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February 2010

A Great First Week

It is 4:00 AM. I cannot get back to sleep. Must have been the excitement of the last few days. I am glad the whole family is relaxed and sound asleep. It is a blessing to have Sarah and my two children finally getting adjusted to life back here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. That is one less thing to worry about. Jacob has been responding to the allergy medicines. He is sleeping soundly. Last time I checked his room, he had pulled down the covers--meanwhile his sister is all bundled up. They are total opposites when it comes to their sleeping habits. Jacob could probably survive living in an igloo in minus degree temperature. One warm-blooded all American boy!

Yesterday was my first day in teaching at Holy Light Theological Seminary. It went well. I had three more students added to the class. My translator did an excellent job! I just realized how much I miss classroom teaching. I have almost forgotten how good it feels. This is another affirmation of God's leadership in my life. Praise God! Thank you all for praying for us.

Yesterday was a historic day for the seminary. We had nine students graduating with M.Div and B.Th. degrees, all coming from a neighboring Creative Access Country. They all came with their friends, a few relatives, and the pastors and supervisors of their extension seminary. (Holy Light partners with a local institution from that area.) I was taking pictures of all the celebration and just realized how historic this occasion would be. People will remember this for the next fifty years or more.

Later, after the ceremony, I talked to one of the graduating students. He shared about his work in this Asian province and expressed to me the need for training more cross cultural workers to go out to other areas of the province. I got so excited. I tried to listen to him and gather as much information as I could. I told him we will be talking about this in Taiwan and find out ways of helping other Chinese leaders become better equipped for Christian missions work. While I was listening to him, I was also trying to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to me through this Chinese graduate student. I have to be honest now: I did not fully understand what God said. I knew it was something about missions training, but as to where and when, I do not know--not yet. I am still in the process of deciphering God's disclosure to me through that Chinese student. It will be slow, but I will wait on the Lord. He will be my Guide.

I Woke up this Morning

I woke up this morning with a new sense of hope and joyful anticipation of this day. My devotions reminded me that God will take care of the rest, whether He is painfully purifying me or wonderfully showing me a new dimension of His grace. He is faithful, forever!

Homecoming of sorts

I am here at my office at Holy Light Theological Seminary. Slowly settling in. For those who do not know, I am the newest faculty member here in the seminary. Everyone here is so generous trying to show me around and giving pointers on the world of seminary teaching. I am grateful.

I just moved in all of my Asbury books. I still need to add a few more book shelves. I need to get a few more furnitures so this office feels more homely and inviting not only for me, but for visiting students as well. Just a minute ago, I talked to two students and already we are talking about short-term missions trips and ways to be more active in serving God through the area of cross-cultural ministries. I am very encouraged. I was just telling Becca, my FMWM colleague who also teaches here, that being here in seminary feels like homecoming. It is a good sign. God is answering many prayers. Thank you for your prayers.