haven’t blogged in such a long while that i’m really feeling pretty guilty about it>.<
Haha. silly old me.
I’ve just came back from my mission trip and honestly, I think I’ve come back a changed person.
Taiwan – the land of my dreams, my promised land, the place where my heart now resides, Fully.
I never would have imagined that I’d go through what I went through there during these 9 days and I have FAITH, that it is the start of something new.
I probably won’t describe the full details of each and every single day there but I just want to pour my heart out..
Our mission team was really small, in Taipei there were only 6 of us – Elaine, Hui Qun, Sandra, Shirley, Me and Danny and I knew not one of them but I knew that God called me to Taiwan, I’ve always known since I was 16.
We helped out Xin Dian Covenant Church as well as their affiliate churches with their once a year “The EDGE” youth Camp!
We were the station masters or 關主. I got to know 蹦蹦 and 雅婷 and got to hear their hopes dreams and aspirations.
I saw the hand of God move mightily among the youths in Taipei and I was so touched.. honestly so so touched.
Through that 4 days in Taipei, I really learnt a lot and one important lesson was that of having a bigger heart and more tolerance because our team is not made up of people from the same SOT team like how all the other mission trips functioned and we had to get used to everyone on the spot.
We definitely had our differences and we all came with different mindsets but we overcame all and fell in love with each other:) ahahha.
We girls slept in a uni dorm with the toilets right opposite us for quick and easy access which I really thank God for:)
It was pretty much a dream come through for me as well as it brought back memories of how I could have studied at 台大.. but God works in His own way and time and really have to wait on the Lord.
We persevered through swollen feet and backaches:)
In addition, we would have devotion every morning and danny would get breakfast for us..
I vividly remember the last devotion we had in Taipei on the 7 of July 2011, beside the field at St Luke’s University near Tam Shui.
Sandra shared a word which was from Matthew 5:4″ Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
and when we gathered in twos to pray, it just happened to be me and her and she told me that she felt that the word was for me..
and she really was right cause that day there was great great sorrow in my heart cause I knew i only had 4 days more in my promised land…
and I remember when we were praying that God spoke to me and said “You’ll be back”.
I immediately took great comfort in those words because it was really a confirmation to me that TAIWAN is the PLACE OF MY CALLING.
I guess that is what is helping me start to get the faith OF God.
Pastor Bobby was the major preacher throughout the camp and although I heard all the messages before, I was still greatly blessed.
I’m also really grateful for the hospitality that the Taiwanese in Taipei showed us during that time, like buying 雞扒 for us for supper and sending us to Tam Shui to have R&R for 5 hours.
I really had a great time there.
Some pictures below!
my ultimate favourite drink.
Thursday – 7 July 2011
We took the 高鐵 down to Tainan and my heart was still feeling a little heavy from leaving Taipei…
I remember looking out across the scenery and asking God what His plan was for me in Taiwan because I’ve only known that my calling is there but I didnt know what I’m supposed to do..
Reached there and I was really blown away by Rhema Harvest Church.
Our mission team had 3 new additions – Irene 媽媽，Esther and Vincent
The people from RHC were SUPER hospitable and they piled my plate till my stomach was groaning not cause it was hungry but cause it really couldn’t take anymore food>.<
The feeling I got from the trip to Tainan is vastly different from the Taipei one because there were fewer people and we took on more responsibilities as well as interacted more with the people there.
The first night we had a meeting and then I went to pick Esther up from the 高鐵站with Stan 哥 who happily told me his age but never found out mine until I came back to Sg!:p (the joy of being young!)
Then we went back to the 賓館and a grumpy me emerged (i was tired! still in the process of having God change me!)
Had meeting till 1 plus in the morning and slept at 2 and woke up at 6:30.
God really stretched our capacities.
I was given the opportunity to BV for the first time and I really enjoyed it!:)
That Friday, we went to do street evangelism and I went with two ADORABLE 17 year old guys hahahaha (they are so gonna kill me) – 彥元and 百祥
They kept calling me 大姐 much to my annoyance but by the end of the trip, it really became a term of endearment to me.
The three of us really had breakthroughs while doing the street evangelism!
I was also really encouraged and happy when the boys came to me after our 新加坡之夜 event that night and told me excitedly that the few people we had reached out to on the street actually came and gave their hearts to Jesus!
I really thanked God that He really really encouraged them:) It was lovely to see that spark in their eyes:)
Speaking of the event, I was asked to sing Home super impromptu and I thank God that I managed to deliver it smoothly even though I kept screwing up while rehearsing.
The next day, we went to 走馬瀨農場 (the words are a lil wrong, pardon me) for a 2D, 1 N church camp with RHC.
I was once again the BV but I had to perform miracles every single session BECAUSE THE SONGS WERE IN CHINESE, THEY WERE CONFIRMED LAST MINUTE AND THERE WAS NO TELEPROMPTER!!!! hahahahhaa. BUT I ENJOYED EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF IT!!
God really stretched my capacity there and then and really gave me the inspiration to start going for Chinese Church services when I get back to Singapore:)
The presence of God was really strong in every single session and I was really touched by how God moved among the people there.
I wanted to join the team that my two 小弟’s were in but they were full up so i joined the 威力小隊 – WINNERS who were uni students and above, basically people older than I.
We had a lot of fun together and I really saw the need to encourage them and to give them support because they may be my age or older but spiritually, they still need a lot of growth..
and that was where God moved me and showed me where my calling and place was.. till now, my heart is with them.
it was so hard to say goodbye on the 11 of July…
even knowing that I’ll be back soon to visit them (BY FAITH)
It was seriously the first time that I cried on the plane back from a country and I’ve really been to quite a few countries by the grace of God.
I had to try so hard to stifle my tears cause I was sitting with strangers..
Throughout the trip, I did not miss my parents, my family or Singapore at all.. which I normally would.. but this time I really didnt
and I knew and knew that my heart is left in Taiwan and I’ll probably never get it back..
The reason why I named my post Just like Caleb is because I think I now understand how he must have felt when he went into the promised land, came out excited only to end up with wandering in the wilderness for 40 years…
It is really that sorrow and anguish but with that expectation that God will pull me through..
I know that I am in my wilderness period now where God is going to stretch me, train me and change me so that I can work effectively for Him.. and then, that is when He will send me back into my promised land..
and I will wait upon the Lord.
for now, it’s back to my 6 books…
3 tests on Tues and I know I will conquer.
ALL SET FOR EMERGE TMR!!!!!