16 hours

That is how many hours we have left before we start the long Thursday of travel. The plan is to leave for the airport at 10 am Taipei time Thursday morning. Which is 9 pm Wednesday night central tome. If everything goes according to plan we will touch down in Chicago at 11:30 pm Chicago time. Thanks to Hank W. we should have a warm ride waiting for us when we land.

Tonight we area heading over to the ministry house to spend the evening catching the vision with the international workers here. Supper, prayer and worship are on the agenda. Shooting a couple of promo videos as we go to excite the western great lakes students for the future.

Looking forward to the future….

Location : No. 12, ChéngDōu Rd, Wanhua District,

Temple in Taipei

There is a weird mixture of beliefs in Taiwan. In logic ancestor worship and reincarnation don’t seem to jive (a word i dont use every day).  However her logic in what they worship doesnt have to make sense. Although completly logically Christianity doesn’t make sense. An all powerful God dying for this frail humanity. Not sure that makes any logical sense either. But there is no contradiction and maybe that is what struck me today.

Behind the main buddha in the temple was a row of other gods i watched as one enslaved person to the next went from idol to idol offering prayers and offerings in hopes to appease or please each one. Which one is only their best guess.

Took my first imodium of the trip not bad considering.  I am also a uncle again. Congrats to my sister on the birth of Safia. There are benifites of being off the time zone by 13 hours.

Tomorrow morning our time (night time in the USA) we will be meeting as youth pastors to plan the partnership and trip. Please pray. Thanks!

Location : Address not available

Temple in Taipei

There is a weird mixture of beliefs in Taiwan. In logic ancestor worship and reincarnation don’t seem to jive (a word i dont use every day).  However her logic in what they worship doesnt have to make sense. Although completly logically Christianity doesn’t make sense. An all powerful God dying for this frail humanity. Not sure that makes any logical sense either. But there is no contradiction and maybe that is what struck me today.

Behind the main buddha in the temple was a row of other gods i watched as one enslaved person to the next went from idol to idol offering prayers and offerings in hopes to appease or please each one. Which one is only their best guess.

Took my first imodium of the trip not bad considering.  I am also a uncle again. Congrats to my sister on the birth of Safia. There are benifites of being off the time zone by 13 hours.

Tomorrow morning our time (night time in the USA) we will be meeting as youth pastors to plan the partnership and trip. Please pray. Thanks!

Location : Address not available

Another Day in Taipei

Today was started with a conversation with the youth pastors and almost ended with a conversation with the rest of the team. I say almost ended because we ended the meeting and then went out to experience the night.

We left the meeting room and headed to the local temple, the temple is a mixture of Taoism, Buddhism, ancestor worship and whatever else is thrown in to even it out. A dark place for certain. Tomorrow we will visit a different one with a missionary to hear more about the religion and gain a deeper insight into the opposition that is here.

After the temple we wandered down to Starbucks for a conversation again and further discussed the future, the present and how things will work.

On to the reason we are here. It seems like the group is beginning to agree with where we will be heading in the future. Still a lot to work out and a lot to agree on but God is moving.

Another Day in Taipei

Today was started with a conversation with the youth pastors and almost ended with a conversation with the rest of the team. I say almost ended because we ended the meeting and then went out to experience the night.

We left the meeting room and headed to the local temple, the temple is a mixture of Taoism, Buddhism, ancestor worship and whatever else is thrown in to even it out. A dark place for certain. Tomorrow we will visit a different one with a missionary to hear more about the religion and gain a deeper insight into the opposition that is here.

After the temple we wandered down to Starbucks for a conversation again and further discussed the future, the present and how things will work.

On to the reason we are here. It seems like the group is beginning to agree with where we will be heading in the future. Still a lot to work out and a lot to agree on but God is moving.

Taipei

It is interesting, maybe thats not the word. Not interesting but exciting. Although that doesn’t seem right also. As we wander through Xiemn district led by Chris Odell it is exciting to see the passion and hope he has. We hear his plans and God’s plans as we walk. So many opportunities that are available. Not the opportunities that we normally think of for missions trips. No building projects, no VBS, no slum ministry; but instead a movie to be made, a concert to be provided, a conversation to have.

Right now i sit in movie park where to my right is a building that will show and promote films that bring light. To my left is an open building that could house a church, a ministry or what ever it is that God has called to be done.

There is a great love for the district by the people who live and work here at the envision site.

Location : No. 12, ChéngDōu Rd, Wanhua District,

Taipei

It is interesting, maybe thats not the word. Not interesting but exciting. Although that doesn’t seem right also. As we wander through Xiemn district led by Chris Odell it is exciting to see the passion and hope he has. We hear his plans and God’s plans as we walk. So many opportunities that are available. Not the opportunities that we normally think of for missions trips. No building projects, no VBS, no slum ministry; but instead a movie to be made, a concert to be provided, a conversation to have.

Right now i sit in movie park where to my right is a building that will show and promote films that bring light. To my left is an open building that could house a church, a ministry or what ever it is that God has called to be done.

There is a great love for the district by the people who live and work here at the envision site.

Location : No. 12, ChéngDōu Rd, Wanhua District,