Despite some windy and rainy weather Ruth and Stephen made it around Taiwan on their bicycles. They logged almost 1100 kilometers in 11 days, staying with friends and “Bed and Breakfast” places along the way. Cycling around Taiwan has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many organized bike tours.
Meanwhile, back at home, I found myself with no lack of things to do, so the time passed quickly. Our little foster boy stayed with another family, and although I missed him it was good to have some uninterrupted time to work on things. He was very happy to see us again when we brought him back home. Last week we got the very good news that his adoption papers have all been completed here in Taiwan. Now his adoptive parents are waiting for his papers for immigration to Canada to be
completed so that they can come and take him home. It will be hard to see him go!
As part of OMF’s membership development program, Ruth and I attended a Leadership Coaching Course for 3 days last month. We learned about coaching others in their life and ministry, and had many opportunities to practice during the course. After the course I bought the book, “Leadership
Coaching: The Disciplines, Skills, and Heart of a Christian Coach”, by Tony Stoltzfus, which I highly recommend.
Now that we are back in Taiwan I have once again been asked to be the Regional Care Coordinator for South Taiwan. With a growing number of missionaries in the south (from Chiayi south) this is taking up more of my time. It also means sitting on several committees. I was just up in Taipei for 3 days for Finance Policy Committee and OMF Taiwan Field Council.
Two weeks ago we started teaching an afterschool English class at a local elementary school. Today
we attended a class at a local welfare foundation for underprivileged children. We will start teaching a half hour English class there next Saturday. One little boy asked about our foster boy and when
Ruth told him that we are taking care of him because he has no parents, the boy said, “Oh, he is just like me”. He lives with his grandparents. Pray that we can learn all of the children’s names and begin to get to know them through these teaching opportunities.
We have just heard that we will be having a short term team coming from a church in California this July. We plan to run a 2 week children’s outreach, most likely at the farm where we had our Christmas supper and program. It would be great to see many of our English class students come to that. Please pray for the planning and details of this July summer day camp.
Family news: Stephen has returned to Vancouver. It was great to have time together with him for 3
months. Sarah is leaving her job in Singapore and coming to stay with us for 3 months from April to July. She should know in the next few weeks if she can study for her Masters in Speech Pathology starting in September. Peter also plans to come to Taiwan from May to August, although we may not see him for long, as he could be spending most of his time in Taichung interning with a photography magazine. As far as we know John is continuing with his 2 jobs in Vancouver.
With love from Taiwan,
David and Ruth
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and
praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.
Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together
for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when
Christ displaces worry at the center of your
(Philippians 4:6-7, The Message)