Sometimes providences [of God], like Hebrew letters, must be read backwards. – John Flavel (1627–1691)
I’m an Australian-born Cambodian-Chinese (aka ABC). I have thick, black hair; dark brown eyes; and a fairly tanned skin tone. No, this isn’t a dating advert, but it’s a pretty standard description for most South-East Asians. It’s almost a month since my family and I moved to Taiwan to serve here with OMF International. One… Read more Culture shock: why don’t you understand?
We’re new field missionaries. We’ve served for the past couple of years as support missionaries on the “homeside”, but now we are serving on the “field” in Taiwan for the next 18 months or so. As new cross-cultural workers, we are in the midst of transitions. We’re dealing with culture shock, faced with the limited… Read more The blessing of support ministries!
Well, it’s Day 4 of our new journey in Taiwan. We arrived safely last Wednesday and we were warmly welcomed by a fellow co-worker. To date, there are daily communications in the form of personal visits, phone calls, and messages from one or more of our new co-workers here in Taipei. All of them are… Read more Culture shock: the early days
I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” — Matthew 12:6-8 (ESV) The Sabbath day is not a religious day. It is… Read more The Lord of the Sabbath
I have a tendency to hoard. I’m not as a bad as I used to be, because I’ve come to learn one very important lesson: it might come in handy one day, but if I’m not using it now why hold on. Part of this realisation is the worth of materials. Do I really need… Read more Live in the world: a warning from John (Part 3)