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While in Taiwan, I will be serving with their School of Youth Ministry in English (SYME). SYME Taiwan is an intensive English school that teaches their students English using the Bible. I will be teaching English, Bible, as well as having the opportunity to disciple some of my students!
When I was in first grade I was invited to a vacation bible school. It was there that the Gospel was presented to me for the first time and I understood that I was a sinner in need of a Savior. They shared Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" and it just clicked for me that I, on my own, do not meet God’s standard. I put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior that night. After that week of VBS, I continued attending that church and it is still my home church. I basically grew up there. I went every Wednesday and Sunday hungry to learn more - attending the youth group and serving in any way that I could. After I graduated high school, I attended the Word of Life Bible Institute for two years. The Lord really used my time at Word of Life to refine, stretch, and grow me. A verse that constantly came up over this last year as I reflected on all the Lord has done in my life is 2 Timothy 2:13 which says, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself”. It has been so comforting to learn that no matter what I do, my God remains the same through it all. He remains faithful. The Lord has carried and brought me through so much to get to this point and for that I praise Him.
I first heard about missions at my church when I was in junior high. My church used to have Sunday evening services and during our missions emphasis month we would have different missionaries the church supported speak to the congregation. It was during one of those services that I had heard about missionaries for the first time and instantly knew I wanted to be one. If I am honest, I didn’t think about it too much for the next few years. Once I got to high school, my plan (key word: my) was to go to Cedarville, get a job teaching high school English, and then once my debt was paid off go into the mission field. A lot of selfishness in what I thought at the time was God’s plan for me. Flash forward to the summer after my junior year of high school - I took my first mission trip to Panama and the summer after my senior year I went to Costa Rica with Word of Life’s student fusion program. Both of these trips were game changers for me. The Lord used these trips to show me that full time ministry is what He was and is calling me to. After these trips, doing the Cross Cultural Internship was a no brainer for me. During my second year at the Bible Institute, I learned even more in class about overseas missions, unreached people groups, biblically what my role and responsibility is in spreading the Gospel, and mobilizing. These classes only continued to confirm for me that this is what the Lord has for me. I am so excited to see how He will continue to use me these next two years in Taiwan!
Psalm 73:28 - "But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."