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Tales from Taiwan #22

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Dear Sisters,

Thursday night while I was volunteering at the rescue home, I asked one of my boys, Liam* (name changed) how his summer was.  I expected him to smile and answer with all the fun things he had gotten to do.  Instead Liam sobered and said quietly that his dad had passed away.

The kids who live at this home are rescued from abusive, unhealthy or dangerous situations.  Some are orphans and some have family.  They rarely talk about the family they do have, usually because they've been extremely hurt by them.  But no matter what, I've found that family is still family and more than anything, that's what these kids long for - loving, healthy, safe families.  

I told Liam I would be praying for him and his family.  He stopped, looked up at me and asked me if I really would pray for them.  After I reassured him that I really would, he smiled and said he would pray for his family too.  What a moment of beautiful, childlike faith!  

Liam's simple "You said it, so …

The waters

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“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you." - Isaiah 43:2

Dreams

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An Opportunity to Serve

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I wrote my first Tales from Taiwan over four years ago.  I'm still in Taiwan and I want to be here long-term.  God is doing some pretty amazing things and I want to keep joining Him in that.  Because of that, I want to share with you an opportunity that you have to serve in Taiwan!  VOICE Missions still has 13 more spots to fill for their upcoming mission trips to this beautiful island.  They offer an 11 month mission trip, as well as a 6 month mission trip. 

Unlike most other mission trips, VOICE Missions' trips are sponsored.  This means that you although you do need to make a $1,000 flight deposit, it'll be reimbursed at the end of the first semester for the 11 month trip (for the 6 month trip, there's a $500 non-reimbursable payment required.  For more info on other costs, head over to the website.).  The great thing is that each VOICE Missions volunteer receives a monthly living stipend which is pretty rare for mission trips!

So there's probably a few questions …

Friday Footprints

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Friends Your Age Are Not Enough

As author Jaquelle Crowe says, "Yet while having friends of the same age is normal and natural, we miss something special when we don’t have any friends who are of different ages than us, particularly in Christian community. Christians share a bond and identity that trumps everything else — job, race, and most definitely age. If there’s no longer Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, there should be neither old nor young (Galatians 3:28)."  Click here to see the rest!


God bless you this weekend!

Joanna, Megan, Krista, Emily & Victoria