God’s Timetable

The first great thing about God’s timetable is that it includes things, basic, foundational things, that continue in repetition and never change. The second thing about God’s timetable is that there are other things, real life things, that He can change at will because He loves us and wants to teach us His character.

This Thursday was our grand opening and in the morning meeting, one simple command from Wes was “Be flexible”.

All through the week the team had already had multiple opportunities to demonstrate some flexibility as the press made its appearance many times, but this was the climax. Drum-roll, red carpet and banners were all in place. Just after 11:00 reporters, camera men and photographers entered the bank, one of four rooms that they highlighted. We were at a good point in the class routine though. A few more students practiced making a deposit and filling out a deposit slip for them to see. With about ten minutes left in the class we slowed down and took our time with those last students while the ones sitting down on the bank’s waiting benches answered questions for the reporters. Then we lined up and took the students out into the hallway. There, Mr. Lyons came to stay with them while the press interviewed the teachers. About five minutes later, we took the next class, coming in from the Library. It was great.

The first thing we normally do at the bank is have the students take a customer number printed by a computer near the door. Here I had time to give an introduction to the bank and talk about the value of saving money. The students were standing in a line while I stood not far from some of the remaining reporters. Soon after that they left and there were no major changes to our class schedule! We did it!

Another surprise today was a pleasant one. As the Martins moved into their new apartment, they found a suit in the closet. It had once belonged to the landlord, who worked for EVA airlines. Knowing that our aiport station was modeled after EVA, they gave us the suit, just like that! More often we wear casual attire during our classroom sessions but now, if the need arises, we’ll have a suit “well-suited” to the occaision.

So amidst the many things that happen (or don’t happen) pray with us that God would continue to exceed our expectations. On His timetable there is defintely repetition with variation! Like a rendition of Handle’s Messiah the work here is a joy for me to experience first-hand.


Being willing to alter my plans and expectations
when God provides something better


  1. Daniel September 14, 2007 at 9:38 am #

    Congratulations! It sounds like you were able to stay confident and positive during the whole ordeal. Praise the Lord. May he bless you with a continual supply of flexibility!

  2. Robert September 15, 2007 at 2:40 pm #

    Great report, Donald! Nice news article, too. Was that you beside the store in that top photo in the article?

  3. Esther September 15, 2007 at 6:09 pm #

    What an answer to prayer! I’m so glad it all went so smoothly. The news article was very positive and it was good to hear that the kids are enjoying it. Keep up the great work!

  4. Jenny September 16, 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    What a great testimony of flexibility Donald! What a neat idea they have come up with. Seeing the pictures of those little happy children going through the “village” showed that they sure were learning a lot and having a ton of fun! What a joy it is to hear news from afar.

  5. Dad & Mom September 16, 2007 at 3:50 pm #

    We have all been praying and are glad that the press conference went so well. You seemed to enjoy the excitement and challenge of this experience. The analogy of music is a great example of repetition and variation. The Lord continue to bless you with flexibility. Thanks for taking the time to post this.

  6. Joshua September 18, 2007 at 8:28 am #

    Always a joy to hear the lastest updates on Taiwan. I’ll add a hearty thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Staddon’s for the time you spend to write.

    I like the idea of adding the relating character quality and definition at the end of the post. This will afford the opportunity to easily search for testimonies that pertain to specific character qualities. Capitol Idea!

  7. Donald September 18, 2007 at 7:42 pm #

    Yes, I think this was our second post on flexibility so I actually put a new definition on for this one. Sorry it wasn’t centered. Any hints Robert? No that wasn’t me in the news article picture by the way. It looks like one of the Newhook brothers who mans the store. I heard I was in a news clip though! It is good to see that the word is spreading.

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