Christmas in Taiwan
Matthew 28:19 ~ “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Our mission is to simply Go. A simple two-lettered word that is a stumbling block for almost everyone at some point in our lives. We find ourselves asking God “why me?” or “why now?” or “how am I supposed to do this?” Sometimes we are telling God or rather ourselves that we aren’t “good enough.” Which is kind of ironic because through Him we are. It was definitely a command that stumped me after waiting for so long to be able to go. Now that I could, I was hesitant.
Mid-September, I applied to do a Christmas in China program through the IMB, something God had really laid on my heart over the summer. The odd part is I didn’t end up in China like I thought I would but Taiwan, a place that has now stolen a part of my heart with their need to hear the Gospel. But before I left God was working on me with trusting Him whether it was having the money or the logistical side of it. During my trip, He taught me how to fully rely on Him and that I need to be more intentional with my words and actions back in the States not just in a different country. Working with a lot of universities over there, you had to share the Gospel as many times possible and effectively while still respecting their culture. Even if you were like me and completely failed at telling the Christmas story because you blanked, you had to push through because God was gonna use you in ways that you didn’t even realize. My team and I may never see the results of the seeds planted, but that was part of His calling on our life. His calling is another thing He worked with me on. While there He really laid it on my heart to go back over the summer. And much like the first time, I tried to present my case of why that wouldn’t work to Him. Almost immediately, He reminded me of my calling to Go and how I had surrendered to Him by saying “here I am, send me” (Isaiah 6:8). Plus He already had it all figured out with my reasons for why I couldn’t.
Romans 8:28 ~ “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, and who are called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 ~ “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, and who are called according to his purpose.” reminds me of that. Even being back, He continues to teach me the importance of always relying on Him and trusting Him with every aspect of my life no matter how big or small my problems may seem.