Thursday, September 25, 2014

Moon Festival

Just as we got settled here in Taiwan, the Church part of our group is attending, invited us all to their Moon Festival Barbecue. At first it felt a little awkward, simply because, of the language barrier, and not really knowing anyone but our small group. Corrie was fabulous and did some translating for us, and we had fun getting to know the people and putting the rinds of Pomelo fruit rinds on our heads.

As the barbecue got under way there was a little girl who started to hang around, her shining inquisitive eyes and bright smile said she was curious about the group of Americans’. It was great opportunity, and using my tablet, we made some great memories, and shared lots of giggles. It was a great start to getting to know the children here in Taiwan, and was a great open door to start fellowshipping with others, even though they had limited English and I had no Chinese.

~Jessica Mullen

This is Jessica’s first time serving in Taiwan. She enjoys teaching her students new words like sticker and Starburst candy, and more actual useful words. Jessica is currently serving on the Nantou team in central Taiwan.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

First Days!

A small school in the Taiwanese countryside
It was my first day of teaching English and I didn't know what to expect. At my first school I introduced myself and talked about my family and things I liked to do. Then I watched my co-teacher teach the rest of the class. The next day I was expecting to do the same thing but my co teacher for Wednesday didn't speak English very well and wanted me to teach from the book. So I had about an hour to come up with lesson plans for four grades. I was able to use some of the things I had watched my co teacher do the day before.

The next day I didn't know what to expect but at my first school all I did was my self introduction. But at my second school no one spoke English. It was eventually communicated to me that my classes are going to be taking swimming lessons for the next four weeks and so the school wants me to teach first grade until they are done with that. So I made up some English names for the kids and taught them some letters and simple words.

It was a crazy first week but looking back I can really see God's faithfulness. He gives us just enough light for the step I'm on.

~Crystal Collins

Having only been in Taiwan for about two weeks now, Crystal is one of VOICE Missions most recent volunteers! Crystal is currently serving on the Yuli Team in Hualian County, Taiwan.