Wednesday, August 28, 2002

HEY:) You wanna read this! Some invaluabe things I learned and some experiences:) :)

Jen Chen's Trip to Taichung, Taiwan (7/5/02-8/12/02)
This summer I was able to join Over Seas Missions (OSM) and go to Taichung to teach English to Taiwanese people and to share the gospel. About 120 students came from the U.S. and we were all placed into various churches around the Taichung area. I taught English to 3 different classes, ages ranging from 9 to mid 20's for about 7 hours a day, four days a week. The trick was incorporating the Gospel into each English topic for the day and to come up with a full lesson plan. But God was faithful! Through it all, I have learned some very valuable things that I would like to share with you all!!

1) People are HUNGRY for the truth in life and for their spiritual hunger to be quenched! And we have the answer! The world offers false securities. realities, and hopes. People will try different ways to quench their spiritual thirst but we know only God can fully fill us and show us the truth about life. People's eyes need to be opened for many do not see, hear, or even seek God. Pray for this.
2) We are given SO many opportunities to share the truth. Let's do it and be ready!
*Boldness: Many times Paul asks to preach the gospel with boldness and he does it! We should do the same and NOT be ashamed of the gospel. If God is for us, who can be against us? We have the truth, God's power, so we need not fear. What can man do to us? We must take that step of faith and realize that...
* God will give us words to speak: Moses was afraid when God called him but God said, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say". There were times when I was given amazing unexpected opportunities to talk about God in my English lessons. A few of those times I knew God anointed me and I felt his commanding presence as He gave me words that flowed, made sense, and touched people. I was shocked myself, especially when I was able to so fluently and deeply preach all in Chinese. I learned also that even though what I shared did not cause all people to accept Christ, that what I did share God was going to use somehow because...
*We don't know if we are the ones who plants the seed, or waters it. God does the growing (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). Even though we may not see the people we encounter come to Christ, God is working in His way that we cannot see. I learned that we must FOCUS ON WHAT IS UNSEEN not what is seen (2 Corinthians 4:18). We will only know what our works surmounted to when we go to heaven. It could be that you simply said an encouraging word about God, helped someone, or gave a Bible to someone that eventually caused that person to accept Christ years later. You NEVER KNOW how God can use you, so act now and always be a living testimony!
3) "If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:4). I learned once again that when we serve, we must depend on God and the leading of the Holy Spirit or our works are done in vain. The success of my trip was because I was one with God, in His word, on my knees praying before, during, and after the trip. I could sense a lack in God's power and leading when I begun to depend on my own strength and wisdom and sought to glorify myself. God would remind me of this verse and I would be drawn back into full dependence on Him: "Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." [Galations 1:10]
4) God's grace overflows beyond our imagination. It was through the little things that occurred each day that touched me as God opened my eyes to see His graciousness. As it says in 2 Timothy 2:1: "BE STRONG in the grace that is in Christ Jesus". For example even seeing my kids flipping through the Bible, or being given an opportunity to talk about God is because of His Grace. For example, God gave me an unexpected opportunity to talk about Him with a store clerk while I happened to be shopping for socks and to even visit her a few more times.
5) Prayer makes a difference. Through praying and the prayer of those around the world, God was able to use me and to make a difference in my life and in the lives of others. Love, Power, wisdom, strength, protection, boldness come through prayer and these were all essential for my survival and the work of God in Taiwan. God answers even the littlest of things like asking a kid to fall asleep in a Christian concert because he's distracting! (which I prayed and occurred!) This is how we discover that God's grace is abundant, as we see how prayer makes a difference for the little and big things in life. So keep praying!!! He hears us and will answer as we listen and watch!=)