Monthly Archives: July 2012

week 6

I am writing our blog post as we wait at the airport in Singapore at 3am. Even though we are here waiting to check-in for our flight home, we still cannot believe we are actually leaving.

This trip has been incredible! We have learned so much about the Kingdom, other cultures, and even ourselves. We have made so many great friends during the six weeks we have been here. Friends that hang out after lessons for hours just to talk. Friends that go to lunch with you or even bring food to the lessons to share. Friends that sit with you in an airport all night as you wait to leave. I’ve spent the past few days just recalling all that has happened here. There are so many great memories – 6 hour barbeques, laughing all night in a hotel room in Indonesia, learning how to make dumplings, and the list goes on and on.

We are really excited to get home and to see family and friends, but we are extremely sad to leave our friends here. Like most trips I’ve been on, leaving is bittersweet, but spending six weeks in a place tends to make one attached… very attached. It’s been a lot more difficult to say goodbye than I thought it would be, but it’s nice knowing we have the internet to stay connected. (:

In short, this trip has been one of the largest blessings in my life, and as I have stated in almost every post, I came to teach, but I have been taught so much more.

Cannot wait to get back and be able to share all we have learned!

Internet here at the airport is pretty jank, so pictures will come later haha

week 5

This was the last Monday in Singapore and this is the last blogpost I’ll write in this apartment.

Earlier this year 6 weeks seemed like a long time, but it has flown by so quickly. It seems like we just got here.

This past week seemed pretty normal compared to the others, but a few things made this past week really special.

Two of our readers, Bao Xian and Qinghua took us out to dinner one night to show their appreciation. Bao Xian is the girl who received a Bible from Britney last week and this week Qinghua got one from Savannah! Both of them we’re super excited to get them!

dinner with Bao Xian and Qinghua

Savannah with Qinghua and his new Bible

Britney and Bao Xian’s reading session

One of my readers, Anna (the one who plays the Pipa), finished the book of Luke last Wednesday! She has been really interested in the stories and all that we have been reading.

Anna and I after she finished the Luke Workbook!

This past Sunday we went to Sentosa Island to see Underwater World and the pink dolphins that are there with one of my readers, Ming Liang, our friend Grace, and Eunice and Zenia (Savannah’s family). It was really fun and Savannah got to pet one of the dolphins! Then that night we met up with a lot of friends from church at a Korean BBQ Buffet. It was unlike any restaurant we have been to. The grills are in the middle of your table and you just go get the meat you want and grill it right there. It was so good and we had a lot of fun hanging out with them!

at Underwater World on Sentosa Island

Eunice & Zenia (Savannah’s family), Savannah, and Britney

Savannah petting the pink dolphin!

Today we went out to the City Hall/Marina Bay area and looked around. The girls went and shopped while I walked around downtown and the Gardens by the Bay. Tonight, Paul, Danny, and Sau Mei took us out to dinner. It was awesome getting to talk to them about our experience here in Singapore and getting to look back on all that happened.

It’s insane thinking that this was our last Monday here; that one week from now, we will be on a plane heading home.

I’ve learned so much by being here. It’s strange to think of this trip as a time of rest, but it has been. For the past 5 weeks I’ve been able to simply focus on one thing; I didn’t worry about school, work, or anything else. In this season of rest, I’ve been discovering what it means to simply seek, wait, and listen. One thing I keep stressing to my readers is that God says if we seek Him, we will find Him. When you add this truth to the expectancy and hope we have, the ends are ridiculous. There’s no wondering if He is real or if He will answer; we already know He is and will. We get to have hope and joy in our waiting and listening because we know He is there and is speaking. Being away has really taught me how much I let things affect me because since I’ve been resting, I’ve been able to seek and wait and listen. It’s incredible how much He talks to us but we don’t hear because we are too worried about everything else – things that don’t matter. This, obviously, is very simple and is talked about numerous times in the Bible, but as simple as it may be, it is nothing short of profound [along with the rest of the Word of God]. I know I came on this trip to teach, but there is no way I’m teaching nearly as much as I, myself, am being taught.

Please continue to pray for our students, for the church here, and for us! We are hoping this last week is full of great memories with all of the incredible people we have met here!

week 4

2/3 of our trip is over. This is surreal.

The weeks keep going by faster and faster. A lot of exciting things happened this past week!

During the week we had a few more readers. A guy named Yang and his wife Maggie started coming ast Tuesday and they have been coming every day and have been staying almost 2 hours after their lessons each night! They are an awesome couple and super friendly! Also a few girls, Jocelyne and Lee, started coming too.

Yang and I

Savannah and Jocelyn

One of Britney’s readers, Bao Xian, has been asking a lot of questions about the Bible recently so Britney gave her one! Bao Xian has been reading it every day since she got it!

