Time in Taipei as a team

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).

Taiwan is a land of opportunity and I’ve noticed recently that with everything there is to do, it is easy for me to become carried away even while trying to make the most of it. That is actually what iniquity is: doing good things–without the Lord. In contrast, learning how to do things with the Lord adds a fresh dimension to life situations that is oftentimes not only fulfilling but very enjoyable!

Hornbill, from not-so-far-away SE AsiaShiao shing!Such was the case with a trip to the Taipei Zoo. February 28 is a type of memorial day here and we had the day off. As a team we spent some time at a place I’ve enjoyed since as far back as I can remember, only this time with team members and Taiwanese friends. We spent a little more time than normal at the ElephantAlthough the weather had been cold right up until then, it turned out to be an excellent day. It was a large zoo too and the time was full.

Hmm. Where to next?I’m grateful for opportunities like this one to step back and remember the value of the current relationships God has granted with Himself and others. Moreover I have the chance to finally introduce you to some of the others who have been working on the team. This time photo credits go to Trevor Newhook who is the oldest of three brothers from PA.

Tyler and TrevorHere are his two brothers. It was their suggestion to introduce one of our most team-building traditions from just about the first week: ultimate frisbee. Baseball-players at heart, they make good teachers too–since they “strike it off” so well with the children we teach.

Howdy!This is Nathan, who rooms with Lucas and I. He’s one of the ones I’ve been able to get to know the best and I appreciate his heart for the Taiwanese people and their history. Hopefully he can continue his studies Did you say the zoo would be relaxing?and ministry in the Orient on into the future. And here is Eric, a faithful worker, a willing helper and, by now, a great friend. He thought the leopard was noble-looking–but the tapir? Very ugly. Nathan and I on the other hand saw some exotic value.Jean is both joyful and adventurous
THANK YOU to all our faithful tour guides!In this picture Lucas and Shang make an observation. It’s not out of character for either of them to “point the way” for the team. I appreciate you looking out for us rookies Lucas!
Jean was another host and tour guide who has done a lot to facilitate trips and things in the past. I don’t know where we would be were it not for the friendliness and foresight of our Taiwanese tour guides!

God give us each the wisdom to make our fellowship with Him, and then with others, the main priority in each situation we find ourselves in. That way we’ll truly make the most of it.


  1. Jonathan March 7, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    Wow, that looks really nice. I really like the pictures. I must have been a little hard to find your way around since it was in a different language

  2. James March 7, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    Oh my; it is super late here as I type this comment but it’s the first time I’ve had the time to sit down and read our blog for quite a while. It is soooooo good to see you, even though it is just a picture. Thanks for showing some pictures of the people you are working with; now I can picture them when you talk/write about them! May God continue to bless your effort to build good relationships with those on your team.

  3. Esther March 8, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    It’s great to put some faces with the names I’ve heard so much about. Praise the Lord for a great team! I’ll be praying that you can all make the most of your time there by staying in constant fellowship with the Lord.

  4. Robert Staddon March 9, 2008 at 8:21 pm #

    Great pictures, Donald! I remember how much we always used to enjoy visiting the National Zoo for our birthdays when we lived in Virginia. 🙂 It is especially nice to be able to meet the team that you are teaching with there in Taiwan. What a great group!

  5. Chad March 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    Great to hear from you Donald…and some great shots. God bless your time there. Is that a Stewart?

  6. Donald March 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    Yes it is! He took us to KaoShiung last weekend (a large port city where we were able to go sight-seeing, bike-riding and ice-cream-licking). I’ve appreciated him and his decisive but outwardly-relaxed approach to leadership. Behind the scenes he does a lot. The Lord has a place for each of us on the team!

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