It has been six days already since I came back from Cambodia. We were there for a short-term missions work with a group of students (and a few friends) from Holy Light Theological Seminary (HLTS) for nine days. It was a very fulfilling time of ministry and encouragement. Now, I am back here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, back into the arms of my family. I miss them so much. I haven't had the opportunity to write and update my blog here. I have been busy with a couple of things, entertaining my adorable six-year-old son, Jacob, talking to my wife and daughter, arranging for a ministry time with another mission team coming from Nebraska, USA, and recovering from a bout with a terrible stomach flu. These few days, I was able to relax.
I came in to Kaohsiung weak from a stomach flu I picked up at Phnom Penh (Cambodia). I was still weak and struggling when I arrived last February 2, 2011, Chinese New Year Eve. I tried to eat good food so I could regain my strength. After a day's rest, I helped Brian (an FM pastor from Nebraska) and his son, Stephen, to prepare for a three day retreat and ministry time with a group of Filipino migrant workers here in Kaohsiung, under the leadership of Nantze Higher Ground Community Church (NHGCC). Tessa Marzo, the pastor of NHGCC, was there to lead the ministry. It was a fulfilling time. Many of the lay leaders of this Filipino church later testified of a time of revival. We concluded the retreat with a prayer and confession time. The NHGCC members spontaneously confessed there sins to each other and prayed in unison and unity. All the pastors present, Brian, Tessa, and I, just stood there and let the Spirit of God take over the whole meeting. It was a beautiful sight to see the Spirt descend and all we could do was stay clear so that God could do His work.
Praise the Lord! Today, I feel better and slowly regaining my former vigor and strength. Yesterday, Sarah cooked her famous chicken curry for everyone, including Brian and Stephen, and I had about three platefuls. I was stuffed. For today's supper, I had another two platefuls of chicken curry leftovers. Delicious! This afternoon, we went to Ci Jin Island to show our Nebraska guests some of the culture of Taiwan. This is one place that our family frequently go to. The highlight of the day was the bike ride along the seashore. This was no ordinary bike because it was a four-person bike with four wheels and four pedals, and Brian, Stephen, Carmen, and I went pedaling like we were on a racing tour. It was a blast! (Sarah rented a single bike and followed us around.)
It is good to be back in Kaohsiung. Right before we had dinner, I saw a movie with Carmen and Jacob. We all had fun watching "Aliens in the Attic." It was such a joy to sit and spend time with my children, and, at times, be silly with them. They are growing so fast. It is always my prayer that I could always be a source of encouragement to them. I pray that God's love will protect them and guide them as they grow older. The Almighty will be their Keeper.