I’m writing this at 4:30 in the morning —- that’s what jet lag does for you. Thank you so much for your prayers and words of encouragement. We made the trip safely.
Because of an engine failure on an American plane from Japan which had to land in Alaska, we rescheduled our flight from DFW and traveled through Hong Kong arriving 2 hours later than scheduled. However, everything went well and we were met by loving friends at midnight. Now that’s commitment.
The church has been so gracious and as our daughter Lisa says, they aren’t just friends, they are like family. We are living in an apartment on the second floor of our church building with one bedroom, a bath, large kitchen, living room and dining area. They are so gracious.
Everything we could possibly need is in this area . . . bank, grocery store, restaurants, beauty and barber shops, 7-Eleven, McDonald’s and WONDERFUL readily available Taiwanese food. We are blessed.
Yesterday was our first Sunday back and our worship time was amazing. We were fortunate to have a special music group share. They are not able to see with their eyes, but their souls reflect a depth and maturity that is very touching. It was GREAT to see friends, and some have accepted Christ since we left. It doesn’t get better than that. We also continue to pray for those who have not yet made a decision to follow Christ. One of those is CSC. We met him on the subway before we left Taiwan to return for Robert’s chemo treatment. He had not been to church in a long time, BUT yesterday he JUST HAPPEN TO SHOW UP. He had no idea that we would be there, and it was definitely something that God arranged.
Yesterday was also a day to celebrate October birthdays, so Robert joined that celebration.
As one of our friends says, when you go out the door in Asia, there’s always a story, and we have a lot of them. Each person having a birthday was asked to share 2 wishes. Robert’s wishes were 1) that we would use this opportunity for God to use us with our friends. (The man standing next to Robert is CSC, and we have prayed for him to come to Christ for more than a year. 2) His second wish: Jokingly as in Taiwanese tradition, he wished to live to be 120 years old . . . a desire for long life.
Please pray that while here in Asia, we will be sensitive to God’s leading and have the opportunity to see more people come to Christ. We are also aware of some special prayers needs that we will be sharing in the days ahead.