Monday, May 20, 2019

How Majestic is His Name in the Mouth of Children

“Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2 (ESV)

Always something new to experience…

Back to Taiwan - this beautiful Island must have something special that makes missionaries and visitors return, and sometimes, unexpectedly. I don’t know what it really is, that something special. I can’t say precisely what that special attracting thing is. But one thing I know, once you come, once you taste that warm welcome from Taiwan and its people, the special night market’ food, fruit and drinks, you are going to be returning someday, of course, God willing. 

What is that special thing I don’t know - it is a special gift that comes from God! What if God brings you back just to offer you a new perspective on the Taiwan island, a new view not yet explored, a new opportunity to reconsider your appreciation of the warmth and charms of its welcoming arms! What if each time God leads you back to Taiwan, it is for a new and amazing experience prepared just for you! This is something I strongly believe. God might lead us to the same place, He might want to use us at the same place again and again. But the blessings He will make us be where He appoints us, the blessings He will make us experience back might not always be the same.

There will always be something new to experience with God in Taiwan, something beautiful to see through His amazing love, something great to hear through His loving voice that never fails us. And this something is something that I have been joyfully experiencing with God in Hualien since my return in February: a new journey with God, new kids, new smiling faces, new opportunity to learn and share the joy and love we have in Christ with them every week; also new beautiful environment, new fun places to explore, new lovely friends, coworkers, brothers and sisters in Christ; in short, a renewed family for a new opportunity to serve in Taiwan. To serve joyfully and peacefully even though you are far away from home, friends, and family. What a tremendous blessing!

Jesus’ Name in our countries class

“Cristo Redentor” (Christ the Redeemer) of Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most popular monuments. What a great joy it is to me hearing every camp week a few students shout “Yésu” (Jesus) during countries class as soon as the picture of “Cristo Redentor” appears on the Power Point slide! I would love to respond back and find out more but class time doesn't allow for that. It is, though, always quite a beautiful thing hearing Jesus’ Name in the mouth of children. And how much more beautiful and rejoicing it is when His Majestic Name comes out of the mouth of Taiwanese kids whose parents are mostly still rooted in traditional beliefs and worship.

Last week, one of the kids of my countries class even went farther shouting “Yésu aì ni” (Jesus loves you) as soon as the “Christ the Redeemer’s” photo appeared on the slide. I wasn't expecting to hear that so I didn't know what better to say than, "Wow, yes!". I was just amazed and very happy to hear my student say that.

I’m glad we have that picture of Cristo Redentor on the countries class Power Point. It is just like a beautiful wink from God every camp week. Enjoying and using that specific time to listen for a few students shout the name of our Lord Jesus in an English class is such a pleasing and rewarding moment of joy. Sharing this experience makes me reflect on the Scripture that says in Psalm 8:2 mentioned at the beginning of my post: “Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.”

Thank you, dear Heavenly Father, for using those few young innocent mouths to shout loud and clear the loving Name of Jesus that we, foreign teachers who are serving for your glory believe in our hearts, amen!

Eyes always fixed on Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and the true avenger!


Yarmonth Drissou (Yar) is 36 and is from Togo, a small French speaking country located on the West African coast.  In his hometown, Yar used to be a French and English language teacher in both elementary and junior high school for 5 years.  After 5 years, he resonded to God's call upon his life, quit teaching and moved to Switzerland for a three year Bible college program.  He is a professioal graduate with a Bachelor of Theology since June 2016 and is hoping to pursue his postgraduate studies for a Master of Theology.  He is a pastor and Bible teacher and also a writer fond of poetry and philosophy. “Eurêka” and “Le procès de Tromal” are his published books so far.  After his Bachelor degree in Switzerland, Yar was waiting for the 2017 fall semester to make it to Dallas Theological Seminary when God opened VOICE Missions' door for him in Taiwan. He served here a year in 2017 and returned to Taiwan again in February 2019.