My trip to Taiwan can best be described as “God anointed.” I was so blessed while having the opportunity to bless some other people.
Let’s start with divine appointments. My very first divine appointment was a gay man whose partner died the day before. He was headed home to make funeral arrangements. He was very distressed, and he was so grateful that I prayed with him on the plane.
Another divine appointment was a delightful young Chinese lady. She is full of energy and charm. I offered to send her a Chinese Bible, and she accepted.
I had planned on teaching 10 times, and it turned out to be 13. I spoke 10 times to English speaking audiences, and 3 times to Chinese speaking audiences. It seemed that God used all 13 occasions to deeply encourage people. I was so blessed with the feedback that God provided. Many people proclaimed a greater desire to pursue God on a deeper level.
I spent a few days at The Home of God’s Love, which is an orphanage directed by Ted and Bev Skiles. They have been in Taiwan for 44 years. They have processed over 400 adoptions primarily for people in the US. I am so impressed at what they and their staff do to show God’s love in very practical ways. When I arrived, they have about 19 children and 17 infants. When I left, 2 more infants had been adopted, leaving them 15 infants to begin this week. Another 2 couples were due in this week to pick up their infants.
I sensed from God that a major reason for this whole trip was to encourage the English speaking staff at the orphanage. It is extremely easy to become overwhelmed with ministry and neglect growing a relationship with God. God opened some doors for that encouragement to happen. I am waiting to determine how God will use me, if at all, to provide spiritual encourage to some of the staff.
The Taiwan Missionary Fellowship Conference provided many opportunities to challenge and encourage missionaries corporately. God was also diligent in orchestrating my time to meet with and directly encourage individuals and couples as well.
One missionary said that the conference “provided an opportunity for weary souls to drink deeply from God’s well.”
Another missionary wrote: ”The week was about pursuing God, intimacy with God, and how ministry flows out of that intimacy, … I was guilty of trying to do ministry in my power, my own strength, essentially asking God to take a back seat and then I wondered why I was feeling so spiritually dry. Yet God really used this week to open my eyes to the fact that I need to spend more time in His Word, more time in prayer, pursuing Him, loving Him above all and everyone else.”
Another missionary wrote: “Thank you for sharing with us at the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship conference last week! It was very refreshing to hear and take in the call of the Lord to lives of growing intimacy with the Lord.”
Overall, the trip was a fine example of God doing good things through me in spite of me. That is the supernatural God that we serve!