to the Shilin night market.

Sun Moon Lake

We toured Sun Moon Lake today before heading up to Taipei. Our driver picked us up promptly at 9am with his fancy 9 passenger bus. It was the most comfortable ride we have had so far.

In order to fully appreciate the beautiful lake, we took a boat ride across the vast lake. It was lots of fun.

We end the trip with a bike ride around part of the lake.

Taichung Exploration

Today was our first real day by ourselves. We took a 1 hour and 15 minute train ride from Chaiyi to Taichung. The air conditioned train cars were a great escape from the heat.

We found a delicious Korean restaurant for lunch.

Then off to the mall! It was so big and so fancy.
We ended our day with some ice cream from a popular ice cream shop.

Ali-Shan (Mountain) and Fun!

We had a wonderful trip up to Ali-shan, but it made up miss home. The weather
on the mountain side was beautiful today. Similar to the Portland’s summer season. A little rain and a bit of sunshine. It was very refreshing from the intense heat we’ve experienced over the past couple of weeks.

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Farewell’s & Hello’s

Relaxing At The Beach

Our day began with a quick trip to the beach in Taiwan, where we played in the fountains and took a well needed rest. Auntie May was very curious about the seafood in the cost, so Pastor James was kind enough to take us to a local Oyster farm that is owned by one of the Grace Place Church members. While there, we saw the in’s and out’s of their shucking operation and got to learn a little bit about their family business.

After our short day trip, we traveled back to Puzi for lunch and greeted the mission team from California. Their team had already spent a week in Taiwan teaching their program to more than 70 students.

Bye Aaron and Candace!

While we exchanged greetings, our team said our farewells to Aaron and Candace. They left for Taipei and will be returning to the States soon! We miss them very much and we pray that God gives them safe travels.

…Aaron and Candace’s Day In Taipei

Aaron and Candace kidnapped Sarah (our translator from the summer camp) and took her on an adventure around Taipei for the day. They started at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial.

They were able to fit in a little bit of exercise at the memorial ­čśë

After the memorial, they took the subway to the Shilling Night Market. (Praise that they didn’t get lost!)

Aaron and Candace tried all kids of foods and fruits at the night market, and even got to try the famous shaved ice.

Thank You Sarah for all your hard work this week and for showing Aaron and Candace around Taipei. They both are very thankful for the STM team and are proud of their hard work (they miss the team already). They will be praying for them as the the STM team continues their mission in Taiwan.

…Back To The Action: Settling In

We then helped the California team settle down and prep for this weeks upcoming lessons. Later in the afternoon, our team visited the Joy House. The Joy House is located in a low income area that is open to children every Saturday. Usually, the children in the neighborhood (in elementary and middle school) come for games, sewing lessons, a biblical story and snacks. Since the neighborhood is relatively older and more traditional, they speak Taiwanese. Their stories were told in Taiwanese and our team was intrigued by the language. We saw the difference in their living styles because the neighborhood had less financial access to modern-day necessities. Although our visit was short, we were able to connect with the children and we were reluctant to leave.

Night Market!

We ended our night at the Chaiyi night market and standing in line for marinated duck, fried dough, oyster omelets and papaya milk.

Keep us in your prayers as we will lead the Sunday worship at the Grace Place! Please also pray for our energy and cooperation with the other team.

First Day On The Wrong Foot

We thank you for all your prayers and spiritual support as we face the test of faith moments after we sent foot in Taiwan.

Our Arrival

We fell behind schedule by an hour as we tried to recover our materials bag. This bag is more than markers and craft tools, because it is a vital element in order to carry out our lesson plans for the next two weeks. Luckily, the airlines have found our luggage and will diligently deliver it to us by tomorrow (Sunday).

One Crazy Ride

Upon our trip to Puzhi city, our driver nodded into sleep multiple times. Our leader (Auntie May) dared not to fall asleep during our 3 hour drive, and instead was praying for Gods power and guidance. As we neared Puzhi city, we stumbled into a heavy rain and thunder storm. The rain pounded hard like pebbles against the bus, and it was so dense ahead it only seemed like thick fog. The driver was more alert, but other vehicles were swerving in the mists of the storm. Inconsistent lighting flashed continually as if a scattered jagged halo while thunder grumbled in the distance. Each member on the bus prayed for a safe arrival

Warm Welcome

By 6:30 pm we were warmly welcomed into Grace Place Church by Debbie Yi-Yi and and Pastor James. We promptly shared a warm meal with them and their families. It is such a warm reward to our team to hear that the number of students signing up has increased, and we continue to pray for the power and spirit of God to act as we hope for more attendants.

At the end of the day we are thankful for God’s mercy and guidance through all the challenges we faced. We are especially thankful for Auntie May’s calmness as she kept us together as a team through the perilous trip. We ask that you continue to pray for our faith and trust in God during difficult times as we learn to look to him for guidance.