Small Victories For Today
Wow! My first time to give my lecture in "A Theology of the Incarnation" in Chinese. I feel so fulfilled. Today is my missions class. I am teaching three courses this semester here in Holy Light Theological Seminary (HLTS, Taiwan), and tonight was a three hour class dealing with a general introduction on Christian missions. I usually give this lecture at the very beginning of the class, to set the foundation for the whole semester. I know at some points, I floundered for words, struggled for the deeper meaning, tripped over some wrong Chinese grammar and wrong use of the Mandarin tones. But, over all, the students understood me. Towards the end, they even chorused in applying the lesson to their ministry situations. They could not wait for me to pose my prepared application questions. Together they jumped in and asked the question "What does this theology mean for us today?"
I am so tired. It is almost eleven o' clock in the evening. My brain is still ringing with all the Chinese that I spoke this evening. I am ready for bed. It has been a long week for me, for most of us teachers here at HLTS. It is our second week of this Fall Semester, but we are still working on some administrative decisions. So, the seminary have had several meetings and discussions that I did attend to. One such meeting encouraged me continue in this teaching ministry. Nothing major. We merely talked about our schedule for the next five years here in Kaohsiung. But, it was a good time to agree on where God is leading us here in the seminary. I am thrilled.
I want to rejoice in my small victories. Such as, a letter that came this week from one of our graduates ministering as a missionary in a Creative Access country. Nothing big, but encouraging for me because I know that God is leading our graduates to where He wants them to be. Another small victory is that several of our students, who are missionaries themselves, have volunteered to help in the Student Missions Fellowship (SMF), as speakers, sessions leaders, and support work. Seemingly insignificant instances, but they are all encouraging me because I can see how God's Spirit is moving in this school and students are responding in obedience, participating in the work of missions awareness and education. I am tired, but I feel fulfilled and encouraged.