Taiwan Training, Last Day: Goals & Lanterns

Mar 07, 2015, By: Audrey

Taiwan Lantern Festival

Five days of discussing Bible story-telling, motivations, inhibitions, and barriers to evangelism, and the arts of meaningful conversation.

Five days of dreaming and praying that the Lord might use these news tools to break through the darkness in Japan and bring many people to faith in Jesus.

Five days of dumplings, noodles, markets, and lots of walking.

It’s been quite a week, and I’ll be processing and practicing what I’ve learned for a long time to come.

On our last day together, we all reflected over the course, set goals and plans for the next few months, and prayed for one another. My goals for the next two months:

  • Learn one Bible story in Japanese (probably the Creation story)
  • Develop and memorize an introduction and follow-up questions in Japanese.
  • Share this story five times.
  • Keep a record of times I’ve told the story, how it’s gone, people’s reactions, possible improvements, etc.

Feel free to ask me how I’m doing at reaching these goals. But do it gently, please. :-)

After the course concluded, several of us went to the Lantern Festival. It’s an annual festival in Taiwan, but it moves to a different city each year. I’m so glad it was in Taichung while we were there!

Thousands of lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors lit up a large park area. Some were the traditional round hanging Chinese lanterns you might imagine, but most were sort of lantern sculptures. Colored fabric is stretched over wire frames and lit from within to form animals, cartoons characters, architecture, fairytale scenes, and more. In the center of the park, a 50-foot lantern ram came to life with dramatic music and a colorful light show every 30 minutes. (2015 is the Year of the Ram in Chinese tradition.)

Food vendors hawked everything from Belgian waffles to fried whole squid on a stick. Teenagers wore battery-powered flashing headbands. Lovebirds took selfies under the canopy of lanterns. Children marveled and squealed at the spectacle. What a great way to end the week!

Audrey at Lantern Festival