Britney with Bao Xian and her Bible

Please be praying for all of our readers! The new ones, the old ones, the regular ones, and the ones that come once a week. This past week all three of us realized how difficult it is going to be to leave. These people are no longer just students, they are friends.

 

This past Sunday was SUPER exciting! There was a baptism of a whole family! The wife’s sister-in-law goes to the church here and has been visiting with her for a while, but the husband was a devout Buddhist. He has been adamant about staying faithful to the religion he was brought up in, but fell ill a while back. It got to a point where he was put in the hospital and there he had a vision. He said that he’s seen demons following him his entire life, but in the hospital he saw a man shining bright dressed in white and a cross. He began to inquire about Christianity when he got out of the hospital and hasn’t seen any evil spirits since then! And this Sunday after church he, his wife, and his daughter were baptized!

While this was going on, Britney, Savannah, and I were at the church waiting for the readers to get there so we could go to the park for a barbeque! We finally got out there around 3 and played in the sand and water, taught them how to throw a frisbee, and had a TON of great food! Later some church friends showed up too! It was so fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it!

Wu Hui aka Jane

FOOD

Our group at the party!

Today we got to go visit Johor, Malaysia with a couple from the church! We got to walk around the city, try a lot of different food, get a shoulder massage, and laugh a lot!

Johor, Malaysia

Johor, Malaysia

It has been an amazing week! Only 2 more left until we head back home. Be praying for our readers, for the church here, and for us. As far as time-wise, this week begins the decline of our trip, but we are continuously praying against that! There is SO MUCH that God can do in two weeks. Pray with us that we continue to be expectant and present until the day we leave.

Week 3

It’s crazy to think we have been gone for 3 weeks already.

It seems like the weeks keep getting better and better! Here are a few stories and thoughts from this past week.

Tuesday we had a few empty slots in the afternoon so we went and toured around Little India and tried some authentic Northern India food! It was possibly the best food I’ve had since being here!

sign in Little India

Hindu Temple

Our readers and us are becoming awesome friends, especially the regular group that stays over an hour after their lessons every night to just hang out. They are teaching Savannah and I a little Chinese while we teach them English. It incredible that we’ve made such good friends after only being here for 3 weeks!

James, Maggie, Ella, Savannah, Britney, Ming Liang, Li Chao, and Han Shuai

I know we came here to teach, but after the past 2 weeks, I feel like I’m the one being taught everything! This week especially. I had been reading Isaiah in my spare time last week and one particular thing that just stuck in my head was that God is a Redeemer. So I was in a conversation trying to explain how Jesus dying works to save us and it’s like this old, incandescent, cobweb-covered lightbulb was connected to a source of power for the first time in my head. God redeems. It’s his nature, right. So in that moment every action Jesus had became that even more significant. Jesus didn’t come to simply end the old and begin the new. Yes, He did bring “a new thing” and all but that doesn’t me he destroys what was there before. It is in Jesus’ nature to redeem. He came to renew, refresh, and redeem the old and transform it into a new thing, and this makes His sacrifice even that more incredible. He was the perfect Paschal Lamb that was sacrificed. He took the old, imperfect, and limited sacrifice that had to be done over and over and brought it to full. And it is this redemption that we now look forward to. God coming and redeeming His people. His Son returning, and Him baptizing and refining us with fire. Even though we are messed up and this world is broken, we know that one day, hopefully soon, everything will be made new. It is this wonderful art of redemption that gives us hope, and as Paul says in Romans 5, “Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

As I’ve said, I am being taught so much more than I am teaching.

I’m not sure if we’ve really every told everyone what is significant about Singapore to our team. Savannah’s grandparents adopted a girl from here! Nikki, the girl, was in a very bad situation with her family here and Savannah’s grandparents took her under their wing. Sunday, Savannah got to meet her family that still lives here! Her and Britney went and hung out with Zenia and Eunice, Niki’s brother’s daughters, while I went and visited New Creation Church that afternoon (which, by the way, was completely AMAZING!). The girls had a fun time shopping and meeting family and we met up later to eat our first Western meal since we’ve been here.

Today we got to go visit the Singapore Zoo! After being there for maybe 20 minutes, though, it began to pour. Now, if you know anything about Savannah and Britney, you know that this didn’t stop them at all. They went and walked around in the pouring rain while I waited at a pavilion haha. After about and hour the rain finally slowed down and we went to go find the elephants. Probably the highlight of the day. Britney and Savannah got to RIDE an elephant! I stood on the side and took pictures so we would have some. I’m positive their trip was made this afternoon!

Singapore Zoo

Elephant Ride!

peacock

Well, that was this week in a nutshell, which makes us all really excited because we’ve been told that the third week is usually the most difficult.

Pray that our readers as well as our lives continue to be impacted in supernatural ways!