Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Prayer Letter

This is the last prayer letter before I leave for Taiwan. I will keep my blog updated on the upcoming adventures as much as I can. (click on the image to enlarge it.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Italo Romano: Amputee Skateboarder

This guy doesn't have any legs and probably can skate better then most people that I know. In the beginning of the video he skates a lot of ramps, but don't stop watching it there. By the end of the video he is tarring up the streets, jumping down large stair sets and grinding rails. It truly is amazing.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

SYME: Testimonies from Taiwan

I was on the phone with Beth Steiner (Missionary wife helping run/start SYME Taiwan) this past week. She had many stories to tell me about the great things God has been doing in Taiwan. Over the past few years they have seen lots of students decide to follow Christ. I am very excited to be apart of what God is doing there. Here is one story from the past year sent to me by email from the Steiners.


STUDENT STORIES   (Summer & Fall 2010)
This last summer as one of our teachers shared the gospel, one of our students, Candy was moved to tears as she began to comprehend what the gospel was and what God had done for her to bring her into His kingdom. She had been to church often in High school, and was happy to call her-self a Christian, but this was first time that she understood it in a personal way. From that point on she began soaking up how to share the gospel and evangelism techniques. The first weekend of the Fall Term, Candy and another student began explaining the gospel to a new student, Leah. A few hours later they helped lead Leah in a prayer for salvation. Candy and Leah joined other students taking basic discipleship classes and they were both baptized a few weeks later.

Meanwhile we still had a few students in the Fall term that were not Christians. One student named Grace came from a very strong Buddhist background and had been a very devoted worshiper at the temples. She came to SYME because a Christian lady had encouraged her to get her foundation right in life while she was young. She told Grace that SYME could help her do that. So Grace came to SYME searching for spiritual truth. She actively participated in classes and spent extra time asking teachers many questions about life, but during her second month at SYME she experiences quite a bit of spiritual warfare specifically telling her to give up her interest in Christianity and to return to Buddhism and temple worship. During the last two weeks at SYME she secretly gave up her search, out of frustration from the spiritual attacks she was experiencing, but she maintained a polite attitude toward the staff. The teachers were not fully aware of all that was happening, but they kept praying for her and the Holy Spirit kept working.

During the Friend Day / Graduation program Grace was one of the MC’s. For part of the program she interviewed audience members on what their goals and dreams were. She even asked her brother who was in the audience what his dreams and goals were. As she did this, she realized that her thinking and values had changed and that the values and goals that her family lived for were not her values anymore.

After the Friend day program she told a teacher that she was ready to become a Christian. The startled teacher asked her if she meant that she wanted to become a Christian that same day and Grace told her, “Yes, after we finish our lunch!” A few weeks later we were able to see Grace at a chapel we were a part of in Taipei. We were so blessed to hear her give an impromptu testimony of how she became a Christian and what the Lord was doing in her life.  As we talked afterward she shared about the pain and frustration of being under the influence of evil spirits and the hope that she now has in Jesus that she can be free and find the truth in Christ. None of these ladies came from Christian homes.  Candy’s mother has no idea why God is important to her.  Leah’s family didn’t say much at first but they did become upset with her when they realized she was going to be baptized.  Grace’s family will actively oppose her going to church and she will face open persecution for refusing to go to the temple.

PRAYER: Please pray for Candy as she seeks God’s will for her future, a church to join and a place to grow in ministry and service. Pray for Leah to find a church, and for Grace to get connected not only with a church but with good Christian brothers and sisters as she seeks to transform her mind to be more like Christ. Pray for all of them, that God to provide a way of escape as well as strength as their families will put pressure on them in the future to participate in temple and ancestor worship.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Need in Taiwan

This video represent the need for Christ and missionaries in Taiwan. It also shows some of the great things God is doing there.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Blog Promoters

I am not really sure why but I notice some traffic to my blog from websites that I have never really heard of, so I clicked on the link to check it out.

Apparently on movie-ozone.com, which is a movie review site, I am a "Fellow Blogger" I do not know how I acquired this status or even if I can recall ever doing a movie review on my blog (possibly once or twice). And if I did do any movie reviews it was probably only on christian movie/skate video.
Then on pingywebedition.somee.com, which is a website to promote your web on google I think (not really sure), it is "suggested" that you might want to visit my blog as you wait. I couldn't figure out what you would exactly be waiting for to happen. 
I do not know what connection I have with whoever puts these sites together and I am pretty sure I know everyone who is an official follower of my blog. However I can't argue, if they would like to promote my blog for whatever reason it interest them, I won't argue. I am thankful for the extra viewers sent over to check out what I'm about.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone V4 TOTALe: Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1-3 Set
I just received Rosetta Stone to help me further learn Chinese (Mandarin). I actually didn't even know I was getting it until Word of Life provided it for me this past weekend. I think it is a great tool if you put the time into using it and also practicing what you learn from it to people who speak the language to correct your mistakes.

The main idea in how RosettaStone works is that when we are learning a language as a child we associate words with the things we see. As you learn words with Rosetta Stones they are accompanied with an image. There is also an microphone you speak into that it tries to tell you if you are saying a word correctly or not (not 100% accurate).

If you have the time and really want to learn a language, I would suggest this program. However I have heard that the best way to learn a language is to live among people who speak it, with limited use of English.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Missions Conference


The Missionary Interns and I being Commissioned

I spent a week at WOL Headquarters and BI campus in training for the ministry with 20 others that are preparing to go out into the world. We also went to the Missions Conference on the weekend sharing with students how they could become about of the missionary program we are in.

Me on stage in the middle of a prayer.
There was many great speakers (Harry Bollback, Joe Jordan, and others), that challenged the student body and us to serve God and not ourselves. One thing that really stuck out to me, was when Chris Stout said that some people are in America working a job and serving God with all they have but as missionaries we can be in the field in another country serving ourselves (basically). While I am in Taiwan I have to remember that I am there to serve, its not a vacation, I am there to serve the missionaries there and the Taiwanese people.




It was fun to be with all the students and see a lot of my friends from the years at Word of Life Bible Institute, being able to see how they have grown.

Weekend at Kyle's

I went to New York a few days early to spend some time with Kyle Paradis (at his house). He is also part of the same missionary internship program as I am. He will be going to South Africa with John Cottier.

We couldn't find anywhere close/cheap enough by to rent snowshoes from, so we made our own for our adventures.

We had to cross a river to go where ever our imagination was taking us.
Kyle's dog, Emma, joined us. She brought her ball too. She enjoyed dropping her ball down into the river several times.

Problem was we had to jump down to cross the river the first time. On the way back it was too far and tall to jump up elevation. We used this slippery tree to climb up then drop down on the other side.