Taiwan Training, Day 2
Three notables to report:
Evangelism in action! Last night, 3 training participants (1 who works in Taiwan and 2 working in Japan, but not me) went out to dinner at a small restaurant. They struck up a conversation with a 40-something Taiwanese man, who can speak Japanese surprisingly well. He ended up paying for their meal and inviting them to his house for tea! They put our training into practice, asking questions and getting to know the man a bit. The conversation turned to spiritual things, and one of our Japan workers was able to share the gospel with him — in Japanese! The vocab level had outstripped the Taiwan worker’s Chinese ability, but using Japanese was perfect. They man has friended the Japan workers on Facebook, and they hope to connect him to a missionary who lives 2 minutes from his house.
Appendicitis. Not me — our facilitator. This morning our main facilitator, Christine, greeted us by saying she had abdominal pain and, after researching online, had self-diagnosed with appendicitis. Although she regretted having to miss the training, “It seems a silly thing to go to heaven over a little appendicitis, so I think I need to go hospital and have it taken care of.” Sure enough, she ended up having an appendectomy this afternoon. Please pray for speedy recovery. Pray also for our course’s co-facilitators, who will cover Christine’s sessions with little time for prep.
Chronological Bible Storytelling. After this morning’s session on CBS, I wanted to quit. I mean, I wanted to rush back to my host home and spend the rest of the day learning the Basic 14 set of Bible stories in Japanese. Can hardly wait to see how the Lord will use CBS to capture the hearts of Japanese people and help them understand His love and truth.
We pass this Buddhist temple each day on our way to get lunch. Behind the temple you can see a very large tree. The temple was probably built there because the tree is believed to have a spirit in it. The gold pipes are part of the temple’s incinerator, where purchased paper offerings are burned in hopes of attaining blessings.