Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Taipei Excursion Day

There’s nothing quite like waking up to the sounds of the city right outside your open window… babies crying, people talking, car horns…life!! Today there was excitement in the air as we all prepared for our outing to explore the city of Taipei. For the first time since we’ve been in Taiwan, guys and girls would be separate for a whole day. After the girls enjoyed a lovely breakfast of pancakes—plain, strawberry, or m ‘n m options!—we gathered for a few minutes to search the Scriptures about Jesus, our Bridegroom and Beloved.

As I was praying about what to share this morning, Jesus brought to my mind the story of Hosea. God desires an intimate relationship with us, a closeness, a familiarity.  But before we loved Him, we walked a separate path, apart from Him. This is where the story of Hosea comes in. Despite our rejection of Him, He still passionately pursued. Hosea 2:19-20 says: “I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice. In lovingkindness and in compassion. And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, then you will know the Lord.” This love amazes me. This pursuit is because He wants us and wants all of our hearts.

Speaking of hearts! We each got half a paper heart. Our “other half” was our Valentine sister for the day!! We got to know our Valentine sister and at some point during the day we bought them something!  My Valentine got me a cute Winnie-the-Pooh sticker which I plan on displaying on my computer!

After we talked for a bit, the girls enjoyed a day of pampering and relaxation. There was lots of time to talk and laugh and get to know each other better as we got our hair and nails done. An abundance of shopping, walking, Bubble tea, and night market roaming finished out our day. Rebecca Morgan had the chance to give a little boy a Chinese gospel tract. As she was walking away, he was entirely captivated by it and read the whole thing out loud! Such a cool testimony of the power of the gospel!

All in all, our day was such a blessing. It was so much fun to spend quality time with fellow sisters in Christ, sharing what He means to us and encouraging each other. Please pray for unity for us as we begin to minister in Taipei, which will be our busiest and largest conference!! Please also pray that we can move as the Holy Spirit directs and that we continue to serve with grateful and joyful hearts.

Janet Brookman

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